The Lark and the Wren [NOOK Book]

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A GHOST OF A CHANCE

A voice, an icy, whispering voice, came out of the darkness from all around her; from everywhere, yet nowhere. It could have been born of her imagination, yet Rune knew the voice was the Ghost's, and that to run was to die. Instantly, but in terror that would make dying seem to last an ...
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The Lark and the Wren

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Overview

A GHOST OF A CHANCE

A voice, an icy, whispering voice, came out of the darkness from all around her; from everywhere, yet nowhere. It could have been born of her imagination, yet Rune knew the voice was the Ghost's, and that to run was to die. Instantly, but in terror that would make dying seem to last an eternity.

"Why have you come here, stupid child " it murmured, as fear urged her to run away. "Why were you waiting here For me Foolish child, do you not know what I am What I could do to you "

Rune had to swallow twice before she could speak, and even then her voice cracked and squeaked with fear.

"I've come to fiddle for you-sir " she said, gasping for breath between each word, trying to keep her teeth from chattering.

The Ghost laughed, a sound with no humor in it, the kind of laugh that called up empty wastelands and icy peaks. "Well, then, girl. Fiddle, then. And pray to that Sacrificed God of yours that you fiddle well, very well. If you please me, if you continue to entertain me until dawn, I shall let you live, a favor I have never granted any other. But I warn you-the moment my attention lags, little girl-you'll die like all the others and you will join all the others in my own private little Hell."

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148496601
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Series: Bardic Voices , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 47,146
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey, author of the bestselling Heralds of Valdemar and Bardic Voices series, began life as a child and has been attempting to rectify that error ever since. Named for actress Mercedes McCambridge, she has been trying with no success to get the Benz automobile authorities to recognize the natural link between her name and theirs, and offer her the use of an M100 or some variety of high-end sports car for gratis. This, too, has had a distinct lack of success. Other than writing she can be found at various times prying the talons of the birds of prey she is attempting to nurse back to health out of her hands, endangering her vision by creating various forms of Art Beadwork, and cross-stitching dragons, gryphons, and other semi-mythological fauna. At the moment, her hair is red, her favorite color is green, and she is covered by various members of her flock of pet parrots, cockatoos and macaws, all of which are trying to help her type8shgalal-akejbejks9ife.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    a avid fan of Mercedes Lackey

    This book was just wonderfull!! It follows the life of a young girl named, Rune. She is determined to show her small town that she is a great musician and can be a Bard. Well, she gets her wish but in a totally different way than she expected. Later on in the story we run into other interesting characters some that help Rune on her way and others that bring the plot just rolling along. In the next books of her series in the Bardic Tales you follow some of the lives of the people who helped her along her way. They don't start from their beggining like Rune but were the book had left of from the other series but with other main characters. I hope you get this book and enjoy many other of this wonderful writers books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    An entertaining fantasy with a different spin

    I got this book after reading a short story containing the main character. The story, about a young girl trying to get into the Bardic guild, was pretty interesting, so I figured I'd give the book (written a couple years later) a try. I'm glad I did, as this book was pretty good. The story centers around a young woman, Rune, as she comes of age. She starts out at home with her mother, who doesn't care for her at all; she's too busy chasing men. Rune, however, wants more out of life than just working at an inn in a small town. She wants to be a musician, preferaly a Guild Bard, someone who could play for counts and kings. One day she has had enough of the harassment from the locals, and she takes a dare to go play her fiddle for the Skull Hill Ghost, a fearsome spectre that has killed many over the years. With trepidation, she sets out for the hill.... The overall story is pretty good, taking you from when Rune first sets out on her own all the way through to the end when she has firmly established herself in the world, though not in quite the way she first thought she would. My main fault with the story is that it is a little too long, I think. It starts out well, and it ends well, but in the middle it seems to ramble on and on without really going anywhere. It does allow for character development, some of which goes to other characters who I believe are given center stage in other books in the series, but it was a little out of place here. Still, if you have any interest in a solid low-fantasy story that features music as one of its centerpieces, this book will definitely satisfy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    14-year old free bard

    This book is one of the best that I have read. Mercedes Lackey has made alot of books but I prefer the bardic voices series.

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