5/9/17

TOP RECOMMENDATION AND MUST READ ALERT: THE QUEEN AND THE CURE BY AMY HARMON <<--- DOUBLE FIVE STAR REVIEWS!

It's here and if there was ever a series you should read, it's this. DOUBLE REVIEW below. But we are in over the top swoon mode for this incredible novel, and this heart stopping series. No words could EVER do it justice. 

Title: The Queen and The Cure
Series: Bk #2 The Bird and the Sword Chronicles 
Author: Amy Harmon
Release Date: May 9, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.
Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He'd never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.
But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.
Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.
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"I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch."

 I have struggled to write this review for days. What do you say to a book like that? WHAT DO YOU EVEN SAY? There's nothing, just nothing. Amy Harmon has left me speechless. Truly. I'm in awe of the magnificence that is The Queen and The Cure, taken by the writing which is poetic and lyrical, splendid in a way that I felt like I had died and gone to heaven! I'm awestruck by the riveting, breath stealing journey that this story, these characters, and this series takes you on. Honestly, I can't get over it. I don't even know how you begin to get over it, because books like this are rare, they don't come around very often. The quality, the imagery, the depth of heart, the power behind the soul searing emotion it stirs, it's all perfection. The kind of perfection that destroys you and leaves you ruined as a reader. The kind of perfection that sears a brand on your heart. It's unforgettable in ways you can't imagine, and I am hopelessly in love with every single thing about it. 

"The very best things in life are born of difficulty. Whatever comes too easily is easily abandoned."

Most people I know shy away from this series because of the genre. As a romance blogger, who mostly reviews contemporary romance, I get it. You're not sure you'll be able to feel it and love it. It's different. My first love is PNR/Fantasy novels. That's where I started reading and it's those books that make me feel alive as a reader. It's those books that feed my heart and renew my passion for reading. The thing that sets this series apart from other Fantasy novels is the INTENSE romance aspect. The Bird and The Sword and The Queen and The Cure are two of the best romance novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The love story between Tiras and Lark, and Kjell and Sasha, ripped my heart out and stole it. It made me gasp and ache. I felt everything. There were moments where I was bruised and battered, others where I was euphoric and bursting with happiness. Both stories made me yearn all the way to my bones. They stirred the deep parts of my heart and took them over. I honestly think this is the BEST OF THE BEST when it comes to romance and that is why I think that this series is for EVERYONE. No matter what kind of reader you are, you'll LOVE The Bird and The Sword Chronicles because it's romance perfection. The stuff dreams are made of. It lights a fire in you and leaves it's permanent mark on your heart. 

 "He loved her then. He loved her now. He’d loved her from the moment she’d opened her eyes beneath a moonlit sky in Quondoon and greeted him like she’d been waiting forever."

Kjell is King Tiras's brother. He's the Captain of the King's guard. A healer who struggles with his gift. He's moody and harsh, yet under that brash exterior lies a heart so pure it'll bring you to your knees. Kjell's a warrior. It's all he knows, and all he's ever wanted. He's honorable and loyal, brave and intelligent, and when you read about this man he steals the breath from your lungs. There is something magical about him. I can't describe it. Just thinking of him now, as I write this review, makes goosebumps rise all along my skin. The man is a gift to readers like me. He's GOOD, so PURE HEARTED, and easy to love. 

When Kjell meets Sasha, and Sasha meets him, I felt like I was going to come undone. It's intense. Sasha is a slave girl who has the gift of being able to see in the future. When Kjell comes to her aid, she is bound and determined to pay him back and serve him. The loyalty she showed that man, makes me want to cry. It honest to God does. I FELT the connection between these two. It sparked, sizzled and made this book come alive. On top of the EPIC romance factor, is the journey these two characters take to find out who they truly are. The backdrop, the world that Amy Harmon creates is so vivid you feel as though you've been transplanted in another world, at another time. It's feels like you're LIVING this adventure, that you're in the thick of the action when it takes places. The twist and turns will have you on the edge of your seat and the story will light up every one of your senses. I'm telling you, there will be nothing but these characters in your heart and mind as you read. All consuming, this is the kind of book that overtakes you until the very end and even then, you can't stop thinking about it. 

Overall, it's everything. I don't even know what else to say, except READ. THESE. BOOKS. They are stand-alones, but I truly think you should read them in order. The Bird and the Sword first and then The Queen and The Cure. Both novels are heavily interconnected and the world building from book 1 to book 2 grows and flourishes. I hope we get more from Amy and these characters. I NEVER wanted to leave this world. It's beautiful, so full of soul. Five stars isn't enough. It's just not. The Queen and The Cure can't be rated. It's most certainly a gift to readers, one that fuels and fills every open space in your heart, leaving you feeling as though you are bursting with pure delight. Truly one of the most breathtaking rides I've ever been on. An ULTIMATE favorite of mine and one I will come back to over and over and over again. 

