- Series: Bedlam's Bard
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Baen (December 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416509178
- ISBN-13: 978-1416509172
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,127,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You really need to have read the prior novels to synch up with where things are now,
Current problems: Eric and Magnus manipulative and greedy parents have engaged a Televangelist minister and the Unselighe prince to "get their son back"...which nullifies many of the protections on Magnus...AND his brother Eric. To further complicate matters, Eric's student has headed for Atlantic City to check out the new Cathedral Casino being run by the above Televangelist...
Yes, its a bit complicated. Add in that the abused daughter of the Televangelist is at risk of being recaptured and brought into "home and family" by the same Unselighes and you get the idea of how complex this story is. Fortunately, this is something Mercedes Lackey can handle easily and without leaving anyone out to dry.
This seems to be the capping novel of the series, so if you have been following Eric Banyon (Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, etc) this is a must-read book if for no other reason than to enjoy the neat package Ms Lackey manages to wrap the various elements of the story around and the effective use of the skills of one of Fantasy's great writers in completing this series.
One star is missing because in five instances characters are forced to serve the plot in a somewhat obvious manner. Outside of that, its a fun read.
If it is, the series will go out with a huge bang, not a whimper. This is, in many ways, the deepest and most complex of the Bedlam's Bard series.
Banyon, in his forties, is now finally growing up. His "apprentice" and newly minted Guardian, Hosea, is operating on his own.
Many of the threads of plot of the last three novels get tied up in Music to My Sorrow including the Heavenly Grace subplot, and Eric's parents. More and I'd be snerking...and urk, gurgle, gack, yeeeeeek! That collar gets tight, it does.
It's been hell waiting for this book to come out, so I could review it...as one of Misty's first readers I read it quite some time ago, and loved it as much as you will, when you part with your hard earned cash.
Buy this book, right now. Run out and do it. You won't regret it. Just think, you will be able to justify reading all the other Bedlam's Bard books in order again!
The Bananaslug. at Baen's Bar
and member of the Editorial Committee at Baen's Universe magazine