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The Bird and the Sword Paperback – May 6, 2016
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Amy Harmon is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including the Whitney Award winning The Law of Moses. Her historical novels, inspirational romances, and young adult books are now being published in twelve countries around the globe.
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Lark is a Teller, rendered mute in her mother's final bid to protect her. As a result, Lark cannot access her full power and thus is relatively protected from those who seek to persecute magic wielders. The dichotomy of using such powers is explored in all its complexity, particularly how powers used with good intentions often have unintended consequences.
The power of words is beautifully explored, and I thoroughly enjoyed Lark's journey in developing her magic while never losing her sense of self. It's refreshing to see a clever, multidimensional heroine with a strength of character that is enhanced, rather than overshadowed, by her powers.
The romance plot elements deftly avoid cliched pitfalls and support the overall story arc, artfully moving the plot along as the complex relationship between Lark and Tiras deepens. Lark is not conventionally beautiful or noteworthy and the romance is a slow burn, which I absolutely adored. Lark and Tiras are complex and beautifully flawed, making them completely relatable.
And the writing...STUNNING. Harmon has an elegant simplicity to her style that somehow manages to be lush without removing the reader from the narrative. This allows the narrative to shine.
After devouring this book several times (no exaggeration), I still find I can't get enough. I promptly purchased another one of her books, MAKING FACES, and realized I just discovered a new favorite author.
Recommended for fans of Laini Taylor, Rae Carson, and Leigh Bardugo.
Well I am happy to say that I read it, I devoured it actually and I loved it. I was mesmerized from the prologue all the way through the book to the last sentence. Each of Amy's books has a powerful theme woven through it, and for me, in this book, the theme was the power of words. And the words that Amy laid out on the paper are magical, and lyrical and fantastical and transformative. I am a very visual reader and in order to lose myself in the story, I have to be able to transport myself there and be in the thick of it, so to speak. With Amy's brilliant writing I could perfectly envision each and every character in the story. I could see the scenes unfold before my eyes.
Obviously in a book such as this, you have to suspend what you know of reality and go with the flow of the story. Well, I became so immersed that I forgot I was suspending reality and what I was seeing before my eyes was true and real and an everyday occurrence. And I wished more than anything that I was a character in that world, and that Lark was my best friend! She is a true heroine and Tiras was a larger than life hero.
I am not going to go into what the plot of the story is, because I want everyone to go into the story blind and experience it all for yourselves. But trust me in saying that even if you've never read fantasy before, you will end up devouring this book. Now I'm kind of scared to read any other fantasy because I don't feel like anything else I read will live up to this book! That is how impressed I am with The Bird and The Sword. I hope this get made into a movie!! I'd be standing in line on opening day!!