Author: Juliet Marillier
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication Date: 28 July 2020
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.
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