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The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1089 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication Date : May 10, 2016
- Print Length : 293 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01FIT5ITU
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- Best Sellers Rank: #5,185 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And then I read that she's coming out with a fantasy novel. A fantasy novel? Like Game of Thrones and Imagine Dragons (wait, that's a band I like) and Rings and Gollems and Hobbits? But I don't like fantasy. I never, ever read fantasy. I don't go to fantasy movies. Yes, I took my son to all 3 LOTR/Hobbit movies and I got the best sleep of my life. But because Amy Harmon wrote it I would read it. Probably a simple fairy tale for children, and I actually waited 2 weeks to read it.
Big mistake. Because even if Amy Harmon wrote a simple fairy tale for children, it would probably be an instant classic. But this is not for children. Yes, in a way it reminds one of a fairy tale, but one for grown ups, along the lines of “Once Upon a Time”, but far more sophisticated. I can't tell you about the plot. Anything I say would ruin it. If this is the only review you read before picking up this book, stop here. Go into it with a completely open mind, and just let this incredible world open up for you. Amy Harmon's words create worlds, and when I reached the end of it, I was so sad. Because I loved this placce and I loved these characters, and if this were Oz, I wouldn't want to go home.
I wanted to return, and about three quarters through the book, I did go back to the beginning. Because I'm gobbling up the book and suddenly Tiras, the male lead says to Lark, the female lead “Where I am going, you cannot come.” Now I'm Jewish, but I know the Christian bible rather well, and I know exactly when Jesus says that and what it means. And I just stopped and I thought: am I reading a parable? Is there another level to this book that I've missed? I thought of the prologue to the Gospel of John, about the Word, and the Word being with God and the Word being God. Lark, the narrator, is always saying that words come from the Creator and they possess immense power. So I went back and I re-read it. And sure enough the words that come from the Creator are powerful, so powerful that they literally give life. So was this a parable about the life of Jesus? Perhaps a bit. There certainly a character plays the role of a messiah. Definitely a parable about the gifts of God and the good we can do with them – as well as the bad.
I don't know if I'll ever read another fantasy book – unless Ms. Harmon writes it, of course. I think I would always compare everything I read with this book. But I am so thankful that she wrote this book. I'm thankful that God gave us words, and that Amy knows exactly what to do with them. Read this, and you too can soar like an eagle.
Hollywood, where are you? Stop wasting time on Nicholas Sparks when you have a library rich in everything a great movie needs. We love our Amy Harmons books, but we really need our Amy Harmon movies!
If you're a fantasy reader, I must warn you maybe it's not as complicated or dense as other books, is a standalone, not a series, but the writing, oh the writing.
I find it hard these days to find a book with a truly beautiful romance that doesn't have explicit sex scenes, I must be the minority here because I know people love erotica in their stories, but I don't. I think a really good story doesn't need that.
This author manages to create this land with a believable magic system, beautiful heartbreaking romance that develops and it's not insta love as in other fantasy books and even though things are kind of predictable it still left me wondering how things were going to turn out. I won't go into the story because you already have the book synopsis and other readers reviews.
I also love that finally I got a glimpse of life in a marriage, most books end when the hero and heroine finally get together but what happens after? I'm married so I have to say both characters are really well written, I understood both of them, their actions and their insecurities.
After this one I purchased 3 other books from Amy Harmon and I loved them too. I really hope she keeps writing fantasy. Her other books are really good but this one's my favourite. I think she has a gift and the fantasy world really likes it.
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I’ve never read a fantasy romance, and it’s not something I thought I’d be drawn to. But when my favourite author writes one, of course I’m going to read it! And I’m so glad I did.
From the very beginning, Amy Harmon set an authentic scene. I could picture the details in my head; it had a Game of Thrones vibe (only in the aspect of the time period and landscape, not all the other crazy stuff!) and I was hooked immediately.
I’ve only every branched out into PNR so I’m not all that clear on what defines the fantasy genre but I loved every detail we were given. Each character played an integral part and ultimately held a piece of the puzzle. It was executed impeccably.
One of my favourite things about Amy’s writing is the way in which the characters fall in love. It’s never forced upon us as the reader, it’s never told but instead always shown. It’s in their actions, their nuances and their words that are left unsaid. It has a greater impact on me, rather than being overwhelmed, it’s slow building then hits me full force. I have no doubt I love the couple more for it.
“I have loved you every moment of every day, and I will love you until I cease to be.”
Amy excels at creating characters we love, but I must say, Amy’s heroines always seem to shine for me and Lark was no different. I loved her tenacity and the fact she always stayed true to herself no matter the consequences. These are the type of female characters you’d want your daughters to read about and admire!
The hero of the story can’t go unmentioned. Considering my feelings towards him at the beginning of the story were ice cold and by the end they were molten hot only attests to the character develop and the journey he went on. His strength by the end (both physically and mentally) had me going PHWOARRRR!
I didn’t know if the word came from his kiss or from his thoughts, or maybe the word was mine alone, but I took it and swallowed it whole, planting it deep inside my belly where desire, need, and longing grew and flowered.”
After I finished this book, I couldn’t stop smiling. It was intricate, it was clever and it was like nothing I had read before. I love when a book stays with me and I can’t wait for more from this world.
And as a lover of epilogues, Amy, I thank you sincerely as it was just what I needed.
This is a very sweet adventure romance, albeit one with plenty gore and violence. It has a nice pace to it and good plot a few unexpected twists and turns. Lark is a feisty heroine, unafraid and more than able to stand her ground with anyone, despite her inability to talk. There is plenty thrilling action but the romance side of the story never really sizzles. The magic/fantasy/romance/adventure genre is a pretty crowded place at the moment but this tale manages to avoid many of clichés. It is a light read that won't leave you scratching your head. I really enjoyed it but never felt absolutely involved.
Lark is small, unremarkable and mute - deprived of the spoken word by her mother's dying words, and of the written word by her father who's determined to keep her magic crushed and thwarted. The book is, I think, all from Lark's viewpoint - her thoughts, opinions, fears - so the whole book is filtered through her eyes.
Tiras is the king who takes Lark as a hostage to her father's co-operation - and for other reasons that become clear as the book prgresses. He is, in the way of this genre, young, handsome, powerful and hale, no doubt with a full set of gleaming white teeth and no body odour (my inner realist is raising her head...)
Trying to come up with a word to describe the book, I keep coming back to 'quiet', which seems silly as there's battles and nastiness aplenty, but a fair chunk is Lark on her own, stuck inside her head, learning to manage in her changed world.
If the end is all a bit tidy then so what? This is a feel-good, stand-alone story that's a pleasure to read.