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About A Song of Flight by Juliet Marillier

Two warriors. One wields the power of music, one the strength of her sword. Both face a grave threat in this enthralling historical fantasy.

After a violent encounter with masked men and the sinister Crow Folk, Prince Aolu of Dalriada disappears without a trace, and his companion Galen is seriously injured.

Liobhan and the Swan Island warriors seek answers to the prince’s abduction. For Liobhan this mission is personal, as Galen is her beloved brother.

While she and her team investigate, Liobhan’s younger brother Brocc is in serious trouble. Brocc’s secret attempt to communicate with the Crow Folk triggers a shocking incident, and sends him on a path which endangers the one he loves above all else.

What brought the Crow Folk to Erin? And who plots to use them in an unscrupulous bid for power? As Liobhan and Brocc seek the truth, it becomes clear the two missions are connected – and an extraordinary mystery unfolds.

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Review of A Song of Flight

I am such a sucker.  I prefer to project a life of easy happiness on my favorite characters.  But this author pulls that rug out from under me every time. This time Brocc and his baby daughter are kicked out of their home all because he was trying to bridge a very wide communication gap with the Crow Folk. 

At the same time, the Prince of Aolu disappears while in the company of Galen (Brocc’s brother.)  It is up to the Swan Island Warriors, to find the prince.  Galen and Brocc’s sister Liobhan is one such warrior as is her lover Dau.  So, as you can see, this story will be a story of family. 

And much more.  As these adventures go, paths will cross.  Old enemies will emerge, new enemies will arise.  The Crow Folk, will begin to be understood.  An old tale reveals a curse that may explain much.  A Song of Flight has so many things going on.  Master storyteller Juliet Marillier does a very fine job of weaving all the threads together. 

Blackthorn and Grimm (parents of Galen, Brocc and Liobhan) have small roles in this story, which I love because I am such a fan of the Blackthorn and Grimm series. 

Intrigue had me imagining all varieties of outcomes – terrible and wonderful!  And all through the story, the characters emotions tugged at my own heart.  I always want Liobhan and Dau to be together and Brocc needs his happy ending.  But as a reader of fantasy, I know they will have to overcome many challenges before they get to that point.  I love, love, love this enchanting story and the series!

Thanks to the publisher who provided a copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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