Chasing the Bard (Fey #1) by Philippa Ballantine

Chasing the Bard (Fey #1)

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 people.The 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,...

Details Chasing the Bard (Fey #1)

TitleChasing the Bard (Fey #1)
Release DateApr 1st, 2005
PublisherDragon Moon Press
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fairies, Fae

Reviews Chasing the Bard (Fey #1)

  • Chris
    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...
  • Rosalind M
    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 have more ...
  • Melissa Hayden
    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 t...
  • Simetra
    Loving listening to the podcast version. The full cast really brings the story to life.
  • Marc
    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...
  • Carl Alves
    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 t...
  • Rose
    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 drivin...
  • Koren Lester
    OMG I totally loved this book!!! I listened to the download from 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.
  • Ungelic_is_us
    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.
  • Nannika
    Read as an audiobook discovered on, this is my favourite audiobook of all time and I will never forget this author. The story was crisp and clean. No excessive crap, just...nice. This books was an enjoyable experience, never mind the end...was hoping for more. But I love this author too bad.
  • Cmoore
    A fantasy using Will Shakespeare as the protagonist and the fey [where else would he get some of his ideas?] This was quite fun...
  • ☺~Tina~☺
    I guess I'm missing something on this book; it has high ratings so I curled up prepared for a good read. I was bored out of my mind and really had to force myself to finish this book. I put this book down so many times but kept saying it will get better. The main reason was I wanted to see how things ended with Sive, William and Mordant. The book didn't start picking up for me till around 60% way to late to rate any higher. It seemed to drone on ...
  • Katriona
    Interesting concept but not executed well. The Fey go from being a superior race of fairy type immortals to little better than children, then back again. The worlds also lacked magic, but I can see some development may work in that area. Really liked the character of Puck, and going by the end of thebook, the author had fallen for him too and given him a better character and personality than the heroine Sive - whose personality went on a strange ...
  • Nicole Lowe
    Chasing the Bard is a wonderful historical fantasy novel. Two worlds, the mortal and the fey, are facing the unmaker and total destruction. Heroes from both worlds will have to set aside their differences to survive. Happily ever after is not always the best choice for a book and isn't how the real world plays out either. Her description of the fey people and world reaches a nice balance of painting a vivid picture and allowing the reader to fill...
  • Chris Branch
    A clever idea to intertwine the reality of Shakespeare's life with faerie fantasy, and although I'm not a huge fan of either, the combination works. I did find the antagonist to be one of those "pure force of evil" bad guys and thus not so interesting as a character, but the complexities of the various protagonists made up for it. Also as others have said, there were numerous minor typos and formatting problems in the Kindle edition... but it was...
  • David Ketelsen
    I'm surprised at how many negative reviews there are on this book. I found Ballantine's novel a spirited explanation for Shakespeare's source of inspiration for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Chasing the Bard is inspiring and tragic and will stay with you for quite a while. Ballantine's prose matches her material and is quite a departure from her Steampunk books. I had trouble putting this book down.
  • AK Mama Reads
    Wish there was a 1 1/2 star option, because this is definitely not even a 2 star book.My main problems were her poor characterization of Puck, the absolute inability to ever include the "r" in any instance of the word brought (which happens to occur on just about every other page,) and the general lack of editing. The story itself wasn't bad, and I even found myself wanting to know what was going to happen with Will, but in the end, I was just co...
  • Lise
    It's a little bit odd, listening to this podiobook after the sequel. I'm a little bit unclear on when Sive got pregnant, and how Brigit came to regain her body, or even how and why the Unmaker managed to be a threat again. I'm also not totally convinced that magic is consistent between the two works.
  • Chris Hvidsten
    I actually listened to the podcast version of this novel, and I must say it put a very interesting spin on the life of William Shakespeare.A relative stranger to the land of the Fey, I felt I was able to absorb myself in the story without trying to point out any canonical conflicts with established myths and legends. This made it that much more enjoyable.
  • Alex
    Chasing The Bard is an interesting idea, and Philippa's writing is chock-full of evocative and imaginative descriptions. The book covers a wide timeframe and I found that I liked some parts more than others, primarily because of the different dynamics of the key relationships at the different stages. Overall I enjoyed this, even thought I never really warmed to the character of Sive.
  • Jean
    A brilliant imagining of the world of the fey. Rich characters and a richer world, with an interesting story dragged down by a slow beginning and a hurried, meh ending. I enjoyed it, and I liked the style - I look forward to reading more from this author - but this particular story didn't 'stick' with me.
  • Renee
    The e-book version of this was free but riddled with typos to the point of distraction. However, the story itself is fairly good if a little aggravating. I'm not sure I'm content with the ending. But if its a free book, you might want to check it out and read it on the side.
  • Joy
    This was just too pedestrian to keep my interest. Mining a batch of names from old UK myth, Arthurian work and Shakespeare, then thrown in some neo-pagan concepts is sure easy on the imagination for an author. It would appeal, possibly, to a tween reader.
  • Weston Kincade
    As an English teacher and a fan of British Lit and Shakespeare, I couldn't help but pick up this book. It was great. I loved the combination of classic literary history and the integration of the fey world. I highly recommend it. Five stars all the way.
  • Adrianne
    This story is told, not shown. The pacing is slow and distant from the characters. Sive is ordered by her brother to marry someone she knows is evil, and she does almost without protest. I just couldn't stomach it.
  • Alison (Lady Coffin) S
    Interesting read about Will the Bard(aka William Shakespeare), Puck and his cousin Sive also her brother the King of Fey. It also has a few others..... A fun twist on how most of us might believe Shakespeare came about his creativity.
  • Brian
    Fantastic twist on the history of one of literature's most revered figures.I'm not a huge Shakespeare scholar, but I still managed to catch most of the references thrown at me.A great story, well-told. Excellent work Philippa!
  • Jo
    shakespeare the fey a great danger this book should have been awesome but unfortunately the blurb on the back was better than the book there was only one shining light to this book and that was the character Sive otherwise it would have been 1 star