Bard's Oath ePUB Þ Hardcover

Bard's Oath ePUB Þ Hardcover

Bard's Oath ❮KINDLE❯ ➛ Bard's Oath ❥ Author Joanne Bertin – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In The Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix Joanne Bertin created a world unlike our own, where Dragonlords soar in the skies above the many realms of the land The Dragonlords magic is unique, givin In The Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix Joanne Bertin created a world unlike our own, where Dragonlords soar in the skies above the many realms of the land The Dragonlords magic is unique, giving them the ability to change from dragon to human form to communicate silently among themselves and other abilities not known to mortals For many millennia, the Dragonlords have been a blessing to the world, with their great magic and awesome power And though they live far longer than the humans who they resemble when not in their draconic state, these fabled changelings are still loyal to their human friends Now in Bard s Oath, their magic is not the only power abroad in the world And not all the magic is as benign as theirs Leet, a master bard of great ability and vaulting ambition, has his own magic, but of a much darker nature Years ago, death claimed the woman he loved, setting him on a course to avenge her death, no matter the consequences Now, mad with hatred and consumed by his thirst for revenge, Leet has set in motion a nefarious plot that ensnares the friend of a Dragonlord, using his bardic skills and dark powers only he can summon, to accomplish his bitter task Raven, a young horse breeder friend of the Dragonloard Linden Rathan, is ensnared by Leet and under the bard s spell, is one of the bard s unwitting catspaws When accused of a heinous crime, Raven turns to Linden, and while Dragonlords normally do not meddle in human affairs, Linden comes to Raven s aid, loath to abandon him in his time of desperate need But Raven, and others victimized by Leet, are at the mercy of human justice Can even a Dragonlord save them from a dire fate before it is too late.


10 thoughts on “Bard's Oath

  1. Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller says:

    DNF at 40% What we have here is a chasm between my expectations and what the author delivered It was an okay book if you like horses, horses, andhorses, but I was hoping for dragons, dragons, anddragons Full RTC.


  2. Cece Cece says:

    holy shit I ve been waiting on this for a decade A DECADE 11 28 2012OMG I GOT IT IT S IN MY HANDS I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT


  3. Kai Anderson Kai Anderson says:

    I almost feel that two stars is too kind I loved her first two books, but this bookI don t think I ve ever read a book that s actually made me utter out loud UGH this is so BORING I heard she had a loss in the family that put her in a depressionand this book seems to reflect it It really feels like she was almost saying noI have to write this.my readers are expecting me to finish it so I will The writing doesn t flow like her first two booksit almost feels like she was s I almost feel that two stars is too kind I loved her first two books, but this bookI don t think I ve ever read a book that s actually made me utter out loud UGH this is so BORING I heard she had a loss in the family that put her in a depressionand this book seems to reflect it It really feels like she was almost saying noI have to write this.my readers are expecting me to finish it so I will The writing doesn t flow like her first two booksit almost feels like she was suffering a writers block but wrote the book anyway I haven t even finished it and I m not sure that I will but halfway through and they are still at that damn horse fair.I had hoped fordragonlord explanationwhy are new dragonlords not being sensed by truedragons How manyare there What about that little river dragon InsteadI got a horse fair After looking forward to this for a decade.I am disappointed


