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The Bard's Blade

(The Sorcerer's Song #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The start of a new fantasy adventure from Brian D. Anderson, bestselling author of The Godling Chronicles and Dragonvein series.

Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. There she's a renowned wine maker and her betrothed, Lem, is a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never
Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Tor Books
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the author and publisher—Tor Books—in exchange for an honest review.

Simply exquisite, gripping, and tension-packed; The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson is an enthralling start to a series.

I’ll be honest and say that it wasn’t the premise of the book that got my attention; it was Felix Ortiz’s gorgeous cover artwork that grabbed me, and I’m truly grateful for it because the quality of the content in this book lived up to the exterior. I’m both blessed—because I get to read this
James Lafayette Tivendale
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an advanced review copy of The Bard's Blade in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Brian D. Anderson and TOR for the opportunity.

Vylari is hospitable and picturesque although it is a quite mundane environment where we are introduced to the two point of view characters that we follow throughout the narrative. Lem is an extremely talented musician, arguably the greatest in Vylari despite his relatively young age, and he plays a balisar. Anytime he plays he takes
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
"One day, you'll start to understand that life comes in many hues, and that not all canvases are painted with the same brush."

This is a sweeping fantasy with a beautiful message on the unbridled joy of reclaiming a love you thought was lost forever. It's about a world divided and an ancient enemy is about to rise. This book had absolutely wonderful world building and fantastical elements. Some of the greatest elements was the magic and mystery of it all. It is heavily focused on religion, what
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eon ♒Windrunner♒ by: Petrik
Thank you to the author and TOR books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Magical and mesmerizing; The Bard’s Blade is a note-perfect start to this promising new series.

I knew nothing about this book going into it, apart from the fact that a very good friend of mine loved it, and that it featured music as an inherent part of the story. Now, the music part is what first piqued my interest. Musicians? Few and far in between when it comes to them as protagonists in fantasy
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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“My mother once told me that music isn’t about how well you play. It’s about how it makes you feel when you play it.”

I have been asked by some of my friends lately, what is a good place to start adult fantasy? and I think this novel is a good starting point for anyone trying to expand their reading horizons.

I am a big fan of prophecies and once I knew this had a prophecy as a major part of the plot, I knew I had to read it. The writing was very simple
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank the publisher, Tor books, for providing an early copy in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and the quotes included may change in the released copy.

The Bard's Blade was a winning bet! This is the 2nd book I started on a whim last year based solely on a recommendation from Petrik and it worked superbly. Gripping and moving, the first installment of Brian D. Anderson's newest series made me ridiculously ecstatic and sat proudly at
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, musical, romance
Actual rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“Fate often provides what we need, even when we are denied the things we want.”

When three of your co-bloggers insist that you’ll love a book, you have to read it. Especially when those friends know your reading life incredibly well and understand your love for music, both in literature and reality. And while I didn’t fall as head-over-heels for the story as they did, they were
Petros Triantafyllou
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not allowed to share a review yet, but let's just say it's cracking!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of The Bard’s Blade (The Sorcerer’s Song #1) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

The Bard’s Blade is an immersive, emotionally charged novel full of music, magic, thievery, and betrayal. What it lacks in grandiose battles and hack-n-slashery, it makes up for in engrossing storytelling. This is the perfect novel for those who are continuing to wallow
Rob Hayes
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader copy of this one (which already marks it as different because I don't get many of those!) in return for an honest review.

Let's get this out of the way real quick. One of the main characters is called Lem and he's a musician and at no point does anyone call him Lemmy... That's it! 1 star. ;-)

OK, on to the real review.

The Bard's Blade reads a little bit like a portal fantasy, I guess. It follows two young lovers (Lem and Maryiah) who are thrust out of their small world
Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. She helps her family make wine and spends time with her betrothed, Lem, a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together.

But destiny has a way of choosing its own path, and when a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, the two are faced with a terrible prophecy.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, firstreads
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

The wards surrounding a magical world are breaking down, and a couple have to go to the other earth to fix things.

Not bad, if a bit abecedarian.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I got an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I am so grateful for it!

One downside to getting an advanced reader copy is the fact that now I have to wait extra long for the next one!

This story follows our two lovebirds Mariyah and Lem who are raised in Vylari, a small section of land that has been hidden from the rest of the world with a magical barricade. Vylari is a peaceful place where the people mostly live in small villages and the biggest crimes are people trying to
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I have been so conflicted with writing this review! On the one hand, I think this is a strong debut offering with a cozy, epic feel and interesting characters that takes me back to the fantasy stories I grew up with. On the other hand, the final 100 pages or so felt really underdeveloped and the book ends at an odd place. Suffice to say, I had mixed feelings and wish this first book spent a little more time in edits. However, it's the start of a series and I would
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, gonna go with a list with this one.

