[The Bird and the Blade [BOOK] Free Reading online DOC by Megan Bannen



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    “Should you fail to answer correctly each riddle by the end of seven minutes you shall forfeit your life Do you understan

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    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 fou

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    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review “Now cold and exhausted a girl disguised as a

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    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

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    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 is original and the culture different but it comes down to kings ‘‘kahns’’ fighting for power

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    DNFI really don't like to dump a book However if while reading I am fantasizing about the next books on my list an

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    while everyone else is having a 'spooky' or 'haunted' themed month in october im going for the puffy eyed runny nose aesthetic with

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    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

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    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 was brave and beautiful So this story is really a romance in a fantasy setting the entire plot and driving storyline hinges on our MC's undying love for the man who owns her she's a slave I think the plot is very interesting and when the deeper elements of the story and

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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 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 anyoneWell this was pretty damn fascinating I ve been putting this book off because I ve been so disappointed with almost every YA fantasy novel I read lately but this was like nothing I ve read before It s a strange and stunning combination of the Mongol Empire the Italian opera Turandot and Persian fairy tales I should point out that this contains a lot of fantastical elements and the author acknowledges all the liberties she took in the note at the end If you re looking for an accurate historical depiction of the Mongol Empire and the Song dynasty this isn t it Many of the characters though are based on real peopleBannen splits the narrative in an extremely compelling way In the present Prince Khalaf a descendant of Genghis Khan attempts to solve the three riddles presented to him by Turandokht the daughter of the Great Khan If he succeeds he will get to marry her If he fails he will die This is all told from the perspective of Jinghua a Chinese slave who we soon discover is in love with Khalaf Jinghua s narrative then skips to the past filling in the events leading up to that momentFrom what I can tell as I m only slightly familiar with the opera Turandot the author sticks fairly close to the original with the exception that she focuses on the character of the slave girl In this book Jinghua is given far depth and agency and the author develops an interesting backstory for her that gives the tale another layer Jinghua also considers what it is to be a woman or girl in this time the 13th century especially one who is enslaved and laments the obsession with beauty that sees unattractive girls viewed as worthlessIt s uite romantic to tell you the truth but I did not mind so much The love story is balanced out by a good amount of action and political intrigue and I liked how Jinghua s attraction to Khalaf is based on his personality not his looks Khalaf is also flawed even cowardly at times allowing for complexity of character than is usually afforded to YA fantasy love interestsThere s so many stories within the story too The Bird and the Blade feels like a beautiful celebration of poetry songs and stories from all across Central and East Asia There are many uotes and retellings of tales from authors such as Rumi Saadi Nizami and ingzhao And just when you might be thinking the uoting is getting a little sappy we have Timur to snap us back to reality Fired by love he called her his life his pearl his dew petaled flower This is the sappiest piece of rotting carrion I have ever heard Timur interjectsAnd we must talk about Timur because he might be my favourite character in the whole book At first I hated him but over time the author develops him into a really funny source of cynicism I just adore that kind of grumpy but lovable character He really is a cantankerous old goat but it is so refreshing in an otherwise pretty dramatic and serious story Also my new favourite phrase is Go suck your used tea leaves If anything I think the book would have benefited from female characters and positive female relationships but I guess sadly women at this time mostly existed behind the scenes so the depiction is probably fairly accurate I still liked how the author gave a minor female character in the opera her own voice and story here A very impressive multilayered bookSome extra notes This is a standalone You do not need to know the opera Turandot to enjoy the bookBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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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 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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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