“I have all the power, but you will destroy me.”
The Bird and the Sword is the first book in The Bird and the Sword Chronicles by Amy Harmon.
The day her mother was killed, her mother told her father she would not speak again. Her mother also told him that if she( the bird) died, he did too.
Despite having a claim to the throne, her father waits for the shadow of her mother’s predictions to come to pass. Unable to speak, wield a sword or beguile a king the only way to escape is find someone who could ever love a bird.
“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 heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, daughter. Stay alive.”
I loved the writing style in this book and how the author worked around having a main character who does not speak. The whole book was enchanting and imaginative. While the book was focused somewhat around a developing love story there were other elements in the plot that held my interest throughout.
“Kjell is right. You are a dangerous little bird. But I think I will keep you.”
The writing is very flowing and descriptive which some people may not like. I would say it’s in the same vein as Cruel Beauty, Uprooted, Wintersong or Hunted if you like any of those books. Give it a go!
Thanks for reading!