Author: K.J. Taylor
Publishers: Published December 28th 2010 by Ace (first published August 1st 2009)
Quick Review: 3 stars (out of 5)
Why did I read it: I won this on Goodreads.
Where was book Obtained: It was sent by the publisher.
Synopsis: In the land of Cymria, humans and griffins rule side by side ... Arren Cardockson is a despised Northener, a people conquered and enslaved centuries ago. By freak chance, he became a griffiner -- chosen by a griffin as their companion -- but many resent and fear his existence. Meanwhile, chained in a cage behind the fighting Arena where rogue griffins entertain the crowds, the mysterious black griffin dreams of escape. Arren's meeting with this renegade griffin sets his life on an inexorable path of murder, conflict ... and an encounter with his past. DARKNESS CANNOT BE CAGED
Review: Fantasy is not something I read a lot of, but this story kept my interest. I had a uncorrected proofs copy and so I found a few misspelled words and sentences that needed restructuring (I'm sure this will be fixed in the bound book).The story was interesting, if not a bit long. This is the first book in a series, so it was setting up the story for the rest of the books. The hero is an interesting kid, his life is turned upside down and hopefully he will come out OK in the end. I'm not sure how the author is going to accomplish this, it will be interesting to read the rest and find out.
The idea that 'Dark' is the same as 'Evil', seems to be a common theme in fantasy. Except that the author has turned that around in this story. My son wants to read this next, he is a fantasy fan and currently reading a series about dragons. This will be a good book for him, adult themes are tamed down and the hero is only 19.
I look forward to book number two
Author Biography: Born in Canberra, Katie J Taylor attended Radford College, where she wrote her first novel, THE LAND OF BAD FANTASY, which was published in 2006. She studied for a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at the University of Canberra, and graduated in 2007 before going on to do a Graduate Certificate in Editing in 2008. K.J.Taylor writes at midnight and likes to wear black. at midnight and likes to wear black.