on May 11, 2016
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Gothic
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Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.
The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.
My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.
But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?
5 Magical Stars!!!
Captivating, Enchanting, Mesmerizing, and Mystical
These are just a few words that I can’t seem to shake from my mind as I try to recover from the experience of reading The Bird and the Sword. I sit at my computer wondering how to conjure up words that will do this book even a hint of justice. The gift that lies in between the first and last pages of The Bird and the Sword is the rare and beautiful gift of writing genius. It’s a gift that is utterly spellbinding, has the power to transport you into another world, and will leave you wondering how to summon up the desire to return to the world in which we live. Reading this book is like taking a trip that you never want to return from, and my only regret reading it is that it had to end.
I am typically not a fan of fantasy, but I am a HUGE fan of Amy Harmon. Anything this author writes, I will read…. PERIOD. As Amy leaves the comfort of contemporary romance and settles into a new genre, I am again speechless to find the words to convey the depth of her talent.
In The Bird and the Sword, we are transported into a land of magic, special gifts, kingdoms at war, and good versus evil. We are introduced to a heroine whom you will cheer for and love, a king who is as mysterious as he is powerful, and a host of other characters that are so vibrant that they virtually leap off the pages.
This is a fairy tale. It’s a tale of freeing oneself to become what was meant to be, of love that is borne out of necessity but one that becomes as elemental as the oxygen that it takes to breathe. It’s a tale of reaching the full potential of what you were created for and embracing yourself and the gifts you’ve been given.
I don’t want to spoil anything about this book. It deserves to be revealed chapter by chapter, just as it was intended. I will say that the prologue is VERY important to the story. Read it slowly, savor it, and read it again. Amy Harmon is as much a poet as she is a storyteller, and this book puts her talent on raw display.
Beware that this love story is not a typical love story. It is a love story that navigates it’s way around uncertainties, long absences, and very clear and present danger. There are MANY external conflicts that make the love between Lark and Tiras difficult, to say the least, and their happily-ever-after does not come easily.
Ultimately, reading this book is a journey and an experience that I am so glad I took. I believed in this world, the characters that inhabit it, and the writing that wove it’s own spell around me for it’s entirety. Please consider taking a chance on this book. You will be safe in the powerful writing hands of Amy Harmon.