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Product Details

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1st edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638004
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bardic Voices series and the Serrated Edge series, the Heralds of Valdemar series, and many more. Among her popular Baen titles are The Fire Rose, The Lark and the Wren, and The Shadow of the Lion (with Eric Flint and Dave Freer). Rosemary Edghill, after holding the usual array of jobs, including freelance graphic designer and vampire killer, has settled down to a career as a full-time writer.

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Customer Reviews

The book keeps your interest and is hard to put down.
Mary Conklin
Highly recommended for Lackey & Edghill fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of human Bards, musical magic and a touch of romance.
Arthur W. Jordin
The books I would tend to give a weak 4 stars (maybe 3.5) if you never read them before.
David G

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kyllein MacKellerann on November 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read these books over ten years ago as single releases. They were good then. Now, though, they are a bit dated story wise. Still, they work.

This release comes close to being mis-leading; the way it is presented it looks like Mercedes Lackey has returned to the Bedlam Bard series of stories. She hasn't. The publisher has re-covered and re-presented these stories in a way that suggests they are new and they are not. Seriously, this is not new and can't be seen as new...

UNLESS YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET THE ORIGINALS! We tend to forget that even the best books have limited publication and eventually they start getting scarce, especially the paperbacks. These go back to the early 2000's and rescue some really good stories that now are either in used book stores or perhaps unavailable.

I will admit that I am a bit annoyed that the publisher is trying to make these stories look like the franchise is active again, but seriously, the stories are good, well written, and worth a read- especially if you haven't been able to get the originals.

Five stars for the stories, take back two stars for the somewhat misleading release. If you enjoy Eric Banyon's adventures, get them. If you are tired of worrying about your originals, get them. If you expect these to be new stories in this line...they aren't.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David G on October 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book consists of two previously published books. If you never read the original books this is a good read in urban fantasy. However, I am annoyed that publishers feel they can go "back to the same well" over & over again by republishing old stories without very clearly labeling them as such. I was at first excited about a new book in a series I liked and came awfully close to ordering this book before I realized I already owned both books.

The books I would tend to give a weak 4 stars (maybe 3.5) if you never read them before. However, as a reprint I would give it 1 star as being a sneaky way to get more money. I compromised on 2 stars. If you have read even one of these books before, you can get the other individual book cheaper than buying this package deal. If you have never read either this is a big investment for books you may not like. If you are familiar with Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill works of urban fantasy and like them go for it. These are about par for the series. However if you are truly a fan of the series already, how could you have missed these two? Thus I fear a potential rip off from greedy publisher.

The books being reprinted are Beyond World's End & Spirits White as Lightning:

The publishers description:

"Beyond World's End: Sieur Eric Banyon, Knight and Bard to the court of the Queen of Elfhame Misthold, moves back to the Big Apple to take care of unfinished business. Mostly, he just wants to settle down to a normal life. However, he quickly discovers his Manhattan apartment has unique features, including a living gargoyle named Greystone and four Guardians who have sworn to protect New York from evil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna McMann on June 23, 2013
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I have read most of Mercedes books but this one I really had to work at to finish. If Rosemary wrote most of it that might explain way the style was so different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Conklin on February 11, 2013
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Well written as usual. Mercedes Lackey has always been a favorite of mine. The book keeps your interest and is hard to put down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna12 on October 23, 2012
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These are really good stories but I had already read them years ago as separate books. I didn't realize that it was a reprint under new title. I would recommend them to anyone who hadn't read them when they first came out as a fun read. Really wish publishers wouldn't do this to readers. If you want to reprint books do it under the original title so your customers don't order it by mistake.
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By Annie Rutledge on February 19, 2014
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First, this book is by a wonderful author, and my kids and I (all of the kids) have collected her books for 20 years or so. I think I've bought at least 3 copies of the Last Herald Mage and also the Arrows of the Queen trilogies - we tend to read them till we wear them out. The notable exception is that two of the Last Herald Mage books were lost in Iraq when my oldest was serving in Baghdad a few years ago and are probably sitting in a sand dune somewhere! So, we really love Mercedes Lackey and her books.

This book is an ok read - not the most outstanding of her work, but not a bad book, either. We're just used to giving her books 5 stars instead of three. Maybe I'll go back and re-read it, but for now, 3 stars.
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By EvaM on January 28, 2013
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Mercedes Lackey has invented a world with magic, adventure, Elves and so much more. Eric Banyon has yet more adventures, along with companions such as a magic steed/motorcycle and a living gargoyle in New York City.
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By Merry J. Robison on November 29, 2012
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I love thisauthor, so I tend to read everything she has written.

this is an interesting play on modern life and and elven magic

and talking gargoles I am enjoying it
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