The First Girl Child
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 dau ...more
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I don't really have to proper words to describe just how well-crafted and ingenious The First Girl Child was. So, this review is going to be a shell of what it potentially could be, simply because Amy Harmon completely stole my words away and I'm jealous of those that may experience this for the first time.
The World ...more
Amy Harmon is one of the talented writers always knows how to take you journeys at different time zones from Irish Revolution to the middle of World War second and some unknown mystical kingdom doors. She plays the words like instruments and creates amazing, soul-brushing, heart-healing compositions, that you wanna read over and over again to feel joyful and delighted ! That’s how I felt a ...more
So good I cosplayed as Lagertha while filming this. Watch the full review on YouTube.
Thanks so much to 47North for granting our ARC request of this on NetGalley. It's still up if you want to grab an advanced copy of this stellar historical fantasy with romantic subplots. Otherwise, you get to wait until it releases in August.
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“We are abused. We are used. We are bartered and abandoned. But rarely are we loved. So be it. From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok for any of you to love.”
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” as Ari https://readingunderstreetlamps.wordpress.com (my buddy reader said) this could be the motto of this book!
The first thing that astonished me in this book is a totally different writing style from what I have read from Amy so far. Still very beautifu ...more
Such a brilliant and unique story!I love whatever genre she writes, and I always go blind to her stories!I don't need a synopsis because I simply know it will be another fantastic read!
The story line is interesting,original and captivating!Everything needed their time and their got it!This is a slow story in my opinion and this is what make me not give it 5 stars but still it was an unforgettable read!
"I've come to believe that home is not a place. Home is inside of us. Home is the ...more
First of all, I want to say that I love that Amy Harmon decided to write a Fantasy novel. She is one of the most well-rounded authors and can write, in my opinion, in any genre she wants. I don't read a lot of Fantasy novels because I find the story-building sometimes a bit complicated. You get a lot of information in a small time of frame, and it is difficult to absorb all of it. However, I never got that feeling from The First Girl ...more
A moving representation of how 2 wrongs don’t make a right and the power of love.
The First Girl Child is a story that rocks you to your bones. The sheer words alone captivate with their power. They flow across the pages telling the story of a parent's love for their beloved child. The depths they endure to allow their child to have a better life is alluring. Along with the intense despair, a parent feels while watching a child make life choices and the consequences that e ...more
While reading The First Girl Child, I loved a lot of things. Below, I am going to bullet point each one. I feel like this should be a very organized and broken down review. ...more
POV: Third Person
The day Bayr was born, the kingdom of Saylok changed irrevocably. Unbeknownst to the people, a curse was unleashed that made them barren of female newborns. As the years progressed and desperation mounted, Alba became the first girl child to be born in Saylok. But hope for her to be their salvation was shattered when the curse persisted. He would do anything to protect her and neither of them had any idea how their fate intertwined with the ...more
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 wi ...more
This is going to be a hard review to write. Not because I didn't enjoy the book. People I plan on re-reading, re-listening to the audiobook and hope that Amy Harmon writes spin-off novellas and invent a way for a certain couple to be together. Needless to say, this is Amy Harmon's finest work in the fantasy genre. I didn't think that "The first Girl Child" would top The Bird and the Sw ...more
Every time I read an Amy Harmon book I pray that a film producer will pick it up and make it into a film. The scenes in the book and the characters are so beautifully described that they played out in big screen cinematography as I read it.
The First Girl Child has left me spellbound. I don’t know how I can move on. I want to return to the land of Saylok and stay there forever with the keepers of the Temple. I want to climb to the top of Shinway and find the cave with the runes.
Amy Harm ...more
Author – Amy Harmon
Series – None
Cliffhanger? - No
Publication Date – August 20, 2019
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary copy generously provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts - Story
OK – I had a really hard time rating this book because when I first finished it, I thought “OK, maybe a 4 because it was slow starting”….but then after I thought about it and how everything came together, I was like…”I’m b ...more
The First Girl Child, a historical fantasy, will be released in ebook, paperback and audio on August 20, 2019.
KINDLE | PAPERBACK | AUDIO
For as the woman is of the man.
Even so is the man also of the woman.
1 Corinthians 11:22
Within the walls and behind the Temple doors lives an unexpected salvation—a girl.
She was framed by the light of the gray afternoon. And in that moment he saw the woman...more
I buddy read this baby with Sophie from Beware Of The Reader, and I can safely say, we're both totally in love with it.
Let's start with the basics: The Author.
I'm positive that almost everyone who's read her, can't help but fall in love with Amy's writing. And this book was no exception.
Now, I have personally never read one of her more "adventure" centered books, my favorites having been Making Faces (obviously), and The Law of Moses and A Song for David, but when I s ...more
In her true fashion, Amy Harmon has delivered an exceptional read. If you enjoyed The Law of Moses and The Queen and the Cure, you will enjoy this one.
I'll admit the first 50-60 % were slow that I considered not finishing it,it really does pick up at the end. This was such a beautiful heartfelt story and I wish things had turned out differently for one of the characters.
This story started out with a great story plot but kind of ended in a rush. Since this is an ARC copy, I am hoping they still might make some changes.
Bayr was born from a scorned mother. Her baby's daddy didn't want anything to do with her after he found out she was pregnant. What is a girl to do? Curse him to never have a living heir again, and the whole city to never have new girls to breed with of course! Yeah, she was a bit pissed. So, Bayr's uncle, who is a keeper (the equivalent of a mo ...more
The First Girl Child, contrary to the blurb description, isn't centered around Bayr's or Alba's romance. Spanning t ...more
From the first sentence on the first page, I was utterly captivated by this story. And while I came expecting a gutsy, brutal tale of a single young girl raised in a male-dominated world . . . this story is actually quite opposite. The ferocity in here is soft and kinda sleepy, but in no way does that diminish its strength. The power of this book crept up on me, and whi ...more
Wow. What a great journey this was!
This story, set on imaginary island of Saylok and inhabited by six Viking clans, is obviously inspired by Norse mythology and since I am a huge fan of it (Norse mythology), this book was just perfect. I will also be so bold to say that every person who loves Norse mythology and fantasy genre will enjoy this book. And (if I just may add) plot starts with a curse of failed woman, and there is just one way it can be broken. What more should I say!?
"We are abused ...more
Finished reading: July 22nd 2019
"I've come to believe that home is not a place. Home is inside of us. Home is the people we love. Home is what we strive for."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and 47North in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I consider Amy Harmon to be one of my absolute favorite authors and her stories never fail to blow me away. What makes her books stand out is that with ea ...more
Amy Harmon managed to completely lure me into this world of Saylok. I was obsessed with Alba and Bayr. Obsessed!! This one is different to my usual reads and it completely captivated me.
You get Norse mythology, magic and mystery. Curses and tragedy are themes and I have to say I was sad when it ended. I could have easily read another 500 pages about these characters. It's a 2019 Favourite for me for sure!
I received an arc of this book
In a Norse based fantasy, the power of runes drawn with blood can give powers.
Blood was the only thing the earth answered to. Blood represented sacrifice, and the earth would not trade her secrets for anything less.
A woman has been used and left by a cruel chieftain, and after she births his child, she curses the chieftain and the land with her dying breath.
“We are a ...more