  4. Nigel Nigel says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Apologies, I meant for this review to be short, but by the end it was quite long and descended into me ranting I m not going to lie I do not consider Joanne Bertin to be a particularly good author If she hadn t snared me whilst I was young and impressionable with the Last Dragonlord, I would not have read Bard s Oath this week However, 15 years ago snare me she did, and she did so with the storyline Having read LD again a month ago, even that has lost it s appeal However it still has a Apologies, I meant for this review to be short, but by the end it was quite long and descended into me ranting I m not going to lie I do not consider Joanne Bertin to be a particularly good author If she hadn t snared me whilst I was young and impressionable with the Last Dragonlord, I would not have read Bard s Oath this week However, 15 years ago snare me she did, and she did so with the storyline Having read LD again a month ago, even that has lost it s appeal However it still has a plot, it has some character development, and in a general but important way something happens in this book.I have a few key disgruntlements with this book 1 Nothing happens in this book In her other books, there is clear a plot for the goodies and a plot for the baddies, climaxing in the big show down In this book, 33% of the way in thanks Kindle app for giving me percentages and still nothing has happened, we are still in a contextual piece Until the last third of the book, our traditional heroes barely feature, and most of the time is spent with Raven and some other random characters And what is the finally of this book Some sort of lame murder mystery showdown 2 The characters There is absolutely zero character development in this book Who are the main good guys At the start, it felt like the Dragonlords were not the feature characters, and that this story was about Raven I guess that could have worked But as the book progresses, and definitely throughout his court scene, Raven is but a side character who plays no part in freeing himself Is the main character then Otter, who is a Bard etc No, because again he isn t an active participant for most of the middle of the book, and doesn t even play a key part other than to NOT play the harp in the final scene Is it the Dragonlords then, whose boring journey to the boring horse fair we are forced to endure for half the book, and who suddenly get active in the last third to save Raven s boring life I guess Leet is the main bad buy Least we get some character development with him, as his boring old harp the background of which we don t know for most of the book corrupts him Least we know he is motivated by revenge and so on But it s hard to get too bothered by Gull the Blooddrinker when we don t even know what he has done till the last 5% of the book Sorry Joanne, saying that stories of Gull send shivers down insert boring good guy name here, is not good enough to engage your audience.19 03 13 Edit Jaida Otter was married And Linden and Otter have never talked about it before And Leet was jealous And Joanne didn t feel any back story was required here to engage us in this love triangle Love triangles are possibly the main thing Joanne Bertin can write about relatively Although arguably the lack of love stories in this book is probably part of the reason why it comes out so poorly 3 Dragonlord s Orders And let s pretend that the concept even makes sense I am so sick of Dragonlord s Orders Joanne s standard Get Out of Jail Free card is played at least twice that I can remember, when there is no clear reason for a side character to help, or to tell the truth, out comes the Dragonlord s Orders to enable the person A person who usually has a twinkle in their eye , or who our Dragonlord somehow knows is looking for those two words 4 The stupid bloody animals Joanne is obviously an animal lover We ve all been subjected to her turning horses, and in this book brothers in fur , effectively into characters themselves But then, because these characters are so intelligent and powerful, Joanne needs to get them out of the scene before she can do anything with them Raven s horse needs to be removed from the scene before he can be ambushed Pod s dog needs to be removed before there can be a boring chase scene between herself and that random madman who is never really explained 5 Cassori Rann Kella Lleyd Why on earth can t Joanne move away from these characters She has an entire universe, generated from her imagination, to choose from Yet we end up with these same characters appearing in all the books 6 What the hell was that scene about with the merlins Am I right in saying that it was some emotional scene in the context of the Last Dragonlord, which Joanne threw into BO, without any build up at all Oh Maurynna, love, I m so sorry for something that the audience read about 15 years ago.Things that were surprisingly missing from the book No flash backs to Rani and whatever Linden s sword, Tsan Rwhatever wasn t mentioned once Linden didn t nearly lose his soul to Rathan in some boring dragony bit, ending in him almost uselessly shouting Rathan remember your promise No new dragonlord s were found in the making on this book Poor old Shan didn t get any parts, not even to be fed an apple or for Linden to dodge a bite Sadly, no use of the phrase Keelhaul


  5. Jeff Jeff says:

    So here it is After 10 years of re reading Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix, I finally get to see what happens next Was it worth the wait I m not sure After thinking about it for the past few days, I just feel like something was missing from this book Some intangible quality that the other two books had that drew me in instantly The characters seemed less colourful, the world was less magical, and the adventure was on a much smaller scale There were also not enough dragons at least So here it is After 10 years of re reading Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix, I finally get to see what happens next Was it worth the wait I m not sure After thinking about it for the past few days, I just feel like something was missing from this book Some intangible quality that the other two books had that drew me in instantly The characters seemed less colourful, the world was less magical, and the adventure was on a much smaller scale There were also not enough dragons at least not until the end The story felt rushed in some parts, like parts were just skipped over This usually occurred during the portions dealing with Maurynna and Linden my favourite characters and then the parts devoted to Pod and Leet were drawn out and too detailed I didn t really understand the role of Pod until the end and even then her part could have been reduced to focus on thecentral story Criticism aside, I still enjoyed this book and am a huge fan of the series I will continue to re read them for years to come I sincerely hope that Bertin is not yet finished with her story of Linden and Maurynna and that there are many adventures to come


