Book 34 of 2020
The Bird and the Sword. Written by Amy Harmon
Wow. This is a book that was recommended to me last year, and that I even bought and downloaded last year to go to Europe, but never got round to reading it. At a loss for books that interested me this week I scrolled through my Kindle Library looking for books that I had not read. Finding this one I decided I may as well read it since I had already purchased it!
I am so pleased that I did! I almost wish I had even read it earlier!!
I really enjoyed this story, I was worried at the beginning that it was going to be a little cliche, what with the forbidden magic, and king that executes people on a whim. However I was pretty stoked to realise there was so much more to the book than that. The twists and turns, the grey area about who was good and who was not was absolutely phenomenal. What I liked the most though, perhaps as I have discovered it is something I look for – was the sense of hope!
I thought the main character – Lark – in this book was really well written, and being able to join her for her journey of self discovery was really fantastic. However I would have liked to have seen a bit more development of the main male character – it was there, as was the development of his brother, but it was not quite as clear cut as the main protagonist story – and that will always be the way when you have a book from just one perspective but I perhaps would have liked it more with a little more understanding of motives.
I also really enjoyed the ending, not everything was wrapped up into tiny little bows which I thought was awesome!
“You don’t need wings to fly.”
Interesting, so as a side note I just got momentarily distracted by reading some of the good reads reviews, and how fascinating that many people did not like Lark. Finding her stupid and without thought for consequence. I can see why they thought that, but as I said above for me it is about her journey of discovery, of realising that words have power and that she can wield them in a way that works for her. That everyone can be of use and can have power. If you read reviews avidly before reading – don’t be put off! I think this book is well worth the read!
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult, Magic, Paranormal, Fiction, Fantasy Romance, High Fantasy