The Bird and the Sword, by Amy Harmon 4 Stars
This is a fantasy story about a young girl whose words can become real. In her world, those with gifts like healing or shifting or telling, are being hunted. It is against the law to have magical gifts. Lark sees her mother killed in front of her for something Lark did. So she doesn’t speak. Her words are only in her head, but still, they have magic. Tiras, the son of the King who killed Lark’s mother is secretly gifted as well.
There is evil about in the land. Strange flying creatures are killing people everywhere and Tiras, fully grown and now king after is father’s death, has come for Lark and he needs her and her words to combat the new evil.
So this is the story of their fight for good over evil and along the way they fall in love. But love has its dangers too.
The writing is excellent and is a nice read. I fully enjoyed it and recommend it. I think YA readers will really enjoy this novel.
Four Stars for the Court of Mists and Fury
Eventually, I got into the story and it was surprisingly good. Though the first few chapters put me off and I think they could have been improved on. Having said that, the rest of the novel was exceptional for a fantasy novel. It was the initial graphic sex sequence that put me off more than anything and fortunately, there was only one more.
The characters of Rhys and Feyre are fully realized and totally believable. They are exceptional characters and I fell in love with both of them. Though I’m not generally a fan of fantasy, I was able to suspend my disbelief and I cheered for both of them.
Feyre is a woman who graves independence over love and protection. She is her own woman and consequences be damned. I love that about her! Rhys is a man for all seasons. His evolving love for Feyre is clear and concise, and he is ready to sacrifice himself to not only save her, but to save his people. He wants to protect her, but he also recognizes she cannot be owned. She is his equal partner in everyway.
The writing is terrific, filled with emotion and gut wrenching moments. The story moved forward in a logical progression with twists and turns that kept my interest. There were times when some of it fell a bit short, logically, but all in all it was a great read. The ending is a cliff hanger with a promise for more danger and excitement in the next book. I anxiously await her next installment in the series.
Disappointed to say the least. I rarely give a bad review, just lucky I guess to find good reads, but…
This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
First off, the leading lady, Feyre has become a whiney version of her former self. Complaining about everything. The book goes on and on about trivial things and I put it down in exasperation. Picked it up again, thinking, well….
Secondly, I gasped, and not in a good way, regarding the ubiquitous graphic sex scenes. Sara J. Maas? I’m surprised. I wasn’t expecting all that stuff from you. Now, I don’t mind some sex scenes, if done in an artsy way, but…EW! It didn’t make sense and didn’t move the story forward in any way.
If someone else has read this, please tell me the story gets better, because I’ve about 500 pages to go and at this rate I’ve wasted $8.99 on my Kindle.
If I do manage to slug my way through, you can bet I’ll do an HONEST review.
I’m enjoying the Girl of Fire and Thorns: Well written and intriguing, though a bit repetitive at times but not enough to put me off. Review coming soon.
M.L. LeGette, author of The Orphan and the Thief says, K.D Dowdall’s fantasy novel is reminiscent of The Neverending Story and The Princess Bride.
Kirstin Lenane, author of The Scare: A Halloween Story, says K.D. Dowdall’s novel is beautifully done and should be picked up by any fan of epic fantasy stories.
An out-of-this world, magical, and thrilling epic fantasy
“This mysterious, magical, and thrilling first novel by K.D. Dowdall, is an epic fantasy adventure that will whisk you away by land, by sea, and to a far away realm that we sometimes conjure up in our dreams and nightmares. Dowdall’s vivid imagination and beautifully drawn scenarios are evocative of Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings and Paolini’s, Eragon. I highly recommend this beautifully written epic fantasy and science fiction trilogy.”
K.L Miller, author of The Starling Trilogy
Praise for this epic new fantasy by K.D. Dowdall, a delight for the young and the young at heart.
This mysterious, magical and thrilling debut novel is an epic fantasy adventure, one that will capture the imagination with its vivid, compelling characters and K.D. Dowdall’s exceptional storytelling skills.
It begins with an ancient, mysterious journal and with a girl, Megan, who is grief struck over the loss of her mother. The journal weaves a story that enthralls Megan and soon she is whisked away on a journey that is just as thrilling as it is dangerous. Megan and her friend, Donovan embark on a treacherous journey into the unknown along with Delphi and her protector, Nikkos, a strange alien being from afar. Little does Megan know that her life is about to change in a way she could never have imagined.