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The Robin & the Kestrel (Bardic Voices, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1994
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Is this a boring review to read? Sorry about that, but unlike the first book, this second one was a bore to read as well. It took me a couple weeks to work my way through this novel, and this usually isn't the case with Ms. Lackey's books.I found myself skipping over pages in order to finish faster, and even doing that I didn't miss anything. For some reason these were two characters that I just could not form a connection with. There was a passing mention of characters from the first book, but sadly that was it. Robin is a petulant brat that has found a perfectly subservient husband in Kestrel. I imagine her as having a very abrasive voice and shrill personality that grates on you the longer you are in her presence. I felt sorry for Kestrel by the end of the book. Ms. Lackey also made it abundantly clear that these two enjoyed their alone time. If the wagon's a-rockin', don't come a-knockin' was how around a third of the chapters ended. There were a few smaller adventures that had nothing to do with the main story, and gave this book a feeling that this was more a collection of stories instead of one cohesive novel.
It was also disappointing that so little was learned about the Skull Hill Ghost. A tidbit of information was dropped about how be came to be, but nothing else. I don't think I was alone in hoping that there would be more information about him and how he came to be. He makes another appearance at the climax of the book, but again his story is done a great disservice. The entire ending was a letdown, to be honest. I almost skipped the third book "The Eagle and the Nightingales", which is a shame as Ms. Lackey returns to writing a wonderful story. Thankfully this is a series that you don't have to read in order to know what is going on, so if you skip this one or skip the parts that don't have anything to do with the main theme, it won't affect your understanding of the rest of the books in this series.
I purchased a Kindle version and I am APPALLED at how BAD the editing is. Almost every page has at least one or two mistakes. I know the book isn't badly edited.
However, I also have to say that whomever did the proofreading for the Kindle edition of this book needs a new pair of glasses at the very least. There was a glaring error on about every other page. I would be reading along and have to come to an abrupt halt to try to figure out that d(X)r should be door. (Yes that is a real example).
The impression that I got from reading the Kindle book was that someone was trying to get the e-book out the door as fast as possible and simply didn't care about the content.
It is a shame because it causes a really great book to leave a bad impression.