The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom ? until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a schem As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom ? until the kingdom...

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Title:The Bird and the Blade
Author:Megan Bannen
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Bird and the Blade
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Bird and the Blade Reviews

  • Rachel
    Jun 29, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

  • Tatiana
    May 19, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

  • Jenny
    Jun 25, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying ?The Bird and the Blade?, it?s a more subtle YA Fan...

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars Well, this book is going to haunt me for a while. It was a gut-wrenching read and left me tearing up at the end (and I never cry over books!). Megan Bannen crafts a beautiful, 13th century Mongolian inspired setting with gripping characters and an enthralli...

    Well that was fucking devastating. I'm not sure how famous the opera Turandot is, but I personally had never heard of it and knew absolutely nothing about the plot of the original tale. The Bird and the Blade is a retelling that focuses on one of the secondary characters in the play...

    THE BIRD AND THE BLADE was an excellent historical fiction novel set in the Mongol Empire around the year 1280. It's star is Jinghua who is a young woman with lots of secrets. She is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate. When the Khanate is overrun by the il-khanate she chooses to go on the ...

    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 lik...

  • Melanie
    Feb 12, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

  • Kathy Martin
    May 11, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying ?The Bird and the Blade?, it?s a more subtle YA Fan...

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars Well, this book is going to haunt me for a while. It was a gut-wrenching read and left me tearing up at the end (and I never cry over books!). Megan Bannen crafts a beautiful, 13th century Mongolian inspired setting with gripping characters and an enthralli...

    Well that was fucking devastating. I'm not sure how famous the opera Turandot is, but I personally had never heard of it and knew absolutely nothing about the plot of the original tale. The Bird and the Blade is a retelling that focuses on one of the secondary characters in the play...

    THE BIRD AND THE BLADE was an excellent historical fiction novel set in the Mongol Empire around the year 1280. It's star is Jinghua who is a young woman with lots of secrets. She is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate. When the Khanate is overrun by the il-khanate she chooses to go on the ...

  • Jeremy Martin
    Jul 30, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    Oct 19, 2017

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

  • Rae
    Aug 31, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Jan 24, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

  • Emily May
    Jan 10, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

  • Kristen
    Jan 23, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

  • Nara
    Jun 17, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying ?The Bird and the Blade?, it?s a more subtle YA Fan...

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars Well, this book is going to haunt me for a while. It was a gut-wrenching read and left me tearing up at the end (and I never cry over books!). Megan Bannen crafts a beautiful, 13th century Mongolian inspired setting with gripping characters and an enthralli...

    Well that was fucking devastating. I'm not sure how famous the opera Turandot is, but I personally had never heard of it and knew absolutely nothing about the plot of the original tale. The Bird and the Blade is a retelling that focuses on one of the secondary characters in the play...

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    May 21, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Jun 03, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying ?The Bird and the Blade?, it?s a more subtle YA Fan...

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars Well, this book is going to haunt me for a while. It was a gut-wrenching read and left me tearing up at the end (and I never cry over books!). Megan Bannen crafts a beautiful, 13th century Mongolian inspired setting with gripping characters and an enthralli...

    Well that was fucking devastating. I'm not sure how famous the opera Turandot is, but I personally had never heard of it and knew absolutely nothing about the plot of the original tale. The Bird and the Blade is a retelling that focuses on one of the secondary characters in the play...

    THE BIRD AND THE BLADE was an excellent historical fiction novel set in the Mongol Empire around the year 1280. It's star is Jinghua who is a young woman with lots of secrets. She is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate. When the Khanate is overrun by the il-khanate she chooses to go on the ...

    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 lik...

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight My my, what a lovely book this was! I had just read a really fabulous book right before I started this one, so I was high key nervous since it has been actualages since...

  • jessica
    Aug 23, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

  • Lola
    Apr 29, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

  • Aila
    Jan 25, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

  • Ashley
    Aug 25, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

  • Chelsea
    Jul 22, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

  • Merphy Napier
    Nov 14, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    Jun 06, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying ?The Bird and the Blade?, it?s a more subtle YA Fan...

  • Mar
    Apr 22, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

  • may ❀
    Oct 12, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

  • ellie
    Apr 19, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

  • Hamad
    Aug 17, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

  • Vicky Who Reads
    May 24, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

  • Keri
    Dec 12, 2017

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Jinghua is a slave in the Kipchak Khanate? and the unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his father. Wanting to use the opportunity to return home this becomes increasingly hard as she falls hard for Khalaf. I...

