Bedlam's Bard Author:Mercedes Lackey This book contains two complete novels: "Knight of Ghosts and Shadows" and "Summoned to Tourney." — Free and easy, no commitments--that's how Eric Banyon lived. He wouldn't get rich as a street musician or playing flute for tourists at medieval Faires around the country. But he treasured his freedom and had never regretted his lack of close ties.... more » At least, not until recently.
Maybe it was because his girlfriend left him (and made an ugly scene behind the main stage of the Los Angeles Faire.) Or maybe it was a sense of always being an outsider, never quite fitting in. The bottom line was, Eric had the blues and a broken heart was a perfect excuse to wallow. Grabbing his flute and a flask, he went in search of solitude--and found it in a grove of ancient oak trees.
There, he filled the night with sorrow, one melody leading into another--flawlessly, effortlessly. And then, unbidden, the music changed. It began to flow through him, wild and fey...
The next day he met Korendil.
There were weirdos all over LA. The last thing Eric Banyon needed was attention from a guy who called him "Bard" and claimed to be an elf who'd been bound by an evil spell, until the music of Eric's fluted Awakened him.
And that was just an appetizer, the rest of Kerndil's story was even harder to swallow. There was a war going on, he said, between the elf Prince Terenil and Perenor, another elf lord bent on usurping all the world's magic, leaving not only elven kind but humanity trapped in a grim new world. Perenor was winning that war. Casualties could be seen in shopping malls and seedy bars--elves who were slowly dying as human encroachment cut them off from their magical groves.
Koredil insisted that Eric could turn the tide, for he truly was a Bard--one of those rare mortals born with the magic to create. But Eric didn't think of himself as the epic hero type. He was only human.« less