I'm trying to identify a fantasy story I read several years back. I can't remember much about it and I hope I'm not crossing stories.

I remember there was a city, possibly a port city. The leader was a warrior with a man's body, but he had the head of a gryphon. I'm pretty sure he could speak normally. The main characters part leaves out of the city and I'm pretty sure they're transporting a person or animal in a caravan. It/They were either in a cage or weren't allowed out of the wagon.

They caravan ended up going to take what they were carrying to some community in the woods. I think people there lived in houses built into trees or maybe the just blended into the forest. Either way, it was nature-y. I think I remember that one of the main characters was wandering off by themselves and a small drake or dragon came out. They thought it was attacking, but a person who lived there said it just wanted to play and it wasn't one of the dangerous dragons that had human intelligence, but a dumb animal cousin.

Again, I hope I'm not mixing stories and I main wanted to know about the gryphon headed guy. I seem to remember that assassins tried to take him out, possibly because of what was being transported and he ended up killing them.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Update: (5/25/16)

Hey everyone, I keep searching google for anything I can remember. I saw a cover called 'Ice Dragon' by Richard A. Knaack. It seems familiar, but I don't have access to a copy. Does anyone know if this could be the book? Thanks.

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    I wonder how he knew he has the head of a griffin rather than the head of an eagle? – Paul May 16 '16 at 18:45
  • I feel like gryphon was part of his name or title. Also, it sounds cooler. If I had a bird's head I'd definitely go with gryphon over any other bird head. – Dalton May 16 '16 at 18:58
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    Yeah, I dunno why centaurs don't all say they have the back half of a unicorn. ;) – Paul May 16 '16 at 19:07
  • @Paul And why not the head of a hippogryph? – Lexible May 16 '16 at 19:38
  • "Grinzleville" has an eagle-headed person. Could it be that? – Adamant May 16 '16 at 19:46

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