The Bird and the Sword
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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 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?
5 — “I want more” stars for The Bird and the Sword!
I’m not sure where to start with my thoughts on this astonishingly beautiful novel.
It’s fantasy. Please, please, please—even if this genre is not your preference, this novel will appeal to your reader senses. Trust me. Author Harmon has woven a story that is both intriguing and suspenseful. Yes, I said, suspenseful because you are compelled to turn the pages to find out what happens to Lark and Tiras.
Oh, yes. YES! The attraction and longing that are felt while reading this novel! It will leave you aching before you finish because you know that feeling you get when you just understand, you know, you FEEL the love between the characters? And the evil that lurks? And the precipice the cast of characters are marching toward…where will it lead you? And why does it have to end?
I will tell you now, there are excerpts in The Bird and the Sword that will take your breath away.
As always, Author Harmon writes with beautiful imagery and words that connect you to each character, encouraging you to walk in their footsteps.
The peripheral characters and world they live in are beyond creative; some of the characters are even diabolical, each helping to propel the story.
Transport yourself to Jeru. Live in this world for a few hours with Author Harmon’s beautiful words and creative mind. You will not be able to put this novel down until you read the very last word.
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. Robert Frost
Thank you, Author Harmon, for writing this novel! I am so grateful you wrote these words, this story, and took us on this journey with you.
"For the word is quick and powerful, Sharper than any two edged sword"
I think that The Bird and The Sword is one of the most beautiful books that I have read.
“For the word is quick and powerful
Sharper than any two edged sword…”
Amy created a Fantasy world, full of magic. But unfortunately, those with magic and gifts were persecuted and killed.
Meshara had a gift – the gift of the Teller.
“Her words were magic. She spoke and the words became life. Reality. Truth”
“Words can be terrible when the truth is unwelcome.”
On the day that we meet Meshara and Lark (her daughter), they are playing with poppets that have come animate through Lark’s gift. Unfortunately, King Zoltev shows at their place with his son. He learns that Meshara has a gift and threathens to end her life. To this she responds:
“If you kill me, you will lose your soul and your son to the sky.”
Right before she receives the final blow that will leave her lifeless, she foretells:
“Swallow Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them Deep inside your soul, ide 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 wont tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay Alive.”
That first encounter between Lark and Tiras (the prince) causes a chain reaction, that somehow ties their destiny to each other. They don’t meet again for another 15 years. And that happens under different and interesting circumstances. Thanks to her mothers’ words, Lark isn’t able to talk. Although she is able to communicate with those closest to her (and animals) through feelings and emotions. I won’t go into to much detail, because this is a must read in order to experience properly.
This book is full of so much wonder. The world that Amy creates is amazing. I felt so much while reading this book. I felt desperation for Lark and Tiras and what they were going through. I felt anger towards those that wanted to harm Lark. I felt anguish for Tiras trials. I felt hope for Lark and the power that she was gaining, and the ability that she had to learn and develop those words within herself. I felt wonder to know of the connection that Lark and Tiras had. And I felt happiness, because throughout their trials and tribulations, they were able to endure.
The love that is felt through out this book is amazing. I loved everything about it. It was sweet and gentle and kind. Not overbearing or overwhelming. They learn to like each other first, and then become friends to finally becoming lovers.
“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.”
There were times while reading this that I almost lost my hope, but don’t you worry. Love prevails. I think that what I enjoyed the most is the fact that Lark was such a strong willed character. She never gave up, even when times got hard and tough for her. She always stood proud and strong and kept to what she believed.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book. Amy is one of my most favorite authors. I’ve read and own every single one of her books. And she didn’t disappoint with this one. She went above and beyond. Her words are so soothing to a readers heart and soul. She offers exactly what I look for in a book.
Different read from this Author
I loved previous books from this author and I am a huge fan of fantasy so when I saw what this book was about I thought this was definitely a book for me and I was right. Great characters that develop slowly so that you learn about them almost as they learn themselves. This pulled me almost instantly and I fell for each of them. The only negative thing for and the thing that would have made it a 5 star read was the lack of relationship development between Lark and Tiras. He was determined to have her and she did not want to be used but yet it all just kind of happened and I lacked to pull of falling in love with them. This was a small negative part and the overall read was great and different and I really did enjoy it. 4.5