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Series: The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1
Also in this series: The Queen and the Cure
Published by Amy Harmon on May 11, 2016
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
AMZ US Apple Books
Reading Challenges: Conquer My TBR
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?
❝I was only limited by my ignorance, by my fear, and by my own sense of right and wrong.❞
I apologize in advance for this review. It will be clumsy. It won’t truly describe the feelings I experienced nor the thoughts I had while reading this extraordinary book. Much like Lark, my words have gone silent.
❝Suddenly yearning had a flavor. It tasted like a king, a beautiful, frightening, infuriating man who flew into my life and began to free my words.❞
Trying to find what your GIFT is, isn’t easy. But what happens when you know what it is, but feel it is more a curse than a gift? Lark was gifted with words. As a young girl, she learned her words were dangerous. To keep safe, she kept her words to herself. King Tiras was trying to rule a kingdom while at the same time, trying to remain grounded while his gift demanded that he fly.
I think over time, much like our food tastes, our tastes in books change. I’ve read a handful of fantasy and have enjoyed most them and even loved a few. But THIS book stands far above most, and tied for my favorite! It has made me want to delve into the world of fantasy.
What I loved the most? The stellar writing. It was lyrical. It was passionate. It was soulful. The Bird and the Sword had a story which unfolded eloquently and purposefully and characters that were exquisitely and beautifully portrayed.
Truly a remarkable and emotional read, The Bird and the Sword will make your heart soar while leaving you speechless.
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