  6. Ranting Dragon Ranting Dragon says:

    Bertin s debut book, The Last Dragonlord, was published back in 1998 Two years later, the sequel, Dragon and Phoenix, was released and those of us who d read them eagerly awaitedAnd waited And waited And eventually I gave up hope of ever getting my hands on the third book that was promised when Dragon and Phoenix was released Imagine my shock and glee this past November when I saw on the coming releases list a little heralded title by an Bertin s debut book, The Last Dragonlord, was published back in 1998 Two years later, the sequel, Dragon and Phoenix, was released and those of us who d read them eagerly awaitedAnd waited And waited And eventually I gave up hope of ever getting my hands on the third book that was promised when Dragon and Phoenix was released Imagine my shock and glee this past November when I saw on the coming releases list a little heralded title by an author many people have forgotten about, but whom I remembered very fondly Finally, twelve years after I had read the previous book, I could have the next adventure Bard s Oath is the third book in the Dragonlord series, and opens about a year after the end of Dragon and Phoenix Linden, Maurynna, Shima, Otter, and Raven are planning to meet up at a large horse fair, the first time they ve all been in one place since their last adventure But what fun would it be for us readers if something didn t go horribly wrong Raven is framed for murder by someone wielding dark magic, and it s up to his friends to clear his name and catch the true murderer before he s handed over to the hangman.A captivating worldBertin, even after her hiatus, is still a fantastic worldbuilder The Five Kingdoms are richly detailed with a host of original characters and differing cultural values The Dragonlords are a small group of were dragons, and because of their magical abilities including incredibly long lives , Dragonlords are considered to be a rank above royalty and serve as international arbiters in the Five Kingdoms After all, who wants to argue with someone who can change into a dragon and eat you if you piss them off Much of the action in this book takes place in a kingdom called Cassori, which is a hyper rank obsessed realm So you can imagine how handy it is to have a trio of Dragonlords on your side when you re a common man in legal trouble like Raven More so than in previous books, Bertin takes some time to fill out the social s and obligations surrounding the official rank of Bard in the Five Kingdoms, which was nice to see.Writing is not like riding a bike There are some issues with Bard s Oath that I don t recall being there in the first two books At this point in the series, Bertin has a large cast of characters, and there are many points of view For a book that s 430 pages long, having eight orcharacters who get point of view at least once is overboard at least for me As there was in Dragon and Phoenix, there s a separate storyline in Bard s Oath that only connects with the main plot fairly late in the book However, where in Dragon and Phoenix the secondary plot was essentially a separate book that just happened to be bound in between episodes of the main plot, here the secondary plot is not terribly compelling Its tie in to the main plot line is fleeting and a thing of convenience, and for that level of convenience I d say that you could have skipped the entire second plot and been just as content The first half of both Bertin s previous books tend to drag a bit as she sets things up in small pieces here and there Bard s Oath dragsthan that However, I will say that the second half of the book was tightly paced and well done I ll blame the initial clutter of the novel on the fact that it took twelve years to write There are passages which are nice and fun but don t really add to the plot This is something I d expect out of fan fiction, but when there s such a gap between books, I can t entirely fault the original author for doing it.Why should you read this book This is not a good book to pick up on its own Bertin doesn t go back and connect the dots or do any explaining for potential newcomers Why can Linden shape shift into a dragon What s a Llysanyin Without reading the first two books, you will never figure these things out However, since the first two books are worthwhile reads, this is hardly a chore For those of us who have read the first two books albeit a few years ago Bard s Oath is a fun return to a well loved world at least, I love it well While it s not the masterwork I had hoped for after twelve years wait, it has certainly whet my appetite forLet s just hope the fourth book doesn t take another twelve years But even if it does, I ll still happily read it


  7. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Dude, where s my plot I count Dragon and Phoenix as one of my favorite books of all time I ve read it over and over I ve been waiting for the follow up with bated breath, lo these many years, until I m practically given up hope for it to ever arrive I almost didn t believe it when Goodreads sent me the announcement that it was coming out I couldn t wait to get to it, andthen I did.Can t wait to find out what happened to Yesuin and Xu, Shei Luin and Xahnu What about Miune How is Jehangla Dude, where s my plot I count Dragon and Phoenix as one of my favorite books of all time I ve read it over and over I ve been waiting for the follow up with bated breath, lo these many years, until I m practically given up hope for it to ever arrive I almost didn t believe it when Goodreads sent me the announcement that it was coming out I couldn t wait to get to it, andthen I did.Can t wait to find out what happened to Yesuin and Xu, Shei Luin and Xahnu What about Miune How is Jehanglan faring as it struggles with civil war Think those might be important questions Well, too bad, because the author doesn t That s right after the cliffhanger end of Dragon and Phoenix, Bertin jumps forward and sideways, and leaves all of that mess behind I suspected we had a problem when they didn t even mention other characters in the recap prologue I m hoping there s a 4 coming that will shift back to the rest of the story, but for Bard s Oath, Bertin decided to build on her already impressive cast of characters and add literally dozensfor us to keep straight She echoes back to The Last Dragonlord, so at least it isn t entirely new, but I don t see why we had to hit the reset button Even then, the whole thing felt like a pile of short stories that only wound together at the very end, and even then, half of them were complete unnecessary One sub plot, for example, wound through the entire book before only mattering in the most peripheral fashion possible it could have been handled with a few asides, rather than taking up all the space it did and leaving me wondering what the hell was going on Not to mention that the entire plot moved at a snails pace, and only really picked up and tied together at the very end I was deeply, seriously disappointed, although I recognize that part of this may be because I had such high hopes After the sting of disappointed fades, I ll read it again and see if I like it better the second time Right now, though, all I can hope for is that Bertin has another novel in the works to redeem herself and get the whole series back on track


