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The Harp of Kings

(Warrior Bards #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,173 ratings  ·  684 reviews
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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Ace Books
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chai ♡
Considering starting The Harp of Kings Diet, which is basically just red wine and my own burning disappointment in this book.

I could pull out a comically long scroll listing everything that's aggravated me about this novel but I wanna have a nice day and be in a good mood. I just wanna say that I had to double check that this book was indeed released in the year 2019. Maybe it's just me. I just no longer have patience for books that traffic in overly misogynistic and extremely heteronormative se
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 Kindle US 7/23/20

Thank you Netgalley!! I love this author soooo much 😫

I love Juliet Marillier so much! I was so stoked when I saw she had another book coming out and in the same world as some of her other books. You don't have to have read them first though.

This book is told through three POV's. Liobhan, Brocc and Dau. Liobhan and Brocc are brother and sister and they are fighters and singers. Dau just wants to be the best warrior. But, Liobhan is the best warrior! Girl power!

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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.

Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: Kindle daily deal 23Jul20 1.99

4.5 Sing Me a Song My Bard Stars


Juliet Marillier builds fantastic fairytales with subtle magic, complicated characters and wondrous worlds. Harp of Kings is no exception to that. Set years after the Blackthorn and Grim stories, this tale follows some of the next generation including Liobhan and Brocc, two of the three children Blackthorn and Grimm raised.

Harp of Kings is the first book of a new series. It is set in the same world as the Blackthorn and G
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Ace) in exchange for an honest review.
“A person can never hear too many tales. Tales are like honey cakes. Once you have tasted one, you want another, and another, and always more.”

This was my first encounter with Juliet Marillier, but it certainly won’t be the last. I can see her becoming one of those authors I turn to when I’ve just had enough of the darkness, and need something bright and pretty in my life. The Harp of
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
There is something about Juliet Marillier’s writing. She grips you from the start with a mixture of magical Celtic atmosphere, gripping storyline, slow-burning romance and humour. As soon as I heard that she was releasing another series, I WAS IN! I have enjoyed every single book of Marillier’s that I have read and this one is another gem to add to the collection!

The Story
Liobhan and Brocc are brother and sister, and are training to be in a group of elite Celtic warriors. Because of their musica
Sherwood Smith
Juliet Marillier has been writing historical fantasy for long enough that she is clearly comfortable in that world, working in all the little details that delight readers who want to sink into a world.

I believe this is the beginning of a new series, and if I'm right, that would explain the sustained sense to the pacing--a change from some of the breakneck paced, often extremely violent fantasies out there that trade superhero-level fighting with snark. And I enjoy those!

But I also enjoy a slower
h o l l i s
A Marillier almost put me into a book slump. A Marillier. What even is life.

This was one of my top top anticipated reads of the year and yet.. I don't know what happened? Maybe this was a me thing, I don't know, but this just wasn't working me until the last 20%. I fully finished this with tears on my face so, like, what even?

There are plenty of lovely easter eggs for fans of the author's Blackthorn and Grim series and that was a delight. But the story itself, the plot, I just didn't find intere
I've been a fan of Juliet Marillier ever since I first started reading her Blackthorn and Grim series a few years ago so I was absolutely thrilled to find out that she was returning to this world with The Harp of Kings. Although the new Warrior Bards series can easily be read without reading the previous books the story is set in the same world but many years later and it stars Blackthorn and Grim's grown up children Liobhan and Brocc.

Liobhan is a skilled musician and singer but the one thing sh
This was a little slower than I'd have liked but I did eventually get through it. It's a pretty light on fantasy about music, nature and Fair Folk with a mild dose of court behaviour. Slightly too bland for my tastes, if I'm honest.

The plot: On Swan Island, brother Brocc and sister Liobhan are training to become warriors. They also play music. They're given a mission - along with a fellow trainee, Dau, and two trainers - to journey to a kingdom nearby that's lost a super special harp that's of v
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Prior to winning this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, I had not heard of Juliet Marillier. Apparently, her most popular books came out when I was still a little too young to read them, but after skimming some of her info on Goodreads, I realized she has quite a devoted fanbase. Now, having read The Harp of Kings, I can see why. Brimming with Celtic mythology, fierce warriors, passionate musicians, and memorable characters, this book feels like a classic quest fantasy in all the best ways.

So, let’s
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
4.5 stars

Exactly what I was expecting from Juliet Marillier in terms of quality. I loved the story, and getting some idea of how things went for Blackthorn and Grim after their story came to a close was an extra bonus.

Since it is Marillier, of course there were some emotional and tear-inducing parts. All around, so wonderful, and I'm already pining for another installment.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Yay! I just got approved for the NetGalley ARC!! *throws confetti in air*

A few months back, myself and my fellow co-bloggers decided to get organized. One of the first things I did was make a spreadsheet of all the ARCs (advanced reader copies) we had, sorted by date of release.

I felt terrible while making it.

Being granted ARCs is a privilege. We’re located in the U.S., which means that for some odd reason, publishers give us priority with digital and physical ARCs. The fact that we had such a large, unread backlog of them made me feel guilty AF and ungrateful to boo
Sonja Arlow
This author was my gateway into the fantasy genre when I picked up her Sevenwater series almost 20 years ago.

Because of her I started trying other fantasy writers and sub genres and my reading life will forever be richer because of that. However sadly I think I have outgrown her stories.

I found the characters a little too black and white for my liking. The bad guys were just there as a plot device and there was a clear arc the main characters followed with no real surprises along the way.

ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
Juliet Marillier my favorite writer of all time is writing a novel with a WARRIOR WOMAN as protagonist???!!!! OMG, my dream came true...
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ll always and forever be a big fan of Juliet Marillier, but I also have to be honest, and the truth is I wasn’t too crazy about this one. Bear in mind though, I’ve probably been spoiled so hard by her Sevenwaters series and Blackthorn & Grim trilogy that these days I set a pretty high bar whenever I pick up one of her books, and to be sure, The Harp of Kings was a solid fantasy novel but I don’t think it was her best.

Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review on my blog Shades of Paper.

“To be the best, you must give body, heart and soul.”

The Harp of Kings was my first dive into Juliet Marillier’s fantasy world, and I was so excited. I’ve been hearing amazing things about this book lately, and the premise sounded absolutely fantastic, so I went into it with such high expectations, and overall I ended up really enjoying this book, though I had some issues with certain elements of the story.

Something that actually su
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I knew was that it's a new book by Juliet Marillier. I. Must. Read. It. I didn't really bother finding out what the book was about so you can just imagine my pleasure to find out when I started reading that it's set in the same universe as that of Blackthorn & Grimm's because I really loved that trilogy.

The opening scene was exciting with a fight in the rain and being told from the perspective of Liobhan, it was easy to fall into the story & liking her. When perspective changed (there are 2
Di Maitland
"I didn't want to wake you. You're much less frightening when you're fast asleep."

I really liked this book, but I didn't love it like I've loved a good few of Marillier's books. Like most (all?) of Marillier’s books, it was a gentle tale in a rich setting, with otherworldly elements and a slow-burn romance that I suspect will take all three books to come to fruition.

Liobhan (pronounced variously Le-VAUGHN or LEE-vaughn) and her brother, Brocc, are undergoing warrior trials on Swan Island, hoping
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – The Harp of Kings
Author – Juliet Marillier
Series – Warrior Bards #1
Cliffhanger? - Yes
Publication Date – September 3, 2019
Genre – Fantasy
Type – Multiple POV (Liobhan, Brocc, Dau)
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
Ms. Marillier always has such a talent at building such a fantastical world with amazing creatures and perfectly developed characters. Like take for instance…Liobha
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 harps. A terrific beginning to a new series by Juliet Marillier. The character work was great, as usual, with complicated motivations and emotions at work amongst the three PoV warrior-trainees.
I haven’t read this author’s Blackthorn and Grim series yet, and thankfully it’s not necessary to fully enjoy this book. There are connections to Marillier’s Sevenwaters series also, though again familiarity with that series is not critical to this story’s action.
I love Marillier's writing style, and
I have been a long-time fan of Juliet Marillier's writing and the worlds she has created, but this effort felt a little flat to me. There was still action and adventure and spying, in the human world and among the fae, but we didn't spend enough time with the three main characters or their backstories to really care about them deeply. Instead, this felt like a sketch for what should have been a longer book. I was happy to revisit some of the places and people from previous Marillier books (and t ...more
Katie Gallagher
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Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. The Harp of Kings debuted September 3rd.

I have a lot of respect for Juliet Marillier for writing the Sevenwaters trilogy. It’s been years since I read the first Sevenwaters book, but I remember it being absolutely fantastic. I also read Wildwood Dancing last year, which I loved, and I’m looking forward to reading the seque
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This return to Marillier's ancient Ireland introduces three young trainees for the elite warrior society of Swan Island and has them sent on a mission to find the missing Harp of Kings. There are Liobhan, a powerful warrior and musician, her brother Brocc who's talent for music is even greater and Dau, a prince who considers himself their rival. The Harp of Kings is required for the upcoming coronation of the new King of Breifne and must be found for the people to accept him. But there's a myste ...more
Sydney S
PLOT: 4 stars, CHARACTERS: 4 stars, WRITING STYLE: 3 stars, CREATIVITY: 4 stars, FIRST HALF ENJOYMENT: 2.5 stars, SECOND HALF ENJOYMENT: 4 stars, ENDING: 5 stars

I am so glad I didn’t read the Goodreads summary before I read the book. Basically spoils the first half of the book. If you want to be surprised, you probably won’t be reading reviews either, so my warning might not save anyone, but just in case. Also, I wrote most of this review while reading, so I’m going to give an overall-enjoyment
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard-it-audible
I love the worlds Juliet Marillier plays in because it’s delightful escapism.
I loves that she writes bad a*** strong female MC’s.
This was a perfect MOOD piece for “Feb Love Month”.

Sure, you could argue that her style is somewhat predictive and formulaic. (And you would be right.)
And that her style could boarder on campy or cheesy. (Another correct point.)

BUT her actual deployment always grabs my heart so that I CANNOT for the life of me focus on my other TBR/TBL books.

And this book, is actua
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review from Tenacious Reader:

After reading the Blackthorn and Grim series by Marillier, I just knew I had to read more of her work. While I’ve not yet made time for backlist books, this start to a new series was irresistible. It also had a double whammy for expectations. First, I loved her other books so much, that my standards for Marillier are pretty high. Second, I found the premise of this series a must read no matter who the author was.

The protagonis
4.5 stars

Honestly, I picked this up because I play D and D and love playing a bard and was excited to see a bard featured in a serious fantasy series, but I didn't really expect amazingness except in the sense of the ridiculousness of it. I was happily surprised that not only could these bards be serious fantasy characters but that I enjoyed this book so much. It is told from the viewpoint of three different characters, only two of which are bards, and I raced through listening to it. I couldn't
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This begins terribly. It’s stilted. It’s almost - rusty, in a way - painstakingly put together, but it still squeaks. Despite the deliberate quality to the writing, the pacing is uneven, and the backstory is dispensed with awkward stinginess. The point of view jumps feel unnecessary and the voices aren’t clearly distinguishable. The dialogue is inconsistent and shifts in tone, sometimes in a single conversation, and the plot begins with a series of events that feel trite and unimportant, strung ...more
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Juliet Marillier was born 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 Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

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