The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book]


The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade review é 103 read & download 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 conuered 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 scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home a plan. 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 choices that have led me to this moment The Bird and the Blade is a completely enthralling and heart breaking YA fantasy debut I enjoyed this so much and I was completely teleported and captivated every time I opened this book up Plus this is a story about the descendants of Genghis Khan s sons mixed with the Italian opera Turandot and that s one of the most uniue concepts of any story I ve read in 2018 And this might not be the most historically accurate novel out there but I loved reading about the Song dynasty and the Mongol EmpireGenghis Khan had four sons who had trouble deciding who would rule after their father Well this story centers around a prince from Jochi s blood line Jochi was the oldest of the sons who ended up not being the ascended ruler but still ended up being a great military leader and his great great grandson is no different That is until his men are killed and he and his ruling father are forced to go into hiding with a girl who has many secrets And I fell in so in love with that secret keeper Jinghua is now a companion to the Prince Khalaf and his father Timur but she was once a slave for the them and their entire family Khalaf always showed her kindness and during a split second decision Jinghua goes into hiding with these two royal men And while traveling she teaches him many things from her culture including the language Cruelty is easy to repay my lord Kindness is another matter While they are traveling and hiding from their enemies throughout the Mongol Empire they find out about the daughter of the Great Khan Turandokht She is so desired among all the princes for her hand in marriage she has set up a contest for every royal suitor where they must answer three riddles correctly given to them by herself And if they answer any incorrectly they will forfeit their lives Khalaf wants nothing than to try his hand at the riddles to marry Turandokht and restore the glory of his people or die an honorable death trying And this story is told from present time where we first see Jinghua witnessing Khalaf being told the first riddle that will decide if he dies or moves on to the second We are then teleported back in time and we get all these puzzle pieces that slowly start to fit together From Jinghua and Khalaf before they were forced into exile to Jinghua with her family before she became a slave to Jinghua falling in love with Khalaf slowly but ever so surely And this beautiful story that is eual parts heart warming and heart wrenching slowly begins to take form This book puts the spotlight on a discussion about the beauty standards for women that we ve endured for all our pasts and still in our present day Like how so many people feel like beauty is all that that women have to offer And how we will pit girls against one another and created all this ugly jealousy when we should be using that energy to uplift and support and celebrate all women Her beauty doesn t make you ugly Her intelligence doesn t make you stupid Her value doesn t make you worthless Overall this is the highest three star rating I ve ever given a three star book I loved this and was completely enthralled in the tale I just really disliked the ending which I suppose if I knew about Turandot before going in I would have been better prepared It completely broke me and I know how beautiful it is when I take a step back and reflect upon it But I just really didn t like it when I read it But this really is such an impressive debut and I can t wait to see what Megan Bannen does next because they created such a brilliant standalone that really impressed me Trigger and content warnings for slavery kidnapping heavy war themes mention of rape graphic deaths graphic violence torture gore loss of a loved one and self harm Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationBuddy read with Diana

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The Bird and the Blade review é 103 read & download The Bird and the Blade Ua has kept her own counsel well but with Khalaf’s kingdom and his very life on the line she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart The Bird and the Blade is a lush powerful story of life and death battles and riddles lies and secrets from debut author Megan Banne. 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 don t need to be told how to readMy full review of this can be found on Happy Indulgence over here This is a review not from an objective point of view but from an ownvoices reader who is Chinese and read about the background of the book and the racist basis for the original play written by Giacomo Puccini I have read the ending of this book Spoilers will be aheadThis book was by no means bad The writing was totally riveting the first person POV narrative from Jinghua was intriguing and the research is really well done Like I read 15% into the book and have to commend the author on her knowledge about the SongYuan dynasty and her placement of the Chinese songs and phrases Yay I was SO into it when I stopped The story jumps immediately into action with Jinghua witnessing her love Prince Khalaf volunteer to solve riddles that would allow him to marry Turandokht which would help him with political prospects The main romance is linear as Jinghua and Khalaf s affection to each other stays true while Turandokht is mainly there for political reasons and from what I ve started to read of it it s very sweet and lovelyBUT Why did I DNF then There s a whole backstory to this Get ready everyoneWhen I first saw that this book had a Chinese main character I was like Ooh interesting I was a bit wary starting because sometimes Chinese stories don t get done right by white authors but from what little I did read Bannen did a pretty good job with the culture It s much drawn out and integrated than the opera this book was based on Turandot I was also excited to see her rendition of the story Before reading I looked up the synopsis of Turandot because I don t have much opera background and I loathed it It s the story of a prince who solves these riddles and marries this bitchy princess the namesake of the opera while the slave Chinese girl who has been SUPPORTING HIM THE WHOLE TIME die by suicide because of her unreuited love I was NOT having it Side note the opera itself was very racist and sexist but I don t think the book exhibited any of these aspectsSo I continued with the novel even excited to see the Chinese girl Jinghua get the happy or at least SATISFYING ending she deserved At the time of reading I just started the school semester so I was a bit backed up with assignments and I told myself Well why don t I check out the ending just to make sure I don t waste precious time In retrospect I m glad I did because if I had followed the whole book without knowing the ending it would have left me gutted and feeling like it wasn t worth the time I spentview spoilerThis book follows the opera very closely even up to the point of the main narrator killing herself in the end to save the boy she loved I respect the fact that she did it in order to save him but I m just so disappointed that she had to die for that to happen I thought this retelling would be about empowerment for Jinghua rather than the passive role it seemed like she got in the original opera and I just didn t think it was the ending she deserved Yes the romance stayed linear the few accounts I got from Khalaf himself made me see him as a nice guy but seriously no one special I m just really disappointed her character ends with a suicide and would have probably been angry if I read through the whole book Perhaps this will resonate with some readers but for me I don t need that heartbreak in my lifeThe most heart wrenching aspect for me is that Jinghua is a Chinese character who sacrificed herself in the end I am tired of Chinese heroines not getting the endings they deserve and the victories they work hard for Many a reader will commend this story for its tragic elements but what was tragic for ME was the fact that I saw a character like me die by suicide for a love interest And most of the readers giving this glowing reviews don t understand the nuances that an ownvoices POC reader like me does hide spoiler