  8. Fleurbleues Fleurbleues says:

    To say I was disappointed in this book is a bit of an understatement After waiting for a decade for this book to come out I expected something wonderful To be honest, I m not sure how I feel about this book When the book was good it really was good, but when it wasn t it really wasn t The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was incredibly slow in the beginning It took a long time to get to the good stuff, but once it did I actually don t feel she rushed it I think this book was To say I was disappointed in this book is a bit of an understatement After waiting for a decade for this book to come out I expected something wonderful To be honest, I m not sure how I feel about this book When the book was good it really was good, but when it wasn t it really wasn t The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was incredibly slow in the beginning It took a long time to get to the good stuff, but once it did I actually don t feel she rushed it I think this book wassuited for a novella and that it was pretty fluffed up I also think a big problem with this book is that it really didn t continue with where Dragon and Phoenix left off There are still a lot of loose ends to finish from the second book None of which are addressed here This wouldn t be a problem but it took so long for this book to come out and it looks like there may not be anyor we ll have to wait just as long for the next one that it s quite possible those threads will never be finished finished in twenty years I actually did think the horse stuff was neat, but that s probably due to my enjoyment of horses in general Horses are basically my life when I m not reading or writing However, they were used to the detriment of the book, slowing it down rather than adding anything really interesting I actually think Joanne Bertin s writing has improved overall and I felt it jumped around significantly less than the previous book Dragon and Phoenix something I m happy with However, there was something stilted about her writing, especially the dialogue and it felt stiff sometimes There was something off about it Overall though I was entertained but it was my least favorite in the series hopefully so far


  9. DemetraP DemetraP says:

    The first 2 books in the series were much better This 3rd book focused on the character of Raven, Maurynna s childhood friend who ends up with the magical Llysanyin horse Frankly, he bored me.I wanted to read a book about the Dragonlords and Maurynna and Linden Rathan s relationship Instead, I was forced to spend a lot of time in the mind of a murderer There was no romance in this book Most of the book was told from Raven s point of view And a 13 year old Beast Healer I m still not sure w The first 2 books in the series were much better This 3rd book focused on the character of Raven, Maurynna s childhood friend who ends up with the magical Llysanyin horse Frankly, he bored me.I wanted to read a book about the Dragonlords and Maurynna and Linden Rathan s relationship Instead, I was forced to spend a lot of time in the mind of a murderer There was no romance in this book Most of the book was told from Raven s point of view And a 13 year old Beast Healer I m still not sure why the 13 year old Beast Healer was in the story It seemed like she was there just to pad pages and makeof a story We already knew who Gull the Blood Drinker was, the fact that they were lost in his evil forest didn t add anything to the story.Basically everyone wanders around trying to prove Raven is innocent of murder Not much Dragonlord stuff happens The character of Shima is interested in a woman, but we don t find out what happens there either Shima is there just to flirt and we don t get to know them very well Pity I recommend book 1 The Last Dragonlord which had very fun dragon details and world building and romance with his soul twin Maurynna Book 2 was good too I do not recommend book 3 I only gave it 2 stars because I enjoyed seeing Linden and Maurynna s characters again


