Review: THE BIRD AND THE SWORD by Amy Harmon

by Amy Harmon
Published: May 11th 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN:  1533134138
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥


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?


It has been a long while since a book has completely commanded my attention and rendered me enamored of such a world and it's characters.  This book is THE BIRD AND THE SWORD by Amy Harmon and it is a romantic fantasy read that has everything your passionate heart could desire.

From the start I was drawn to Lark, a girl whose voice was taken away the day her mother died, sealing her fate. Although she is a wisp of a girl, ignored by many and feared by her father. Lark refuses to be confined by the prison that is her home. One day her strong will and kind nature provide her a chance encounter that will alter her destiny. The day when someone finally notices her.

Right from the get go I was drawn into this enchanting world that Amy Harmon has carefully crafted. THE BIRD AND THE SWORD is smart, intriguing and blissfully romantic. By the end of the prologue I was trying to negotiate with myself the lack of work that was going to get down around the house. Yes, it's that good. 

The pacing on this book is well done, fast but not tripping up on itself. The world building is introduced from the beginning and reinforced to keep the story flowing. I was completely on board for what this new world had to offer and I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took as it went on.  Another win for me are the characters for they are quite memorable. Tiras and Lark are my new favorite couple. Their scenes together are so well done, the dialogue sharp, witty and bewitching and their romance is slow building until it reaches a fiery pitch that is sigh worthy.

"You chose me because I am of use. But I chose you because I wanted you. All I ever wanted was for you to love me in return." 

See what I mean. How can you not succumb to the words. You may wonder how this is accomplished when the main character does not verbally speak but you need not work. The story works and you will totally understand when you read it. So, if you are a fan of fantasy and intrigue with a good dose of romance. Then you must read THE BIRD AND THE SWORD.


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