“Fifteen-year-old Mira was one of the first to hear the native’s warning, but she would rather climb mountains than hide in the confining village. Her gift of translating for her tongue-tied sister only ties her down. Then she discovers Freko, a young griffin who saves her from falling.
Mira believes that griffins are unaware humans are more than beasts, but tension is growing. Humans are fighting back, and fatalities on both sides seem inevitable. Mira and her griffin must find a way for the two sides to communicate before they destroy each other.”
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Who’s driving this thing?
Fifteen year old Mira, a Vinlander who lives with her village on the coast of an unknown, fantastical land. She is an avid climber and prefers her to climb the cliffs around her village and collect bird eggs than socialise.
Mira is a bit of a misunderstood loner but a very likable character. As she has a natural sense of adventure, we know there’s a fun story ahead. Mira cares for everyone, both human and griffin alike and she is desperate to avoid bloodshed.
What’s this all about?
People in Mira’s village have been going missing and the village folk are unsure as to why. When Mira helps the village girls herd their animals to graze, they are attacked by griffins.
Clapped in irons and dragged into the wilderness, Mira, her uncle Calder and other village members are allocated places in different griffin vales. Mira soon realises that griffins believes they are more intelligent than humans and enslave them to produce their food and to protect them from themselves.
In captivity, the griffins grant their humans supernatural abilities that they wield themselves. Mira soon learns that if a human kills a griffin, they absorb the griffin’s powers and turn “dark.” Which, for some humans, is too much temptation to resist.
What’s so great about it?
The story and world which this book is set in is amazing. Before the age of technology, Mira’s Griffin is an adventure in the midst of vibrant vales and colourful settlements.
I loved the griffin culture of superiority over humans and how, with Mira’s new telepathic abilities, they begin to learn about each other and co-operate.
The magical abilities the humans are granted are really cool. Some of them control the elements, others can speak any language and it’s a nice touch.
What’s not so great about it?
- The biggest problem with Mira’s Griffin is the glossing over of the drama and action. When Mira is attacked by a griffin and when one of the vales is physically split in half, the impact of it is lost in a few short sentences with little imagery. Similarly, these moments of action are forgotten very quickly: the griffin forgets he was trying to kill Mira and the story continues.
- The motivations of the characters are sometimes a bit questionable and confusing. When a battle between griffins and humans is inevitable, Mira focuses on freeing humans instead of focusing on the big army coming to slaughter the griffins. Are her actions going to matter if all the griffins are dead soon anyway?
- Another big one for me was the major running theme of the story which was slavery. In the beginning, Mira’s father tells her that slaves, as he used to be, should work hard to earn the respect of their captors and ultimately, their freedom.
It felt a bit uncomfortable that slavery was shown in this way because this idea that someone SHOULD earn their freedom after having it stolen from them is a pretty awful concept.
Should I get it?
Mira’s Griffin is a fun read even with the issues mentioned, so I’d recommend it for some casual reading.
Thanks for reading my review!