    The Mongols can keep their nasty cheese curds to themselves. ... I wipe a ticklish strand of hair out of my face. Even caked in sweat and dust, the baby-fine wisps defy gravity. ... He may once have ruled over his own sprawling piece of the Mongol Empire, but, from my perspective,...

    Holy moly did I drink this up or WHAT. Megan Bannen is an author that I will be following very eagerly for the rest of her writing career. Which I hope is forever and ever. ...

    I finished this last night and couldn't even have begun to get my thoughts together to write a review. I just stared at my wall and thought about this book inside my head for awhile. I am dead. This is the best book I've read this year. This is one of the best books I have ever read. ...

    DNF 65% I can't do it, and let me say that my decision to set this book aside has nothing to do with the quality of writing, the premise, or world-building. Those are all incredibly well done, and I really have to give compliments to the voice. It's humorous and light and genuine, one...

    You know those books that grip you from the very beginning and just won't let go? Those books who have such captivating characters? Those books that you still think about even though you finished it a while ago? This is that kind of book. As soon as I read the synopsis of this book...

    Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek **** Thank you to Balzer + Bray for providing me with an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review **** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying ?The Bird and the Blade?, it?s a more subtle YA Fan...

    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars Well, this book is going to haunt me for a while. It was a gut-wrenching read and left me tearing up at the end (and I never cry over books!). Megan Bannen crafts a beautiful, 13th century Mongolian inspired setting with gripping characters and an enthralli...

  • Sylvia Mercedes
    Jun 12, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

  • joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
    Jun 02, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...

    so what's with YA fantasy novels always being titled [random word] and [random word]. we have the wrath and the dawn, the rose and the dagger, and now the bird and the blade. if i had to describe myself using this format i'd say i'm The Sad and the Lazy ...

    Can't tell if the synopsis implies a love triangle or not... ...

    Loved this so much! Review to come closer to release date. (EDITED TO ADD REVIEW) *Amazon*B&N* I honestly can't remember the last time a book tore my heart out and stomped on it as hard as this one did. I can't remember the last time I cried, truly crie...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post EDIT: after seeing some other reviews for this, I would like to note that I am #ownvoices for this and despite the ending, I really loved the book. For me, was a big metaphorical midd...

    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 reall...

    3.75 I read this story just because I knew it was supposed to have a tragic end, for that, I was not disappointed. I think the ending of this book was brave and beautiful. So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting, the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our...

    I've been very happy to see so many YA fantasies inspired by a multitude of different cultures and historical settings hit the shelves. I just wish more of them were written better. Riddles and Mongol Empire and 12th century and Turandot - are all fascinating subject. But in the wo...

    ouch, there goes my heart. full review to come soon ...

  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding witch)
    Sep 06, 2018

    ?Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes, you shall forfeit your life. Do you understand?? Mongolian fantasy with ghosts and riddles, anyone? Well, this was pretty damn fascinating! I've been putting this book off because I've been so disap...

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) the font was big, meaning i could speed read through it and if i didnt like it, no...

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. ?Now, cold and exhausted, a girl disguised as a boy, tottering after the losing end of a battle, I have to second-guess that assessment. It seems to me that I?ve made some choices?some very bad c...

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription ?God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your deeds? ? So I haven?t heard a lot about this book, I thought for a moment t...

    3.5 stars. This is a retelling of Turandot. An opera, ladies and gentlemen. That?s a first for me. I read retellings of fairytales often enough to consider it one of my favourite genres, but I admit I know nothing about operas. But that?s okay. You can still understan...

    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october, im going more for the puffy-eyed, runny-nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great ? 4.5 stars ...

    I knew I was going to love this book. I just knew it. I mean, unless the actual writing turned out to be subpar, there was simply no way this book wasn't going to be a favorite. But . . . even though I knew I was going to love this book . . . I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW MUCH I WOULD LOV...

    EDIT: Originally, I did not rate this book anything. But after seeing the amalgam of 5 stars, I thought I'd put my #ownvoices review in here (as well as the fact that now I have to explain why I gave it this status in the first place). I'm happy you liked the book, if you did, but I do...

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! But omg it was soooooooo good. Love story for the ages. I will write a full review he...

    Rating:????? ?I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.? SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and The Blade tells the tragic story of a young slave of the name of Jinghua ...