The Bird and the Sword

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 heaven 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 sell 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?

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3 Comments

  1. an emotionally charged, enchanting love story with twists and turns on every page. Amy Harmon is a true sorcerer, mesmerizing readers with her words and leaving us breathless. Harmon has taken her stellar storytelling, enigmatic characterization, gripping dialogue, and descriptive visuals and has breathed new life into it by placing it all in an unforgettable world of fantasy and magic. Visually stunning and meticulously crafted, The Bird and the Sword is a fantastical romantic adventure unexpectedly peppered with moments of sensuality and humor. This captivating tale of self…

  2. Pure Magic. I started this book last night… and I could not put it down. Fantasy is not usually the genre that I read and to be totally honest, I didn’t even know that is what this book was. I just saw that Amy Harmon had released a book and instantly one-clicked. And I am so glad that I did. 

  3. Very good I really loved this book and in all honesty I’m typically not a fan of this genre at all. I decided to read it because I like this author and have enjoyed most of her books. She really blew me away with this one though. The characters and writing were excellent. The plot was original and I was hanging on every word until the end. This book had me experiencing every emotion- laughter, sadness, joy, etc. There were a couple predictable parts, and I would have liked the romance to be a little bit…

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