As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom until she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.Jinghuas already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her handand if they fail, they die.Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalafs kingdomand his very lifeon the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what shes capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl whod sooner take his life than his heart.THE BIRD AND THE BLADE is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen....
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The Bird and the Blade Reviews
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This book has ruined me.
The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and absorbing and completely amazing.
I am wrecked. This book was glorious.
The first sign that this was just an amazing read was that I devoured the whole thing in one day. This is a 400+ page book and I just blew through the ARC s ...more
Gah this book made me cry. I loved the setting and characters soooo much! I honestly am not knowledgeable about the history (during -13th century and having to do with Mongol Empire) but this book led me to google. Plus, I really enjoyed reading the author’s notes!
TBatB is really beautifully written, fast paced and tense! Some of the language used is a bit modern but I loved this aspect because it helped me relate to the characters as well as had me laughing at parts. The characters are funny, ...more
ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon
Well, I'm conflicted.
Review to come closer to the release date!
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying “The Bird and the Blade”, it’s a more subtle YA Fantasy but packed a lot of punch nonetheless. And it is more YA Fantasy than Historical Fiction since there are some more fantastical elements and this isn’t supposed to be an accurate retelling of history, historical figures, or ...more
Wow. I am stunned. This was a masterpiece, beautifully written with lots of emotion and wonderfully constructed. The title and the cover...looking at it now, I have CHILLS. This brought out all kinds of emotion in me. I loved the world building and the character arcs. I really felt like I was in the Mongolia Empire. But at the same time, the author modernized it a bit with speech patterns and letting us into this brave young girl's head. Made it such a quick read. This had a very big "Mulan" fee ...more
I shed a few tears, and I HOPE YOU DO TOO, because this was just really really well written and a great story.
Setting: Mongol Empire, 13th century
Jinghua is a slave, invisible and unseen to the Khan's family that she serves. That is, until Prince Khalaf returns home and gives her reason to believe he alone has the power and wisdom to one day rule. When the Prince and his father, Timur Khan, lose their army/home/family to enemy forces, Jinghua makes a last attempt to control her fate by following ...more