Book Review: A Dance with Fate (Warrior Bards #2) by Juliet Marillier (Fantasy)
Title: A Dance with Fate (Warrior Bards #2) Author: Juliet Marillier Publisher:Pan Macmillan Australia Publication Date: 28 July 2020 Pages: 420 Format: Paperback Genre: Fantasy Source: ARC from Publisher
Liobhan, the young
warrior and bard, 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 his home,
Oakhill, as a bond servant for one year.
But Oakhill is a place
of dark secrets. The menacing and enigmatic Crow Folk still threaten
both worlds and while Brocc battles them in the Otherworld, Dau must
battle his own demon - despair.
When Liobhan and Dau begin to
expose the evil at the core of Oakhill, they place themselves in mortal
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 any hope of survival . . .
A Dance with Fate is a pleasing continuation of the Warrior Bards series. Perhaps I wasn't quite as entranced on the world building side of things as I was with book one, but this was still a gripping story, with plenty of action and adventure. It offered excellent character progression for all three main characters, but especially for Dau. The prose is a delight, descriptive and engaging, yet tight and well edited. Meanwhile, the plot held my interest from start to finish. At the conclusion, I was excited to see where things will go next, and so I am keen to read on to book three. If you are looking for an historical fantasy book with a focus on the fae and Celtic folklore, Warrior Bards would be a good series to pick up.
I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.