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The Bird and the Blade review é 103 read & download The Bird and the Blade That becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless loveJinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht the daughter of the Great Khan As beautiful as she is cunning Turandokht reuires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand and if they fail they dieJingh. 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 that it wasn t even out because it does not get the hype it deserves I saw Becky talking about this many times in her posts which I am thankful for I considered this a recommendation and went into it not knowing much Then I saw that this has riddles it got me there fantasy elements and the Mongol empire which I never read anything about I go into this and a few pages later the author used the above uote which is from Prophet Mohammed PBUH and then the writing style is just so good and I read the whole thing in 2 days It started a bit slow for me but it was interesting nonetheless and the good thing is that it kept improving till the last page From the last riddle onward I was going full on Hermione mode while reading this I wanted to know what happened and fast So another thing that I really liked is that the author apparently did an extensive research for all parts for the story she took some liberties which she explained at the end but it was accurate she uoted Rumi and Ibn ElHaitham and other Arab important figures she talked about Islam in a very good representation I was so fascinated by this aspect of the story which I salute the author for There was a part where a character did something wrong and I thought it was a bad rep for Islam but then it later said that it was Haram which is Taboo and that is cool because Muslims are humans and they sin too The interesting parts for me are the riddles and I proudly solved 2 out of the 3 riddles so that gave me a happy boost while reading it I found the book pacing good and not slow as I expected at first The characters in the books are not extensive But it was about the uality than the uantity it is kind of a character driven book Because it starts from the end and then we get to the beginning only to learn about the characters and to appreciate them I was a fan of all 3 MC at the end For the plot I haven t heard of the opera Turandot before which by the way is not needed to read and understand enjoy this So I went into this not knowing exactly what to expect and I didn t care what happens until the end and I thought what if B happens Instead of A it would be suitable and a cooler ending And we did actually get ending B which was so good Cruelty is easy to repay my lord Kindness is another matter

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • The Bird and the Blade
  • Megan Bannen
  • English
  • 23 March 2019
  • 9780062674159

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    summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] “Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes you shall forfeit your life Do you underst

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    summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen Megan Bannen ´ 3 summary read & download The Bird and the Blade 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 real time wasted so imagine my surprise when i found myself taking my time with this soaking up every word because this story felt like a gift one i d

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    The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] 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

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    The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen Megan Bannen ´ 3 summary 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 lo

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    The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] Megan Bannen ´ 3 summary summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen 35 starsThis is a retelling of TurandotAn 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 understand the story perfectly And I did It really isn’t that complicated The setting i

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    The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] DNFI really don't like to dump a book However if while reading I am fantasizing about the next books on my list and panicking as to whether or not I'll have time to read them or not then all signs point to 'this book is not for you' I was hesitant to pick this one up in the first place only because it's marked as 'fantasy' and 'young adult' While fantasy can delight me from time to time young adult novels often leave me struggli

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    read & download The Bird and the Blade The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october im going for the puffy eyed runny nose aesthetic with my 'crying' theme so far its going great 🙂45 stars

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    summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen Megan Bannen ´ 3 summary The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] 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 w

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    The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] Megan Bannen ´ 3 summary summary á eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Megan Bannen 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 LOVE THIS BOOK Here's the thing I was an honest to goodness ou

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    read & download The Bird and the Blade Megan Bannen ´ 3 summary The Bird and the Blade [E–pub/E–book] 375I 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 wa

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