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The Lark and the Wren (Bardic Voices, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1991
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From School Library Journal
YA-- The tale of a daring adventuress whose heart and spirit seek expertise in music, but whose experiences lead to : knowledge of life itself. Born out of wedlock, 14-year-old Rune is condemned to remain the butt of local gossip. She has dreams of joining the Bardic Guild, whose members enjoy high status, wealth, and security. First, though, she must escape from the village and her lowly status, and risk all to become a famous bard. Mages, musicians, elves, gypsies, usurper kings, and townspeople are drawn with color and an even assortment of good and bad. The clergy, however, receive a one-sided treatment, a point that is rather belabored. Although long and rambling, the book will satisfy those who enjoy Lackey's skill at weaving fantasy, intrigue, magic, power, and love into a good tale. They will eagerly await the sequel.
- Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Rune starts out as a talented amateur musician in a bleak situation. in a medieval culture. Of course she escapes and sets out on a quest to become a musical star. She has no idea of the hurdles she will have to overcome. Her adventures make for entertaining reading.
Eventually she finds that being a star is not as glamorous as she thought, but that there is an alternative path to follow. She meets a teacher with a secret, some elves, some Gypsies,and other people who are different from her but who share her love for music. Her life remains adventurous and entertaining.
I took one star off because of careless translation from paper to electronic form. Dashes were used in place of more appropriate punctuation in many, many places. That made for sections that were confusing to follow. I hope that an editor will fix that glitch in future editions, as well as delineating change-of-scene dividers.
Mercedes Lackey is my favorite author. All her books are exciting. Consistent adventure.