The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade

As a slave in the Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom … until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire. On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into a hopeless love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of ... even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from debut author Megan Bannen.

Title:The Bird and the Blade
Edition Language:English
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About Megan Bannen

Megan Bannen is a librarian and the author of THE BIRD AND THE BLADE. In her spare time, she collects graduate degrees from Kansas colleges and universities. While most of her professional career has been spent in public libraries, she has also sold luggage, written grants, and taught English at home and abroad. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, their two sons, and a few too many

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    The Bird and the Blade Reviews

  • Emily May

    “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 pre...

  • jessica

    wow. thank goodness this is a standalone, because i dont know if my heart will ever recover from that ending. i randomly picked this up at the library because (1) i saw it on a recent GR list and (2) ...

  • Melanie

    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...

  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription“God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your heart and looks into your dee...

  • Lola

    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...

  • may ?

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

  • Sylvia Mercedes

    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 ...

  • Aila

    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 ...

  • Rae

    This book. This book just took my heart and chewed it up and spit it out. I don't know how to go on from here. There is a hole in my chest where my heart used to be!!! I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS!!! B...

  • Clemlucian (🏳??🌈the brooding witch)

    Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I thought I could guard my heart, but I might as well have tried to damn a river with a handful of pebbles.” SYNOPSIS: Based on the play and opera Turendot, The Bird and T...