The Gryphon's Lair: Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Book 2

The Gryphon's Lair: Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Book 2
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June 02, 2020
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The exciting second book in the fantastical series for ages 10-14 by NYT bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong.

Rowan is now the Royal Monster Hunter, and her twin brother, Rhydd, is destined to be king. But her mother’s cousin Heward is still determined that his children be the ones to inherit the titles, and will stop at nothing to show that Rowan and Rhydd are too immature to properly lead. After the gryphon that Rowan captured in Book One gives birth but then dies, Rowan is left with a baby gryphon she knows she cannot keep. And it grows faster than anyone can imagine . . .
In order to save face after an accident involving the troublesome gryphon, Rowan, with the help of her friends Dain and Alianor, along with an entourage of monstrous companions, must make a journey to the mountains to release the gryphon back into the wild. What starts off as a simple enough task soon becomes a dangerous quest, as the group encounters numerous rare and deadly monsters along the way, including wyverns and ceffyl-dwrs. Nothing is easy when you’re a “monster magnet” like Rowan.
Can she prove herself worthy of the title of Royal Monster Hunter? Find out in this exciting second book in the Royal Guide to Monster Slaying series!

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Gryphon's Lair
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I don't usually read fantasy, I don't usually even like fantasy, but this picked me up and carried me all the way through. I had to surrender to it. There's hardly a let-up in action, and even though you have to suspend disbelief a little more than I'd have liked, it's a rollicking adventure with well-built characters (animal and human) and a plot that flows. There is loads of room for the author to have overdone the action, or led the reader into ludicrous unbelievability, but she avoids those pitfalls like a pro. Kudos to her. Also, though it's marked for middle grade, I'm convinced it's both middle grade and young YA
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