The Harp of Kings
A young woman is both a bard--and a warrior--in this thrilling historical fantasy from the author of the Sevenwaters novels.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. But Liobhan's burning ambition is to join the elite warrior band on Swan Island. She and her brother train there to compete for places, and find themselves joining a mission while still candidates. Their unusual blend of skills makes them ideal for this particular job, which requires going undercover as traveling minstrels. For Swan Island trains both warriors and spies.Their mission: to find and retrieve a precious harp, an ancient symbol of kingship, which has gone mysteriously missing. If the instrument is not played at the upcoming coronation, the candidate will not be accepted and the people could revolt. Faced with plotting courtiers and tight-lipped druids, an insightful storyteller, and a boorish Crown Prince, Liobhan soon realizes an Otherworld power may be meddling in the affairs of the kingdom. When ambition clashes with conscience, Liobhan must make a bold decision and is faced with a heartbreaking choice. . . .

The Harp of Kings Details

TitleThe Harp of Kings
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherAce
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

The Harp of Kings Review

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
    The day I stop getting excited about something new from Juliet Marillier is the day I start burning books. I KNOW HOW TO SPELL HER LAST NAME. From MEMORY.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I'm even more excited about this one after seeing this from Juliet Marillier in answer to a question about whether she'll write more Blackthorn & Grim stories:The publishers didn't want a continuation of the series, but my new series, Warrior Bards, features the same setting and some of the same characters one generation on, so readers will find out what happened next for Blackthorn and Grim. The first book in the new series is The Harp of Kings, which comes out some time in 2019. Read the f I'm even more excited about this one after seeing this from Juliet Marillier in answer to a question about whether she'll write more Blackthorn & Grim stories:The publishers didn't want a continuation of the series, but my new series, Warrior Bards, features the same setting and some of the same characters one generation on, so readers will find out what happened next for Blackthorn and Grim. The first book in the new series is The Harp of Kings, which comes out some time in 2019. Read the full Q&A here
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  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
    January 1, 1970
    Juliet Marillier my favorite writer of all time is writing a novel with a WARRIOR WOMAN as protagonist???!!!! OMG, my dream came true...
  • Mel (Daily Prophecy)
    January 1, 1970
    *crying*Do you see these tears?HAPPY TEARS.I will never stop being excited about a new Marillier book.
  • Carla *Jen7waters*
    January 1, 1970
    !!!!!
  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)
    January 1, 1970
    Liobhan and her brother Brocc are training on a warrior island. They are sent along with Dau on a mission to recover the Harp of Kings in time for the new king to be crowned. Of course, being a story from Marillier, supernatural things abound. It's full of Marillier's classic writing, and the characters are amazing, especially Liobhan. My only gripe is that I wish that Liobhan had more fight scenes, but Marillier has always been a bit more about the feelings.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    what what is this real make it real it better be real NEW MARILLIER.
  • Marguerite (M)
    January 1, 1970
    You know the feeling when you are eagerly waiting for your fix of pop culture? Captain Marvel? Check. Endgame? Check. Last Game of Thrones episode? Almost there.Well it's nothing compared to the massive amount of fangirling going on for a brand new Juliet Marillier's book.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    When did this happen? Why I was not aware of this until now? How can this be? want, want, want
  • Sami
    January 1, 1970
    This tale is the perfect high fantasy, with mystical druids, magical bards, and the convergence of two worlds through a ritual involving a missing harp. Three warriors are sent to find the harp: fierce Liobhan, stubborn Dao, and thoughtful Brocc, and their journey has the potential to change the fate of a nation. Marillier's storytelling is such a beautiful blend of lyrical prose and dynamic action; an irresistible combination for anyone who loves her other work.
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  • Nèngath
    January 1, 1970
    MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF MY ALL LIFE.It's the first time that Marillier is taking the point of view of a female warrior. Until now, all her heroines were healers, housewives, ladies, seers or witches (and I love them all). I love how Marillier brought in the fantasy genre domestic elements and feminine arts like weaving. Fantasy is generally a male genre in which heroines are expected to be warriors and reject anything labelled female, even basic emotions. But (almost?) twenty books later, I'm h MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF MY ALL LIFE.It's the first time that Marillier is taking the point of view of a female warrior. Until now, all her heroines were healers, housewives, ladies, seers or witches (and I love them all). I love how Marillier brought in the fantasy genre domestic elements and feminine arts like weaving. Fantasy is generally a male genre in which heroines are expected to be warriors and reject anything labelled female, even basic emotions. But (almost?) twenty books later, I'm happy Marillier is going to take the point of view of a female fighter. So while the female warrior trope has been largely overdone by everyone this last decade, I think Marillier could make it cool again. Who am I kidding? This woman could make anything cool. I will read anything by her.
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  • Yara
    January 1, 1970
