History Literature / BardicVoices

19th Sep '17 1:29:38 PM JoieDeCombat
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: ''The Lark and the Wren'' features a cozy, high-class brothel full of these. Arguably justified in that Madam Amber is extremely careful about who she hires.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: ''The Lark and the Wren'' features a cozy, high-class brothel full of these. Arguably justified in these, with the justification that Madam Amber is extremely careful about who she hires.
22nd Aug '17 8:52:09 PM PaulA
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* MoeGreenSpecial: A minor character is a dashing romantic figure with an eyepatch, and he tells all sorts of exciting stories about how he got it. When his girlfriend in private asks him the real story, he swears her to secrecy and says, "You know what every mother says to a boy who plays with a sharp stick?"

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* MoeGreenSpecial: MoeGreeneSpecial: A minor character is a dashing romantic figure with an eyepatch, and he tells all sorts of exciting stories about how he got it. When his girlfriend in private asks him the real story, he swears her to secrecy and says, "You know what every mother says to a boy who plays with a sharp stick?"
22nd Aug '17 8:51:12 PM PaulA
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* AbdicateTheThrone: See KingIncognito.

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* AbdicateTheThrone: See KingIncognito.Kestrel was the rightful king of Birnam after his uncle deposed his father. It turned out that the father was taxing the people heavily and wasting it on personal luxuries while the uncle was ruling the kingdom wisely. Kestrel, knowing that he wasn't really competent to take it, publicly renounces all claim to the throne, and ensures it sticks by marrying the Gypsy Bard he is in love with.



* BakerStreetRegular: In ''The Eagle and the Nightingales'', Nightingale hires a group of street children to be her eyes and ears.



* {{Celibate Hero}}ine: Ardis of ''Four and Twenty Blackbirds''.

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* BirdPeople: The Haspur are anthropomorphic eagles who excel at singing.
* {{Celibate Hero}}ine: Ardis of ''Four and Twenty Blackbirds''.Blackbirds'' is celibate by virtue of her religious vows. She is strongly attracted to the book's other protagonist, investigator Tal Rufen, and briefly contemplates the idea of giving up her vows. Eventually she decides that she may be attracted but she is not in love, and that she is content with her life as it is.



* FalseWidow: Rune's mother in ''The Lark and The Wren''.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church has many of the trappings of Medieval Christianity -- worship of a "Sacrificed God", monks and nuns, soaring cathedrals, rampant corruption with some good eggs. Believers under duress whip out a "Sign of the Flame", presumably analogous to the Christian "Sign of the Cross".
* TheFairFolk: In ''The Lark and the Wren'', Rune has to rescue her Bardic Master/love interest from an Elven king. She succeeds (luckily Elves are vulnerable to music) and forces the king to promise not to come after them or use magic or weapons against them. Sadly Rune isn't quite savvy enough; the enraged king ends up sending a huge-ass thunderstorm (weather being [[LiteralGenie neither magical nor strictly a weapon]]) after them.
* FalseWidow: Rune's mother in ''The Lark and The Wren''.Wren'' wore a wedding ring and claimed that her nonexistent husband had been a muleteer killed by bandits in order to cover up the illegitimacy of Rune's birth. Other than the husband and wife that owned the inn she worked at, none of the villagers believed this story, especially when Stara acted like a 'loose woman' outside the inn.


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* HomeSweetHome: ''The Lark and the Wren'' ends on this note once the Free Bard protagonists gain a permanent position as court bards while the BetaCouple acquire a well-fitted out wagon to let them continue their wanderings in comfort.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: ''The Lark and the Wren'' features a cozy, high-class brothel full of these. Arguably justified in that Madam Amber is extremely careful about who she hires.
* IndenturedServitude: ''Bardic Voices'' makes the statement that indentured service was worse than slavery because slavery had rules to prevent exploitation of the workers that indentured service didn't have, and those who owned the debt were free to rack up spurious charges to extend the length of service.


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* LostColony: The setting of the books is implied to be a lost colony for at least one of the non-human species, the technologically advanced Deliambrens, and AfterTheEnd for everyone else.


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* MentorShip: In ''The Lark and the Wren'', Rune/Lark gradually falls in love with Talaysen/Wren, the head and founder of the Free Bards, after he becomes her teacher/mentor.
* MissKitty: The Madam of the brothel that Rune gets a job at (as a musician playing in the common room) goes by the name of Amber. (Not her real name, just the name that all madams of that brothel go by). She is a nice person and cares for all her employees, from the serving girls and boys in the common room to the ladies working upstairs.
* MoeGreenSpecial: A minor character is a dashing romantic figure with an eyepatch, and he tells all sorts of exciting stories about how he got it. When his girlfriend in private asks him the real story, he swears her to secrecy and says, "You know what every mother says to a boy who plays with a sharp stick?"


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* ReallyRoyaltyReveal: In ''The Lark and the Wren'', once he is encouraged to [[IdentityAmnesia remember who he is]], it turns out that Kestrel is actually the prince of Birnam, fled after his uncle deposed his father and running from the assassins chasing him.
* RightfulKingReturns: Purposefully subverted in ''The Lark and the Wren''; the old king had driven the country to the point of rebellion, the usurper is doing an excellent job, and the rightful heir only comes back to publicly renounce the throne, having neither the training nor the inclination to run a country.


