Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 14
- Grade: 5 to 9
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!
About the author
When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.
Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens Fall 2020
One of the Ontario Library Association's 2020 Best Bets selection (Honourable Mention, Junior Fiction category)
PRAISE FOR The Gryphon's Lair:
"Remarkably well-crafted, The Gryphon's Lair is a memorable thrill filled with tough choices, hard-fought battles and unforgettable lessons." --STARRED REVIEW, Shelf Awareness
"A fun and fiery follow-up." --Kirkus Reviews
"An enjoyable follow-up to its rollicking predecessor." --School Library Journal
“The Gryphon’s Lair is an entertaining novel that speaks to today’s awareness of social difference and ecological protection.” --Highly recommended, CM Reviews
Other titles by Kelley Armstrong
The Final Trial
Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Book 4
The Poisoner's Ring
A Rip Through Time Novel
Someone Is Always Watching
Murder at Haven's Rock
A Rip Through Time
The Deepest of Secrets
A Rockton Novel
A Stranger in Town
A Rockton Novel
Shapers of Worlds Volume II
Science fiction and fantasy by authors featured on the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers
The Serpent's Fury
Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Book 3