  10. Carol Carol says:

    This book is set in the same world and follows the same characters as Bertin s previous two books, but it works well as a stand alone story Here we find Dragonlords people who are half dragon and can shift between forms Linden, Maurynna, and Shima and their human compatriot Raven caught up in the vengeful machinations of Leet, a master bard who has found a way to use dark and dangerous magic to achieve his ends Bard s Oath is a wonderful mixture of high fantasy and detective story, with grea This book is set in the same world and follows the same characters as Bertin s previous two books, but it works well as a stand alone story Here we find Dragonlords people who are half dragon and can shift between forms Linden, Maurynna, and Shima and their human compatriot Raven caught up in the vengeful machinations of Leet, a master bard who has found a way to use dark and dangerous magic to achieve his ends Bard s Oath is a wonderful mixture of high fantasy and detective story, with great characters and world building.The pace for the most of the book is somewhat slow, but I found it not only effective, but extremely enjoyable There are many characters and plot threads, and the leisurely pacing gives the reader time to really get to know all of it and to savor each element There s a strong sense of place and a richness to the cast of characters that makes the world and its people feel very real and alive The writing also had a warmth and vividness to it that I loved Sitting down to read Bard s Oath felt like going to visit a favorite town filled with friends, which makes me a little sad to have finished it


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10 thoughts on “Bard's Oath

  1. Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller says:

    DNF at 40% What we have here is a chasm between my expectations and what the author delivered It was an okay book if you like horses, horses, andhorses, but I was hoping for dragons, dragons, anddragons Full RTC.

  2. Cece Cece says:

    holy shit I ve been waiting on this for a decade A DECADE 11 28 2012OMG I GOT IT IT S IN MY HANDS I CANNOT WAIT TO READ IT

  3. Kai Anderson Kai Anderson says:

    I almost feel that two stars is too kind I loved her first two books, but this bookI don t think I ve ever read a book that s actually made me utter out loud UGH this is so BORING I heard she had a loss in the family that put her in a depressionand this book seems to reflect it It really feels like she was almost saying noI have to write this.my readers are expecting me to finish it so I will The writing doesn t flow like her first two booksit almost feels like she was s I almost feel that two stars is too kind I loved her first two books, but this bookI don t think I ve ever read a book that s actually made me utter out loud UGH this is so BORING I heard she had a loss in the family that put her in a depressionand this book seems to reflect it It really feels like she was almost saying noI have to write this.my readers are expecting me to finish it so I will The writing doesn t flow like her first two booksit almost feels like she was suffering a writers block but wrote the book anyway I haven t even finished it and I m not sure that I will but halfway through and they are still at that damn horse fair.I had hoped fordragonlord explanationwhy are new dragonlords not being sensed by truedragons How manyare there What about that little river dragon InsteadI got a horse fair After looking forward to this for a decade.I am disappointed

  4. Nigel Nigel says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Apologies, I meant for this review to be short, but by the end it was quite long and descended into me ranting I m not going to lie I do not consider Joanne Bertin to be a particularly good author If she hadn t snared me whilst I was young and impressionable with the Last Dragonlord, I would not have read Bard s Oath this week However, 15 years ago snare me she did, and she did so with the storyline Having read LD again a month ago, even that has lost it s appeal However it still has a Apologies, I meant for this review to be short, but by the end it was quite long and descended into me ranting I m not going to lie I do not consider Joanne Bertin to be a particularly good author If she hadn t snared me whilst I was young and impressionable with the Last Dragonlord, I would not have read Bard s Oath this week However, 15 years ago snare