The Bird and the Sword

The Bird and the Sword

by Amy Harmon


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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?

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ISBN-13: 9781533134134
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2016
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 91,541
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Bird and the Sword 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amy Harmon did it again! Another great read ?
ThreeLittleBirdsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Bird and the Sword is a tale with a message and the message is the power of words. It’s about the spells we create with words, the changes we make with words, the people we are because words, the strength we relinquish, and the strength we claim with our words. This book is powerful. It’s a quiet power, an unassuming power, but powerful nonetheless. I fell in love with the messages imbedded in this enchanting story. In The Bird and the Sword, we follow Lark, a lonely girl who loses her voice and freedom after the death of her mother. Lark can’t speak, but she is not silent. As a reader she speaks to you, and you can’t help but listen. I so enjoyed getting to know Lark and falling under her spell. Through Harmon’s words, which are like a song, Lark became real to me, and experiencing her vitality was unlike anything else I’d ever experienced as a reader. She’s multidimensional and I felt her loneliness, I felt her curiosity, I felt her bravery, her insecurity, her strength and resolve. I felt every damn thing with her. She’s an inspiration. Lark’s arc and development is the focal point of The Bird and the Sword, but her story is brilliantly and flawlessly intertwined with the other cast of characters. I keep using that word, but it really can’t be overstated how brilliant this novel is. The characters are brilliant! Of course Lark is the be-all end-all for me, but Tiras is a captivating character, and worthy hero. His story is compelling, and his character so romantic and noble that I swooned more than a few times, and I hate that word. But, there’s no other way to describe how I felt. His interactions with Lark…their chemistry together… Jesus. Amy Harmon’s books may have a reputation for being tame compared to what else is out there in the romance genre, but don’t let anyone convince you that this isn’t a sexy read. It’s subtly sexy. Sneakily sexy. I swear, there was a scene when Lark and Tiras were together and simply standing next to each other, hands brushing, and I about lost my sh*t. It’s one of those books. Also, Tiras does something for Lark, something that’s so simple yet so vital for her and I think it might be the most romantic thing I’ve ever read. So, this book is romantic, and it is sexy, as well as being a fantastical adventure. The other characters are also greatly exciting and so fun to love and loathe. Each was colorful and layered, and I hated to part with a single one, even the ones I wanted run through with a sword. I’ve seen it mentioned that some readers are hesitant to read The Bird and the Sword because it’s a fantasy romance, and that just isn’t their thing. I have a few friends who have read this out of their comfort zone and they’ve fallen for it hard, as well as many readers that I’ve seen on the web that took a chance and loved it. With The Bird and The Sword, Amy Harmon took a chance and experimented with her craft, and the end result is something so wonderful, it’s incredible. This fantasy romance lives up to it’s definition, it’s imaginative and emotional. I’ve already read this one twice and have no doubt I’ll read it a ridiculous amount of times more, because I just love how it makes me feel. This is undoubtedly my favorite book of the year so far.
Jesszelk More than 1 year ago
Amy Harmon has long been a favorite author of mine so when I had the opportunity to read her latest, I jumped on it. Harmon's works are masterfully written to weave subtle plot details into major plot points but always coming back to the theme of love and acceptance. The beautiful love story between Tiras and Lark in Harmon's latest is no different but the world in which she creates is captivating and page turning. I started reading fantasy last year and with getting to know any new world it can slow the start but I didn't not find this with Harmon's Jeru at all. Her characters have depth from the very first meeting and yet continue to grow. I have long thought Harmon writes amazing sub characters and she held true to form in this novel as well with Kjell and Boojohni. This is a standalone romantic fantasy but I truly hope Harmon hasn't closed the door on Jeru. What a fantastic read and a top favorite for 2016!
