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The Bards of Bone Plain

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    strange but enjoyable tale

    He wants to finish his class work so he can graduate from the school on the hill. Phelan Cle chose an easy topic for his final report, the frequently studied Bone Plain. For five centuries the legendary locale has been argued about by academia as to whether it is myth fostered by romantic poets or a lost land. Even at his bardic school, Phelan knows most assume the Bone Plain is legend with its alleged trio triad of Trials, Terrors and treasures.

    Phelan's research uncovers the story of a wandering bard Nairn the Unforgiven and the student wants to know more about him. At the same time his archeologist father Jonah digs at the ancient ruins of the city. Working at the excavation sites is Princess Beatrice, who prefers digs to dances. When the team uncovers an enigmatic disk with ancient runes on it, Phelan believes this is the key to solving the riddle of Nairn the Unforgiven while Beatrice begins to notice what has been hidden in plain sight.

    This is a strange but enjoyable tale that feels like a fantasy, but is not; as Patricia McKillip provides a scholarly atmosphere in which the Lovin' Spoonful tune "Do You Believe in Magic?" seems so apropos as there is no paranormal. The story line switches effortlessly between Phelan, Beatrice and Nairn with the language of the runes connecting the trio (everything is in threes). Fans will appreciate the low-keyed look at The Bards of Bone Plain as the present interprets the past with a contemporary filter that can lead to misinterpretation

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    One of her best!

    I love this author so much I have sponsored her at my local library, trying to turn other readers on to her lyrical and imaginative writing writing. This story with its different voices and interweaving of stories is part mystery, part love story and total fantasy. I couldn't put it down, and I wanted more!

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Astonishingly and achingly beautiful

    Another stunning poetic triumph. A 243 page glorious word poem, a paean to the power of not only words, but also the concepts and power they unlock in our imaginations.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadToo

    Phelan Cle is about to graduate Bardic School just like his father wanted him to. He, however, doesn't want to be a bard. Believing he's taking the easy way out of his final paper, he chooses to do a thesis on Bone Plain, the place where all poetry begins and Nairn the Wanderer failed three trials and disappeared forever. As he dives into his research, though, the clues he finds provide a glimpse into Nairn's past and the mystery behind his disappearance. Will Phelan find a way to solve an age-old mystery? The characters are quirky, fun to read about, and leave the readers wanting to know more about them. The plot is tightly developed and holds the reader's interest. Those who like fantasy, adventure, and mysteries will enjoy reading THE BARDS OF BONE PLAIN.

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