The Bard's Blade: The Sorcerer's Song, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Bard's Blade is the start of the new Sorcerer's Song fantasy adventure series from Brian D. Anderson, best-selling author of the Godling Chronicles and Dragonvein.
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 been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together.
Then, a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, bringing a dark prophecy that forces Lem and Mariyah down separate paths. How far will they have to go to stop a rising darkness and save their home? And how much of themselves will they have to give up along the way?
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||Brian D. Anderson|
|Narrator||Andrew Kingston, Tamsin Kennard|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 28, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #134,916 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,113 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,786 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,928 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
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I applaud and continue to praise the work of this exceptional writer and author. From the beginning of his career and right up to the present time, Brian Anderson remains one of my favorite authors, who has found a permanent place on my book shelf.
I look forward to the next book.
Anderson is a gifted writer, as with all the other books he has released I have lost sleep caught up in the books.
I finished this one and am looking forward to the next one.
The strangers last words prompts Lem to run. To cross the barrier to Lamoria in search for answers to his bloodline, his talent, and all that has separated the two worlds for so long. Yet, when Mariyah and Lem’s uncle Shemi find Lem gone, they dash to follow him on his adventure to the dangerous land. They are split up and trying to find their footing amongst warring factions, religious zealots, and underhanded thieves. I won’t go too much more into the plot because it is just a joy to read these reveals through Lem and the other characters’ eyes…
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 Kindle. But what a great change of pace. The conflicts are fueled by real love and relationships, not some bow and bicep. I wouldn’t call it slow; I would call it thought-out and connected to the character’s struggles.
Setting: It’s very hard for me to describe when an author has revealed too little or too much in their descriptions of setting. A little mystery is key, but without the info dumps. Here, you have the taverns, the musical/ theater troupes, the ancient cities, the government hierarchy, etc. But this info is just so perfectly placed.
Overall, there’s many parts of this book that are going to be familiar to fantasy readers. This is comforting, but The Bard’s Blade shines in its unique differences. A bard as main character, wonderful well-paced writing, and a setting that will have you wanting to take the risk and travel through the barrier yourself.
4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bad points - character development is very weak, I didn’t connect with any of the characters until almost the last chapter. Lem, the main character, move woodenly from crisis to crisis, never learning or changing. Overall, Lem feels like a cardboard cut out.
Mariyah, Lems true love and the other main character is similarly wooden, although she does start to show some emotion in the last few chapters.
Magic- particularly the abilities of the Vylarian’s is never well explained, even though it is key to Lem’s character.
Good points - despite an incredibly mundane beginning, the story does start to get interesting towards the end, particularly when it shifts to Mariyah’s perspective.
In the end it got me interested enough that I might consider buying the next book in the series, which I wouldn’t have imagined at the halfway point!