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


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


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 have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be. Bird, man, or king, I love you, and I will always love you.”

I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was everything I wanted and more. I don’t even have words to describe how great it is and the impact it had on me. Many tears were shed during this book and it ripped my heart out at times, but I believe that made it more meaningful to me. It deserves all of the stars and more and if I could give it a higher rating than 5 stars, I definitely would.
I went into this book not really knowing what to expect. The summary sounded interesting and different so I thought I’d give it a try. I went into the Prologue expecting it to boringly and tell me the background of this fantasy word. Instead, it immediately hooked me to the story and I received an emotional punch in the stomach. This book definitely has one of the most impacting Prologues I have ever read.
I loved Lark. She was so thoughtful and always trying to do the right thing. In the beginning of this book, she is mute and people tend to look over her because of that. Most people believe she is simple and don’t even think twice when she walks into a room. Naturally, this leads to them always doubting and underestimating her. I hated how alone she was and the injustice of her situation was an arrow to my heart. By the end of this book, all I wanted was for her to succeed and for Lark to get the justice and affection she was denied her whole life.
I loved Tiras as well. At the beginning of this book, I didn’t know what to think of him because he came off cocky and a little entitled. As Lark got to know him and we drove deeper into his character, I realized that that is totally not the case. Tiras ended up being quite the opposite. He was sweet, passionate, and only wanted what was best for his people and his country. His secret only made me love him more and appreciate his character. Tiras went through a lot during this book and his and Lark’s character arcs were a sight to behold.
With all of that said, the true reason I believe this book deserves such a high rating is because of the message behind it. That message is that words have the power to change us (I know this is a popular quote from Cassandra Clare, but it fits) and we never know the impact of what we say, can have on others. This book preaches the power of words and tells us of the damage a few small words can do.
This book really struck something in me and its message really hit home to me. Whenever I read a story, I want to emotionally connect with it and I want it stick with me. That is exactly what this book did. I will never forget my time while reading it and I know that the impact this book had on me will be everlasting. Please read it.

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