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When a traveling bard stumbles into a dragon s den, he is forced to tell stories to the giant, fire-breathing menace or end up being eaten for lunch. When he runs out of stories to tell, he makes a deal with the dragon in exchange for his freedom, he will return with dozens more of tales of adventure, romance, and bravery. Reminiscent of Scheherazade and 1001 Arabian Nights, Tales of the Dragon s Bard is the story of a man s quest to collect the most exciting stories he possibly can, and Eventide is the first town he encounters. With Gossip Fairies, gnomes, a centaur farmer, and a blacksmith dwarf, those living in Eventide have enough going on to keep the Dragon s Bard busy and if he feels the need to liven up those adventures a bit with his own ridiculous plots . . . well, the dragon certainly won t mind, will he?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Tales of the Dragon's Bard: Eventide

by Tracy & Laura Hickman

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Eventide was a surprising book.  When I picked it up I was expecting another violent fantasy epic.  However, Eventide is a wonderful mix of fantasy, romance, and fairytale, with a shot of comedy thrown in for good measure.  This is fantasy for older readers, and deals with themes such as love and social outcasts.  In many ways the themes of this book are what make it beautiful because it is rare to find such a low content book with these themes aimed at an older audience.  Though the book is titled Tales of the Dragon Bard, the Dragon's Bard is not the main character, but rather a supporting character whose well-meaning, but misdirected actions drive the plot of the book, which revolves around a young accountant, Jarod, who is trying to win the heart of his true love, Caprice.   The Bard is determined to help Jarod on his quest, and general chaos ensues. When reading this, I found myself deeply engrossed in the characters and plot, and found personal connections to many of them.  There is something in this book for everyone.  Overall, I highly recommend Eventide--you will be rewarded with smiles, laughter, and a warm feeling in your heart.

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Violence/Gore Rating:  Enchanted pies battle with disastrous results; there are a couple of sword duels, real and faked with a modest amount of blood involved; there is a battle involving dragons and ballista.


Sex/Nudity: The town's gossipful ladies fear that the bard will 'ravish' them in the middle of the night; reference to an illegitimate child.

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