Review – The Bard’s Blade by Brian D. Anderson

The Bard's Blade

Book Title: The Bard's Blade

Book Description: "The start of a new fantasy adventure from Brian D. Anderson, bestselling author of The Godling Chronicles and Dragonvein series. Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. There she's a renowned wine maker and her betrothed, Lem, is a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together. But destiny has a way of choosing its own path, and when a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, the two are faced with a terrible prophecy. For beyond the borders, an ancient evil is returning, its age-old prison shattered. The two must leave their home behind, and in doing so will face sorcerers and thieves, con-men and assassins, treachery and greed. How far down this path will they have to go to stop the rising darkness and save their home? And how much of themselves will they have to give up along the way?"

Book Author: Brian D. Anderson

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Tor Books

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Date published: 2020-01-28

Number Of Pages: 432

  • Writing - 8/10
  • Development - 7.5/10
  • Overall - 7.75/10
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The Bard’s Blade is the first novel in a new series by Brian D. Anderson. It’s an epic saga that follows a bard and his love through an unlikely series of quests.


Quests and Prophecies in The Bard’s Blade

The Bard’s Blade is the first in a brand new series called The Sorcerer’s Song, by Brian D. Anderson. This new fantasy adventure has taken a fun concept—a bard and his prophecy—and spun it into an epic telling. One that is full of twists, turns, and other clever moments.

Lem and Mariyah are about to embark on a strange and dramatic series of events. But not together, and not for the same reasons. Unless you count love and loyalty, because they both have that in spades.

Brian D. Anderson - The Bard's BladeThe Bard’s Blade is a novel that cleverly twists concepts such as prophecies and destiny. All while warping any expectations—say a bard and his normal role in life. The unique nature of this series is already proving to be noteworthy, and thus worth checking out.


The Bard’s Blade is a novel full of enchanting descriptions, alongside the full spectrum of human nature and everything that it brings with it. This was not the sort of epic quest I expected, but it ended up being so much more fun than that.

The world that Brian D. Anderson created here is a fascinating one. Within ten minutes of reading, I found myself desperate to know and see more of it. I imagine, in that sense, I was more similar than not to certain characters. But I feel that speaks volumes about the world in itself.

The highlight of this novel has to be the clever way in which Anderson has subverted expectations and tropes. This is not your typical bard story. Nor is this a bard from a classic campaign. Lem is unique through and through, and not just because of the path he has set himself on.

There’s one core message that seemed to come up again and again: “Never allow the wickedness of others to dictate who you are.” I love that message, and I feel like it really rang true in this novel as well. On more than one occasion the plot could very well have gone differently, if not for that poignant reminder. It’s interesting food for thought, don’t you believe?


The Bard’s Blade is a fast-paced tale, with our characters running off and dealing with one series of events after another. Anderson really knew how to keep the characters busy—and thus force the plot to move forward at a steady pace.

Looking back on it, there are three distinct assumptions/impressions made about this book. The first impression was made when I read the description. I thought I knew what I was getting into then. The second impression was when I started to read, and the book quickly showed how many surprises were really in store.

The final impression came towards the second half of this novel, where I feel like all of my assumptions were again wiped clean. It is not every day that you get to read a novel that creates such an experience. And for that alone, I can promise you that The Bard’s Blade will remain in my memory for quite some time.


The Bard’s Blade was a thrilling introduction to what is sure to be a memorable series. I love how unpredictable this novel proved to be, all while quashing any semblance of expectation or trope. It was a unique reading experience, from start to finish.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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