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* SpeechImpediment: Kestrel/Jonny has a stutter (except when singing) due to a fever and a really awful scare he had as a child, though he eventually manages to overcome it.
* SweetPollyOliver: Rune, from ''The Lark and the Wren'', passes as a boy to join the Bardic Guild, which only accepts men. Somewhat subverted in that she's fairly open about her gender with most people not directly connected to the Guild. [[spoiler:Also, when she gets the apprenticeship and reveals her true gender, she is savagely beaten and both her instruments are broken.]] Considering they were planning to castrate "him" to keep "his" pure voice, this may have been a better fate. It turns out well enough in the end: [[spoiler:She throws in with a group of freelance bards who lack the Guild's prejudices]].
* ThisBedOfRoses: In ''The Lark and the Wren'', the heroine is housed in a brothel; she plays music for the customers, and it is made clear that no more is expected--or wanted--from her.
* TiredOfRunning: In ''A Cast of Corbies'', Free Bard Magpie says this about the Church. In her case this means staying for her part in a play, not a fight.
* UnproblematicProstitution: Used reasonably straight in "Amber's," a house of {{High Class Call Girl}}s where Rune spends some time working as a musician. None of the girls mind what they do, and Amber, the madam of the establishment, is a kind and lovely woman who looks out for all of her employees like a mother (the books do at least acknowledge that places like Amber's are not the norm).
* TheUsurper: King Charlis in ''The Lark and the Wren'', but he's actually a fairly good king, who overthrew an incompetent ruler who was bankrupting the country to pay for useless luxuries for the court. The only bad thing he ever does is try to kill the rightful prince to solidify his position, but in the end he's willing to leave Sional alone in exchange for the prince (who didn't consider himself fit to rule) publicly renouncing his claim to the throne.
* WanderingMinstrel: There's the Guild Bards and Minstrels, the Free Bards (those that are good enough to be in the Guild, but can't because they're women, or don't like the Guild), and ordinary minstrels.
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: Kestrel was the rightful king of Birnam after his uncle deposed his father. It turned out that the father was taxing the people heavily and wasting it on personal luxuries while the uncle was ruling the kingdom wisely. Kestrel publicly abdicated the throne in favor of his uncle because he did not think himself competent to take it.
22nd Aug '17 7:53:59 PM PaulA
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* ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''

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* ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''Nightingales''



* InterspeciesRomance: Happens between Nightingale, a human, and T'yfrr, a Haspur (a humanoid eagle-like race) in ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''. T'yfrr adds that such pairings happen in his homeland.

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* InterspeciesRomance: Happens between Nightingale, a human, and T'yfrr, a Haspur (a humanoid eagle-like race) in ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''.Nightingales''. T'yfrr adds that such pairings happen in his homeland.
21st Jun '17 1:05:37 PM ScrewySqrl
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* MayDecemberRomance: Rune and Talaysen. She's about 17-18 when they marry, he is at least 40. Also a case of HotForTeacher

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* MayDecemberRomance: Rune and Talaysen. She's about 17-18 16 when they marry, he is at least 40. Also a case of HotForTeacher
12th May '17 5:18:38 AM Joyce13
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* MayDecemberRomance: Rune and Talaysen. She's about 17-18 when they marry, He is at least 40. Also a case of HotForTeacher

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* MayDecemberRomance: Rune and Talaysen. She's about 17-18 when they marry, He he is at least 40. Also a case of HotForTeacher


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* PhonyPsychic: In ''Four and Twenty Blackbirds'', one of the ex-priest-mages that Tal investigates has taken on the persona of a psychic named Oskar Koob, using his magic to find information about his clients (such as seeing inside their belt pouches) and to aid in his phony consultation sessions.
29th Mar '17 3:32:39 AM Joyce13
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* AnimalThemeNaming: Gypsies take on use-names based on their job (such as hostlers being called Hob), with musicians taking on bird names. When the Free Bards were formed, they adopted the practice, with all of them taking on (or being given) bird names.
29th Mar '17 3:25:49 AM Joyce13
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* InterspeciesRomance: Happens between Nightingale, a human, and T'yfrr, a Haspur (a humanoid eagle-like race) in ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''.

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* InterspeciesRomance: Happens between Nightingale, a human, and T'yfrr, a Haspur (a humanoid eagle-like race) in ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''. T'yfrr adds that such pairings happen in his homeland.
29th Mar '17 3:18:57 AM Joyce13
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* InterspeciesRomance: Happens between Nightingale, a human, and T'yfrr, a Haspur (a humanoid eagle-like race) in ''The Eagle and the Nightingale''.



* Lizard Folk: Topaz is implied to be one. Rune doesn't have the temerity to ask what race Topaz is exactly, but suspects that upon close inspection she would have tiny scales instead of skin.

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* Lizard Folk: LizardFolk: Topaz is implied to be one. Rune doesn't have the temerity to ask what race Topaz is exactly, but suspects that upon close inspection she would have tiny scales instead of skin.
30th Nov '16 11:56:51 PM Joyce13
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* Lizard Folk: Topaz is implied to be one. Rune doesn't have the temerity to ask what race Topaz is exactly, but suspects that upon close inspection she would have tiny scales instead of skin.
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