The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon _ Book Review

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From ​the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation.

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

 

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[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

You are blessed. I am cursed. And neither of us got to choose which.

It has been a very long time since I have read an Amy Harmon novel but The First Girl Child topped all my expectations. It is a fantasy novel filled with Nordic gods, myths, and good vs evil.

This is the first rune because without light and belief, everything is darkness, and everything and everyone becomes the enemy.

The entire story is beautiful written and Amy Harmon creates such a vivid setting that you can picture it perfectly in your mind. There are many themes in the novel including honor, love, and the abuse of power. What stood out most to me was the love between parent and child. Whether that child is yours by birth or not, the bond you build when you raise them is like no other. The lengths one will go to protect their loved ones and the sacrifices one is willing to make.

I have only ever w-wished for one thing. Tell me. To be here. Near you. That is all.

I don’t want to say much more because I in no way want to spoil the story. Except that the main characters , Bayr , Alba , Dagmar and Ghost are deep characters that you can’t help but care for. I am usually a binge reader but I tried to savor this novel because I knew I would not be prepared for it to end. The end of the book brought me to tears and this is a book I wish I could re experience for the first time. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to add a physical copy to my book shelf.

five-star

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