Finally read Mercedes Lackey's The Silver Gryphon recently. I wasn't really fond of the Mage Wars trilogy, even if it did star an egotistical bird. :-) The third book is one of these restless-misunderstood-adolescents-go-out-on-their-own-and-get-into-a-lot- of-trouble stories. Of course, being Mercedes Lackey, they are knowledgeable restless-misunderstood-adolescents, etc. It really wasn't a bad story, but I finished it with the attitude that "I finally got it finished" rather than "Darn, that was good."