Book Review The Harp of Kings

Watch the official trailer for The Harp of Kings

To celebrate the release of Juliet Marillier’s anticipated new novel, The Harp of Kings, here’s the official book trailer!

Trailer by Annette Mcquarrie, Favourite Fantasy Fiction & FriendsOfJuliet
Original music by Andy Findon and Deian Rowlands

Bard. Warrior. Rebel. 

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart and is a rare talent on the harp. But Liobhan’s burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. While she and her brother are competing for places in this band, they are asked to go undercover as travelling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.

Their mission is to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship. If the harp is not played at the upcoming coronation, the heir will not be accepted and the kingdom will be thrown into turmoil. Faced with plotting courtiers, secretive druids, an insightful storyteller and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realises an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the realm. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision – and the consequences may break her heart.

‘Completely transported me to the wonder and enchantment of ancient Ireland.’ Callie Bates, author of The Waking Land 

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This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

The Harp of Kings

The Harp of Kings was one of my most anticipated reads of the year for me.

Juliet Marillier’s new novel The Harp of Kings marks the promising beginning to an entirely new series focused on warrior bards in an ancient Ireland. Though some of the main characters have ties to her previous Blackthorn & Grim series.

This work is first installment in a new Warrior Bard Series

Juliet Marillier’s writing style grips you from the start with a mixture of magical Celtic atmosphere, gripping storyline, slow-burning romance.

A young woman is both a bard–and a warrior–in this thrilling historical fantasy

Eighteen-year-old Liobhan is a powerful singer and an expert whistle player. Her brother has a voice to melt the hardest heart, and a rare talent on the harp.

18-year-old girl Liobhan who is attending Swan Island to learn how to fight and spy. Swan Island is an organization of warriors for hire. Liobhan hopes to join their ranks if she can prove her skills exceptional. Her training gets interrupted when she is asked to go on a mission to locate a missing item. This is a trial and Liobhan along with her comrades must prove to the Swan Island Elders they have what it takes to get the job done. Liobhan ends up uncovering many truths in her journey along with the fact the Otherworld

The books intriguing storyline with characters that are complex and intriguing,

Strong fearless women are again at the forefront – with Liobhan just as kick-ass And definitely holds her own.

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Juliet Marillier’s new book, The Harp of Kings is superb Celtic fantasy blended with sweeping historical magical realism. The book is Captivating with rich gorgeous writing.

Her book are so enjoyable they have become rereads for me.

Juliet Marillier was born July 27, 1948 in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and a B Mus (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a major influence on her writing.

Juliet is the author of seventeen historical fantasy novels for adults and young adults, as well as a book of short fiction. Juliet’s novels and short stories have won many awards.

Juliet lives in a 110 year old cottage in a riverside suburb of Perth, Western Australia. She shares her home with a small pack of waifs and strays – she is a foster carer for an animal rescue group. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren. Juliet is a member of the druid order OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.) 

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