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The Eagle & the Nightingales (Bardic Voices #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  3,590 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Nightingale, a gypsy Free Bard, and T'fyrr, a birdman, must discover why the High King is shirking his responsibilities as the Church grows hostile to the bards and all else outside its control.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 30th 2001 by Baen Books (first published 1995)
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Feb 20, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it
This book, the third in the Bardic Voices series, is probably my favorite of the three I’ve read so far. I’m still partial to Rune from the first book, but I liked the characters in this book a lot and I also enjoyed the story. The story is a bit generic, but it’s told well and it held my attention. It was also a really quick read.

Throughout this series we’ve seen that conditions in the land are deteriorating. This is because the High King, who used to be a very good king, seems to have lost in
Jul 02, 2015 TheCosyDragon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally reviewed this book on my blog - The Cosy Dragon. For more recent reviews by me, please hop over there.

Nightingale has travelled on her own for a long time. Now she has been set by three people to do a seemingly impossible task - work out what is wrong with the High King of the Twenty Kingdoms. Settling herself in at Freehold with the non-humans, she discovers a plot that runs deeper than they ever imagined.

I have no idea why the title of this book is 'the Nightingales'. There is onl
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
A re-read. I remember liking this less than I liked the first book in the series, but less than I liked the second. Upon re-read ... it is even less subtle than David Weber when it comes to dealing with ethical themes, and without the occasional humorous moments that you find in Weber to break things up. And there is one thing that's makes me cringe a little. This wasn't a big deal before I knew about the whole furry/anthro thing, but ... come on. The love interest is (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Enigmaticblue rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this one, and I really like Nightingale, but I felt like the story was a little rushed. I wanted a lot more interaction between her and T'fyrr.
Lizzy B.
Oct 04, 2010 Lizzy B. rated it really liked it
I'll admit that I have not read the series in quite a few years, but that being said, I have read the series quite a few times.

Though the first and last are definitely me preferred in the series, I have been at odds as to which one was better of the two. The Eagle & the Nightingales though has really stuck with me, I love the characters and the developing relationship between them. This particular relationship brings into question the interracial, and some what inter species question, thoug
Sep 12, 2014 Trixie rated it it was amazing
A more spiritual/mystic perspective on the Bardic Voices universe. Beautifully dark and mysterious and surprise romance!
Ron Clayton
Great yarn, great fantasy. Has one theme that could challenge one's open mindedness!
Aug 01, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully described classic fantasy, with a couple of twists. You have a mix of the usual races and some unusual ones - bird men for example. There is magic, technology and Bardic Magic which plays a major role in the story. The characters are well described, the plot makes sense, and even the villains have good reasons for their villainy.

But really, it's the lavish amounts of description which keeps me returning to this book. There are others in the series - the first is available through Bae
Jan 29, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A better fairy tale of the power of music and social justice I could not ask for.
Sep 30, 2010 Ceinwyn rated it it was amazing
I'd put this book in the Bardic Voices series on par with the first, which I've loved for many years, though it is different in many ways. For one thing, the heroines are very different, both both enjoyable to follow. The unconventional love story was very enjoyable to me, and we get to experience a different part of the world that Lackey has created in the Bardic Voices series. My favorite part was the setting, Freehold is such a fascinating place that I wish I could visit! Overall this is one ...more
Sep 10, 2007 Bookwormdragon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: reviewed, favorites, own
This is my favorite book in Mercedes Lackey's Bardic Voices Series. The characters have personality and are very compelling. The addition of a significant non-human character adds some spice to the storyline. Of all the stories in the series, this is the one that comes the closest to being an actual romance story. The interspecies relationship is well done, with careful attention to details. This, more than any other book in the series, gives us a glimpse of the daily lives of ordinary people i ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Graylark rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Ending felt anticlimactic. Seemed like there was a lot of buildup to the story for most of the book, then it kind of fizzled out and gave a deus ex machina (music saves everything!) solution.

Also, giant-bird-and-human-romance is gross.
Apr 14, 2010 ♥Xeni♥ rated it it was amazing
I actually love this series because none of the books are like the others. The only thing that they all have in common is the organization called the Free Bards, who stand for being able to play all over the world without having to be part of the very controlled bardic organization.

This series I loved so much more because it dealt more with the non-human characters (or rather, half-human) which is just so fascinating! Lackey really writes her characters in so vividly, that they make the story co
Ann aka Iftcan
Feb 02, 2010 Ann aka Iftcan rated it it was amazing
This is, in my opinion, the best of the Bardic Voices books that I've read. The central couple, while not a "normal" couple, are very interesting, perhaps because of that difference. Some of the events in the first 2 books are explained in this one.

I still have the 4th book to read, so I might change the "best" to that one, but this one I enjoyed so much that I'm finding that hard to believe.
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 26, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
And this was the last of the Bardic voices I picked up. Where I loved the first in the series (The Lark and the Wren) and found the second readable and mildly interesting this one I found labored and very "put downable". I shall now leave the series to the fanitical Mercedes Lackey fans.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
So excited when I saw another book in this series. It is enjoyable and a good read. Ms. Lackey whisks me away into a foreign land with intrigue and fantasy. Enjoyable.
Jul 21, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I wasn't particularly thrilled with this series. Something about either the writing or character development left a lot to be desired, but it was still a descent read.
Jan 10, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I admire the way each of Lackey's many universes stands alone. In this series, in particular, each book is pretty much free-standing.
Sep 15, 2007 Gwendolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The third in the series. Could easily be read out of order, but probably better to read it after the first two books.

Jun 15, 2012 Sandi rated it it was amazing
how can I list when I finished these books? I read them at least twice a year, for years after years
Jul 15, 2013 Ray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice and easy to read. Good characters, and plot. Once you get started the pages fly by.
Sep 28, 2015 Jutta rated it it was ok
always the happy couple. as i get older, this just really bugs me.

read 2008
Aug 13, 2012 Mandy rated it really liked it
More interesting than the second. Better story.
Nancy Laney
Bardic Voices, Book 3
Wanda Porter
Nov 06, 2011 Wanda Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read.
Kathy Davie
Sep 05, 2010 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Damn, she's good...
Read prior to 2010
Nov 21, 2007 colleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scpl, fantasy
read 08.16.05
Feb 25, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2007
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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