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 heaven 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 sell 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?
©2016 Amy Harmon (P)2016 Audiobooks.com Publishing
It's worth its time if you're into YA fantasy - especially if you're a girl - the world and the magic is just compelling enough, there's some interesting ideas and even though it's brushed over, the lore seems interesting.
It's obvious girly wish-fulfilling. A poor, lonely girl no one understands is suddenly swept away by a beautiful king and discovers she has mighty magical powers... This will probably be great for teen girls, but as a man in his thirties it gets pretty bland and obvious.
I wouldn't recommend it, since none of my friends are 14 year old girls.
Her range is very limited - almost everyone speaks on the verge of crying. That fits the main character pretty well, but since she only have a couple of voices more (retarded man screaming and irish fellow) the rest of the story ranges from ok to cringy
I liked The Bird and the Sword. I'll read a sequel if one is written/released. I'm happy to recommend this fantasy novel to others. I'm a full-time supporter of the miracle that is Amy Harmon and that will never change.
I adore Amy Harmon, and the fantasy genre is one of my favorites...but the combination of the two in The Bird and the Sword had its ups and downs for me. Breathtaking writing, engaging romance, characters with fascinating curses/gifts, world-building that I liked but didn't quite love, and a plethora of rhymes that unfortunately started grating on my nerves. See? Ups and downs, but mostly ups I'll admit.
Emotional voice tone as needed. Her narration brought a lot of depth to the characters.
My favorite quote:
“Maybe the secret to happiness is simplicity.”
Check out Ms. Harmon's first full-fantasy novel and see how you like it. Enjoy!
This book had a really magical and poetic feel to it. I really liked the character of Lark, who was kind and compassionate, and always eager to learn. I also liked King Tiras, but for some reason, the romance between the two did not do much for me, but it did have occasional moments. I think this book has some really great aspects to it, but despite that, I had a hard time getting into it. I still found it entertaining, and I'm glad to have read it, but I don't think I would ever pick it up again.
I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Trina Nishimura, and while she has all the characteristics I look for in a narrator - good pacing, unique character voices, etc. - she came across a little too melodramatic for my tastes; either that, or it was her cadence that struck me as odd and distracted me a bit.
Overall, this was an entertaining book, and I can completely understand all the 5-star reviews, but it just didn't quite come across as "epic" for me.
My rating: 4.5 stars
Audiobook narrator [Trina Nishimura] rating: 4.5 stars
This was an interesting and well-written book. At first I was not getting into it and maybe got confused a little (be sure you don’t miss the beginning parts of this book!). But, as the book went on, I started enjoying it more and more. The story line builds very nicely and the character development is great. There are not too many characters which is good for a distracted reader like me.
I really appreciate this being a standalone book. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when everything (especially fantasy books) are in a series. It’s nice to have a book that is complete and has an ending.
This book is classified as a fantasy book (rightfully so) and as a romance book. While I don’t mind romance-type novels, I do not necessarily gravitate towards them. In any case, I didn’t get a lot out of the romance of this book, like it wasn’t developed enough. However, it was nice and maybe just the right amount.
While I really enjoyed this book, I felt like it was a little slow for me. It’s good as a ‘slower’ book, but maybe I could have used a little action and excitement.
I was a little uncertain of the narrator at first. I wanted her to throw her voice more for the different characters. Though, as the book went on, I started appreciating her subtle differences more and more. However, her emotion and tone are just terrific and make this book well-worth listening to on audio. I fully recommend it.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
5 ★ Audiobook⎮From start to finish, The Bird and the Sword was the perfect Fantasy novel. With poetic writing and strong character development, Harmon left me in awe. This novel had a strong sense of direction throughout. Instead of employing cheap tropes and other overused literary tactics to falsely enamor the reader, Harmon let her uniquely lyrical writing style carry the story.
To say that this audiobook was a joy to hear what would be a severe understatement. The Fantasy genre has a tendency to become unnecessarily complex. Authors frequently feel that they have to conduct purposeful world building, which can feel forced. Harmon’s world developed through her characters, not around them. They weren’t just in the world, but also of it. The Bird and the Sword was beautiful in its simplicity.
Lark, the protagonist, proved that heroines can be heroes and heroes can be weak. A story’s hero isn’t always the loudest voice in the room, the physically strongest, or “the chosen one”. Sometimes the hero of a story is someone who said the wrong thing at the wrong time and set the wheels of fate in motion.
Forgive me for waxing poetic, but The Bird and the Sword is quite possibly the most beautiful story I’ve heard all year. Lark will forever be one of my most beloved characters. This was one of the few times I can definitively say that I am 100% satisfied as a reader. Harmon tied everything up so neatly, eloquently connecting all loose strands, and the ending left me speechless.
There is no question in my mind as to how or why The Bird and the Sword is so highly rated on Goodreads. Even from the very beginning, I knew I was listening to something magnificent. Unbelievably, that magnificence never wavered. If you’re in search of a breathtaking Fantasy, look no further than The Bird and the Sword.
Narration review: The Bird and the Sword partially owes Trina Nishimura for its powerful impact. Nishimura delivered a performance perfectly-suited for Amy Harmon’s work. Her narration elegantly complemented the musicality of Harmon’s writing. Furthermore, her voice had a hushed reverence throughout the entire audiobook which held my attention like a sacred prayer. Nishimura deserves much commendation for this performance. ♣︎
passionate reader and vegan
I am an unabashed Amy Harmon fan. She cannot write a bad story. So, when I learned of her foray into fantasy, I was a bit taken aback. But, hey! It's Amy so it's going to be good. So, I READ the book first and loved it. HOWSOMEVER, this production of The Bird and the Sword is nothing short of breath-taking. Trina Nishimura makes this book so real, so powerful and so moving, I had to find a quiet and peaceful place to listen to be able to absorb, feel and react. The combination of Ms. Harmon's exquisite writer's voice, the creativity behind developing a WHOLE universe, and her incredible 'gift' of story-telling is frankly phenomenal. Of course, this whole story is a lesson we are so in need of now...of recognizing people for who they are and what they bring to our lives. When you layer on the crystalline and finely tuned voice of Ms. Nishimura with her compelling 'gift' of making EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER come to life and you have a book that is listen-worthy to the max. Do NOT miss listening to this wonderful book and if truth be told, it's best listened to AFTER you've read it. The depth that comes to life is truly magical.
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