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The Bird and the Blade

(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.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"The Bird and the Blade is a tale filled with magic and mystery. It will entrance you from the first page. Meticulously researched and beautifully executed, this story will linger long after you have finished reading." - Renée Ahdieh

"The Bird and the Blade has everything I want in a novel: vivid characters, sumptuous prose, romance, funny dialogue, and a sweeping storyline in an intricately researched world. This story will break your heart—but it will remake it, too." - Rosalyn Eves

"At once haunting and compelling, this tale of love and loalty will wreck you. Exquisite from the first note to the last." - Natalie C Parker


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Used availability for Megan Bannen's The Bird and the Blade

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
ISBN: 0-06-267415-3 / 978-0-06-267415-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
ISBN: 0-06-267416-1 / 978-0-06-267416-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
ISBN: 1-5385-4949-2 / 978-1-5385-4949-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
ISBN: 1-5385-4950-6 / 978-1-5385-4950-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
ISBN: 1-5385-4951-4 / 978-1-5385-4951-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bird and the Blade
Author(s): Megan Bannen
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA