[ Free Audible ] Chasing the BardAuthor Philippa Ballantine – Schematicwiringdiagram.co

Born into the human world with a gift a gift that brings him to the attention of powers both dark and light from the World of the Fey, it is his burden to defend all the world Sive, the goddess of battle, hopes that he may be able to change the fate of her peopleThe Fey are dying, killed by something beyond the boundaries of worlds, and Sive will do anything to save them So she enlists the help of her trickster cousin Puck to guard the child, and watch him grow into his gift But a dark power imprisoned by human and Fey, plots to destroy both worlds, and unmake all that they have created Can one boy stop the destruction, even if he is William Shakespeare


10 thoughts on “Chasing the Bard

  1. Philippa Philippa says:

    Ummmm I wrote it so slightly biased.


  2. Christine Christine says:

    I hate giving this two stars, I really do Got this as a Kindle freebie and apparently it was Ms Ballantine s first book BTW I liked the books she did with Tee Morris, going to get the second one in that series.I ll start off with what I didn t like and end with what I did.Didn t like Most of the characters were sterotypes this is very true of the villan.It should have been shorter.The pacing is off.The whole Fey thing didn t quite work It seemed too blah Un magic like.The romance subplo I hate giving this two stars, I really do Got this as a Kindle freebie and apparently it was Ms Ballantine s first book BTW I liked the books she did with Tee Morris, going to get the second one in that series.I ll start off with what I didn t like and end with what I did.Didn t like Most of the characters were sterotypes this is very true of the villan.It should have been shorter.The pacing is off.The whole Fey thing didn t quite work It seemed too blah Un magic like.The romance subplot didn t work.What I did like The characterization of the real people, such as Shakespeare and Elizabeth I This would ve been a better book if it had been straight historical fiction.The quotes at the start of each chapter Guess the play.The overall look at Shakespeare s family life.Puck at least until the half way point


  3. Rosalind M Rosalind M says:

    It started out as a good read, but then two things began to interfere with my absorption in the storyline 1 The editing could be improved Granted, this doesn t bother everyone, but there were a number of times my brain stopped and forced me to reread a sentence because the punctuation didn t match the rhythm and meaning that the moment seemed to call for.2 The story seemed endless I petered out before everything was resolved.If you havepatience than I and can read without your knowledg It started out as a good read, but then two things began to interfere with my absorption in the storyline 1 The editing could be improved Granted, this doesn t bother everyone, but there were a number of times my brain stopped and forced me to reread a sentence because the punctuation didn t match the rhythm and meaning that the moment seemed to call for.2 The story seemed endless I petered out before everything was resolved.If you havepatience than I and can read without your knowledge of correct grammar sentence structure getting in your way, I think you ll enjoy this


  4. Melissa Hayden Melissa Hayden says:

    Sive is to marry the fey man she once had feelings for, but now knows he is not the same man who left to find a cure for the plague haunting the fey and killing them slowly He has changed, but yet doesn t know what that change is She just knows she doesn t want to marry him and her brother, the king, is requiring it believing Mordant knows of a cure from his travels around the distant realms Sive learns from her Aunt a human child is born in the mortal world possessing the great power of the Sive is to marry the fey man she once had feelings for, but now knows he is not the same man who left to find a cure for the plague haunting the fey and killing them slowly He has changed, but yet doesn t know what that change is She just knows she doesn t want to marry him and her brother, the king, is requiring it believing Mordant knows of a cure from his travels around the distant realms Sive learns from her Aunt a human child is born in the mortal world possessing the great power of the Bard and this child could be the salvation of all fey Sive sends he cousin, Puck, to guard this child from any dangers Sive decides later, when the child is older, that she wants to know what her evil husband is up to She takes books from his library to Will so he can teach her to read In this time together Sive learns of a new side of herself Which could put her and Will indanger, along with their loved ones and worlds.I purchased this book after reading Geist by Philippa Ballantine I enjoyed the story and her writing in Geist so, that I wantedSearching her site I came across this book and was taken with the description This book is very different from Geist, but I have to say I loved the writing and the tale she wove By page nine I was hooked on the writing style The words flowed smoothly for me and sounded poetic in their form This is one talented author, and one to keep an eye on, I can see many great and different pieces of work coming from her in the future.I m going to start right off and say I loved this book If William Shakespeare was could read of this fey filled, adventurous, heroic side of his life, he would be flattered and love it too.This book takes place in both the Fey realm and Human realm, along with the in between of the veil This book isn t really about William Shakespeare as it is a tale spun with the fey and how they touched his life and he theirs The story here is one of an evil presence trying to eliminate all the realms connected, for itself There is love and lose here also.I loved the way the fey where portrayed and the growth of their kind and the characters In the beginning they are the fun loving fey who are created to make music and dance They are naive and ignorant to the mortal ways, feelings, and such Then I was moved by them through their happenings,through Sive and Puck And later in the book by Aberon, Sive s king brother, in how he shows the contrast of the way Sive once was and how much she changed along with himself Then I realized along the way, they where stronger than thought and I loved them, not wanting to see them fight a war to the death for their home and the destruction of another realm One that the Queen now loves with all her heart, thanks to her lover.In the end, I had an idea where the story would go at the close of a life But it still brought me to tears.I enjoyed this book very much for many reasons I would definitely suggest this read to anyone who enjoys the fey and a little Shakespearean twisted in But, don t go in looking for a Midsummer Night s Dream tale as that s not what lies between these covers


  5. Simetra Simetra says:

    Loving listening to the podcast version The full cast really brings the story to life.