me she did, and she did so with the storyline Having read LD again a month ago, even that has lost it s appeal However it still has a plot, it has some character development, and in a general but important way something happens in this book.I have a few key disgruntlements with this book 1 Nothing happens in this book In her other books, there is clear a plot for the goodies and a plot for the baddies, climaxing in the big show down In this book, 33% of the way in thanks Kindle app for giving me percentages and still nothing has happened, we are still in a contextual piece Until the last third of the book, our traditional heroes barely feature, and most of the time is spent with Raven and some other random characters And what is the finally of this book Some sort of lame murder mystery showdown 2 The characters There is absolutely zero character development in this book Who are the main good guys At the start, it felt like the Dragonlords were not the feature characters, and that this story was about Raven I guess that could have worked But as the book progresses, and definitely throughout his court scene, Raven is but a side character who plays no part in freeing himself Is the main character then Otter, who is a Bard etc No, because again he isn t an active participant for most of the middle of the book, and doesn t even play a key part other than to NOT play the harp in the final scene Is it the Dragonlords then, whose boring journey to the boring horse fair we are forced to endure for half the book, and who suddenly get active in the last third to save Raven s boring life I guess Leet is the main bad buy Least we get some character development with him, as his boring old harp the background of which we don t know for most of the book corrupts him Least we know he is motivated by revenge and so on But it s hard to get too bothered by Gull the Blooddrinker when we don t even know what he has done till the last 5% of the book Sorry Joanne, saying that stories of Gull send shivers down insert boring good guy name here, is not good enough to engage your audience.19 03 13 Edit Jaida Otter was married And Linden and Otter have never talked about it before And Leet was jealous And Joanne didn t feel any back story was required here to engage us in this love triangle Love triangles are possibly the main thing Joanne Bertin can write about relatively Although arguably the lack of love stories in this book is probably part of the reason why it comes out so poorly 3 Dragonlord s Orders And let s pretend that the concept even makes sense I am so sick of Dragonlord s Orders Joanne s standard Get Out of Jail Free card is played at least twice that I can remember, when there is no clear reason for a side character to help, or to tell the truth, out comes the Dragonlord s Orders to enable the person A person who usually has a twinkle in their eye , or who our Dragonlord somehow knows is looking for those two words 4 The stupid bloody animals Joanne is obviously an animal lover We ve all been subjected to her turning horses, and in this book brothers in fur , effectively into characters themselves But then, because these characters are so intelligent and powerful, Joanne needs to get them out of the scene before she can do anything with them Raven s horse needs to be removed from the scene before he can be ambushed Pod s dog needs to be removed before there can be a boring chase scene between herself and that random madman who is never really explained 5 Cassori Rann Kella Lleyd Why on earth can t Joanne move away from these characters She has an entire universe, generated from her imagination, to choose from Yet we end up with these same characters appearing in all the books 6 What the hell was that scene about with the merlins Am I right in saying that it was some emotional scene in the context of the Last Dragonlord, which Joanne threw into BO, without any build up at all Oh Maurynna, love, I m so sorry for something that the audience read about 15 years ago.Things that were surprisingly missing from the book No flash backs to Rani and whatever Linden s sword, Tsan Rwhatever wasn t mentioned once Linden didn t nearly lose his soul to Rathan in some boring dragony bit, ending in him almost uselessly shouting Rathan remember your promise No new dragonlord s were found in the making on this book Poor old Shan didn t get any parts, not even to be fed an apple or for Linden to dodge a bite Sadly, no use of the phrase Keelhaul

