Review: “The Bird and the Sword” by Amy Harmon



When I completed this one I could not stop smiling and sighing. .  Beautiful writing and poetry.

The authors begins with:

“For the word is quick and powerful 

Sharper than any two edged sword 

Piercing even to the dividing asunder

Of soul and spirit

Of joints and marrow 

It is a discerner of thoughts 

And intents of the heart.”

A statement so profound and true,  you just had to continue reading. . And what a way to start us off.

We are then introduced to Tellers, Changers, Healers and  Spinners – people who are able to predict the future, change into beasts/animals, heal with a touch and to create a new thing from something that was before –  and you are held captive in this world and want to become a part of it.

I can tell you here (as you would have seen from the blurb) that the protagonist, Lark,  is dumb, but the fun part is – she is a teller.  If  you want to figure out how she communicates then you must read this one, because if I tell you more, i may end up telling you everything (yes, its that good).  Words play a major, major role in this one:

“swallow daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips.  Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ’till they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ’till 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” 

And the author creates something so breathtaking and wonderful, you are drawn into the pages to breathe and co-exist.  Lark (yes, her name has significance), explains what has happened to her.  Everything is explained in the book so you are not left lacking or wondering.  From reading you will understand and know why everything is as it is.

“I can’t make words. I can’t make a sound. I have thoughts and feelings. I have pictures and colours.  They are all bottled up inside of me because I cant make words.

But i hear them.

The world is alive with words.  The animals, the trees, the grass, and the birds hum with their own words.”

And then, with her words, the author takes us into love and you get to enjoy the growth they share and the love that slowly blooms.  You also get to understand that this too was inevitable.  But it was just wonderful how it blossomed.   The good thing about this relationship though is, even though she cannot speak she allows no one to take advantage of her.  She triumphs despite her inability to use words, and she finds other ways to communicate.  After all, she is of use to the king and the King says:

“Kjell is right.  You are a dangerous little bird.  But I think I will keep you.”

He does keep her and they become one unit through this love and yes they triumph. The King by himself is awesome but he is made greater by his Lark and their strength together makes great things happen.

Oh boy, i enjoyed this one thoroughly.  The characters: Lark, Tiras, Kjell, Boojohni, King Zoltev and the numerous others were awesome and helped to tie everything together.  The world creation was so impeccable you couldn’t not imagine how wonderful it was;  you could see clearly through her descriptions, all of the provinces, Kilmorda, Corvyn, Bilwick, Bin Dar, Enoch, Quondoon, Janda, Gaul, Firi and Degn – though the main focus is Degn.

I especially loved that this book was a stand alone.  No need to wait on a second or third book to complicate matters.  One simple book with an AMAZING story and characters.  That’s all I ask.

This type of work speaks to more awesomeness from the author and I look forward to reading much more from her.

Really, Really, Really loved this one….a really good read.  Recommendations already made.



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