- € 6,99
A young warrior who wields both the power of her music and the strength of her sword faces a grave threat in this enthralling historical fantasy.
Bard and fighter Liobhan is always ready for a challenge. So when news arrives at Swan Island that the prince of Dalriada has gone missing after an assault by both masked men and the sinister Crow Folk, she's eager to act.
While Liobhan and her fellow Swan Island warriors seek answers to the prince's disappearance, the bard Brocc, Liobhan's brother, finds himself in dire trouble. His attempts to communicate with the Crow Folk have led him down a perilous path. When Liobhan and her comrades are sent to the rescue, it becomes clear the two missions are connected--and a great mystery unfolds.
What brought the Crow Folk to Erin? And who seeks to use them in an unscrupulous bid for power? As Liobhan and Brocc investigate, it will take all their strength and will to continue pursuing the truth. With the safety of their loved ones in the balance, the risks they must take may cost them everything.
Marillier returns to the fascinating, Irish myth infused world of her Warrior Bards series where magic and music are inexorably linked with this rewarding parable of redemption (following A Dance with Fate). A vicious attack on Aolu, Prince of Dalriada, and his bodyguard, Galen, by the ominous Crow Folk leaves Galen severely wounded and Aolu vanished. Now the covert warriors of Swan Island are called in to search for the missing prince. Central are the spy-musician Liobhan, Galen's sister, and her lover, Dau, who dominate in the dual quest that follows: finding Aolu and thwarting a vile plot to use the Crow Folk to overthrow the kingdom. Meanwhile, Liobhan's half-fey adopted brother, Brocc, exiled from the faery Otherworld and separated from his wife for defending the Crow Folk, uses his bardic gifts to save himself and his baby daughter and liberate the Crow Folk from an ancient curse. Marillier's lush world expands to include Norse myth through Elka, a mysterious Viking Swan Island recruit. The alluring plot feels like the literary equivalent of a bardic opera and makes a powerful case for how a people can move on from the disastrous errors of their past. This is a remarkable achievement.