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A Dance with Fate

(Warrior Bards #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,164 ratings  ·  222 reviews
A young woman who is both a bard--and a warrior--seeks to repay her debts and settle scores in this thrilling historical fantasy series.

The young warrior and bard Liobhan has lost her brother to the Otherworld. Even more determined to gain a place as an elite fighter, she returns to Swan Island to continue her training. But Liobhan is devastated when her comrade Dau is inj
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Ace Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Available on Amazon today 9/1/20 My Amazon Review Below

4.5 stars

This second book was sooo good!! I mean I generally love Juliet Marillier books anyway so there’s that. There were a few animals things as y’all know I don’t condone, hence the 4.5 stars.

The story is told in the three POV’s of Liobhan, Dau and Brocc and a few chapters with the POV of Eirne.

One day during a practice, Dau gets hurt and loses his eyesight. The powers that be on the island had
Robin (Bridge Four)
Release Day!!!

A Dance with Fate is the second book of the Warrior Bards series. This is a spin off from the Blackthorn and Grim (B&G) series and includes two of their children Liobhan and Brock along with the Swan Island warriors introduced in the B&G series.

Our tale picks up about a year after the events of The Harp of Kings. Liobhan has already gone back to tell her family of Brocks decision to go live in Faery and she and Dau are the top students in the class, always pushing each other. When
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
SHE DID IT AGAIN!!! Juliet Marillier has written another BRILLIANT original fantasy novel with endearing characters, brilliant atmosphere and a superb plot. I cannot understate how much I love her writing. OH THE FEELS!!!

Just as the Swan Island warriors are about to complete their training, a freak accident fighting Liobhan leaves Dau without his sight and on his way back to his family and the ill-treatment of his despicable brother. Liobhan is indentured as a bond-servant for a year as punishme
I liked this one a lot better than the first book! 3.5 stars, rounded up.

WARNING: This review may contain spoilers for the first novel in the series, The Harp of Kings.

Without further ado, let me present the plot:
In an awkward fight accident Dau is blinded and as a consequence is sent back to the childhood home that still haunts him. Liobhan, blamed for the accident but also aware of Dau's traumatic past, agrees to accompany him as a bond servant for a year. This is not a fun time for them. Mea
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this, even more than the predecessor, The Harp of Kings. It is definitely one of my favourite reads of 2020.

Liobhan and Dau are forced to return to Dau's family home, the place Dau fled as a child to escape his sadistic brother Seanan. If anything, in the intervening years Seanan has only matured into his cruelty and increased his level of control over the household, creating a dangerous and seemingly inescapable situation for Liobhan and Dau. Meanwhile, Brocc has his own trou
I feel like I need to preface my review with this: I am a diehard Marillier fan. She has written my all time favorite books. Her work can take you to the depths of despair and then bring you back with the brightest hope. Her stories are quests of the heart. Journeys made to change lives, save families, and make you believe in magic. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried. I’ve felt my heart squeeze in agony and longing. Juliet has a chemistry in her writing and relationships that is irresistible and consuming ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars (release date 9-1-2020)

You can read all of my reviews at NerdGirlLovesBooks.

This is the second book in the exciting "Warrior Bards" book series. There is plenty of action, intrigue and suspense in this riveting book. I couldn't put it down, and even though it's 512 pages, I read it in 3 days. I cannot WAIT to see what happens next!

The story begins as Liobhan and Dau are about to finish their Swan Island training. Part of the celebration includes exhibition fights between the trainees.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Dance with Fate is a powerful emotional story. I cried. A lot.
While the plot is rather simple, the characters are complicated and authentic, with rich narrative arcs and independant voices. In my opinion, Dau and Liobhan are Marillier's most fleshed-out characters so far. Since Blackthorn and Grimm, Marillier has broken up with her usual patterns of writings and I find it refreshing. Like in the previous book, A Dance with Fate entertwins three points of view. While Liobhan follows an injured
Di Maitland
'He fought with remarkable bravery and skill, blind man or no. But all the time he would have been cursing the moment fate dealt in that blow. He would have known, as I did, that if he'd been his old self, if I hadn't still been feeling the effects of the draft, we could have accounted for those men without Brocc's help, we could have protected Corb. Dau's allowed a moment of snarling unpleasantness - but only one. If he speaks to me like that again, I'll slap him.'

