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 she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father as they flee from their enemies 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 As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom ? until she finds he...

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Title:The Bird and the Blade
Author:Megan Bannen
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Nameless Prince
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

The Bird and the Blade Reviews

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Shelley
    May 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

    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...

    A really fun historical retelling of the 18th century French opera Turandot set in the 13th century Mongol Empire. Clever concept, fantastic execution. Detailed, descriptive, immersive. Would definitely recommend for fans of And I Darken and other historical fantasies. ...

    *Source* Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Historical *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Bird and The Blade is the debut novel from author Megan Bannon. The Bird and the Blade is a fascinating and utterly page-turning historical adventure set during the time when the Mongols ruled much ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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... ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Feb 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

  • 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...

  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

  • Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    Jun 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

    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...

    A really fun historical retelling of the 18th century French opera Turandot set in the 13th century Mongol Empire. Clever concept, fantastic execution. Detailed, descriptive, immersive. Would definitely recommend for fans of And I Darken and other historical fantasies. ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • emma
    Jun 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

    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...

    A really fun historical retelling of the 18th century French opera Turandot set in the 13th century Mongol Empire. Clever concept, fantastic execution. Detailed, descriptive, immersive. Would definitely recommend for fans of And I Darken and other historical fantasies. ...

    *Source* Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Historical *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Bird and The Blade is the debut novel from author Megan Bannon. The Bird and the Blade is a fascinating and utterly page-turning historical adventure set during the time when the Mongols ruled much ...

    Oh my goodness. Truly one of the best books, and perhaps the cure to my Six of Crows hangover... what lovable, funny characters. The plot that kept me hurting and rooting for my new fictional friends and crush. The writing... gorgeous and witty and captivating. The culture! The history...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Angelica
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Talia
    Dec 07, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

    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...

    A really fun historical retelling of the 18th century French opera Turandot set in the 13th century Mongol Empire. Clever concept, fantastic execution. Detailed, descriptive, immersive. Would definitely recommend for fans of And I Darken and other historical fantasies. ...

    *Source* Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Historical *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Bird and The Blade is the debut novel from author Megan Bannon. The Bird and the Blade is a fascinating and utterly page-turning historical adventure set during the time when the Mongols ruled much ...

    Oh my goodness. Truly one of the best books, and perhaps the cure to my Six of Crows hangover... what lovable, funny characters. The plot that kept me hurting and rooting for my new fictional friends and crush. The writing... gorgeous and witty and captivating. The culture! The history...

    If someone could explain the ending for me, that'd be great. THE GOOD 1) Creativity with the storytelling. 2) The ending. Even though I didn't understand it. THE BAD 1) Really wish the author had just just eschewed the historical part and made this a full-on fantasy settin...

    I shed a few tears, and I HOPE YOU DO TOO, because this was just really really well written and a great story. Setting: Mongol Empire, 13th century Jinghua is a slave, invisible and unseen to the Khan's family that she serves. That is, until Prince Khalaf returns home and gives her...

  • Susana Zemlyakova
    Jan 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

  • Bright Star
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

  • Minni Mouse
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    "And wilderness is paradise now." When I decided to read The Bird and the Blade I didn't know what to expect. Now that I've finished it, I'm literally broken. It is true the book is inspired by Puccini's opera Turandokht and follows pretty much the opera's story, but she's not the...

    5 stars for The Bird and the Blade This book wrecked me. It is a bit hard to put in words how I feel having just finished it. I think I can say it is the same as watching your dog get run over while winning the lottery. Megan Bannen is a very talented storyteller. I was not famili...

    I just finished this book last night, and I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. A few things were clear though, Bannen is talented. The prose is beautiful. The characters are great. I definitely have a new book boyfriend in Khalaf, who is one of the sweetest most intelligent...

    After reading: I cried ugly tears last night as I finished The Bird and the Blade. SO GOOD! Before reading: So excited to read Megan's book! We attended madcap retreats together so I'm extra excited to see this lovely book in print <3 ...

    Well, I'm conflicted. Review to come closer to the release date! ...

    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...

    A really fun historical retelling of the 18th century French opera Turandot set in the 13th century Mongol Empire. Clever concept, fantastic execution. Detailed, descriptive, immersive. Would definitely recommend for fans of And I Darken and other historical fantasies. ...

    *Source* Edelweiss *Genre* Young Adult / Historical *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* The Bird and The Blade is the debut novel from author Megan Bannon. The Bird and the Blade is a fascinating and utterly page-turning historical adventure set during the time when the Mongols ruled much ...

    Oh my goodness. Truly one of the best books, and perhaps the cure to my Six of Crows hangover... what lovable, funny characters. The plot that kept me hurting and rooting for my new fictional friends and crush. The writing... gorgeous and witty and captivating. The culture! The history...

    If someone could explain the ending for me, that'd be great. THE GOOD 1) Creativity with the storytelling. 2) The ending. Even though I didn't understand it. THE BAD 1) Really wish the author had just just eschewed the historical part and made this a full-on fantasy settin...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    btw if you want some uber hilarious bonus content from the author on this book, check out this post 5 stars This book has ruined me. The standards for YA fantasy just shot up to the moon after this book. Because this was extraordinarily heart-wrenching as well as engaging and ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ☽
    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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