Many people feel William Shakespeare’s work is magical, but what if we take that one step further?

Chasing the Bard by Phillipa Ballentine


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, and watch him grow into his gift. But a dark power imprisoned by human and Fey, plots to destroy both worlds, and unmake all that they have created.

Can one boy stop the destruction, even if he is William Shakespeare?

High Points

  • Beautifully crafted concept for a story.
  • Standalone Book – Not a trilogy or epic monstrosity.

Low Point

  • Even though most of the voice acting is good, there are a couple places where it’s jarringly incongruous.


This book exudes originality from the very start. A great concept. 6/6

It’s a good, but a little predictable, story. 4/6

The characterization is great. From Sive to Will to Puck. They are living characters that you want to see succeed. 5/6

The imagery is very good. The author does a great job of describing the beauties of the Fey realm. 4/6

I don’t know a lot about Shakespeare and his work, but I found myself caught up in the story, picking up elements here and there. Therefore, emotionally, I was brought in and held there. 4/6

This is one of the best produced Podiobooks to date, especially with a larger cast. There were one or two hang-ups in the voice acting, otherwise, spot on. 5/6

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. 5/6

Total Score: 33 out of 42