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
5 stars — Oh my word, this was just suck me in fantastic. If you are a frequent reader of my reviews, you will know that I don’t give full 5 stars very often. 4.5? Sure. 5? Nope. And I can never tell you the criteria for making it over the edge, it’s just gut feeling you know? And this one just sucked me in from the prologue and didn’t let me go. I didn’t want to put the book down. I needed to know where this story was going to go. I had many theories, and some came true, some came close, and others I didn’t predict at all. But the most important thing is that I was enthralled. I find myself gravitating towards contemporary romance most often in my reading choices, and I think part of the reason is that my standards are a wee bit higher for non-contemp…basically I’m picky. But the things I prize most highly in books, no matter the genre, were present in this book — great characters, believable development, and of course a compelling plot. I also really love when things become complicated, when emotions are not easy. And Lark did not have an easy journey in this book. I adored her from the moment we met. She’s everything I tend to be drawn to in heroines — vulnerable, but with a core of strength that perhaps she is not aware of. I traveled with her through all her highs and lows, through her doubts, her anger, her fear, and her triumph. I was all in with Lark. And through Lark’s eyes, I was also intrigued by Tiras. My love for him suffered the same doubts as Lark, but I loved the connection that they had with one another, and how he helped her to grow — both magically and just as a normal woman. My heart also ached for him and what he was going through — and the choices he was making, whether I agreed with him or not. The world building was fantastic! I was all in with the gifts thing, and particularly with how Lark’s gift manifested itself. It was very unique for me, even as these gifts had elements that are common to fantasy. But I could imagine them, and the fear of having such a gift. I could also imagine the kingdom, and the politics, and the fearsome enemies. And there were so many secondary characters to equally love and hate!! I adored Boohjohni perhaps the most — he was not what I was expecting, but yet I needed his constancy for Lark. I also grew attached to Hashim, even as he had such a small role in the story. I have yet to decide about Kjell. I think I’m supposed to be undecided. I’m both curious about his story, and wary of him. I loved his relationship with Tiras, but…but but but. So there you have it. I always have a bit of a reservation with this author’s writing style — I end up loving her books despite it not really being a match for me. I can honestly say that I did not feel that way in this book WHATSOEVER. Perhaps her style just fits with this genre? I don’t know. All I know is that I loved this book. Full stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And the evil that tries to destroy His creation. I loved this book because it truly parallels that of the Truest Word!
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
I just have to start by saying, ‘WOW!’ I’ve read some of Harmon’s novels and let me tell you, this woman can write about anything in any genre. All of her books are different and everyone that I’ve read, was beautifully written. She has a way with words and you can’t help but be fascinated with her stories. The Bird and the Sword ensnared me then had me wrapped up in its pages from beginning to end. I didn’t want the story to end. After I finished reading it, I immediately went to Goodreads to see if this would be a series because I would definitely love to read more about this wonderfully unique world that Harmon created. Short and Simple: You should read this book! You won’t be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! I couldn’t wait to pick this novel back up each time I set it down. Words, the power of words was the theme of this novel and I loved every minute I was captivated inside this fantasy world. It was the beginning prologue that got me, those enchanted words that Meshara’s mother spoke to her that silenced her, muted her and had me sitting in my car with the engine running so I could read future. I knew that I could not leave the parking lot yet, I had too many unanswered questions and I wondered after reading the prologue, did that really just occur? What a beginning, what an ending, what a novel! It was true, Meshara, Little Lark, was now a mute and her words were now gone, silenced because her mother took them away on her deathbed. Amy whisked me away to this wondrous world where every turn of the page, I never knew what type of adventure I might end up in. I was speechless and on edge as Meshara deals with life in the kingdom. I had goosebumps and chills reading this novel, the passion and energy that flowed through these pages was amazing. I cannot say enough about this novel except read it! I know I will definitely be rereading this in the future. Amy, I know why you one of my favorite authors. Could you please write a sequel to this novel, I am vested in these characters and I want more of their lives, I really want to know more.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★½ I adore Amy Harmon, and the fantasy genre is one of my favorites...but the combination of the two in The Bird and the Sword had its ups and downs for me. Breathtaking writing, engaging romance, characters with fascinating curses/gifts, world-building that I liked but didn't quite love, and a plethora of rhymes that unfortunately started grating on my nerves. See? Ups and downs, but mostly ups I'll admit. I liked The Bird and the Sword. I'll read a sequel if one is written/released. I'm happy to recommend this fantasy novel to others. I'm a full-time supporter of the miracle that is Amy Harmon and that will never change. Check out Ms. Harmon's first full-fantasy novel and see how you like it. Enjoy! My favorite quote: “Maybe the secret to happiness is simplicity.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intimate look into a new world. Recommended for anyone who loves fairy tales.
