The Bird and the Sword

  • by Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by Trina Nishimura
  • 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?

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The Perfect Fantasy Novel

5 ★ Audiobook⎮From start to finish, The Bird and the Sword was the perfect Fantasy novel. With poetic writing and strong character development, Harmon left me in awe. This novel had a strong sense of direction throughout. Instead of employing cheap tropes and other overused literary tactics to falsely enamor the reader, Harmon let her uniquely lyrical writing style carry the story.

To say that this audiobook was a joy to hear what would be a severe understatement. The Fantasy genre has a tendency to become unnecessarily complex. Authors frequently feel that they have to conduct purposeful world building, which can feel forced. Harmon’s world developed through her characters, not around them. They weren’t just in the world, but also of it. The Bird and the Sword was beautiful in its simplicity.

Lark, the protagonist, proved that heroines can be heroes and heroes can be weak. A story’s hero isn’t always the loudest voice in the room, the physically strongest, or “the chosen one”. Sometimes the hero of a story is someone who said the wrong thing at the wrong time and set the wheels of fate in motion.

Forgive me for waxing poetic, but The Bird and the Sword is quite possibly the most beautiful story I’ve heard all year. Lark will forever be one of my most beloved characters. This was one of the few times I can definitively say that I am 100% satisfied as a reader. Harmon tied everything up so neatly, eloquently connecting all loose strands, and the ending left me speechless.

There is no question in my mind as to how or why The Bird and the Sword is so highly rated on Goodreads. Even from the very beginning, I knew I was listening to something magnificent. Unbelievably, that magnificence never wavered. If you’re in search of a breathtaking Fantasy, look no further than The Bird and the Sword.

Narration review: The Bird and the Sword partially owes Trina Nishimura for its powerful impact. Nishimura delivered a performance perfectly-suited for Amy Harmon’s work. Her narration elegantly complemented the musicality of Harmon’s writing. Furthermore, her voice had a hushed reverence throughout the entire audiobook which held my attention like a sacred prayer. Nishimura deserves much commendation for this performance. ♣︎
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- The Audiobookworm

Amy Harmon writes full-fantasy!

Would you listen to The Bird and the Sword again? Why?

I liked The Bird and the Sword. I'll read a sequel if one is written/released. I'm happy to recommend this fantasy novel to others. I'm a full-time supporter of the miracle that is Amy Harmon and that will never change.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bird and the Sword?

I adore Amy Harmon, and the fantasy genre is one of my favorites...but the combination of the two in The Bird and the Sword had its ups and downs for me. Breathtaking writing, engaging romance, characters with fascinating curses/gifts, world-building that I liked but didn't quite love, and a plethora of rhymes that unfortunately started grating on my nerves. See? Ups and downs, but mostly ups I'll admit.


What does Trina Nishimura bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emotional voice tone as needed. Her narration brought a lot of depth to the characters.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

My favorite quote:
“Maybe the secret to happiness is simplicity.”


Any additional comments?

★★★½
Check out Ms. Harmon's first full-fantasy novel and see how you like it. Enjoy!

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- featherlashes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2016
  • Publisher: Audiobooks.com Publishing