With a cast of characters both old and new, Gryphon in Light finds Valdemar in a difficult situation after the Mage Storms ended, leaving chaos in their wake. Though it’s been a while since we visited the world of the mage storms, and some of these characters, I found myself once more wrapped into the book as a warm hug that is Valdemar. One by one we’re reintroduced to the magical creatures which inhabit the world alongside human soldiers, Heralds, Tayledras, and more. And when they’re swept into adventure, you don’t want to be left behind.

While this book may be a bit overwhelming to those new to Valdemar, they won’t be unfamiliar with the world for long as the author does a brilliant job of explaining the characters and making each one unique. Needless to say, this is a delightful treat for longtime fans, and my only regret is now I have to wait for the next one. But that’s a small price to pay to be able to visit Valdemar once again.

I’m also adding here on this blog, that as someone with chronic pain, I thought the discussions of Firesong’s situation and the care that his partner took of him were especially moving and relatable. May we all have people like that who look after us.

Reviewed from a NetGalley ARC
Expected Publication Date: July 25, 2023