If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I’ve been a big fan of the Penny White series. The Marriage of Gryphons is no exception.
When I’d discovered the existence of Daear, Earth’s magical parallel world, I thought all of my dreams had come true. Riding the handsome dragon, Raven, arguing with my gryphon Associate, Morey, and raising Clyde, a mischievous snail shark, lessen the monotony of my life as the priest of a small village church. And I’ve also met Peter, a man who agrees with me that Doctor Who and single malt whisky are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
But Raven has gone missing, and finding him would mean a hazardous trip to the Arctic. Morey’s attempts to prove himself worthy of marriage to his love, Taryn, are putting all of us in danger, particularly my younger brother, James. Can I keep those I love safe in a world which has little love for humans?
I greatly enjoy this series for a variety of reasons. For one, Penny White is such a fantastic main character. She is clever, empathetic, and incredibly resourceful. At the same time, Cymri write a fantastically lush world. There are details in the fiber of the world from the grass to the dragons. The entire book has so much cleverness within it. Everything from the Doctor Who references, to the puns, to Penny’s flock.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy is the love triangle aspect. Yes I have my favorite – don’t we all? But it just has become less intriguing to me. Granted this is just a personal preference, but this, will-the-won’t-they, is almost at my capacity. Maybe it’s because this book has so much fun, and wit, without the necessity of this dynamic. The book has so much without this tension that I’d just love to see Penny without it. At the same time, maybe it’s also this manifestation of Penny’s inner conflict. Penny seems to always be caught between these worlds and this balancing game between her desire to be immersed and the need for a counterpoint.
Regardless, I’ve had immense fun with the Penny White series everything from the atmosphere to the quick witted writing. Check out The Marriage of Gryphons on Goodreads.