A gripping, fast-paced fantasy full of courtly intrigue, compelling characters and magical flying griffins.
The desert winds have come to the village of Menas Ford. Griffins, creatures of fire, have appeared in a burning haze, turning the sky a blazing golden-red and the land to dry, cracked earth. These majestic beasts, half-lion, half-eagle, spread the arid desert wherever they roam.
Iaor, the King of Feierabiand, will not tolerate the destruction of his people's farmland. Sending forth his army, he means to rid the griffins from his domain - whether by negotiation or brute force.
But not all those who encounter the griffins fear them. Kes, a timid village girl with hidden mage powers, is summoned to heal the King of the Griffins himself. She will discover her affinity with these creatures, and may be the only one to understand the importance of their presence. For they are fleeing a menace which poses a greater threat to her people than even the blazing fires of the desert.
Neumeier's writing is beautiful. It's lyrical and sumptuous - Paul Magrs
This is a fantasy novel of strong depth and a welcome assuredness, and one that is definitely worth recommending to genre fans as something bright and fresh - TheBookBag.co.uk
An intricate novel . . . filled with intriguing characters and a great plot line - Fantasy Book Critic