  5. Jeff Jeff says:

    So here it is After 10 years of re reading Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix, I finally get to see what happens next Was it worth the wait I m not sure After thinking about it for the past few days, I just feel like something was missing from this book Some intangible quality that the other two books had that drew me in instantly The characters seemed less colourful, the world was less magical, and the adventure was on a much smaller scale There were also not enough dragons at least So here it is After 10 years of re reading Last Dragonlord and Dragon and Phoenix, I finally get to see what happens next Was it worth the wait I m not sure After thinking about it for the past few days, I just feel like something was missing from this book Some intangible quality that the other two books had that drew me in instantly The characters seemed less colourful, the world was less magical, and the adventure was on a much smaller scale There were also not enough dragons at least not until the end The story felt rushed in some parts, like parts were just skipped over This usually occurred during the portions dealing with Maurynna and Linden my favourite characters and then the parts devoted to Pod and Leet were drawn out and too detailed I didn t really understand the role of Pod until the end and even then her part could have been reduced to focus on thecentral story Criticism aside, I still enjoyed this book and am a huge fan of the series I will continue to re read them for years to come I sincerely hope that Bertin is not yet finished with her story of Linden and Maurynna and that there are many adventures to come

  6. Ranting Dragon Ranting Dragon says:

    Bertin s debut book, The Last Dragonlord, was published back in 1998 Two years later, the sequel, Dragon and Phoenix, was released and those of us who d read them eagerly awaitedAnd waited And waited And eventually I gave up hope of ever getting my hands on the third book that was promised when Dragon and Phoenix was released Imagine my shock and glee this past November when I saw on the coming releases list a little heralded title by an Bertin s debut book, The Last Dragonlord, was published back in 1998 Two years later, the sequel, Dragon and Phoenix, was released and those of us who d read them eagerly awaitedAnd waited And waited And eventually I gave up hope of ever getting my hands on the third book that was promised when Dragon and Phoenix was released Imagine my shock and glee this past November when I saw on the coming releases list a little heralded title by an author many people have forgotten about, but whom I remembered very fondly Finally, twelve years after I had read the previous book, I could have the next adventure Bard s Oath is the third book in the Dragonlord series, and opens about a year after the end of Dragon and Phoenix Linden, Maurynna, Shima, Otter, and Raven are planning to meet up at a large horse fair, the first time they ve all been in one place since their last adventure But what fun would it be for us readers if something didn t go horribly wrong Raven is framed for murder by someone wielding dark magic, and it s up to his friends to clear his name and catch the true murderer before he s handed over to the hangman.A captivating worldBertin, even after her hiatus, is still a fantastic worldbuilder The Five Kingdoms are richly detailed with a host of original characters and differing cultural values The Dragonlords are a small group of were dragons, and because of their magical abilities including incredibly long lives , Dragonlords are considered to be a rank above royalty and serve as international arbiters in the Five Kingdoms After all, who wants to argue with someone who can change into a dragon and eat you if you piss them off Much of the action in this book takes place in a kingdom called Cassori, which is a hyper rank obsessed realm So you can imagine how handy it is to have a trio of Dragonlords on your side when you re a common man in legal trouble like Raven More so than in previous books, Bertin takes some time to fill out the social s and obligations surrounding the official rank of Bard in the Five Kingdoms, which was nice to see.Writing is not like riding a bike There are some issues with Bard s Oath that I don t recall being there in the first two books At this point in the series, Bertin has a large cast of characters, and there are many points of view For a book that s 430 pages long, having eight orcharacters who get point of view at least once is overboard at least for me As there was in Dragon and Phoenix, there s a separate storyline in Bard s Oath that only connects with the main plot fairly late in the book However, where in Dragon and Phoenix the secondary plot was essentially a separate book that just happened to be bound in between episodes of the main plot, here the secondary plot is not terribly compelling Its tie in to the main plot line is fleeting and a thing of convenience, and for that level of convenience I d say that you could have skipped the entire second plot and been just as content The first half of both Bertin s previous books tend to drag a bit as she sets things up in small pieces here and there Bard s Oath dragsthan that However, I will say that the second half of the book was tightly paced and well done I ll blame the initial clutter of the novel on the fact that it took twelve years to write There are passages which are nice and fun but don t really add to the plot This is something I d expect out of fan fiction, but when there s such a gap between books, I can t entirely fault the original author for doing it.Why should you read this book This is not a good book to pick up on its own Bertin doesn t go back and connect the dots or do any explaining for potential newcomers Why can Linden shape shift into a dragon What s a Llysanyin Without reading the first two books, you will never figure these things out However, since the first two books are worthwhile reads, this is hardly a chore For those of us who have read the first two books albeit a few years ago Bard s Oath is a fun return to a well loved world at least, I love it well While it s not the masterwork I had hoped for after twelve years wait, it has certainly whet my appetite forLet s just hope the fourth book doesn t take another twelve years But even if it does, I ll still happily read it

  7. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Dude, where s my plot I count Dragon and Phoenix as one of my favorite books of all time I ve read it over and over I ve been waiting for the follow up with bated breath, lo these many years, until I m practically given up hope for it to ever arrive I almost didn t believe it when Goodreads sent me the announcement that it was coming out I couldn t wait to get to it, andthen I did.Can t wait to find out what happened to Yesuin and Xu, Shei Luin and Xahnu What about Miune How is Jehangla Dude, where s my plot I count Dragon and Phoenix as one of my favorite books of all time I ve read it over and over I ve been waiting for the follow up with bated breath, lo these many years, until I m practically given up hope for it to ever arrive I almost didn t believe it when Goodreads sent me the announcement that it was coming out I couldn t wait to get to it, andthen I did.Can t wait to find out what happened to Yesuin and Xu, Shei Luin and Xahnu What about Miune How is Jehanglan faring as it struggles with civil war Think those might be important questions Well, too bad, because the author doesn t That s right after the cliffhanger end of Dragon and Phoenix, Bertin jumps forward and sideways, and leaves all of that mess behind I suspected we had a problem when they didn t even mention other characters in the recap prologue I m hoping there s a 4 coming that will shift back to the rest of the story, but for Bard s Oath, Bertin decided to build on her already impressive cast of characters and add literally dozensfor us to keep straight She echoes back to The Last Dragonlord, so at least it isn t entirely new, but I don t see why we had to hit the reset button Even then, the whole thing felt like a pile of short stories that only wound together at the very end, and even then, half of them were complete unnecessary One sub plot, for example, wound through the entire book before only mattering in the most peripheral fashion possible it could have been handled with a few asides, rather than taking up all the space it did and leaving me wondering what the hell was going on Not to mention that the entire plot moved at a snails pace, and only really picked up and tied together at the very end I was deeply, seriously disappointed, although I recognize that part of this may be because I had such high hopes After the sting of disappointed fades, I ll read it again and see if I like it better the second time Right now, though, all I can hope for is that Bertin has another novel in the works to redeem herself and get the whole series back on track

