- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (18 May 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006480357
- ISBN-13: 978-0006480358
- Package Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,798,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Four-and-twenty Blackbirds Paperback – 18 May 1998
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‘Gypsy encounters and magic permeate a fast-paced fantasy well-laced with romance’
There is a rash of mysterious deaths in Kingsford. The murders are followed immediately by suicides and the target is almost always a female gypsy or street musician. The weapon used is always a three-sided dagger. With such a mysterious set of clues, there must be magecraft at work.See all Product description
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There is a serial murderer in Kingsford and they need a BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) to catch him. Constable Tal is assigned to the case by Justiciar Ardis. Together they gather a team and pursue the unsub. At the end of the book, there is a hint of more adventures to come. I certainly hope there will be!
This story harks back to an incident in Misty's The Lark and the Wren and answers the question "and then what happened?" after that incident.
I've read *exactly* one other of Mercedes Lackey's books - The Firebird, which bored me to tears.
Undaunted, I read the first 2 chapters of this book on-line several years ago, managed to get into the story, and after requesting this book as a Christmas present for several years, finally decided to get it on my own.
I have not read any of the other Bardic Voices books, so I can't comment on there not being any Free Bards within the story (they are occasionally referred to). What I liked about this story is that it's a combination mystery and fantasy, as another poster has said. Yes, you do find out who the murderer is about halfway through, but I was intrigued enough by that point to keep going, to see what made this mage tick, why he/she wanted to go after Ardis. It was also interesting when the mage decides to change tactics near the end of the book. The way it was written, it made complete sense to me.
On another note, I found Ardis's grappling with staying in the Church to be realistically written, and it actually moved me at certain points.
With the current situation in the world, plus my own personal strife, this book saw me through a depressing period in my life. So, to sum it up, this book is a fine way to lose yourself in an interesting world.