Title: The Bird And The Sword
Author: Amy Harmon
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars
Well, what can I say? This book was incredible. I loved everything about it. The story, the characters, the message. The moment I read the blurb I knew it would be amazing.
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?
First of all, let me tell you something: the words in this story, even those that were not written, will fill your heart and soul. This story is all about words. Words that are spoken, words that are hidden. Words that are full of magic and words that are full with pain. This story is just a way of telling the reader that every word matters, so we must think before we speak them, we must think their meaning and the affect they’ll have, either on us or others. Everything has an impact, and in this case, a girl learnt it at an early age, in a cruel way.
Lady Lark, she’s unbelievably strong and I loved that. She grew up in a home that ignored her but kept her relatively safe. Away from any danger that might end up hurting the person keeping her there, until one day, someone took her. The king took her away for her to learn everything she had been deprived to learn before. I loved her love and excitement over the words she’d never had the chance to say, but knew either way. I loved her need to learn and speak and know these words. She’s an exceptionally young girl, looking for someone to love her just the way she is, to understand her, but not to keep her in the dark.
The king is just as wonderful and exceptional as Lark herself. This guy knows bad and good, and he’s always chosen good over everything else, even when he’s own father was the personification of evil. I loved him from the second he showed up. I loved the way he understood Lark in a way no one every had, and he cared for her so so so much. Even with the coldest words, you could see and feel his need to keep her safe.
I really enjoyed reading it. The pace of the story was really good and the plot was incredibly interesting. The magic within the characters, the magical creatures, the power in words. Everything was just perfect.