Demon [The Minstrel's Song #4]by Jac Eddins
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Minstrel against Demon! Returning from his quest for a protective amulet, Arthur the Minstrel finds the druid outpost destroyed and his beloved Malwyn missing. Together, he and his companions must find and rescue her. Meanwhile, Malwin, the druidess, helpless due to a head injury, has been taken captive by the evil Baron and the Demon he serves. The Demon plans to seize the secret of her powers from her mind, and free himself to conquer the world. Presenting himself as a simple minstrel, Arthur enters the castle of the Baron pretending to be a minstrel in the upcoming festivities. Surrounded by danger, in peril of being recognized at any moment, Arthur finally finds Malwyn--and the Demon! It's a moment the Demon has been waiting for ever since Arthur joined the Druid's efforts to oppose him. What can a minstrel do against the awesome powers of a Demon? Will this be the end of the minstrel's song? Balrog Award winner Ardath Mayhar, author of <I>Warlock's Gift, The Black Tower</I>, and <I>The World Ends in Hickory Hollow</I>, calls the Minstrel's Song, "Engaging and enjoyable, with a great deal of originality. I particularly like the gnome, Squeak, and his hot-air balloon. The characters are likeable, and the action non-stop ... a fun read. The first book is ended satisfactorily, while setting up the basic premise for future novels dealing with continuing difficulties with the dormant Demon. What fun!"
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