Tales of a Minstrel

Tala Bar

A new book of fantasy tales about an adventurous minstrel.

Tales of a Minstrel follows the adventures of a minstrel named Finbar as he travels from village to village telling his stories. His own experiences, however, tend to outshine even the most exciting story he tells.

The first chapter begins with Finbar struggling to hold onto his life while fighting back monsters and memories and feverish dreams. The chapters that follow describe magic and life and love, taking him from one world to another, battling magicians and enchanted animals, dragons and bears and evil wizards, across time and great distance.

Throughout his travels he encounters a wide variety of intriguing characters and fantastic settings including a family of magicians (some ignorant of their powers), a mother and daughter who become animals, and an epic battle with evil featuring Ofara the Witch, an intriguing character who calls upon Finbar to help defend the world and save magic from destruction.

Tala Bar tells this tale in nine vignettes, discrete stories that paint a vivid and compelling work. Tala Bar's storytelling may even rival that of Finbar himself.

“The man of music and art crafts those out of his many experiences. Tales of a Minstrel is a novel of fantasy from Tala Bar who presents a story in nine pieces following Finbar the minstrel as he counters many curious country and does his part in keeping the world moving on, even if has to save it entirely. Tales of a Minstrel is a fun adventure of traditional fantasy, very much recommended reading.” Midwest Book Review

“In Tales of a Minstrel, Tala Bar reminds us of the power of storytelling, and shows us that even in a world brimming with magic, the greatest magic of all is love.” Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds, winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, and other novels

Tala Bar was born on a kibbutz in Israel. She lived in London for a time where she received an M.Phil. in Hebrew literature and later a BA in English. She returned to Israel to teach Hebrew and English languages and literature. She has a number of books, stories, and articles published in print and on the net, both in Hebrew and English.