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1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Bard's tale or Holly Lisle's normal standards, 4 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Curse of the Black Heron (Bard's Tale) (Mass Market Paperback)
Isbetta is a misunderstood wench who, in classic fantasy mode, has to use her untrained bardic magic to fight evil and restore good. So far okay. Catch is that her character, not to mention the evil bad guys, are paper-thin and the plot is both silly and so convoluted as to be a pain. Worst of all, even the author gets seems to get bored, doing one of those "kill 'em all off/got married and lived happily ever after" endings. After sub-plot after sub-plot, some quite fun, we suddenly reach the climax. But instead of something worth of that word, we get a rather hurried thrown off three pages in which the author sings the bad guys to sleep and then burns the magic lute that helped win the day. I can only assume that Lisle, who has written some really good stuff, had an off few months.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but not Holly's best, 15 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Curse of the Black Heron (Bard's Tale) (Mass Market Paperback)
This book felt rushed to me. Things fell into place too quickly, and not enough time was spent on character development. Holly's style shines through in places, though, so it's not a total waste.
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