The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

6 Stars!!!

Magical.  Beautiful.  Touching.  Fantastical.  Hopeful.  Soulful.

Wow. Wow. Wow!!! This is why I read… for books like this. How do I even begin to describe all the ways I loved this book?  I’m not sure how to put into words but I’m going to try.

So what is this book about? Many of you might be a little confused about what this book is about.  It is a fantasy romance novel, but before any of you non-fantasy lovers write this book off, please hold on because this book will touch your heart and you will fall in love with it.

This is a world where people have powers. There are the tellers, seers, healers, and spinners, but it is a dangerous world where their powers must be hidden as they are hunted.  Lark, has hidden her powers since childhood. She has been a pawn in her father’s game to become king.  All the while, there is a war raging.  King Tiras is trying to save his kingdom while hiding a secret of his own.  He has taken Lark captive and plans to use her powers to win the war against the beasts.  What begins as a need for survival, ends with two lost souls finding one another in world of war, hate, and fear. It is a story about the beauty in our differences, the courage and strength we possess, and above all, the power of love.

“Kjell is right. You are a dangerous little bird. But I think I will keep you.”

Ahhh…everything about this story was so well developed. The character development of King Tiras and Lark was absolute perfection. Lark has a quiet strength to her. She is small, but powerful.  She is silent but her presence loud. She is beautiful and kind.  Her soul radiates and her strength is immeasurable. She is the type of character that empowers and inspires. Who could not find beauty in all that she is?

“I wanted to run away from all the men who sought dominion over me, who thought they could win me, imprison me, use me, cut me.”

Then there is King Tiras.  He is strong, but vulnerable. He is plagued with keeping his people safe while hiding a secret of his own.  He has a heart of gold. I love that he teaches Lark how to read and write.  Their love blooms so slowly but so beautifully. You see them fall in love before they even realize it. Oh the anticipation…I’m all butterflies.

“Then why does no one see me?

“I see you,” he said. And he did.

The way he sees her, the way he helps her become more than she thought she could be is so beautiful to watch. I loved every second of it.

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

Their love is the center piece of this story and it is so beautiful to watch bloom.  But there is so much more to this story. It’s a story about the beauty in our differences and the courage to embrace those differences.  It showcases the greed for power that surrounds us but also how much love people are capable of.  Amy Harmon paints a vivid picture of this world; it is described in perfect detail. There is a perfect balance of action and drama.  There are still moments of peace and times of rage and violence. The narration is fantastic. This story is just magical.

I really liked Amy Harmon before, but now I love her! She is a top author for me and this book is now one of my favorites (and I’ve read a lot of books!) It is soulful and it has so much depth and beauty in it. I have no doubt that anybody who reads this book will absolutely fall in in love with it.

“You don’t need wings to fly,” she chirped. “What do you need, daughter?” I asked softly. She looked up at me, her big, black eyes a light with knowledge, and she smiled. “Words.”

Yes…I’m flying high on Amy Harmon’s words right now.  Such a beautiful story!  This is a must read.  Happy Reading!!

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