Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He'd never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.
But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.
Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.
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About the Author
Amy Harmon has written ten novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Book of 2016 nominee. Her next release, FROM SAND AND ASH, a historical set during WWII, will be available on December 1, 2016 via Lake Union Publishing. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4.5 stars — I’m honestly still processing. I was so worried about this book, b/c Kjell was really hard to like in The Bird and the Sword…which is not to say I didn’t like him, but I almost liked him reluctantly if that makes sense. I knew this story was going to be a hard one, b/c Kjell had so much growing to do, and accepting the changes around him and the truth about himself. And he was still the gruff, grumpy, quick to anger guy that we knew. But of course Ms. Harmon managed to get him to dig inside my heart and make a place for himself there. I don’t even really know how…but despite his stubbornness and his rudeness, you could totally feel his vulnerability and just how LOST he was. Lost and damaged by his upbringing, and the betrayal of people he cared about. I found his story to be compelling, beautiful, and emotional. So despite Kjell not being the kind of hero I tend to gravitate towards, I still fell for him…even as I wanted to smack him. This story is told almost entirely from Kjell’s POV, which is interesting in and of itself. What’s more interesting, is that while there was a part of me that wanted to see inside Sasha’s mind, it wasn’t as strong as I was expecting. Something about the way the story laid out from Kjell’s perspective was apparently enough to satisfy me. That rarely happens people. I am a hardcore dual POV lover. But I felt like the story we got was complete and left me satisfied. And I felt like I got to know Sasha and her motivations just from the way she interacted with Kjell and all the secondary characters. She was earnest, thoughtful, loyal, smart, and could be strong and stubborn when she needed to be, which made her a perfect match for Kjell. She was also amazingly compassionate, and I fell for that trait most of all. I loved the way she forced her way into the group, and didn’t allow anyone to stop her from doing what she thought was right. My heart broke for the experiences she had in the past, and how she had learned to cope with her gift and how people reacted to it. I loved that Kjell and Sasha just fit so well together. Their strengths complemented one another, and made them so strong as a couple. She tempered Kjell and showed him love and patience, and in return he cherished her and showed her the compassion that she so freely gave others. His steadfast love for her truly made me swoon, even as my heart ached. I was sucked into the story right from the start, and I loved that the plot completely threw me at parts. I was wondering what was going to happen, and then Ms. Harmon would throw a wrench into the situation. I was so excited to return to this magical world, and I loved learning different things about it. I loved all the little side plots, and even hearing Sasha’s storytelling. I ADORED so many of the side characters. The King’s Guard, particularly Jerick and Isak, just made my heart happy. I loved the way Jerick interacted with Kjell, he needed that kind of friendship. I also loved seeing characters from the previous book, particularly seeing Tiras and Kjell together. Yup. Definitely a success. Made me giggle, definitely made me cry and made my heart hurt. And truly made me wish for more stories in this universe.
Could not read it fast enough.
I'm full of tears. And awe. More cloud than human. Almost a year since I was swept away by TBATS I re-immersed myself in the lands of Jeru for the story of Kjell. I loved him then, I always thought he was inherently good and adored his brother Tiras. Kjell and the king's guard are back out on the road to find and destroy the remaining Volgar beasts. They come across the gravely wounded servant girl Sasha. Kjell heals her wounds and she is indebted to him. Together Kjell and Sasha work to restore the health in her village. They adventure on, coming across Volgar, sandstorms, gigantic octopus, a man who makes stars, mysterious trees and the return of the errant Lady Firi. Sasha charms the King's guard with tales of the past and they all fall for the servant girl. The Queen and the Cure is full of magic and mystery, heart stopping moments and utter loss followed by pure joy. Perfection in a book. Please can George Lucas or Steven Spielberg buy the rights and make these books into films?
If there is one author who writes poetic beauty time and time again, it would be Amy Harmon. ALWAYS. The Queen and the Cure was even BETTER than The Bird and the Sword and I loved that book too. Ms. Harmon manages to take my breath away with her writing and these books are my favorites of hers to date. The Queen and the Cure is the story of Kjell of Jeru (he is the the brother of King Tiras who we met in book 1). Kjell has never wanted to be king and is content being Captain of the Guard of Jeru. Kjell also has a special gift and is a healer. This healing power comes in handy when he comes across a woman—Sasha—and he restores her to good health. Reluctantly he takes her with him on his travels and back to his home and in doing so forms a bond that was written in the stars. Now I can’t tell you more because I honestly don’t want to ruin the story for you. This is a story that you need to live and experience on your own because IT IS SO SO SO FREAKIN’ GOOD! I will however share some of my thoughts with you… Sasha’s loyalty, her will, her strength, and her heart were my favorite things about her… she is one of my favorite heroines ever! Kjell’s songs, his protective nature, his love, his devotion, and oh my goodness his words made me fall completely in love with him over and over and over again. The world building in this series is magnificent. Ms. Harmon has the ability to bring the reader into the story so that we are living in the moment. I was transfixed by the beauty of her words and left speechless by this unique and utterly emotional story. I have read other books by Ms. Harmon and delving into fantasy is something different for her but her talent, her mesmerizing prose, and her exquisite stories show me time and time again that she can do it all. I will admit that there were a couple of scenes in this book that I teared up because the powerful words and emotions just touched my heart and soul completely. This book is a beautiful masterpiece. I know I am gushing… I know I am not saying anything more about the book but JUST READ IT! I promise you WILL LOVE IT! I am in complete awe of Amy Harmon… The Queen and the Cure is one of the BEST BOOKS I have read this year and I can’t wait to read more in this series—I am completely addicted to Ms. Harmon’s words