Published by Self-Published on May 10, 2016
Genres: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
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?
The Bird and the Sword
By Amy Harmon
To live by the word or the sword…
Wow…The Bird and the Sword was EPIC. I have a very active imagination and reading this story written with such skill and ability, enabled me to see everything like it was a movie playing out inside my head. When I saw Tiras, it was Legolas I was picturing. I pictured Daenerys as Lark. Boojohni was definitely Gimli from Lord of the Rings and for some reason, I kept picturing Rihanna for Firi. This gave me the ability to see these characters come alive…fly off the pages…whisper the words in my ears…and command me to pay attention. This book was an experience that I will never be able to recreate. I am a fan of historical romance, fantasy and paranormal. In some ways The Bird and the Sword are all three. We have men who lead and protect the women and children. There are rulers who make decisions solely to gain for themselves. The story is filled with healers, shifters, magicians, witches, and psychics – all of them come together to fight evil and find peace for their people. Oh…and if you have one of these “gifts”, you better keep it a secret. It’s off with your heads if you’re brought before the rulers.
I’m not going to do my usual review where I give you a rundown of the main characters, how they meet and what will keep them together or away from each other. This is a story that MUST be experienced fresh. If you are not a fan of historical, fantasy or paranormal, you will make an exception for this one. This tale has been extraordinarily crafted and is one of the best I’ve ever read. Now, that is a HUMONGOUS statement considering this one is a fade to black…behind closed doors…kissing is the most action we see – type of book. I don’t generally read clean books because I need to see and feel the connection. In The Bird and the Sword you honestly don’t need it. I knew exactly the passion this couple was feeling, I didn’t question how they really felt and I was convinced that there was no-one else for either of them.
It’s plain to see that I am a HUGE fan of this book. The main characters and some of the side characters were lovable while the evil ones were hidden for most of the book. At times, I thought I knew who was behind the treachery and then found that things didn’t exactly fall the way I thought they would. This book gave me happy buzzes. I shed a tear or two, grinned a smile or two and gritted my teeth a time or two. I felt it all and loved it all. The Bird and the Sword was bloody good.