Angie's Rating:

Resoundingly adventurous and joyously romantic, Amy Harmon whisks us off on another enchanted journey in The Queen and the Cure, with Kjell the healer and Sasha the slave. Sasha knows nothing of her past, she only knows her loyalty and devotion now belong to her healer, a gifted soldier who refuses to trust his ability to love. In this majestic world of fanciful gifts and fantastical beats, where the threat of death and war and predatorial birdmen lurk, where the people are gifted with abilities to heal and see and tell and change, where the struggle to fight and survive must take precedence, the kind but brooding healer silently rebels against his inherent need to care for a slave without a past, without a home, without a path. An adventure of the heart takes root, and their reluctant attraction follows them as they slay Volgar, as they trek the barren landscape and evade adversaries. Amidst the danger, the storms, the battles lurking on each page, an internal war of emotions is building, culminating into an emotionally tumultuous journey full of heartache and longing, uncertainty and devastation.

I'm not a fantasy reader but I am a romance reader, so if I'm being completely honest, I went into this story far more interested in the romantic aspect than the fantastical one. But true to form, Amy Harmon turned my world on its head, dragging me into THIS world and BLOWING AWAY all of my expectations. This story was far more romantically intoxicating than anything I imagined going in. The love story between Kjell and Sasha was... MORE. It felt far deeper, more addictive, more satisfying than anything I anticipated. I also found myself just as taken aback by the fantasy, the magic, the possibility of the impossible, the anomalies on each page as I was with the romance in this book. I was blown away by how much I loved the fantasy of it all, how immediately I grew completely immersed in the world of Jeru and in the hearts of Kjell and Sasha. I'm not a fantasy reader (I swear!) but I don't think I can fairly say that anymore because it'd be a lie. I loved this book, this world, these words, these gifts, these characters, this magical reading experience you really only get in this genre.

The writing in this book is breathtakingly stunning. I wanted to highlight every single word. There truly aren't adequate words to describe all the gifts Amy Harmon possesses. She can morph and change from genre to genre, keeping the reader on the precipice, never knowing what we'll to expect. She carefully, masterfully selects just the right words to set forth into the universe, creating majestic worlds, extraordinary characters, and epic circumstances. She sets fire from nothing, putting pen to page, illuminating the darkest recesses of a reader's mind with her brilliant storytelling. She breaks hearts and wounds souls through her character's strife, then heals and mends and soothes with where she takes us right along with them. She spins tales and sends them up like stars for us to pluck down and relive again and again. She sees the path for her characters and her readers, knowing full well where she'll take us as we journey right along with Kjell and Sasha, and she masterfully molds the way, granting us an unpredictably powerful experience through her unparalleled prose. I'll follow Amy Harmon blindly, aimlessly into whatever unknown adventure she decides to take next, for her gifts endear me to her in the same way Sasha is to the healer who fixed her broken body, and Kjell is to the slave girl who unlocked his heart. Gratitude, appreciation, joy, devotion, pleasure, love... I feel all these things for this book, for this gift Amy Harmon has bestowed. I'm a slave to her gifts, and she is a balm to my soul with her magical story.

I'm not sure why I'm surprised that the author of my favorite book of all time, The Law of Moses, just delivered yet another of the most phenomenal stories I've ever read. The world building, the character development, the brilliantly detailed imagery, the intricately complex storyline and the unparalleled provocation of emotions demanded by this story is simply awe inspiring. I love to read books that open my eyes and my heart and this book did that. On a basic level, I was drawn into a literary genre I don't normally read and I feel my horizons have been broadened because of this story. On a larger plain, this story sends such profound messages about humanity, about how we treat our talents, how we treat our own people and the risks we take by extending our hands to strangers. It's also a powerful testament to the truest truth, that true love is never proud or boastful but patient and kind. It's an altering experience, The Queen and the Cure, and its a story that must be read, must be felt. The sheer romanticism of this story is enough to leave you breathless. The brilliance of Harmon's storytelling is enough to leave you speechless. The course of events will leave you on the edge of your seat. The death defying battles and the unknown adversaries will leave you white knuckled, gripping the pages, both eager and terrified for what catastrophe awaits. The Queen and the Cure is wrought with thrilling adventure and blissful romance and splendid enchantment. It's a story of finding yourself while you find your purpose while you find your destiny while you fall in love. This story gripped me from the inside out. I never wanted it to end.

Jessica's Rating:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in fifteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot and the Purgatory series, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her recent release, The Bird and the Sword, is a Goodreads Best Fantasy of 2016 finalist.

1 comments:

  1. I'm going to read these two reviews every day. They heal me. Seriously. Thank you so much for reading my stories.

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