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Beyond world's end
Mercedes Lackey
Adult Fiction LACKEY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A human bard returns to the mortal world to find himself battling both elven and human demons in this entertaining entry in Lackey's Urban Faerie series. In this sequel to Bedlam's Bard, Eric Banyon moves to New York to finish his Julliard studies as a flautist, only to find that his apartment building is a safe house for the city's magical Guardians. Together with his Guardian neighbors, his friends Beth and Kory from the previous book, and his erstwhile flame, Ria Llewellyn, Banyon uncovers both a plot to open a nexus to the elven world, Underhill, in the middle of Manhattan and a group of scientists' scheme to use psychotropic drugs to uncover magical powers in normal people. Both the scientists and Aerune, the dark prince, hope to harness the drug-induced abilities of New York's street people to build their own powerÄuntil Banyon and his friends intervene. Continual references to contemporary New York life help contextualize and anchor a story that might otherwise wobble on its fantastical underpinnings. While the main characters verge on predictability, quick, vivid portraits of side characters are much more interesting. Readers will want to have read Bedlam's Bard for the back story of Lackey and Edghill's faerie world's complex geography and social structure. Even on its own merits, however, this novel's accessible blend of the urban and the whimsical will appeal to those who wonder whether the phantasmagoric walk city streets. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When Eric Banyon leaves the elven realm of Underhill and returns to New York City in the World Above to pursue his musical studies, he finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict between rival elven courts and their business interests in the mortal world. Coauthors Lackey and Edgehill have created a fast-paced urban fantasy that resonates with the pulse of the modern world while remaining true to ancient legends. Fans of Charles de Lint and Tanya Huff should enjoy the latest installment of the popular "Bedlam Bards" series. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Eric Banyon
Male
Resumed his flute studies at Juilliard; looking to live a quiet life.
Musician

Korendil "Kory"
Male
Nobleman
Warrior

Beth
Female
Witch

Aerune mac Audelaine
Male
Elf
Wants to use enslaving drugs to conquer the human world.



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