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Backlist Blast #30: The Bird and the Sword

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day, everyone! Milana from A Couple Reads and I have decided to revive our Meme Baby, Backlist Blast and hope that you will join us! As the name indicates, this meme is all about featuring those backlisted books (books 6 months old or older) that have patiently waiting for us to read them or that we have already read but want to spread the word about. For example, the book that I’m featuring today has been on my TBR since 2016! Ooof. I really need to move it closer to the top of my TBR pile! For more details about the meme, please continue reading.

⤖ About the Meme ⬻

Backlist Blast is a meme created by Milana from A Couple Reads and myself, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months before your post goes live, or earlier). We all get excited about all of the newest books coming out, but many of us also have a looming TBR of books 6 months old or older that we still need to read!

The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books and get excited about them (and ideally pick them up and read them). Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.

⤖ My Choice This Week ⬻

Title: The Bird and the Sword
Author: Amy Harmon
Type: Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published: May 6, 2016

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?

⤖ 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 eighteen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah. Amy Harmon has written fourteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an Amazon charts bestseller. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at

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