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This book, the third in the Bardic Voices series, is probably my favorite of the three I’ve read so far. I’m still partial to Rune from the first book, but I liked the characters in this book a lot and I also enjoyed the story. The story is a bit generic, but it’s told well and it held my attention. It was also a really quick read. Throughout this series we’ve seen that conditions in the land are deteriorating. This is because the High King, who used to be a very good king, seems to have lost in...
This book stars the gypsy free bard Nightingale, who we met briefly in the previous books. She is requested by several people, including an elf lord, to go to Lyonarie and find out why the High King isn't doing his job. There is unrest all over the country. She gets a job singing at the Freehold owned by a Deliambren, and begins to collect information. While there, she meets T'fyrr, a birdman with whom she once sang (in one of the previous books.) He is there with Harperus, also a Deliambren, an...
A very enjoyable read. While the book previous, and second in the series—The Robin and the Kestrel—may have disappointed a bit, The Eagle and the Nightingales heartily did not. It included a better cast of characters, with a good balance between those we've seen before and those new. The story takes place in Lyonarie, and being the largest city and capital of the Twenty Kingdoms, the plot is able to take place in a wider breadth of locations. While the first book of Bardic Voices remains my favo...
I bought a hardcover copy of this book back then it was first published. While I enjoyed the series of the three, this was not my favorite. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the story. I don't think I was pulled into the story like I was with the previous two books. If you are wondering if you should read this book and have read the previous two, than yes. This book concludes the story line from the first two books and should be read if you enjoyed the previous books in the series. Overall I
I enjoyed the idea of the power of music to influence thoughts and emotions. I was not quite comfortable with the sexual connection between a human and an overgrown bird. However, the characters were well developed, so one could sympathize with them , whether human or not.
surprisingly relevant. Good story
My personal favorite of the Bardic Voices
My favorite individual book of all time.
Someone is trying to manipulate the High King. Can that person be found and stopped?
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.Nightingale has travelled on her own for a long time. Now she has been set by three people to do a seemingly impossible task - work out what is wrong with the High King of the Twenty Kingdoms. Settling herself in at Freehold with the non-humans, she discovers a plot that runs deeper than they ever imagined.I have no idea why the title of this book is 'the Nightingales'. There is onl...
A re-read. I remember liking this less than I liked the first book in the series, but less than I liked the second. Upon re-read ... it is even less subtle than David Weber when it comes to dealing with ethical themes, and without the occasional humorous moments that you find in Weber to break things up. And there is one thing that's makes me cringe a little. This wasn't a big deal before I knew about the whole furry/anthro thing, but ... come on. The love interest is (view spoiler)[a sentient b...
I'll admit that I have not read the series in quite a few years, but that being said, I have read the series quite a few times. Though the first and last are definitely me preferred in the series, I have been at odds as to which one was better of the two. The Eagle & the Nightingales though has really stuck with me, I love the characters and the developing relationship between them. This particular relationship brings into question the interracial, and some what inter species question, though I
This is my favorite book in Mercedes Lackey's Bardic Voices Series. The characters have personality and are very compelling. The addition of a significant non-human character adds some spice to the storyline. Of all the stories in the series, this is the one that comes the closest to being an actual romance story. The interspecies relationship is well done, with careful attention to details. This, more than any other book in the series, gives us a glimpse of the daily lives of ordinary peo
The Nightingale is a Gypsy musician, a wanderer who loathes cities and dealing with authority. That makes this tale even more entertaining, as she is forced to all of these (in a way that leaves the reader wondering if magic was involved). The Nightingale interacts with various people in her role as an entertainer, while spying for diverse groups who all have the goal of locating the cause of the troubles in their lands. Interwoven into all is a cautionary tale of limiting groups or peoples base...
I actually love this series because none of the books are like the others. The only thing that they all have in common is the organization called the Free Bards, who stand for being able to play all over the world without having to be part of the very controlled bardic organization.This series I loved so much more because it dealt more with the non-human characters (or rather, half-human) which is just so fascinating! Lackey really writes her characters in so vividly, that they make the story co...
I'd put this book in the Bardic Voices series on par with the first, which I've loved for many years, though it is different in many ways. For one thing, the heroines are very different, both both enjoyable to follow. The unconventional love story was very enjoyable to me, and we get to experience a different part of the world that Lackey has created in the Bardic Voices series. My favorite part was the setting, Freehold is such a fascinating place that I wish I could visit! Overall this is one
Beautifully described classic fantasy, with a couple of twists. You have a mix of the usual races and some unusual ones - bird men for example. There is magic, technology and Bardic Magic which plays a major role in the story. The characters are well described, the plot makes sense, and even the villains have good reasons for their villainy.But really, it's the lavish amounts of description which keeps me returning to this book. There are others in the series - the first is available through Bae...
This is, in my opinion, the best of the Bardic Voices books that I've read. The central couple, while not a "normal" couple, are very interesting, perhaps because of that difference. Some of the events in the first 2 books are explained in this one. I still have the 4th book to read, so I might change the "best" to that one, but this one I enjoyed so much that I'm finding that hard to believe.
And this was the last of the Bardic voices I picked up. Where I loved the first in the series (The Lark and the Wren) and found the second readable and mildly interesting this one I found labored and very "put downable". I shall now leave the series to the fanitical Mercedes Lackey fans.
Ending felt anticlimactic. Seemed like there was a lot of buildup to the story for most of the book, then it kind of fizzled out and gave a deus ex machina (music saves everything!) solution. Also, giant-bird-and-human-romance is gross.
The third in the series. Could easily be read out of order, but probably better to read it after the first two books.
I admire the way each of Lackey's many universes stands alone. In this series, in particular, each book is pretty much free-standing.
So excited when I saw another book in this series. It is enjoyable and a good read. Ms. Lackey whisks me away into a foreign land with intrigue and fantasy. Enjoyable.
Nice and easy to read. Good characters, and plot. Once you get started the pages fly by.
how can I list when I finished these books? I read them at least twice a year, for years after years
I wasn't particularly thrilled with this series. Something about either the writing or character development left a lot to be desired, but it was still a descent read.
More interesting than the second. Better story.
always the happy couple. as i get older, this just really bugs me. read 2008
Great yarn, great fantasy. Has one theme that could challenge one's open mindedness!
A more spiritual/mystic perspective on the Bardic Voices universe. Beautifully dark and mysterious and surprise romance!