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Music to My Sorrow (Bedlam's Bard) Hardcover – December 6, 2005
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The latest Bedlam's Bard novel picks up where Mad Maudlin (2003) left off. Eric Banyon, a bard in Elfhame and a music teacher in New York City, is finishing the training of his bardic student, Hosea; seeking to adopt his own brother, Magnus, to keep him away from their parents, who tried twice to raise a trophy son; and running messages for his elflord, Prince Arvin. If this weren't enough to keep the book humming, Eric, Magnus, Hosea, and elven-exile-turned-nonprofit-CEO Ria are trying to help Ace, the minor daughter of an unscrupulous televangelist who has fled her parents, get emancipated-minor status. Legal battles turn lethal when Eric and Magnus' parents ask for help from what they think is a family intervention group but is really a front for the unseligh elves to torment and mindwipe mortals. Oh, and Eric's bardic immunity no longer protects him when his blood mother asks to have him "healed." Lots of action, some unobtrusive preaching (let children be themselves, not trophies for their parents), and a literally bang-up finish. Frieda Murray
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About the Author
Mercedes Lackey is known for several bestselling fantasy series, including the Heralds of Valdemar and Bardic Voices series, work that ranges from historical fantasy to grittily realistic urban fantasy set in the modern world. In only a decade she has made her mark as one of the brightest stars of fantasy. She lives in Oklahoma where she can be found prying the talons of birds of prey she is attempting to nurse back to health out of her hands. Rosemary Edghill, after holding the usual array of Weird Writer jobs, including freelance graphic designer and vampire killer, has settled down to a career as a full-time writer, publishing popular urban fantasies as well as novels in genres ranging from romance to mystery. Her latest solo novel for Baen is The Warslayer
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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