McKillip, Patricia A. -- The Bards of Bone Plain

Have not yet finished, but oh lordy I still love McKillip's writing.

I stopped at least once per page to say "I wish I had written that sentence." Aside from that... it has already been well observed that this book rethinks many of the elements of the Matter of Hed. Not because they were poorly done the first time, of course. I guess McKillip just wanted to play with bards and harps and students and riddles and inexplicable contests and wizards turning up out of legend at your dinner table, one more time. I can't blame her a bit.

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