4.5* A lovely story and even b
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Liobhan, Brocc, and Dau are back. Well… I mean Brocc is in the Otherworld, because of things that happened in the last book, which I won’t spoil. Things happened… in and around and slightly adjacent to the Otherworld.

Liobhan and Dau are still on Swan Island training as warriors. One day, in a display fight against Liobhan, Dau is injured accidentally, costing him his vision. His family blames Liobhan for the injury, and so she agrees to go back to his
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
thank you netgalley and the publisher for giving me the chance to listen to this audiobook

this book is just as beautifully written as Marillier's previous works. We meet Liobhan, Dau and Brocc who we meet in the previous book.
I don't want to spoil any of the action during this book but something unravels due to an accident. How this affects both Liobhan as well as Dau (who the accident happened to) is done well, as well as how Liobhan has to pay for it. I don't want to say anyting else because
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After they have returned to Swan Island Liobhan and Dau continue their friendship and rivalry. Both are tested to the extreme when an accident in a training bout leaves Dau blind, and Dau's family claims payment from Liobhan as compensation. We learned in the previous book that Dau has little love for his family, and why is gone into detail here with him being at his evil brother's mercy and Liobhan almost helpless to save him. Meanwhile in the fae realm, Liobhan's brother Brocc continues to hav ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
5 stars! This was my first read by Juliet Marrilier and it was actually an Audiobook. This was book two of this series and can be read as a stand-alone. I thought the narrators, three of them were awesome. Very articulate and believable. I fell right into the story and wanted to finish it in one sitting.
This was the best YA, sci-fi, fantasy romance book I’ve read this year. There isn’t one thing I would change about it. The author skillfully wrote a book that had great pace and depth. A colorfu
Sofia Teixeira
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Juliet Marillier is fantasy's eternal queen. Love her, loved this book. Loving this series. How long until the next one? :( ...more
Jodie- Readthewriteact
I absolutely adore this series. I read the first book last year? I think it was last year. Anyway I fell in love with the characters and the dual storyline. I had such high hopes that this would be another amazing read (while scrolling my fingers it wouldn't be the dreaded second book hot mess). It was so good. I immediately fell back into this world and loved to see that characters new journeys. I cannot wait to dive right back in with the next book. ...more
The young warrior and bard Liobhan has lost her brother to the Otherworld. Even more determined to gain a place as an elite fighter, she returns to Swan Island to continue her training. But Liobhan is devastated when her comrade Dau is injured and loses his sight in their final display bout. Blamed by Dau's family for the accident, she agrees to go to Dau's home as a bond servant for the span of one year.

There, she soon learns that Oakhill is a place of dark secrets. The vicious Crow Folk still
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It hurts to give my queen, Juliet Marillier, anything less than five stars. Marillier is a master in her wheelhouse - healer heroine/slow burn romance/being tested by Fae Folk - which is probably why Warrior Bards isn't as strong.

Liobhan breaks the mold as a warrior, which is cool. However, as a character she's straddling what Marillier presumably wants her to be and what she's comfortable writing. The outcome is a character who
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I just adore Juliet Marillier's writing and the world she's created in her books - and the little (or sometimes large) hints that link them all together. A Dance with Fate was no exception, and so of course I enjoyed it. Dreamer's Pool was the first Marillier book I ever read and it helped me fall in love with reading when I was going through a tough time, and so any mention of Blackthorn or Grim made my heart sing. And the fact that this particular series is about warrior bards - what's not to ...more
Anne - Books of My Heart
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2020, coyer
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Juliet Marillier is  an author I always enjoy.  A Dance with Fate continues with the primary perspectives being Dau, Liobahn and Brocc.  As with the first book, I struggled a bit to get going. It felt like the first 20% of the book took me 3 days to read and then I finished the rest in a day or so.  It might have helped me to rer
I tried to make it last! It was so good, I’m sad it’s over. I may need another read through before I can write a review. Le sigh.
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A more enjoyable book two than book one.
Dau is injured during a ceremonial bout, and his family is contacted to take him back, as Dau's injuries are more grave, including his new blindness, than anyone expected.
Liobhan, feeling responsible, offers to assist Dau at his family's home, and becomes indentured to the family on Dau's elder brother's insistence.
When the two arrive at the manor, they quickly realize that much is wrong, and that they're alone, with little support, in an increasingly wor
Amrita Goswami
I am so so angry with this book. Apart from the non-existent plot and ridiculous characterization, it was just so infuriating and frustrating!

