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K.J. Taylor(1986- )
Katie J. Taylor has lived in Canberra, Australia her entire life. She received a bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Canberra in 2007 and recived a graduate certificate in editing in 2008. She works for the YMCA as a childcarer. Taylor has ten ear piercings, a nose piercing and four tattoos. Here’s K.J. Taylor’s blog.

The Fallen Moon

The Fallen Moon — (2010-2011) Publisher: Being chosen as a griffin’s companion has allowed Arren Cardockson to gain a place of status within the land of Cymria. But Arren can never escape the prejudice that comes with his Northerner slave origins. For chained within the Arena where rogue griffins battle to entertain the crowds, there lies another soul crying out to be freed — a kindred spirit that will allow Arren to fulfill his destiny and release the darkness in his heart.

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The Dark Griffin: Felt like a very long prologue

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The Dark Griffin by K.J. Taylor

K.J. Taylor’s The Dark Griffin is billed as “the first book in an edgy new trilogy,” but felt like reading a very long prologue. Unfortunately for the reader, the gist of the story is told in the couple of paragraphs on the back cover, taking away any suspense. I hate when the back cover gives too much away. We go into the story knowing Arren is going to end up in the arena and that he will end up partnered with the wild, man-eating griffin he captured. This entire first book is given over to telling us all the horrible things that happen to the main character to turn him into the heartless person he has to become for the rest of the trilogy. So, at the end of The Dark Griffin, the reader is left with the feeling that now, finally, we can get on with the story.

The overall pacing is slow. There is t... Read More

More fantasy by K.J. Taylor

The Risen Sun — (2013) Publisher: Laela Redguard was born with the black hair of the Northern kingdom and the blue eyes of the Southern people, forever marking her as a hated half-breed child of both. When her only family tie is severed, the fierce and strong-willed Laela decides to leave her adoptive father’s home in the hopes of finding acceptance in the North, where the ruthless King Arenadd and the dark griffin Skandar rule. While Laela’s Northern features allow her to blend into the crowds of the King’s seat at Malvern, she cannot avoid falling victim to a pair of common thugs. When a stranger saves her life and gives her a place to stay, Laela is shocked to learn he is Arenadd himself — a man said to be a murderer who sold his soul to the Night God — the King without a heart. Arenadd is unsure what compels him to help this girl, but there is something about her that seems familiar, something he cannot remember — something that may rise up to banish the darkness forever…

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