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A Vanishing of Griffins

A Vanishing of Griffins

S.A. Patrick
Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781474945684

A Vanishing of Griffins is book two in the Songs of Magic series, which started with A Darkness of Dragons. A Darkness of Dragons was one of my favourite fantasy books, so I was greatly looking forward to this, particularly as it has been a long time in the making.

Patch, Wren and Barver are back in the continuation of their adventures, fighting against the evil Piper of Hamelyn. The Piper is ever present but only in the background, as the trio's adventures take them across the country, working out the problems left from the first book and encountering greater problems still. At the start of the book Wren is still a rat, transformed by a sorcerer, with seemingly little chance of ever changing back into a child. They must try and help Wren change back and also alert everyone to the danger the Piper poses.

There are all sorts of links that are brought together as they adventure on, and I only guessed one of the plot strands. That is one of the best things about these books - you think you know where it is going and then it has another plot twist you just didn't see coming. The world is so rich and fleshed out that you feel real despair at the destruction that is wreaked on one of the places and joy at the library in another. The only thing I wanted more of was the world of the Pipers, which was so wonderfully described in the first book.

Children who love fantasy, swords and dragons, will enjoy this book and I think it would make an exciting read aloud, particularly if it is read after A Darkness of Dragons.

Do I want to read the next instalment? Of course, I do! I have to know what happens next, even if it means another long wait.


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