The Bird and the Sword (Amy Harmon)

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 heaven 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 sell 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? 

Amy makes words. She should have been a Teller because her words ARE magic. Much more than magic. Amy writes these words and they become life. Reality. Truth.

What a read! Holy Jesus. So good. I wanted to wait to jump into this book until all of the hype and 5 star reviews surrounding it started dying down. I don’t like my mind to be tarnished and filled with other people’s opinions. And with this one, it wasn’t. I was actually so very impressed with this story that Amy had delivered to us.


I thought the heroine in this story was such a very strong and diligent character. My most favorite part of this whole book was watching her entire growth. Watching her grow into herself. Watching her relationship with Tiras grow. How extraordinary is it to know that the girl who has no voice, who feels invisible, has been seen and to watch it all unfold as a reader? It was an amazing experience.

My only downside was at times this story just dragged out. A few unnecessary events and conversations that just seemed to be thrown into the story. It was “wordy” at times…no pun intended.


Even if you aren’t a “fan” of fantasy I think you should give this book a shot. I know that I am so glad that I did. I couldn’t find one word to sum up the book. Beautiful. Inspiring. Imaginative. Wild. Magical. I can’t pick just one. But the words are all there. They’re there in my heart. And they’ll stay there, Amy.

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