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Monday, September 23, 2019

Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier Book Review

Welcome to this book review,
[Disclaimer I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review]
The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards, #1)

I have always wanted to read some Juliet Marillier, when I heard about this new release I was immediately intrigued as it is about a Bard and when I have previously played Dungeon & Dragons I have played a Bard. This book  unfortunately wasn't as amazing as I expected it to be.
The use of different language and nicknames/terms/relationships that weren't explained but rather written as some sort of dictionary at the beginning of the book.
The first sentence in the book completely threw me off, it was two words I did not know and a simple addition to it, I immediately hoped it would have it's definition in the front of the book. Thankfully it did, but I did not enjoy the back and forth with my reading and the way it was written for the most part, which I did not expect due to every excerpt from her other books which I had a lovely experience reading.
The story itself wasn't bad once you skip over all those things I loved the sibling relationship between Brocc and Liobhan. I loved that Liobhan though being a girl wasn't the weak one, who always needed help, though at times it did feel like she was too good at everything, I also really enjoyed all the different types of species that were there, like fae folk, witches and such. The magic was really enjoyable and that it was a very character driven story.
Overall I really enjoyed the quest and the fact that they were perfectly suited for it, the journey was fun and Dau was a wonderful character to get to know too.
Unfortunately it wasn't the best fantasy I have read this year and I hated how it was said or rather implied by Dau that a woman couldn't properly "put her heart" into two activities at once ?!?! like uh YES she can !

Anyhow, I am interested to see what happens next in the series.

3.85/5 stars


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