Review: The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

My Thoughts

A must-read, beautifully written, poignant page turner.
Amy Harmon delivers an unforgettable story once again.

5stars

Synopsis

the bird and the swordThe 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?

My Review

“For the word is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edge sword. Piercing, even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow.”

When it comes to wielding words like a sword, Amy Harmon always strikes true. She’s a brilliant, lyrical writer whose stories make me feel deeply, move me, inspire me. Her poetic style tangles words in unexpected ways that add dimension and meaning. Her prowess is evidenced in her latest work—The Bird and the Sword—a fantastical romance about the need to feel loved, be seen, show acceptance and realize the true power of the words we express. The story is beautiful, evocative, spellbinding and rife with lessons to take to heart.

“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 Lark’s mother died at the hand of the King, she unleashed her final words—if Lark died, her father would die too, and the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

Lark lost her words that day, silenced so she wouldn’t tempt danger, so she wouldn’t fully command the magic with which she was born.

Years later, she would be taken as a pawn by the murdering King’s son—the new King—to be used against her father who longed to usurp the throne. Throughout the entirety of her life, she’d been held captive in one way or another, by her father, by her silence and now by King Tiras.

Lark lived in a time when magic was disdained. Those who were gifted were persecuted and the Council openly tried to snuff out their power.

“The castle was full of secrets and schemes, full of people hungry for power and afraid of magic.”

To Lark, King Tiras was a study in contradiction. He was virtuous and beguiling all at once. Charming, but dangerously so. He seemed to care for her, and she warmed to him, but she wondered if he used her as a means to an end.

“I had given my words to a man who could use me. And use me he had. Use me he would. Until I was no longer of use.”

All her life, Lark wanted to be seen, to be loved. And when she finally feels to have found what (and who) she’s longed for, everything turns on itself with unexpected suspicions and truths.

“I have all the power, but you will destroy me.”

There are so many things I loved about Lark’s story. As a passionate fantasy reader I did love the magic that swirled within the story—to me, it gives the narrative another dimension and depth. But what’s also great is that the story is perfect for those who are not habitual fantasy readers as the focus revolves around the relationships and the burgeoning romance.

The words will sweep you away, the romance will captivate you, and you’ll find yourself utterly entranced by Amy Harmon’s beautiful story.

“I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be.”

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Coming this May from one of my favorite authors, Amy Harmon, is a new romantic fantasy entitled The Bird and the Sword! I can’t wait to read this, and you’ll see why when you read the blurb below!

Synopsis

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 only 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?

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Review: The Song of David by Amy Harmon

My Thoughts

Beautifully written and deeply moving.
A story about hope, love and fighting for what matters most.

4stars

Synopsis

the song of davidShe said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

My Review

Amy Harmon grips us once again with a beautifully written story of courage and love… about fighting for what’s most important. In The Law of Moses, we met David “Tag” Taggert—the man who had lost his sister and carried the weight of that guilt. The man who tried hard to die, but never seemed to get there. The man who begged Moses to save him from himself. Now, Tag has built an empire with a string of successful businesses, finding his slice of heaven in the octagon… adrenaline coursing, heart pounding, fists flying.

But his life takes un an unexpected turn when he meets Millie and her brother, Henry. Gradually they each make their way into his heart. They teach him things. Make him see the world, and his life, through a different lens.

I fell in love with Millie and Henry. They were two people who didn’t quite fit, didn’t see the world like everyone else, but in some ways, were all the better for it, despite their hardships. Tag was forever changed because of them.

What we also experience quite deeply is Moses’ perspective to what transpires in the story. I almost saw this as an extension of Moses’ book. But as much as I love Moses as a character, I wanted to experience more of Tag directly. Without spoiling too much, Amy devises a unique format in which the story unravels, but it also in some ways hindered my own connection to Tag. The story was irrevocably evocative, but for some reason, I didn’t quite feel the same level of intense connection that I felt with some of Harmon’s other protagonists.

The story also layers a couple more surprise elements, adding richness and depth, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.

Was it a beautiful story? Yes. Was it moving? Absolutely. Was it unique? Always. Amy Harmon is remarkably talented at painting a story in a way that is gripping and beautiful and singularly her. I think this will be a story so many will fall in love with, as they have with each of Amy’s novels.

Reading Order

The Song of David can be read as a standalone novel,
but best enjoyed after reading The Law of Moses.

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Every Amy Harmon novel I’ve read has OWNED me. The poetry of her writing, the honesty and power of her story’s messages, the unforgettably broken and beautiful characters… they all blend together to deliver something remarkable and singularly Amy. The Song of David is no different. It will move you and grip you from the very beginning. Specifically, this is David ‘Tag’ Taggert’s book, a character we met in The Law of Moses, but whose story really unravels in this latest release, out this Saturday, June 13th.

Today, I’m thrilled to share the second exclusive teaser from the book! And make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to enter to win signed copies of both The Song of David and The Law of Moses.

Synopsis

the song of davidShe said I was like a song. Her favorite song. A song isn’t something you can see. It’s something you feel, something you move to, something that disappears after the last note is played.

I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for me, heaven was something else. It sounded like the bell at the beginning of a round, it tasted like adrenaline, it burned like sweat in my eyes and fire in my belly. It looked like the blur of screaming crowds and an opponent who wanted my blood.

For me, heaven was the octagon.

Until I met Millie, and heaven became something different. I became something different. I knew I loved her when I watched her stand perfectly still in the middle of a crowded room, people swarming, buzzing, slipping around her, her straight dancer’s posture unyielding, her chin high, her hands loose at her sides. No one seemed to see her at all, except for the few who squeezed past her, tossing exasperated looks at her unsmiling face. When they realized she wasn’t normal, they hurried away. Why was it that no one saw her, yet she was the first thing I saw?

If heaven was the octagon, then she was my angel at the center of it all, the girl with the power to take me down and lift me up again. The girl I wanted to fight for, the girl I wanted to claim. The girl who taught me that sometimes the biggest heroes go unsung and the most important battles are the ones we don’t think we can win.

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Reading Order

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