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Publisher's Summary

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?
©2016 Amy Harmon (P)2016 Publishing
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4 out of 5 stars
By Leslie F. on 11-12-16

Entertaining, but not quite "epic"

This book had a really magical and poetic feel to it. I really liked the character of Lark, who was kind and compassionate, and always eager to learn. I also liked King Tiras, but for some reason, the romance between the two did not do much for me, but it did have occasional moments. I think this book has some really great aspects to it, but despite that, I had a hard time getting into it. I still found it entertaining, and I'm glad to have read it, but I don't think I would ever pick it up again.

I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by Trina Nishimura, and while she has all the characteristics I look for in a narrator - good pacing, unique character voices, etc. - she came across a little too melodramatic for my tastes; either that, or it was her cadence that struck me as odd and distracted me a bit.

Overall, this was an entertaining book, and I can completely understand all the 5-star reviews, but it just didn't quite come across as "epic" for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By The Elf in the Kitchen on 12-06-16

What an Audio Book Should Be

I am an unabashed Amy Harmon fan. She cannot write a bad story. So, when I learned of her foray into fantasy, I was a bit taken aback. But, hey! It's Amy so it's going to be good. So, I READ the book first and loved it. HOWSOMEVER, this production of The Bird and the Sword is nothing short of breath-taking. Trina Nishimura makes this book so real, so powerful and so moving, I had to find a quiet and peaceful place to listen to be able to absorb, feel and react. The combination of Ms. Harmon's exquisite writer's voice, the creativity behind developing a WHOLE universe, and her incredible 'gift' of story-telling is frankly phenomenal. Of course, this whole story is a lesson we are so in need of now...of recognizing people for who they are and what they bring to our lives. When you layer on the crystalline and finely tuned voice of Ms. Nishimura with her compelling 'gift' of making EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER come to life and you have a book that is listen-worthy to the max. Do NOT miss listening to this wonderful book and if truth be told, it's best listened to AFTER you've read it. The depth that comes to life is truly magical.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-07-18


I listened to this book every chance I got. The story had refreshing fantasy elements and the romance was sweet. The only downside for me was the over dramatisation of some scenes. I very much enjoyed Trina Nishimura’s use of characterisation and pace, however some scenes were just too rushed and desperate. Overall, definitely a book I will enjoy reading again.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Robinette on 10-27-17

Very dramatic

I found this book boreing perhaps the reader could be changed it is so melodramic. The story is not good

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