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". . . a glittering success and a magnificent addition to the ranks of 'urban fantasy' novels . . . seamless and intricately logical, with just the right proportions. . . ". -- Dragon

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey has written over one hundred titles and has no plans to slow down. Known best for her tales of Valdemar and The Five Hundred Kingdoms, she's also a prolific lyricist and records her own music.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bedlam's Bard
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671878638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671878634
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors, and this book doesn't disappoint.
Linda R. Talbott
This intimate threesome is very tastefully (if a little superficially) handled, with no explicit sex.
Furio
While many of her books are set in the fantasy world of Valdemar, she does urban fantasy very well.
Z Tan

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Don Thomason on December 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first work (actually works, since it's two books in one) that I'd read that Lackey had a hand in that was set in contemporary society, and I found what I have come to like in Lackey's stories -- how someone (in this case, the fabulously irresponsible and troubled latent bard Eric Banyon) comes to grips with a budding and unexpected talent, which is both blessing and curse. Eric is a gifted musician who busks and plays the RenFair circuit to keep his freedom/avoid responsibility, but when he inadvertantly wakes the sleeping noble elf Korendil, Eric's life is irreversably altered. The mix of magic and mundane (to borrow a Rowlingism) is done nicely in both books, particularly with respect to the L. A. musical underground in the first book and the central plot of the second. As in all of the Lackey books I've read, the problems characters face are presented in both day-to-day and heroic perspectives, with as much emphasis placed on personal issues as on magical battles. I found both stories to be the usual very good read characteristic of Lackey stories, although I confess particular interest since I'm a musician and a lover of RenFairs.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
BEDLAM'S BARD is a combination of two of Lackey's previously published books, KNIGHT OF GHOSTS AND SHADOWS and SUMMONED TO TOURNEY. Both are good books, but beware of buying them, all unknowing, under this new title. It's been some years since the second one came out; there was supposed to be at least one more in the series, but it hasn't materialized. The first two set high enough standards that I'd buy it if it did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Furio on March 4, 2006
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First a couple of editorial notes:

- Bedlam's Bard is the one volume edition of two previously published novels: Knight of Ghosts and Shadows and Summoned to Tourney (both titles have little to do with the content)

- Someone feels really compelled to complain with the publisher about this edition: not so much because of its disgusting cover "art", after all one could place a nice sticker on it and solve the problem but really, what hell of an ink has been used for print? You cannot read the book without getting your fingers smeared with black and the lines so faded they nearly become unreadable. I had to read holding it in a most unconfortable way. Shame on Baen for this mess.

I am no fan of urban fantasy: I read fantasy novels to escape and the intrusion of our alltoo grim reality in my fairytales disturbs me a lot, but all in all Bedlam's Bard is enjoyable.

It is a pity Ms Lackey and Guon decided not to spend more time on their work: the plot has potential and could have been developped, the characters could have gained depth; we could be reading a fantasy classic, we have a soon forgotten lightweight instead.

The two novels, closely related though each can stand on its own are typical Lackey (I admit I know nothing about Ms Guon).

An indifferent plot, professionally written, well paced. No masterpiece, not even a close shot.

As usual, what makes the reading worthwhile is the gift Ms Lackey undoubtedly has of creating lovely characters and putting them at odds with their destiny, often achieving moving and convincing emotional climaxes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book because I knew it had the sequel to "Knight of Ghosts and Shadows" in it. Two years ago I fell in love with that book and it's still my favorite (I always have in my purse in case I'm somewhere with nothing to do, I'll just pull it out and read it)!!! I adore Kory and Eric (at times I could do without Beth)!! "Summoned to Tourney" I was disappointed with, but sequels "usually" aren't as good as the first, so I gave it some slack. I was really upset that it seems like Kory dotes on Beth and Eric dotes on Beth, but what happened to the relationship between Eric and Kory? We all know it's there, but in this book it seems like it's ignored! I've heard there's going to be a third book! WHERE WHERE?! What's the title?! Although, I think it will have a lot to do with Ria, whom I never liked in book one! Why Eric would think about her with Kory (and Beth) around I don't know! I only give it four stars because "Summoned to Tourney" could have been better. "Knight of Ghosts and Shadows" is a 5 though! :)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "slucas7" on December 6, 2000
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I guess I am one of the few (read only) people to read this book who didn't like it as much as Mercedes Lackey's other books. But I have to be honest. I am a HUGE fan of the Valdemar books, and this one kind of felt disjointed to me. The character development wasn't up to the standard of the other books and I just didn't feel the book had a natural flow.
For example, Eric is supposed to be a bard and -save- the elves. But he is expected to be a rather quick study and sort of just know what he is doing. Granted, he is the only bard and not likely to find a teacher. But I felt kind of cheated that there wasn't any more development that aspect of the story. Misty goes into much more detail in her other books with her characters and how they came to their role in the story. This book jumps around a lot without much of a concept of a realistic time or sequence of events.
To be fair, the book has its good qualities. The characters are likeable, and Misty is good at creating a good villian. I also liked the way the elves were portrayed in conjunction with the modern world.
I guess I would have to say I liked the *idea* of this book, and I really looked forward to reading it, but I didn't find it as satisfying as her other work.
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