    Marillier is an unfailing favorite, with her lush setting in ancient Ireland and fully fledged characters that face heart-rending decisions. This is a noteworthy beginning to a new series about a young woman who is both gifted musician and elite warrior. Much thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced e-copy.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Set in the mists of time in ancient Ireland, this is a new series by Juliet Marillier (read from an eARC from Netgalley). It follows 3 candidates (Liobhan, her brother Brocc and Dao) who wish to become trained warriors and spies. As the story begins they are all training at Swan Island in hopes of becoming permanent members of the warrior band knowing that a minority of candidates actually make the cut. As the training continues but before it finishes they are all three chosen to go on a missio Set in the mists of time in ancient Ireland, this is a new series by Juliet Marillier (read from an eARC from Netgalley). It follows 3 candidates (Liobhan, her brother Brocc and Dao) who wish to become trained warriors and spies. As the story begins they are all training at Swan Island in hopes of becoming permanent members of the warrior band knowing that a minority of candidates actually make the cut. As the training continues but before it finishes they are all three chosen to go on a mission. Liobhan and Brocc are also wonderful musicians and that will be their undercover identity. Dao will go undercover as a farrier's assistant and they will be sent to a kingdom to the south to try and find a missing harp. The harp is necessary for the crowning of the new King of Breifne which will take place on Midsummer's Day and time is growing short. The three warrior candidates realize that this will be a real life test of their skills as well as their ability to work undercover and with each other. It is a story that keeps you reading and hoping to soon read more about these characters. I had never read this author before but I will be seeking out her other books.
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  • Brenna Thom
    January 1, 1970
    Juliet Marillier is an incredible storyteller. There’s no doubt about. I’ve loved her work since I first read Daughter of the Forest in high school, and I have become a lifelong fan. The Harp of Kings was no exception. For those who have read Marillier’s other series, Blackthorn and Grim, Liobhan and her brother, Brocc, are Blackthorn and Grim’s children. I quite enjoyed the references to the other series. Liobhan, Brocc, and their fellow Swan Island trainee, Dau, take turns narrating the story. Juliet Marillier is an incredible storyteller. There’s no doubt about. I’ve loved her work since I first read Daughter of the Forest in high school, and I have become a lifelong fan. The Harp of Kings was no exception. For those who have read Marillier’s other series, Blackthorn and Grim, Liobhan and her brother, Brocc, are Blackthorn and Grim’s children. I quite enjoyed the references to the other series. Liobhan, Brocc, and their fellow Swan Island trainee, Dau, take turns narrating the story. The three of them along with their trainers are sent on a mission to retrieve a stolen harp that is necessary for the coronation of a new king of Breifne. I really enjoyed all three of the main characters, and I appreciated the depth of their characterization. None were one dimensional and simply a warrior or just a bard. The story was well written, and I’m very excited to see how their story will continue in the next installment. The Harp of Kings is definitely worth reading.
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  • Shoshana G
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fairly standard Juliet Marillier book! That's not a bad thing - I knew what to expect and I got it. It takes place in the Blackthorne and Grim universe, which frankly isn't my favorite of her books, but stands independently. Siblings Liobhan and Brocc are training to become elite warriors on Swan Island, alond with Dao, their main competition for the limited slots. The three of them are sent on a mission to retrieve the missing harp of kings, which is important for the ritual coronati This was a fairly standard Juliet Marillier book! That's not a bad thing - I knew what to expect and I got it. It takes place in the Blackthorne and Grim universe, which frankly isn't my favorite of her books, but stands independently. Siblings Liobhan and Brocc are training to become elite warriors on Swan Island, alond with Dao, their main competition for the limited slots. The three of them are sent on a mission to retrieve the missing harp of kings, which is important for the ritual coronation of the king of the kingdom of Breifne. Soon, they discover that the heir may not be suited for leadership, and the mission takes a turn for the uncanny. The characterization was great and the setting is vibrant.I read an e-ARC through NetGalley.
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  • FriendsofJuliet
    January 1, 1970
    If you love the Blackthorn and Grim Series by Juliet Marillier, you will adore her new novel The Harp of Kings. If you have never read Blackthorn and Grim - you will aore her new novel The Harp of Kings! Quite simply it is a wonderful, exciting read; combining magic, mystery, heartbreak and the meeting of the Otherworld with the 'real' world. This story will bring you to the edge of your seat and make you cry. It is Juliet Marillier at her best. If there was a 10 star rating, that is what I woul If you love the Blackthorn and Grim Series by Juliet Marillier, you will adore her new novel The Harp of Kings. If you have never read Blackthorn and Grim - you will aore her new novel The Harp of Kings! Quite simply it is a wonderful, exciting read; combining magic, mystery, heartbreak and the meeting of the Otherworld with the 'real' world. This story will bring you to the edge of your seat and make you cry. It is Juliet Marillier at her best. If there was a 10 star rating, that is what I would give it.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I love every book Juliet Marillier has written. Her use of language and imagery puts you right into the scene with her characters, and her expert use of folklore and story craft keep you hooked from the first page. This is a marvelous book, and I can't wait for the next installment in the Warrior Bards series!
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    A great start to a new series by Juliet Marillier. I devoured this book as I do with every one of hers. I enjoyed how she tied in elements from her other series. I hope the next one isn’t too far off!
  • Jerold Farver
    January 1, 1970
    Great muse of writing, thank you for your gift of Ms. Marillier's talent!A wonderful tale done with respect to Celtic folklore. It was a joy to read such strong true story. The primary protagonist is a competent young woman, a genuinely powerful and talented musician and warrior. The elven queen is both powerful and delicate. The adopted brother is a bard and something more. All and all, a genuinely good book
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  • lenahislenah
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this sounds like everything I ever wanted in a book.
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from First to Read in exchange for honest review
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