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The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon

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The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1
Amy Harmon
Fiction, Fantasy Romance
May 11th 2016

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?

Maria’s Review

➦I’ve been a fan on Amy Harmon’s writing ever since I’ve read Making Faces. I’ve been trying to catch up on reading her recent releases and boy am I glad I finally got to this book. It is gripping, fantastically written and with a surprisingly well-rounded world building for being a standalone.

➦This fantasy romance follows a journey of Lark, a young mute woman, who has been cursed by her mother to stay silent. In the land where magic is frown upon and is punishable by death, Lark realizes that she is to remain quiet for her own protection. So what happens when she becomes a prisoner to the king and gets exposed to books? Will she discover the power of words?

➦The poetic tone is what I come to expect from Harmon’s writing and it is very prominent in this particular book. A lot of prophecies are in rhymes and I was completely fascinated by them. The romance aspect is very prominent and the author certainly took the time developing the romantic relationship.

➦If you like Sarah J. Maas’ books then you will probably enjoy this one. It has plenty of romance as well as constant action. If you love all things magic – the future telling, the healing, the changing into beastly creatures, then you should definitely give this one a chance. Also, it’s nice to be able to just read a fantasy standalone. There will be other books in this series set in the same world but, looks like, about other couples. I will be reading all of them.