Source: Rachel Neumeier at Orbitbooks.com
Look, I don’t have anything against dragons. Honest. Dragons appear in two of my own books (not out yet). I love dragons! Especially the ones in RA MacAvoy’s Tea with the Black Dragon and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire and Barbara Hambly’s Dragonsbane. Maybe my favorite dragon of all time appears in Patricia McKillip’s The Cygnet and the Firebird, which right there probably tells you that I especially like my dragons to be powerful, subtle, ancient and wise.
But I’ve always had a soft spot for griffins. Lo these many years ago, I found a nice bit of griffin artwork at an SF convention art show. If you glance at it quick, all you see is ordinary hawks feeding their nestlings. But take a closer look and it’s a wilderness scene that clearly didn’t come out of National Geographic. I appreciate this artist’s conception of griffins – but I didn’t want my griffins to be just wild animals.
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Dragons are by far my absolutely favourite mythical creature. I have jewelery, books, figurines, clothing, and so on and so forth featuring dragons. However, my first mythological creature love was the Griffin, so I kind of love that Ms Neumeier has embraced the Griffin in this way. Plus, I love that she is using a creature that is not as utilised as the beautiful dragon.
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