Marillier's prose is easy and elegant, and I was quickly caught up in the lives of the characters. Escapism? Yep. Warriors, bards, spies, a mission involving a missing harp required for the investment of a new king, myth, magic, and otherworldly creatures.
The story is told through the voices of the three main characters: Liobhan, Brocc, and Dau. The three are training and hoping for places with the Swan Island Warriors.
Although they have not completed their island training, the three are chosen for a mission because each has qualities that would be useful.
I love a good story and found myself entertained and involved in The Harp of Kings. Ready for the next book!
Fantasy. 2019. Print length: 464 pages.
Beach Read sounded interesting even if it isn't my typical choice.
From description: A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
So, yeah, not much about the beach. At all. Not a fit for me, although I did finish it. The premise has so much potential, but the result was a lackluster experience for me.
Romance? May 19, 2020. Print length: 361 pages.
Of course, I liked Becoming Duchess Goldblatt. I follow her on Twitter.
I must admit, however, that I will dutifully forget much of this book in favor of the imaginary creation. I quote the Duchess frequently and believe in her fervently. She amuses, amazes, scolds, celebrates, and praises her readers. Her Grace delights me time and time again.
Having never been much of a follower of celebrities (or politicians), it came as a surprise to me that I joined the multitudes who worship Her Grace.
"Search your heart. If you can say you did your best today, you may have popsicles for dinner.""I'm trying to be quiet and gather strength to be a voice of encouragement for you loons, who somehow need me and somehow found me."
"As a fictional utopia, Crooked Path doesn't have any police to defund. Much like heaven, this town is run by librarians in sensible shoes who make house calls."Enough said. Enjoy.
NetGalley/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Memoir. July 7, 2020. Print length: 240 pages.