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The Bird and the Sword: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!* 

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?

*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2016 Amy Harmon (P)2016 Novel Audio Inc.

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  • C J
  • WA, USA
  • 06-15-18

Beautifully written, boring as heck

Author has a wonderful talent in pulling together memorable and beautiful prose. However this does not lend well for me for this genre. I feel plot and characters were lost for the flowery description. I understand why people would love this, but not for me.

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I didn’t like the background music in the audible

The story and narration was good but the music in the background threw me off. I wished there was an option to turn it off. Overall Harmon is good writer/storyteller. I agree with the majority of reviewers and I’m glad I didn’t let the low rated ones deter me from getting this one. IMO the ones who did not like the King misunderstood him. Overall, I recommend 16 and older....

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  • MadHatter
  • 09-13-18

Great story, but poor Audible version

I have read and enjoyed this book several times, but this was the first (and last) time I tried it as an Audible version.
There were two problems with it.
1. The narrator sounded like she was fifteen years old, not twenty-one. Lark came across as a meek girl, instead of a fiesty woman, thereby losing the best part of the novel - that while she may seem drab and quiet to the world, inside she is quite stubborn and has hidden strength, which is why her king falls in love with her.
2. Too much music in the background. It was distracting and annoying.

Do get the writen version. It is a sweet tale, with glossed-over sex scenes (which is sometimes like a breath of fresh air, compared to some of the books). It is also a stand-alone novel, so no cliffhanger.