"For as long as my people remember, griffins steal away those who stray into their mountains. Since your people have come, the griffins have gone farther, into our villages. We cannot allow it to continue."
Fifteen-year-old Mira was one of the first to hear the native’s warning, but she would rather climb mountains than hide in the confining village. Her gift of translating for her tongue-tied sister only ties her down. Then she discovers Freko, a young griffin who saves her from falling.
Mira believes that griffins are unaware humans are more than beasts, but tension is growing. Humans are fighting back, and fatalities on both sides seem inevitable. Mira and her griffin must find a way for the two sides to communicate before they destroy each other.
This story takes place 600 years before Keita's Wings and is about their ancestors and the origin of four clans (Muse, Cole, Nome, and Lectran).
Release date: February 2019
Overall, Mira’s Griffin tells a narrative with themes both universal and unique. It emphasizes the problems with human nature to out-group and reject the “other,” while transposing those similar fears onto an entirely different species, too. Powell thus successfully develops a powerful conflict that both illustrates “humanity vs. nature,” and “humanity vs. humanity,” and “nature vs. nature,” all while using the same characters.
--CD Tavenor, book blogger