The Bard: Usually a minor character in fantasy, but Anderson has elevated Lem to front and center of this series. Not only are we treated with a good dose of musical descriptions, he is a character who I just had to root for. It’s not just the fish-out-of-water factor, but he has a purity of heart that makes his cause much for intriguing.

Pacing: Pitch perfect (pun intended). This story was far removed from the grim sword fighting that usually fills my
Katie (Melting Pages)
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Actual Rating: 3.5

Thank you so much to the author and the publisher for this ARC! All thoughts here are my own.

I had high hopes for this book after seeing so many promising early reviews, so when I was approved for an ARC copy of this book I was thrilled! Sadly this book wasn’t the 5 star read that I had hoped it would be for me, and at times I had to really push myself to continue reading. There were a lot of things that were hit or miss for me, and even just a few days after finishing it I’m
Morgan (dragonsandpages_)
The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson

I received an eARC of this from the publisher.
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Review: I want to start out by saying that this book was a strong first entry into a series. It kept my attention and was fast paced. The first thing that really stood out to me was how simplistic the writing style, and not in a bad way. It was an easy story to follow and get immersed in. This is one of those books that reminds me what I love about reading fantasy and
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Minor League Baseball

Fifty pages in and i could see that this was written for young adults. Very young.
I didn't expect epic fantasy that's 'Game of Thrones' Major League Baseball.
It's still baseball it still should be fun even Single A. This wasn't, too many errors and strikeouts.
The writing and plot are straightforward which isn't a bad thing but this was an overly simplistic plot with very simple basic storytelling.
The author has written over a dozen books and this should have been much
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Story-wise, The Bard's Blade was beautifully written. The whole concept was classic storytelling. Characters are astounding.

One thing that puts me off was the slow narration. Don't get me wrong, it was a solid build-up but quite slow. Tension and the relationship between characters to die for. I expect a lot of the "fantasy" side of the story that literally titled "bard's blade." I expect music being incorporated towards the fantasy genre.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.

I struggled to rate this book, but I'm giving it a 3.8 rounding to 4 stars.

The Bard's Blade follows two lovers, Lem and Mariyah. They are from a land, Vylari, sealed with a magical barrier from the outside world which they have been told is awful, full of greed and magic. Vylari is a peaceful place, but when a stranger manages to cross the barrier from the outside world Lem and Mariyah's lives change forever. The
chris ☁️
Jan 22, 2020 is currently reading it
oooh, i just got approved for the e-arc haha, a week before the release date! gotta get to this soon.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2020, adult, own
The Bard's Blade was a compelling story, one I found myself drawn to despite its slower pace. It was interesting to see how Lem and Mariyah's stories unfolded and where their journeys took them. I especially enjoyed how music played a role in Lem's journey; a musician main character is always a refreshing change of pace! I will say I did wish for more when it came to worldbuilding and complexity of the plot, but it certainly is accessible for newer fantasy readers.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mariyah (along with Shemi; Lem's elder uncle) and Lem find circumstances forcing them from their protected homeland into the dangerous, violent places beyond, where faith, religion, and there-lack-of darken the lands and its inhabitants. Yet there are some who might be trusted - maybe... - once truths are revealed that just might test their love beyond what either can endure.

Absolutely loved the characters and world-building, super excited to see the conclusion to this wonderful story. Huge
Joanna Bennett
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mariyah and Lem are both interesting characters. They are thrown into a world of wolves when they both make the decision to step past a barrier that keeps their village safe. From the premise I thought they would be traveling together. Little did I know that their journeys are at different times and will lead them both down a different path that fate has in store for them.

Lem and Mariyah are practically one in the same when it comes to being kind and trusting others. These two attributes tend to
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, 2019
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Susan Burlew
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
A great start to a new fantasy trilogy! Mariyah and Lem lead a simple life. She works at her father's vineyards while he is a talented musician. They plan to marry soon. Lem gets an urgent message from his Uncle Shemi. He must leave his country to help save his people. Vylari is protected with wards and he won't be able to return. He sneaks out to keep Mariyah safe but of course she follows him. Will they find each other and save the world from evil? I can't wait to find out! Highly recommend!!!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, sff2020
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review.

The book is obviously intended for a younger audience which is not a bad thing in and of itself. Some of my favorite reads the last few years were intended for a juvenile audience. This one, however, did nothing much in the 162 pages I managed to finish before deciding life was too short to keep reading something that just didn't appeal to me.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, fantasy
An engrossing and entertaining fantasy story, the start of a new great series.
I think that everything is great: the plot, the world building, and the characters.
Can't wait to read the next instalment.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
Review to come!!
Laurie McLean
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of a promising new series. Accessible. Interesting characters. Great plot.
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Brian D. Anderson was born in 1971, and grew up in the small town of Spanish Fort, AL.. He attended Fairhope High, then later Springhill College where his love for fantasy grew into a lifelong obsession. His hobbies include chess, history, and spending time with his son.

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