The Bird And The Blade by Megan BannenThe Bird And The Blade by Megan Bannen

The Bird And The Blade

byMegan Bannen

Hardcover | June 5, 2018

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A sweeping and tragic debut novel perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Megan Whalen Turner.

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

Enslaved in 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 an impossible 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.

Title:The Bird And The BladeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062674153

ISBN - 13:9780062674159


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking but beautiful *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* The Bird and the Blade is a retelling of the opera Turandot. I started reading this book with little to no knowledge about the history of the Mongol Empire. For this reason, I was fairly confused at certain parts in the beginning of the story. However, once Bannen explained the history everything fell into place. I absolutely adored this unique and heartbreaking tale. It focuses so much on disappointment and sacrifice. I really grew fond of each character as they progressed throughout the story. Overall, it was extremely interesting to read teen historical fiction based on an area of the world that I knew little about. Recommended for fans of the Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
Date published: 2018-05-08

Editorial Reviews

“Clever twists and narrative devices will make this novel a favorite.”