  6. Marc Marc says:

    I m not a big Shakespeare fan but as of late I ve been reading a lot of things involving him The main reason I bought Chasing the Bard was because I know Pip If it wasn t for that, I honestly wouldn t have bought it.There are a few problems I have with Chasing the Bard One is a technical reason I bought it for the Kindle and it was very hard to read on it For some strange reason, the formatting was messed up I d read it and suddenly there d be shifts of point of views with no paragraph c I m not a big Shakespeare fan but as of late I ve been reading a lot of things involving him The main reason I bought Chasing the Bard was because I know Pip If it wasn t for that, I honestly wouldn t have bought it.There are a few problems I have with Chasing the Bard One is a technical reason I bought it for the Kindle and it was very hard to read on it For some strange reason, the formatting was messed up I d read it and suddenly there d be shifts of point of views with no paragraph changes or line breaks I got confused on who was saying what and where I was at If that weren t bad enough, there were also paragraphs with multiple speakers instead of a new paragraph Shame on you, Dragon Moon Press for not double checking this It wasn t THAT bad though I ve read other e books withand worse problems Still, made it hard to read.Another problem I had was that Chasing the Bard started off very slow The first few pages hooked me but after that I was bored for quite awhile It neededtension If I didn t know Pip I was half tempted to put it down.But the biggest problem with Chasing was the villain, Mordant He was just a stereotypical villain He wanted to destroy He reminded me of the villain in Lord of the Rings but where LotR was a coming of age journey story, Chasing wasn t Mordant was also a lotimportant here He was the reason, cause, and obstacle to the entire story but he was very one dimensional He needed to be fleshed outHe never struggled with what he did, it was never shown that at one time he loved Sive and she him, and it was never shown as to why he went on the journey and how it changed him.That also made me feel as if this was a sequel There s an entire previous adventure backstory involving Mordant, Anu, Sive, and Brigit that I was actually interested in There would have beentension and I could have seen the changes in the characters Shame she didn t start the story there Instead, I felt like I was missing a lot as if I skipped the first book That s not to say I don t like some things I do like the relationship between Sive and Will I just wish there wasof it I also like Puck He s one of the reasons that hooked me in the beginning Sadly, it shifted away from him but I did enjoy him whenever he was on page.I believe it was her first book so it was fine for what it was but if you re expecting something delving into Shakespeare or a villain to care about, you will be disappointed


  7. Carl Alves Carl Alves says:

    The world of the Fey is in a bit of trouble as a demonic power known as The Unmaker threatens to destroy both the world of the Fey and the human world Sive, the goddess of battle, must stop The Unmaker, who takes the form of her new husband She puts her people s hopes in none other than William Shakespeare, who doesn t realize he is part Fey Sive s cousin, Puck, is sent to look over Shakespeare as he grows up to protect him from harm.Chasing the Bard has a great premise I never thought of Wi The world of the Fey is in a bit of trouble as a demonic power known as The Unmaker threatens to destroy both the world of the Fey and the human world Sive, the goddess of battle, must stop The Unmaker, who takes the form of her new husband She puts her people s hopes in none other than William Shakespeare, who doesn t realize he is part Fey Sive s cousin, Puck, is sent to look over Shakespeare as he grows up to protect him from harm.Chasing the Bard has a great premise I never thought of William Shakespeare as being part Fey, but many think his writing is magical Ballantine does a great job of mixing history with fantasy The progression of the plot is logical and well thought out Her writing skills are top notch and her style is enjoyable There s nothing over the top about it She has a very understated way of writing that really works for her subject matter The characters are both flawed and easy to relate to, including the Bard The ending of the book seemed a bit rushed, and I thought Ballantine could have slowed it down a bit Otherwise, this was a well written and enjoyable piece of historical fantasy.Carl Alves author of Blood Street


  8. Rose Rose says:

    At first I thought this book was readable for long subway rides and bored moments easily picked up and put down with no loss , and I got about 50% through it before finally giving up While the quality of the actual sentences is not that bad, it reads very much like a fanfiction, waxing dramatic at strange moments, unrealistic, flashy but not touching at all Other reviewers say that the pacing is off, and if that means that there is no driving plot, and nothing that compels me to read furthe At first I thought this book was readable for long subway rides and bored moments easily picked up and put down with no loss , and I got about 50% through it before finally giving up While the quality of the actual sentences is not that bad, it reads very much like a fanfiction, waxing dramatic at strange moments, unrealistic, flashy but not touching at all Other reviewers say that the pacing is off, and if that means that there is no driving plot, and nothing that compels me to read further, then I agree completely.I think it s a great idea to make the first book of a series free to read on Kindle, but this is really obviously a first novel, and not a great way to coerce me to readbooks in this series One thing I did find amusing was the mention of the Fey Her Fey remind me of Changelings from World of Darkness, and that was fun But including Shakespeare was a little ridiculous using a famous name isn t going to make me like the guyOverall, terrible


  9. Ungelic_is_us Ungelic_is_us says:

    This book is available for free online, and it reminded me that sometimes you get what you pay for It was really poorly written and downright silly I love Shakespeare and can occasionally be induced to read Shakespeare related fiction, but I m afraid that I found this book to be bloated and over written.


  10. Koren Lester Koren Lester says:

    OMG I totally loved this book I listened to the download from audiobooks.com on iTunes Philipa Ballantine truly captured the Fae in this amazing story If you are a fan of faerie tales, this is a great book This however is not your 7yr olds tale of faerie godmothers and tooth fairies This is definitely a grown ups faerie tale.