NihilsedTempus More than 1 year ago
“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 wont call heaven or hell you will learn and you will thive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.” I have no words. This book left me breathless and as silent as the main character Lark was in the beginning of this wonderful tale. The bird and the Sword has made it to the top of my favorites list. Harmon has a way with telling a story. The tension, angst, and love is so strongly communicated that my heart broke during a few scenes. The way the characters feel and act just resonates throughout the tale. Every action has a consequence, and every word has power. For some of the characters, that is literal. “Chance was more seductive than knowledge, and eternal life was meaningless without love” The Bird and the Sword is a bottom-up fantastical setting. It's told in first person present. It starts off as the mother as the narrator and then switches to the main character, Lark. The main reason the first person is ever used in a story is to build empathy and this story delivered. Lark’s personality and background make for a heart-wrenching tale. Each character presented has a story to tell. The author acknowledges this and sprinkles their interspersed with Larks. Lark is able to give each character a different light, that I don’t think could be told as well in a third person narration. As each character grow, so does the plot and storyline. “I was only limited by my ignorance, by my fear, and by my own sense of right and wrong.” TBTS is character driven, and I loved that. Lark is feisty, strong, and determined to do right even if that means denying her emotions and revealing her abilities. The prince is fierce, but kind. I like how each character has a hidden side a certain duplicity that adds to the plot and growing tension. Harmon shows the strength and power behind words. The love is slow and achingly sweet. Every page leaves you on the edge of your seat or swooning. I have loved you every moment of every day and I will love you until I cease to be. Harmon is very eloquent. The quotes in this review are only some of the ones that I loved. They are just fitting to the story. TBTS is well written, and every detail revealed showed a beautiful world. I give 5 stars for a well made a thrilling tale that was able to be heartwarming as well. The character is complex, and with so many levels that left me wanting more this world. Maybe we will get to learn more about Kjell and his awakened abilities. Go forth and read this, friends because it is worth your while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an awesome book! Everyone should read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different from her other books. Still another great read from a great author.
wlorae More than 1 year ago
A WONDERFUL READ! I'm always looking for fantasy/romance books, and this one is going to be pinned in the top echelon of my favorites of all time. What a pleasure. You know when you try to make a book last, but just can't stop reading? Yeah, it's one of those. I hope to return to this world many times, both through rereading this lovely story and (dare we hope) through more books in the series.
ShopeSS More than 1 year ago
You can’t go wrong with an Amy Harmon book, ever. Seriously, everything she writes is beautiful and lyrical and The Bird and the Sword is no different. If you are on the fence because this book is fantasy, take the chance on this book because you won’t be disappointed. The story of Lark and King Tiras is absolutely amazing and has made a home on my list of favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every word of this book. Good job Amy.
rdyoss More than 1 year ago
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.
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
"He was beautiful and terrifying and he knew it." I will keep this SPOILER free and TRY to explain how this book made me feel. The Bird and the Sword had a very historical feeling combined with Fantasy and romance. It was the perfect combination in my eyes because I adore all three genres. I was hooked from the sentence on. Amy Harmon is such a phenomenal author that has written amazing books and this book can be added to the list. This book in my opinion was a homerun. "You are easy to overlook. Slim and pale and so quiet. But now that I've studied your soft grey eyes and traced the fine bones of your face, now that I've kissed your pale pink mouth, I don't want to look anywhere else. My gaze is continually drawn back to you." This book is told completely from Lark's POV. She is a prisoner in her own home. Nobody knows what is going on in her mind and she is lonely. Then there is King Tiras he was just like Lark very mysterious. I loved seeing how they interacted and how that grew over time. Seeing them grow as individuals and together was very beautiful. There were a couple of twists in this book, some of them I predicted and others came as a surprise. It definitely added another magical layer to the story. There were a couple of chapters that had me sad and teary-eyed. I just didn't know what would happen. The author kept me on the edge of my chair! "I said once that you are like ice. And you are. Silver and perfect...glistening." I enjoyed everything about this book and wouldn't change a thing except wishing it was LONGER! I just couldn't get enough and I really hope this is not the last we have seen of this world and characters. There is one character that needs his story told and I really hope he will get his own book. Stand-alones are my favorite but I wish this book was part of a series because I need more! I tried to keep it as general as possible because the best way to enjoy this book is to go in blind.
Scrapingirl More than 1 year ago
How can someone without a voice make a difference in the world? WOW. This book was pure magic. I was sucked in from the very first page to the last one. Fantasy is some of the hardest books for me to review. I don’t wanna give away spoilers, but, at the same time, I wanna shout, “Read this book!” So I will say this. READ THIS BOOK! I am a huge fan of Amy Harmon’s books. She can write romance like nobody’s business. When I first heard that she was writing a fantasy, I was quite intrigued. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so to mix it with one of my favorite authors…well, let’s just say that’s a match made in heaven. You will fall in love with all of these characters. From Lark to Prince Tiras to Boojohni, you will be drawn into their world and wish you were right along with them. Whether it is real or fantasy, the world that’s created in these pages is a world that’s beyond anything I could ever dream of. In fact, I was so drawn in with the poetic words, that sometimes I forget it was a fantasy. My soul just soaked up all the beautiful words. Amy has a way of writing a story that’s not only beautiful, but also has a beautiful message. I was drawn in with her characters and scenery. From the breath taking moments to the breath stealing moments, I was completely captured. I honestly say that if Amy decides to write more from this world, or any other world, I’ll be first in line to buy it.