The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade

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A slave with a secret past is forced to serve the exiled prince she loves as he risks his life in a desperate effort to forge a political marriage with a powerful and deadly princess.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062674159
0062674153
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Bannen Megan
TEEN FANTASY Bannen Megan 06/2018
Characteristics: 416 pages ;,22 cm

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A slave with a secret past is forced to serve the exiled prince she loves as he risks his life in a desperate effort to forge a political marriage with a powerful and deadly princess.

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JCLEmmaF Feb 03, 2017

A slave with a secret past is forced to serve the exiled prince she loves as he risks his life in a desperate effort to forge a political marriage with a powerful and deadly princess.

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JCLBetM Aug 23, 2018

Luckily I got the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Bird and the Blade, otherwise I might have missed this unforgettable story that’s not usually my cup of tea. When I started reading and realized it was set in the Mongol Empire, I was honestly a little skeptical of whether I’d enjoy it... Read More »

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JCLStefanieE Aug 20, 2018

I cried so hard at the end of this book. Beautifully written with rich characters who make you care about them and their growth. It's lovely real love story with a romance that makes your heart ache and swoon was inspired by the opera Turandot. I cannot wait to read what Megan Bannen writes next.

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JCLEmmaF Mar 16, 2018

Oh my goodness. Truly one of the best books, and perhaps the cure to my Six of Crows hangover... what lovable, funny characters. The plot that kept me hurting and rooting for my new fictional friends and crush. The writing... gorgeous and witty and captivating. The culture! The history! Yes! My h... Read More »


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sjpl_rebekah Aug 26, 2019

This book surprised me. I checked it out on my OverDrive app on a whim because it was available. I gave the brief synopsis attached to it only a cursory glance, so I knew very little diving into it. Very quickly into the reading, I knew that the story sounded vaguely familiar. As I listened a bit longer, I realized that it was an adaptation of a story I had heard before. Although I had some inkling of how it would end, I was intrigued to hear the story from the point of view of a slave girl.

What immediately drew me into the story was how cleverly the author organized it. Each part of the tale peeled back a new layer, and details that had at first seemed minor carried greater significance as more back story was revealed. By the end my heart was pounding and although I knew the outcome, I was still eager to see exactly how it played out.

My favorite part about the novel was how carefully the relationships were developed. The story is told from the point of view of Jinghua, a slave girl with a mysterious past. Jinghua is plain in appearance, but others value her for her intellect and spirit. She is beautiful on the inside, if not on the outside, and her actions throughout the story reflect that.

If I were to read this book again, I would probably read it in a different format. The performer had a tendency to exaggerate the waviness of her voice during dramatic scenes. I found this distracting, so I think I would have enjoyed the story even more if I had been reading it in a physical format.

I was so impressed with this book. It is a story of loss and love and sacrifice. It contained all the elements of a great story, and it was beautifully written. It is hard for me to believe that this was a debut novel. I look forward to whatever else the author has in store.

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green_penguin_484
Apr 08, 2019

*2019*
Completed for Book Project in the 4th quarter of my sophomore year. Amazing book, unexpected twisted ending, loved it!

Lisa_Marie_C Jan 17, 2019

Based on an opera and full of riddles, secrets, and forbidden love, this bittersweet romance hits all the right notes.

JCLBetM Aug 23, 2018

Luckily I got the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Bird and the Blade, otherwise I might have missed this unforgettable story that’s not usually my cup of tea. When I started reading and realized it was set in the Mongol Empire, I was honestly a little skeptical of whether I’d enjoy it. But that soon faded. The articulately drawn characters quickly captured my attention, and the raw plight of the main girl soon engaged my heart. I’m not sure whether it’s the vulnerable first-person view, the harsh journey that forces the three main characters to build a tenuous trust, or the ever-present sense that something larger is at play, but I felt this book’s lingering effects long after I finished the last page. And yes--there were definitely tears!

I recommend saving the Author’s Notes (at the end of the book) for last, because they do have spoilers. But, when I was done and read what had inspired the author – I fell in love with the story all over again.

This story has the tone and weight of an ancient legend and -- though I thought the history and language references would be confusing or at least daunting -- reads with the ease of a modern tale. The female character is a beautiful hodgepodge of smart, frail, passionate, vulnerable, typical teen, and rousing heroine – which means she’s one of those unremarkably remarkable humans you want to cheer for and roll your eyes at depending on the moment.

Can’t wait to read another Megan Bannen book!

JCLStefanieE Aug 20, 2018

I cried so hard at the end of this book. Beautifully written with rich characters who make you care about them and their growth. It's lovely real love story with a romance that makes your heart ache and swoon was inspired by the opera Turandot. I cannot wait to read what Megan Bannen writes next.

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Alisa766
Jun 27, 2018

This was wonderful! A page turner with characters who have compelling stories and their complex relationships with each other.

I especially loved the author's notes at the end describing her inspirations and explaining some of the true history borrowed for the purpose of her story.

JCLEmmaF Mar 16, 2018

Oh my goodness. Truly one of the best books, and perhaps the cure to my Six of Crows hangover... what lovable, funny characters. The plot that kept me hurting and rooting for my new fictional friends and crush. The writing... gorgeous and witty and captivating. The culture! The history! Yes! My heart is so fascinated, satisfied, and smitten!

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