The Robin & the Kestrel (Bardic Voices #2)
Read in 2009: Compared with the first of the series, this book focuses a lot more on the Free Bards and what they can achieve as a unit working outside of the law (rather than on just one main character).
I love how this book is a tie-in with the first, though, and how the Ghost from the Hill is revisited! The whole church and what it does to the world still freaks me out when I think back on it, so I am glad that Robin manages to help the Ghost out and hurt the Church in one go!
In the sequel to The Lark and the Wren, Robin, the beautiful gypsy bard, and Kestrel, the fugitive heir to an unwanted throne, join forces with the Ghost of Skull Hill to foil a plot to ban all music from the land. 35,000 first printing. $15,000 ad/promo.
Not my favorite in the series, Liked Kestrel a lot, found Robin a bit trying especially at the beginning. I think my favorite character was the librarian at the abby, a very minor character.
Good action, and reads quickly.
On the other hand, once the story starts moving, it's an entertaining adventure full of the usual intrigue, power-seeking, and magic that make fantasy adventures fun to read.
The stories link up and there is building on the story of the Free Bards, but the magic that I found in the The Lark and the Wren, just wasn't there for me."
Entertaining, but nothing deep.