Title: The Bird and the Sword
Author: Amy Harmon
My Rating: ?????
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 trade 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?

My Review:
I honestly don’t know what to rate this. This is one of those books that I really started to become invested in near the end, but not so much during the middle of the book.

The writing in this is absolutely gorgeous. I loved how the author was able to portray Lark’s thoughts and opinions so well, even though she couldn’t verbally express them. The writing has this lyrical quality to it which made it flow so well through your head, you could just read the whole book in one sitting.

The problem I have with this book, is the romance. I feel like this book could have easily become a 5 star read for me, if the romance wasn’t as harsh as it actually is. I can’t describe it, it’s just at some scenes the things the love interest says to Lark literally has me taken aback.

For example:

“Because I am king. And because it is your duty to please me.”
(umm hello??? wtf)

He advanced on me, arrogant and all-knowing.“You won’t LET ME?”
(the capital letters are actually written in the book)

“I will put a baby in your belly,” he promised, and the mirth was mixed with determination.
(like who the hell would say something like that?)

And ugh I just hated page 159.

There is more context to some of them, like the middle quote that I wrote down, but still. He says something like this, and then a page later they’re making out, or he says something somewhat endearing and Lark is head over heels.

Anyways, the romance was clearly not my favorite. But as the book goes on, I guess it kind of gets better? Not by much, but they are suddenly a lot more in love then they used to be, and it’s like the book just took a huge jump in the relationship without actually having that part of the story to read.

But because of the situation these two are in, it does make sense for them to have a more sudden affection for each other during the second half of the book.

However there were still parts of the book that I did enjoy. I really liked seeing the determination Lark had towards learning, as well as her interaction with other characters. Lark cannot speak due to a curse her mother placed on her, so it was nice to read about the other ways she could talk to others.

Another thing that I liked about this book, were all the little plot twists in it. Some of them were obviously hinted towards, but you don’t fully realize it until later in the novel! And some literally had me throwing the book in shock. I love when authors are able to ignite these feelings in readers since it makes the reading experience that much more enjoyable.

All in all, I still don’t know what I would rate this book, (that’s why I left question marks where I usually put my rating lol). I did enjoy this book, but there were definitely a lot of problematic aspects that I can’t seem to rid myself of. Would I recommend this to others? I think so. It is an easy and quick read, but just beware of the romance, since I didn’t find it appealing at all.

Thanks for reading!
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