The Lark And The Wren (Bardic Voices #1)
It is simplistic. Not much plot. Everything works out a little too perfectly for Rune. Not enough tragedy in her life to be the Cinderella tale it tries to be. She also comes across as a little...young now. A little bratty and arrogant. My favorite part of the book used to be...more
I kept thinking how childish the plot seemed, how things were a little too good to be true, even when magic was involved. How the entire book led up to Rune trying to get into the Bardic Guild and after that plot...more
YA-- The tale of a daring adventuress whose heart and spirit seek expertise in music, but whose experiences lead to : knowledge of life itself. Born out of wedlock, 14-year-old Rune is condemned to remain the butt of local gossip. She has dreams of joining the Bardic Guild, whose members enjoy high status, wealth, and security. First, though, she must escape from the village and her lowly status, and risk all to become a famous bard. Mages, musicians, elves, gypsies,
Rune is a young woman who is excellent at fiddling. She is trapped in a deadend situation with a prostitute for a mother and no marriage prospects to speak of. But who said Rune wanted to get married? What she wants to do is become a professional musician, though she is unlikely to get there. Or is she? A poorly thought out bet later, and she'll...more
The story could have easily been a trite washed over coming of age female empowerment story, but it wasn't. Rune doesn't get into the guild despite out playing all the other applicants, and she doesn't get retribution for her treatment after they find out she's a girl. She moves on, becomes...more
This book is set in a fantasy world that is very much like Europe sometime in the past.
Rune has spent her entire young life working at a small inn. When work slows down and customers request it, she can do what she loves - play her fiddle. After the inn's owner's kind wife dies, however, Rune gets fewer opportunities to play, and townsfolk start treating her worse. When her mother begins jockeying to become the inn's owner's next wife, Rune wonders what will become of her.
A dare prompts...more
The 2 stars finally won, rather reluctantly, because pp. 72-284 is a fabulous first book in a trilogy, but unfortunately, pp. 1-71 and pp. 285-488 are not books 2 and 3. Let's face it, this book is three books. (Or rather, it's a novella, an anorexic...more
Two: Heavy-handed political and religious views. And I mean heavy-handed. So obvious that even someone with their la-di-bloody-da head-in-the-clouds-world like me recognized it without even being told to.
Three: Too much telling and not enough showing as far as the relationsh...more
The first time I read this book I loved it, this time it was just good. You quickly bond to Rune and want the best for her. But this book does something odd later on, it randomly switches to Talaysen and Robins POV for short segments, it isn't done well and was irritating at parts.
Also this felt like it should have been t...more
Also, the romantic love-story wasn't all that much in the fo...more
a lot of part in this book needed more detail, like for instance when Rune tried to get into the guild, or Gyna getting caged. another thing is that the pacing seemed a little off. One thing that really got on my nerve is how Rune is trying to not end up like her mom, and she starts working in a whore house and gets lusty later in the book (at the big f...more
This is another one of those books that I might have liked as a teen but really don't like as an adult. My main problem is that this book does not have a coherent plot. The characters were only mildly annoying, but the big problem is the lack of plot. This is the life story of Rune, and in that sense it could be called a Bildungsroman, but even a classic Bildungsroman like David Copperfield has a plot.
Review from 7/1/04: A reread. I absolutely adore this book--the entire series, actually, with the exception of Four and Twenty Blackbirds. I dearly wish that she would write some more in this universe. It was a very fun trip with some of my favorite characters in the world. Too bad I can't get any of the other books at the moment, them being on the other side of the ocean from me.