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.
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?
Amy Harmon is the epitome of talent without fear.
As many of you know, I am a die-hard Amy Harmon fan. Since I first stumbled upon Running Barefoot, I have fallen in love with her unique characters, literary exploration of story, and toe-curling romance. When I learned that she had released a new book, exploring a different genre, I didn’t hesitate. Once again, Amy doesn’t disappoint.
I love that Amy had the courage to take her romance in a different direction. Although writing fantasy is new for her, you’d never know it. She creates a world that is unique but feels familiar at the same time, with lords and ladies, kings and fair maidens, mystical creatures, breathtaking battles, and peasants with unusual gifts. But all of that is nothing more than a backdrop for what we want most from an Amy Harmon book: love and passion hot enough to make you melt.
Lark is more than a wallflower; she blends into the wall itself. Not seen, not heard, she barely exists. When King Tiras captures her and takes her to his keep, she simply trades one prison for another.
However, King Tiras isn’t the tyrant she expects him to be. He’s arrogant, yes, but also kind and just. He gives her what she has always been denied: words. With those words, she uncovers her power. Their romance is an unfolding discovery, peeling back the layers and finding in each other the one person they need the most to heal and to be set free.
I highly recommend this book to readers of romance, fantasy, and/or literary fiction.
About the Author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in several countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to show her support, Amy will donate a portion of the proceeds of her latest title, The Bird and The Sword, to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. This Fund is a charity founded by Denise Milano to draw attention to and raise money for mental health awareness.