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Bard (Bard #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 15th 1984 by Ace Books (first published 1981)
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Nathan Sims
Sep 05, 2012 Nathan Sims rated it really liked it
I first read this back in junior high or high school, and I was curious to see if it would stand up all these years later. I wasn't disappointed.

Taylor's Bard is set in the early centuries after the Romans abandoned England and it sank into the dark ages. Enter a traveling Bard of Erin adventuring his way across Britain facing Jutes, warlocks, and werewolves. Told through a series of five novellas, Taylor creates a rich world with the ring of truth to it.

For all its world-building and entertaini
Feb 09, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is an extremely difficult book to review, because at first I didn't like nor dislike it. It was strange for me, having grown up in the late 80s and 90s when female fantasy writers were finally coming into their own and writing YA fantasy with the bard as the main character. As you can imagine, bards written for 13-year-old girls and bards written for a mostly-male audience in the late 70s and early 80s are quite different.

Keith Taylor's Felimid mac Fal reminds me in a lot of ways of Fritz L
Jan 24, 2017 Dirk rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
Read this the first time many years ago and decided to reread it. I still dig it.
Jan 08, 2010 Mandy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
The writing is decent, but whomever edited this edition missed quite a few typographical errors. The novel itself is decent enough for a fantasy novel, but is no more original than most of the fantasy novels out there. To me, it felt a lot like a cross between some sort of fireside story one would make up on the spot and The Mists of Avalon. What I'm getting at here is that while it was a fun/entertaining story, it wasn't very original. Doubt I'd be reading this one again, nor recommending it to ...more
Sebastien Castell
Sep 01, 2013 Sebastien Castell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was one of the first books that inspired me to write. The bard of Taylor's novel, Felimid Mac Fal, is a richly stylized hero with a wonderful blend of roguishness and nobility. Felimid's stories are told to us much as one might expect to hear it from a travelling storyteller - full of twists and turns and little adventures off to the side as the hero gradually makes his way to his final challenge. Bard is classic heroic fantasy delivered with equal parts sincerity and whimsy.
Fletcher Vredenburgh
Jan 07, 2013 Fletcher Vredenburgh rated it really liked it
Excellent antidote to for the doorstopper blues. This is how Celtic-tinged S&S should be written. There are moments of pure poetry in here as well as bloody action. Felimid mac Fal's a hero worthy of standing beside all the other greats from 1970s S&S.
Mar 04, 2009 James rated it liked it
I found this at a local used bookstore. Its still cool and nice reference for the d&d crowd.
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Keith John Taylor is an Australian science fiction and fantasy writer.

Born in Tasmania, Taylor now resides in Melbourne, Australia. Getting his start in Ted White's Fantastic magazine, Taylor went on to collaborate with Andrew J. Offutt on two novels based upon the Robert E. Howard hero, Cormac Mac Art. His series of novels centering around the Irish bard, Felimid mac Fal, was published throughout
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