I did end up reading the third book, hastily skimming the animal torture sections. Thankfully, they are clustered toward the end. However, the first part contains a tragic unicorn stillbirth.

This book had similar flaws and virtues as the first, and resembled that more than the incredibly depressing second book: 60% heartfelt and charming tale of vets in fantasyland, 40% torture, OTT tragedy, and whisker-twirling villains who kill people because they’re homicidal maniacs.

It introduced a number of new characters (possibly because so many were killed in book two), some of whom seemed potentially interesting but got little screentime, and some of whom were marvelous. I adored the earnest young griffin and his best buds, who decided to model themselves after the ideals of chivalry and so named themselves Roland, Oliver, and Clark Kent. Everything involving the junior and senior griffins was great. The obligatory incursion of a new genocidal bloodthirsty sadistic tortures-for-fun sociopath was not great.

This one has a happier ending, except that…

BJ’s half-faun daughter inherited Huntington’s Chorea AND ages very fast (as fauns do) and so is stuck in Crossroads forever or will die quickly and horribly. This would be fine, except that Crossroads gets invaded by genocidal torture freaks every Monday.
yhlee: icosahedron (d20) (d20 (credit: bag_fu on LJ))

From: [personal profile] yhlee


Waaaaaait...was this Nick O'Donohoe one of the Dragonlance writers? Like, the one who wrote the tragic story "Hunting Destiny" about the doomed love between an arrogant stag and a unicorn?
yhlee: icosahedron (d20) (d20 (credit: bag_fu on LJ))

From: [personal profile] yhlee


I'm suddenly not surprised there are charming animal bits interspersed with cracktastic doom and gloom. "Hunting Destiny" was thankfully not at that level but maybe the Dragonlance editors kept him in check...
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa


the earnest young griffin and his best buds, who decided to model themselves after the ideals of chivalry and so named themselves Roland, Oliver, and Clark Kent.

AWWWWWWWWW.

From: [identity profile] movingfinger.livejournal.com


I don't think there's any way to ask the author directly what he was thinking, but I genuinely wonder what he was thinking.
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However, the first part contains a tragic unicorn stillbirth.

I understand now. That's the fantasy equivalent of the Holocaust dump truck.

From: [identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com


I doubt I'll ever read these books, but your reviews have made me laugh so hard. So, um, there's a plus?
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