  8. Fleurbleues Fleurbleues says:

    To say I was disappointed in this book is a bit of an understatement After waiting for a decade for this book to come out I expected something wonderful To be honest, I m not sure how I feel about this book When the book was good it really was good, but when it wasn t it really wasn t The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was incredibly slow in the beginning It took a long time to get to the good stuff, but once it did I actually don t feel she rushed it I think this book was To say I was disappointed in this book is a bit of an understatement After waiting for a decade for this book to come out I expected something wonderful To be honest, I m not sure how I feel about this book When the book was good it really was good, but when it wasn t it really wasn t The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was incredibly slow in the beginning It took a long time to get to the good stuff, but once it did I actually don t feel she rushed it I think this book wassuited for a novella and that it was pretty fluffed up I also think a big problem with this book is that it really didn t continue with where Dragon and Phoenix left off There are still a lot of loose ends to finish from the second book None of which are addressed here This wouldn t be a problem but it took so long for this book to come out and it looks like there may not be anyor we ll have to wait just as long for the next one that it s quite possible those threads will never be finished finished in twenty years I actually did think the horse stuff was neat, but that s probably due to my enjoyment of horses in general Horses are basically my life when I m not reading or writing However, they were used to the detriment of the book, slowing it down rather than adding anything really interesting I actually think Joanne Bertin s writing has improved overall and I felt it jumped around significantly less than the previous book Dragon and Phoenix something I m happy with However, there was something stilted about her writing, especially the dialogue and it felt stiff sometimes There was something off about it Overall though I was entertained but it was my least favorite in the series hopefully so far

  9. DemetraP DemetraP says:

    The first 2 books in the series were much better This 3rd book focused on the character of Raven, Maurynna s childhood friend who ends up with the magical Llysanyin horse Frankly, he bored me.I wanted to read a book about the Dragonlords and Maurynna and Linden Rathan s relationship Instead, I was forced to spend a lot of time in the mind of a murderer There was no romance in this book Most of the book was told from Raven s point of view And a 13 year old Beast Healer I m still not sure w The first 2 books in the series were much better This 3rd book focused on the character of Raven, Maurynna s childhood friend who ends up with the magical Llysanyin horse Frankly, he bored me.I wanted to read a book about the Dragonlords and Maurynna and Linden Rathan s relationship Instead, I was forced to spend a lot of time in the mind of a murderer There was no romance in this book Most of the book was told from Raven s point of view And a 13 year old Beast Healer I m still not sure why the 13 year old Beast Healer was in the story It seemed like she was there just to pad pages and makeof a story We already knew who Gull the Blood Drinker was, the fact that they were lost in his evil forest didn t add anything to the story.Basically everyone wanders around trying to prove Raven is innocent of murder Not much Dragonlord stuff happens The character of Shima is interested in a woman, but we don t find out what happens there either Shima is there just to flirt and we don t get to know them very well Pity I recommend book 1 The Last Dragonlord which had very fun dragon details and world building and romance with his soul twin Maurynna Book 2 was good too I do not recommend book 3 I only gave it 2 stars because I enjoyed seeing Linden and Maurynna s characters again

  10. Carol Carol says:

    This book is set in the same world and follows the same characters as Bertin s previous two books, but it works well as a stand alone story Here we find Dragonlords people who are half dragon and can shift between forms Linden, Maurynna, and Shima and their human compatriot Raven caught up in the vengeful machinations of Leet, a master bard who has found a way to use dark and dangerous magic to achieve his ends Bard s Oath is a wonderful mixture of high fantasy and detective story, with grea This book is set in the same world and follows the same characters as Bertin s previous two books, but it works well as a stand alone story Here we find Dragonlords people who are half dragon and can shift between forms Linden, Maurynna, and Shima and their human compatriot Raven caught up in the vengeful machinations of Leet, a master bard who has found a way to use dark and dangerous magic to achieve his ends Bard s Oath is a wonderful mixture of high fantasy and detective story, with great characters and world building.The pace for the most of the book is somewhat slow, but I found it not only effective, but extremely enjoyable There are many characters and plot threads, and the leisurely pacing gives the reader time to really get to know all of it and to savor each element There s a strong sense of place and a richness to the cast of characters that makes the world and its people feel very real and alive The writing also had a warmth and vividness to it that I loved Sitting down to read Bard s Oath felt like going to visit a favorite town filled with friends, which makes me a little sad to have finished it

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