I'm going to mention just a few inanities that made me grind my teeth in fury.

Okay so, Dau has been abused by his family. He is so traumatized that he would literally rather DIE than go back.. But Archu tells him to go back "for the sake of Swan Island"?? Are you kidding me?! First of all, 'informing' Dau's family about his injury without his permission, w
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, read-2020, fantasy
4.5 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

Return to the world of Juliet Marillier’s Warrior Bards, where the uncanny can be found by those who know where to look and where the bonds of love and friendship are the greatest weapon against the darkest of hearts. A Dance with Fate is full of struggle and sorrow, but balanced with hope and triumph. It’s a bridge book and has the ups and downs of being the middle story, but it’s balanced by Ms. Marillier’s addictive prose. I made the mistake of star
Jen Davis
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
I'm so glad I grabbed The Harp of Kings and read it before I started this book. I would have missed out on so much great backstory and perspective had I not. And coming in with my investment in the characters, I enjoyed this second installment of the Warrior Bards series even more than the first.

Like book one, the narrative is split three ways in the POVs of Brocc, Liobhan, and Dau. I kind of thought that with the way we left Brocc, he'd be out of the picture, but no. Instead, he's got
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Thank you to Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

A Dance with Fate is book 2 in the Warrior Bards series and therefore my review could contain spoilers for book 1, The Harp of Kings.

I’m just going to start by saying, I love these books with my whole heart. A Harp of Kings was a surprise favourite of mine last year and A Dance with Fate more than lived up to it as a sequel!
With Brocc in the Otherworld and Liobhan and Dau at Swan Island,
Sam Glasbrenner (Sassyowlreads)
4 stars! This was slower than The Harp of Kings and very different in terms of plot. It was on the predictable side but a lot of building and fleshing out was done. I love Liobhan even more now and Dau was involved in the story a lot more which made me happy. Brocc, however, was absent for most of the book which is fine with me since I don't particularly care for his wife. I'm eager to see what happens with the Crow-Folk and Liobhan and Dau in the third book!

The narrators are just perfect and I
J.A. Ironside
Audio arc provided by NetGalley/ e-arc provided by Edelweiss

Audio review first: I love all three narrators. They're clear, they make you really connect with the three POV characters. They each bring something different to the story. My quibble is that since (according to rough Marillier book timeline calculations - ie this is set after the Sevenwaters series which are 9th C Ireland) that this is set in late 9th to mid 10th C Ireland, and Irish names and pronunciations are used, why have we got
Bec (booktineus)

It's 12:30am. I just basically finished this in one sitting. And already can't wait to reread it when the final book is released.

This review first appeared on my Instagram, @booktineus

The Good Things
+ The latest from Juliet Marillier! One of my all time favourite authors. The second book in her Warrior Bards trilogy.

+ Historical fantasy with plenty of faerie lore (because it is a Marillier book).

+ New adult (in that the characters are 19 and it covers some heavy themes. It's not a steamy N
Usually I absolutely love Juliet Marillier's books, and Daughter of the Forest remains one of my favorites, but this series has not been up to her usual (incredibly high) standards. Still, on the whole, it was still mostly enjoyable. It is a Marillier book, after all.

It was kind of a chore to get through Brocc's chapters, unfortunately, because they just weren't all that interesting. I would gladly have had Brocc not be in the book at all, with more room given over for some more character devel
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well if it is possible, I loved the second book even more than the first!!! Juliet Marillier is a gem who writes the absolute best in historical fantasy. All the characters from The Harp of Kings are there for us again – just like revisiting family! I adored every page and cannot wait for the third to come out which appears to be another 6 months away. 5+ for me….

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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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