The First Girl Child Kindle Edition
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“By far, my favorite book of 2019. Addictive, engrossing, completely unputdownable. Amy Harmon’s The First Girl Child needs to be at the top of everyone’s reading list.” —Penny Reid, New York Times bestselling author
“The First Girl Child is a unique and lovely read set in a world that is both familiar and strange. Rich, fast-paced, and romantic, this book will thoroughly satisfy fantasy readers craving a story with meat on its bones. It’s going on my shelf next to Robin Hobb and Patricia McKillip.” —Jared Garrett, bestselling author of Lakhoni
“Utterly brilliant. A sprawling tale of love and magic, of leadership and the sacrifice that comes with it. I cannot recommend this book enough.” —bestselling author Staci Hart
About the Author
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author. Her books have been published in eighteen languages—truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah. Amy has written fourteen novels, including the USA Today bestsellers Making Faces and Running Barefoot and the Amazon #1 bestseller From Sand and Ash. She is also the author of What the Wind Knows; the New York Times bestseller A Different Blue; and The Bird and the Sword, a Goodreads Best Book of 2016 nominee. For more information, visit Amy at www.authoramyharmon.com.
- Publication Date : August 20, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 391 pages
- Publisher : 47North (August 20, 2019)
- ASIN : B07KPD6NHN
- File Size : 5163 KB
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,354 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Having read her other fantasy books, The Bird and the Sword and The Queen and the Cure, I already knew she would be taking me on a journey that would be unlike anything I've experienced before. The characters, the scenery, the life and culture, the beliefs and customs, all of it was crafted so intricately that I lost myself in the pages of this book.
There were several characters that I absolutely fell in love with in this book and several that I despised, but that is the way of the world no matter if the story is told from a long ago past or current day. The life the characters lived in this time and place were often very unforgiving and I found myself wanting to wrap them up and keep them safe. As is often the case when reading Amy's books, even when she is breaking your heart she does so in a way that helps you understand that this is exactly how this story has to be told and even through my tears I found myself smiling for all the things that made it such a beautifully woven tale.
I honestly would love to sit down with Amy and ask her how she comes up with these stories, not just the basic plot but ALL that comes with it like the scenery and the emotions and the pyschology of it. She writes some of the most complete tales I have ever read.
I have purposely been vague about the actual story and what occurs, and that is because you need to start this story with no preconceived notions or spoilers that could influence your opinion one way or another. Just go in blind and experience Amy's magic roll across the pages.
Another amazing story! I so hope and pray that we will get more books from Amy and the land of Saylock!
In typical fashion, she spends time setting the stunning scene for the intense emotions that you are going to feel. I think she is being gracious, letting it all creep on you, before it suddenly hits you in the face! Yes, I cried… that’s all I’m going to say about my emotions.
Set in Saylok, this rich land is filled with clans, magical runes and warriors, who for many years have been unable to produce daughters, causing chaos of all kinds! Bayr, who you can’t help love, as his gentle nature balances out his out of this world strength. Alba is fierce, determined and very compassionate! Love is weaves its way through this story, touching all that are in its path - it’s slow build up is completely consuming!
Dagmar and Ghost, are much more than “side” characters, time and time again they show sacrificial love for those in their care, and their friendship is one to remember! And their pain and heartache cause so much of the beauty of this epic story to shine through. “Because the beauty of the fall was worth the pain of landing”.
This story hits all the spots – warriors, magic, love, battles and salvation for a nation coming from likely and unlikely heroes! My frustration is that I’m not sure if I’m ready to leave Saylok - I love Bayr, Alba, Dagmar, Ghost and this gorgeous fantasy world, they have a piece of my heart!
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The First Girl Child is a masterfully crafted novel with excellent world building, an engaging plot, great dialogue and intriguing and well-developed characters. I love that Amy has mixed her wast knowledge about Norse mythology with her own ideas that arised from her creative imagination. I found the magical power and significance behind the runes very fascinating and how they could be used for good and evil equally and were therefore kept a secret. The fictional land of Saylok was devided among six different clans who answered to one king. I appreciated that the author took her time to explain to us readers how they were formed and what set them apart from each other.
Desdemona, scorned and abandoned by the man she once loved, cursed the land with her dying breath while delivering her son Bayr: from this day on, there will be no more daughters in Saylok. Bayr, who is raised by his uncle Dagmar among the keepers of the Temple Hill, is gifted with unparalleled strength but also a gentle heart and protective nature. His one purpose in life is to guard Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the long awaited salvation. But with time their bond and feelings will start to grow making his task more difficult and challenging. In order to defend their land and finally break the curse they will have to go against the corrupt king who built his throne on murder and lies...
Bayr of Saylok was such an amazing hero. He was honorable, loyal, kind, honest and caring. A fierce young man who protected the people he loved. Although blessed with great strength Bayr never showed any superiority or arrogance. He was admired and feared but many people didn't let him forget that he is a bastard son unclaimed by a clan. I adored the way he took care of Alba. She was so very precious and important to him and he loved her with all of his innocent heart.
Alba was a wonderful heroine. She was smart, outspoken and strong-willed with a gentle nature. Alba was curious with a thirst for knowledge and she had a good hand for animals like her mother. She felt safe in Bayr's presence from the moment she was placed in his strong arms as a little baby. He was her friend, her protector and in the end also her lover. Her heart has only ever loved Bayr. I was rooting hard for these two knowing that the king would never allow a union between them.
There were several secondary characters who have completely captured my heart, especially Bayr's uncle. Dagmar is the most kind, selfless and compassionate person you can imagine. He is a wise and responsible keeper. His love for his nephew was deep and sincere. He was his pride and joy and Dagmar raised him to become the man he was always meant to be - Saylok's savior. I admired Ghost so much for the huge sacrifice she made and for her courage and persistence. Some people might have been frightened by her unusual appearance but those with a pure heart and soul like Dagmar, Bayr and Alba only saw exceptional beauty when they looked at her.
There are not enough words of praise to do this outstanding book the justice it deserves. I can only strongly encourage you to read it. There is so much wisdom and knowledge in this author's words, so much power and beauty. I can only applaud Amy Harmon on such an achievement. I sincerely hope that there are going to be more stories set in Saylok in the future! *6 stars!!!*
Fast paced a great spin off of Viking genre/era.