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I've enjoyed every single story featuring Gorlen Vizenfirthe by Marc Laidlaw that I've read. "Songwood" takes place in the same universe but the bard is only there to hear a story told by a gargoyle named Spar.
"Songwood" is a sea faring romance between two magical creatures stuck at sea on a ship full of unseemly characters. Songwood is a type of enchanted wood. It's sentient and when happy, able to sing the most enchanting of songs.
I liked watching the friendship between the gargoyle and figurehead develop. It's not an especially long story, just long enough. It's not my favorite Laidlaw story but it was still a good read.
Other stories in the same universe: