“Silence, daughter. Stay alive.”
Oh sweet Harmon feels! Amy Harmon is on my auto-buy list. I’ve only read 2 books of hers and the moment I heard she had a new book coming out, I was sold! She has a unique way with words that her books have stayed with me and I truly find it hard to review her books. They are just so precious and magical you have to just pick one and read it, no summary, no reviews, no nothing. Just pick one and let it take you on a journey. I just love the amazing experience that is Amy Harmon. Also, a portion of the proceeds from The Bird and the Sword go to this memorial fund to promote suicide awareness and prevention ♥
“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.”
This is a story about the power of words, in a setting that feels like Merlin, which I loved. It’s difficult to categorize it since this is what Amy Harmon is best at, being unique and mixing genres together only to create some of the most unforgettable stories! I’ve said many many times that Fantasy is a genre I hardly ever read since I’m awfully picky but this year I’ve read some amazing Fantasy books and The Bird and the Sword is definitely one of those books!
Lark has a special way with words. At a time where people have unique powers they have to keep a secret because they live in a land where magic is something people are afraid of and they literally hunt the Gifted ones down, young Lark can make objects fly and obey her just by saying the right words. That is until her mother advises her not to just before she is killed. For her safety, it is better to never use words again so as to never hurt anyone or find herself in danger. That is until the King of Jeru realizes what power she has, not just magical, but over her father as well.
“I am not a weapon. I don’t want to be a weapon!”
“You are what you are. I am what I am. It matters little what we want.”
“I am not a weapon.” The words were a cry, mournful and resistant. I felt him draw closer, but still he didn’t touch me, and for that I was grateful. If he touched me I would break down.
“I never wanted to be king. But it is what I am. It matters little what we want.”
The King is a kind man, trying to be fair especially after his father’s reign and seeing how cruel he was but it is not easy. People are scared of the Gifted ones. Those who have special gifts other do not understand. In their mind, that makes them dangerous. But the Kind is not one of them.
“I think I will keep you.”
King Tiras is such an interesting character, the way he deals with Lark, a woman who doesn’t even use her words to speak, but he kindly takes time to teach her letters and words, to write her name and his. It’s so beautiful and the flow of the story… just brilliant!
“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.”
Not going to spoil it, but it is honestly an unforgettable experience. The author’s poetic words, the beautiful setting, unique characters that are so beautifully created, even if Fantasy is not your go to genre, this is beyond worth it!
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