Amy Harmon has blown me away…again! I love her writing and the way she makes me fall in love with her damaged characters. I get lost in her stories, tuning out everything around me. I listened to the Audible edition of ‘The Bird and the Sword’ yesterday from start to finish. I couldn’t pull myself away. It was superb!
The magical world that Ms. Harmon created was vivid and engaging. I hung on every word as this story evolved, wondering what laid in store for me. From princes to trolls, witches to shifters, romance to revenge plots, this book offered plenty to hold my interest.
Fate is inescapable for Lark and King Trias. They first meet as young children, on the date that Trias’ father, the then King, murders Lark’s mother for using magic. The use of magic is against the law in the kingdom. Those that possess the special abilities, known as the “gifted”, are hunted down and killed.
With her final breath, Lark’s mother speaks of things to come, cursing the King with her final words while protecting her young daughter. For years after the death of her mother, Lark is a virtual prisoner in her father’s home. She does not speak, although she understands just fine. With his survival linked to hers, her father is determined to prevent any harm from befalling her. To stifle her gift of using words to compel action, her father forbids her from learning to read or write.
Years later, Lark and Trias meet again. Now the king, Trias takes Lark from her father as a means to force him into subservience. Lark’s father is next in line for the throne and has been working behind the scenes to stage a coup.
Despite being his captive, Lark grows close to Trias. He suffers from an ailment that only Lark seems to be able to help treat. Once her secret is revealed to the King, she is surprised to find that he doesn’t persecute her for it. In fact, he seems to be more curious about her gift than anything.
I enjoyed the slow burn feel of this love story. There was so much anticipation and storyline development that at times I wondered if I’d ever get the love story I craved. Eventually, I did and it was worth the wait!
From start to finish, I was completely engrossed in this story. There was a lot of action and adventure, with battles and fantastical beings. There was never a dull moment, but I didn’t get that over-stimulated, head-spinning feeling that many other “adventure” type of stories leave me with.
Paranormal stories are not my favorite genre, but this book was perfect for me. It had the just the right mix of romance and adventure to hold my attention. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and I loved it!