Book Review

Dance With Fate – Juliet Marillier

Book Title: Dance with Fate

Series: A Warrior Bard Novel #2

Author:  Juliet Marillier

Goodreads Link:

Release Date:  1/09/20

Star Rating:

 Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Looks like today is the day for me to post my 5-star I-love-this author reviews.

I LOVE this author. She is so consistently good. Her books are fae-filled, magical, and captivating. But old school, Irish type fae … if you’re into folk tale fae this is good. If you’re into gothy fae this is probably not going to do it for you.

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 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 threaten both worlds. And Dau, battling the demon of despair, is not an easy man to help.

When Liobhan and Dau start to expose the rot at the center of Oakhill, they place themselves in deadly danger. For their enemy wields great power and will stop at nothing to get his way. It will take all the skills of a Swan Island warrior and a touch of the uncanny to give them a hope of survival. . . .
– Goodreads

This is another solid series from Ms. Marillier. Excellent characters, in particular the main character Liobhan. She is the epitome of a strong female character in my opinion. Yes she is good at spying and fighting and such. She is strong and independent and intelligent, but she is also an artist. She is good at way more than beating people up. Also, she cries. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I was so surprised when she would just openly cry in front of people when she was truly hurt or sad, and I had to sit with that for a minute. I had trouble reconciling for a moment this kick ass girl with someone who could show emotion openly and without embarrasment … how feminist of me. (ha!)

Which really goes to show what a good job the author does of creating characters with realistic human characteristics. Add to that the excellent world building and storylines and her books are must reads for people who love epic fantasy. Please do yourselves a favor and pick up a book, any book by Ms. Marillier. Wouldn’t hurt if you started with these ones!


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