Ms lackey has always been my all time favorite bard. The first thing I ever read of hers was magic's pawn, promise and price. I immediately found Diana afterwards and there was no possible hope of my ever finding my way out of her (ms. Lackey's) worlds, again.
I first read Diana in the late eighties or early nineties. I, naturally, went on with the serrated edge and bedlam bards series, as well as keeping up with velgarth, and eventually the 500 kingdoms hooks. I could jot possibly recommend a better author for anyone who loves to read. She has great talent, and even better, great wisdom and advice. Do not miss out on your chance to find out for yourself.