Series: The Bird and the Sword #1
Published by Smashwords Edition
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?
The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon is another book where the cover drew me in. That cover is beautiful. The story inside, well it could have been more. Harmon has a wonderful lyrical style and her characters started off strong, but towards the end it lost me.
The writing style is the only saving grace about this book. I’m certain its why I made it to the end. The romance is really what ruins this book for me. The “chemistry” between Lark and Trias is laughable. Calling a woman stubborn and locking her in a tower is not how you woo a woman. Also if I ever read the phrase “I will but a baby in your belly” again I might vomit.
What shines here is the writing, because as the characters and romance progressed it was the only factor that made me finish this book. This felt very much like a beginners foray into this genre. Harmon’s style is lyrical and enchanting, but not enough to make me want to pick up the sequel.