Do you ever mourn when you finish a book, let alone a series? I do every time I finish a Juliet Marillier book, partly because it’s such a wrench to leave the mystical, ancient, magical world she’s created and the flawed and marvellous characters, but also because I know I have to wait a while to read her next creation. I felt this acutely reading Song of Flight, staying up until 4am to finish it, weeping (with sorrow and joy) and with a heart so full, it was some time before I was able to sleep.
The third book in the Warrior- Druid series but I think the 6th (I might be wrong) set in this particular location, this is a sensational conclusion to a wonderful series. Liobhan, Brocc and Galen, the children of the fabulous Blackthorn and Grimm, who also make an appearance, find their courage, loyalty, and bonds tested in ways they never have been before as they set out to solve not only the mystery of Prince Alou’s disappearance, but the one the Crow Folk have always posed.
Filled with charm, charms, fully-rounded characters, dreadful machinations and cruelty, and rich in kindness, this book is a slow-burn that draws the reader deeper and deeper into the story’s final moments, much like a grand musical score, where the notes linger in the heart and mind, moving you as you marvel at the complexity and yet utter beauty of the symphony.
As I said, I was completely fulfilled when I finished and yet, devastated too. My only hope is that I feel there are more stories to come from these characters and Juliet has set the scene to either explore these or leave the reader satisfied (almost) if this is our farewell.
Song of Flight is a triumph, a tale of wonder, majesty and heart-aching beauty.