Nightingale, a gypsy Free Bard, and T'fyrr, a birdman, must discover why the High King is shirking his responsibilities as the Church grows hostile to the bards and all else outside its control.
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The prolific and popular Lackey proffers the third volume of her Bardic Voices fantasy saga. One of the nightingales of the title is a gypsy bard who comes to Kingsford Faire and, before she leaves, is up to her eyebrows in intrigues both mundane and magical that involve a large cast of characters, not all of them human or even corporeal. The book displays Lackey's usual sound characterization, brisk pacing, and intelligently detailed world building, which will hold readers of both fantasy in general and Bardic Voices in particular. Lackey is sufficiently gifted that one continues to hope for work that is more original than what she has been producing lately. Still, she remains an undoubted mistress of the well-told tale, and if she does not dazzle, neither does she disappoint. Roland GreenReview:
Nightingale and her friends are increasingly concerned about the Church's attitude toward non-human sentients that it doesn't control: her worries cause her to join forces with a birdman which turns into an unusual relationship as the two probe the ultimate influences behind the Church's decisions. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Baen, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110006480365
Book Description Baen, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0006480365