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The Harp of Kings

Narrated by: Imogen Sage
Series: Warrior Bards, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
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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. 

©2019 Juliet Marillier (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU

Critic Reviews

"Completely transported me to the wonder and enchantment of ancient Ireland." (Callie Bates, author of The Waking Land

"This breathtaking, often heartbreaking Celtic-flavoured fantasy novel from Marillier (the Blackthorn & Grim series) couches a challenging quest in storytelling both earthy and unearthly... Most satisfying is [Marillier's] ability to weave multiple strands of narrative into a brilliant tapestry. This lush fantasy is sure to win Marillier many new fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • loz
  • 13-09-2020

Awesome book

Great work. Enjoy all her books. Like the norator on this audio version. Look forward to hearing the rest of this trilogy

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Journey the Realms in time!!

medival dreaming takes you into the realms of mindfulness of all whom inhabit our world. The adventure awaits the reader, loved this novel and enjoy the quest for the missing harp. 10*

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Thoroughly Enjoyably!!!

Juliet Marillier has once again crafted a superb tale with fantastic, well developed characters. It is a real page turner with a satisfying ending, which will leave you eagerly awaiting the next book.
Imogen Sage does a brilliant job bringing all of the characters to life.
If you like Robin Hobbs books you will probably like Juliet Marillier's too.

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  • Paula Beavan
  • 27-09-2019

Another winner

Another great story by the queen of historical fantasy. I loved this book and was thrilled to realise these characters linked back to Blackthorn and Grimm.