The Robin the Kestrel Bardic Voices #2 E–pub READ
Suffers at the beginning from my least favorite of Ms Lackey s writing tricks spending a chapter in a character s mind while mentally recounting previous events This literally could have been skipped in favor of retelling it to a new character who is introduced two chapters later After they meet him they go through the whole rigamarole of telling him about it so These chapters are incredibly boring and kill initial momentum These characters were in the first book which is one of my all time favorite books from Mz Lackey I read the book soon after it came out in paperback I thoroughly enjoyed the book While it didn t follow Rune and Wren it did follow two characters from the first book I remember enjoying the book I remember it was a bit darker than the first book It needed to be darker due to the story line Overall I remember liking it and I know I read it at least twice I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy An action filled tale including a power hungry truly evil man and those who work desperately to defeat him I enjoyed the two who carried most of the plot to expose Padric s tricks I also came to like the Skull Hill Ghost Read in 2014 Read in 2009 Compared with the first of the series this book focuses a lot on the Free Bards and what they can achieve as a unit working outside of the law rather than on just one main characterI love how this book is a tie in with the first though and how the Ghost from the Hill is revisited The whole church and what it does to the world still freaks me out when I think back on it so I am glad that Robin manages to help the Ghost out and hurt the Church in one goIt was a great book the whole series is excellent And the theme of music is also a great addition Though personally I had a warmer attachment for Rune and Wren from the first book of Bardic Voices this seuel still proved a rather good read It follows Robin and Kestrel newly wed as they continue their journey meeting new friends passing through Rune s old village and eventually find their way to the doorstep of a city that is being taken over by a corrupt Bishop I enjoyed the relationship and development there of between Robin and Kestrel both together throughout helped keep things interesting only one of them may. Something is rotten in the state of GradfordAfter the affairs recounted in The Lark and the Wren Robin a gypsy lass and bard and Kestrel semi fugitive heir to a throne he does not want have married their fortunes tog.
The Robin the Kestrel Bardic Voices #2 E–pub READ
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Not have been uite enough again not terribly fond of either of them Also while the end was spectacular and satisfying in a way it would have been much so had it been prolonged It didn t fall flat at the end but when I m wondering when everything is going to happen and it concludes in about the last ten pages I would have liked Robin is a gypsy lass and is married to Kestrel who is a Free Bard They hear rumors that Free Bards are not welcome in places where they ve wintered over in the past I enjoyed this book but not uite as much as the first book I didn t like the main characters as much as I had liked Rune in the previous book Rune had the better personality and a common sense attitude that made me root for her success Robin the main female character in this book got on my nerves sometimes She was less ethical and inclined to take foolish or selfish actions without thinking things through I liked her husband Kestrel better but he wasn t really a stand out character for meThe first 5% was a recap of Kestrel s story from the previous book I d just finished that book the night before so this was not exactly riveting reading and the recap wasn t at all clever or subtle The author might as well have labeled the first chapter Recap Kestrel is standing in the pouring rain cold and muddy trying to get their wagon unstuck from a muddy pothole Naturally he has nothing very pressing on his mind so he takes a moment to think about his entire life s historyThe story did get interesting after the recap and it became increasingly interesting as the story progressed The main premise is that there is growing prejudice against Free Bards gypsies and non humans This directly impacts our main characters because they are both members of the Free Bards and Robin is a gypsy They also have friends who aren t human Robin and Kestrel therefore decide to try to find the source of these attitudes and determine how serious things areI downloaded this e book ears ago from the Baen Free Library Hopefully it s just this version but there were a lot of OCR errors and it became uite distracting For example at one point our characters moved aujay from something My finger had just starting to twitch in anticipation of being asked to look this strange word up in the dic. Ether and travel the open road seeking their happiness where they may find itThis is their story But it is also the story of the Ghost of Skull Hill the very ghost who gave Rune a bag of silver and her start in life.
Tionary when I realized our characters were actually moving away The book is written in a similar tone as the first book It s relatively light and fluffy and it s a fast easy read Even though it tackles issues like prejudice there wasn t really anything uniue or insightful about the way it was handled It s just a device to help tell a good story There were some things brought up in this book that I m hopeful we ll learn about in the next book We met some interesting non human characters but didn t get to learn a lot about them There were also a lot of references to a Cataclysm and the implication that the world was at a higher level of technology before that event so I m curious about that According to the Goodreads series page there s another book set between this second book and the third book called A Cast of Corbies and numbered as 25 in the series I was going to read it but I couldn t find the e book for sale anywhere and my library network doesn t have the physical book in any of its branches I decided I didn t care enough about it to buy a physical book even if there are very cheap used copies out there So I m moving on to the official third bookI m rating this 35 stars on BookLikes but rounding up to 4 here on Goodreads This volume follows the couple who were wed in the first book of the series Robin the gypsy and Kestral who was Prince Sional before he abdicated in favor of his uncle They now have a caravan and are traveling But when they reach Gradford they find things are in a very bad state a vicious priest has seized power and is working against bards other entertainers and women They Enjoyed the adventure as well as the theme running through the book Ordinary peopletended to do what they were told as long as they were given orders by someone who was a recognized authority Or as long as the orders did not affect their own lives very much they would support the orders through simple inaction If ou make changes gradual and made them seem reasonable no one really cared about them Mercedes gives us much to think about as well as spins an adventurous tale Heavy on repetition I enjoyed it I like the series but this was a bit much on poor writing and repetition Also this edition had uite a few typos Made me wonder if our was legi. Rather than her death when she played the night away Together the Robin the Kestrel and the Ghost will foil a plot to drive all music forever from the land but first the Robin and the Kestrel must tame the killer Gho.