Book Review: The Harp of Kings by Juliet Mariller

Add The Harp Of Kings to your Goodreads TBR:

The first installment in the Warrior Bards series.

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Pan Macmillan Australia:




Published on the 27th August, 2019 by Macmillan Australia, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.

Australian RRP: $29.99

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adventure, Saga Fiction.

Page Count: 400

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:

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.

My Review:

A huge thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with an Uncorrected Proof Copy of this book to read and review and for inviting me to be on a blog tour celebrating this book! Tomorrow I’m thrilled to be posting an interview with this author, Juliet Mariller, so be sure to stay tuned for that!

Now, for the review:

I hadn’t read Juliet Mariller before, but sufficed it to say I’ll definitely be seeking out her novels now! I feel like this is Adult adventure fantasy of such a high calibre, not to mention it is SO immersive! I couldn’t help but feel instantly absorbed by the rich writing and settings that Juliet depicted here and it felt like I was right there along with her travelling band of minstrels who are actually warriors of noted degree, undertaking an exceptionally dangerous quest to retrieve an artefact only heard about in whispers of stories in history, an instrument used upon coronation upon coronation, The Harp of Kings.

I absolutely love how this book is told in multiple points of view: Liobhan, Dau and Brocc. Each narration was written so strongly and never once did I feel that anything conflicted with any of the other points of view, each character having an exceptionally strong and utter fierce determination not only to prove themselves as a warrior, especially Liobhan as a woman, who was often frowned upon and ignored because of just that, though in my opinion she can wield a weapon as well as she plays her whistle! Her chapters were my absolute favourite, I love how personal this quest got for her, because we find out quite a lot about her and her brother, Dau. I absolutely adore their adoration for one another and I definitely felt Dau’s utter anguish as he was torn in the deepest part of his heart about what to do when he finds out something about his heritage, perhaps something he always knew but never really had to acknowledge until now!

Brocc’s character development throughout was utterly fabulous and engaging and altogether enthralling too, I mean it was just so fabulous seeing him reluctantly adopt the role of mute observer for this quest, only reporting to their Master and initially treating Liobhan as a rival and threatened by Dau’s peaceful ways, but Brocc himself has to face some rather personal things too throughout this quest and as the story progresses we see him being faced with some ruthless obstacles, both intentional and not, and just seeing he handles everything, with some rather heartfelt revelations about growing up with brothers he detested (frankly, after reading about what they did to him, I hardly blame him for feeling like that!), but I love how his barriers were progressively broken down and that he started to consider Liobhan an alley, a comrade in arms!

Anything that features fae in it’s midst is always a win in my eyes, and Juliet Mariller’s description of the faerie world was absolutely a pleasure to discover! I love how her fae world intertwined with the usual world, how both inhabitants were important throughout the story, especially given that one character is equally integral to both worlds!

Overall, there was just so much emotion woven into these pages, coupled with some epic fae and druid lore, I couldn’t put it down and cannot wait to see where the series continues! This was the perfect first instalment to a brilliant, immersive and wholly exciting adventure!

Happy Reading,


About the Author (from Pan Macmillan Australia):

Juliet Marillier was born in 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. Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a major influence on her writing.

Juliet is the author of twenty 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. She is a member of the druid order OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.)

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