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A Trio for Lute

(Damiano #1-3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Tutored in music by the Archangel Raphael, and in magic by the beautiful pagan witch Saara, Damiano must learn to use the hellish powers that are his heritage to preserve the people and the land he loves. His journey of discovery will take him from war-torn Italy through the plague-ridden French countryside and into the Moorish slave markets. And at the end of his odyssey ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 680 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Bantam
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I made it through two chapters before I was too bored to care. Not my cuppa
Sappho Sue
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love of good music is a gift for all. Three stories of luteists is just right. Magic is lovely, but music is better.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
In for a penny, well then . . . in for a pound! A bound trilogy is a great way to gain an introduction to R. A MacAvoy's work.

She loves playing with language like her musicians play their lutes, their ouds, their chitars, like her archangels, witches and Berber slaves sing. In the last few pages of Raphael, the final book in the trilogy, her description of one particular musician's music-making struck me as an apt description of her writing style. She writes, "[He] played. His left hand spread
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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One of my all time favorite books. I love this book. I've actually skimmed some passages since 1989. It was a fantasy novel I could get into. I loved the archangel Raphael and the boy, Lute. And the witch Saara. And the dog. It gets a little weird at the end becuase I think the author pulled characters from another book.

I often wish I could stumble across another gem like this. I had picked it up at the local Waldens (wow, that dates me!) and I've still got it in my
Timothy Blake
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very unique story. I must say that what I was expecting the story to be was not at all what it was. I found Damiano to be a most intriguing character and his quest to do what is right was very admirable, though I did not always agree with his methods. You don't see a whole of writers exploring moral complexity anymore. Yet MacAvoy has managed to create a somewhat morally complicated character who is worth the read in and of himself. A great read and one that I am happy to recommend to others.
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Roberta Ann (R. A.) MacAvoy is a fantasy and science fiction author in the United States. Several of her books draw on Celtic or Taoist themes. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1984. R. A. MacAvoy was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Francis and Helen MacAvoy. She attended Case Western Reserve University and received a B.A. in 1971. She worked from 1975 to 1978 as an assistant ...more

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