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Published by 47North on August 20, 2019
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
Review Copy Provided By: 47North
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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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THE FIRST GIRL CHILD is an enthralling love story of the first girl child and her protector, the tongue-tied Temple Boy.
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After Bayr’s mother puts a curse upon the land, where no girls will be born and Bayr is to be the King and savior of Saylok, Bayr’s mom dies. His uncle, one of the Keepers of the land, finds Bayr and raises him in the temple with the other Keepers. Years after, the wife of the Chief of one of the clans of Saylok is pregnant. She’s lost all children she’s tried to carry and they’d all been boys. Miraculously, this time, she births a girl and the baby survives. Bayr may be a young boy, but he’s physically built and stronger than most boys and men twice, even three times his age. It is his strength and agility coupled with his loyalty that makes the Chief of Berne proclaim Bayr the protector of his daughter, Alba. Bayr is not only her protector, but he becomes her only friend. The two were inseparable while they grew up together. But it was a threat of danger for Saylok and Alba that forces Bayr to leave, entrusting her protection to the Keepers of Saylok.
I absolutely loved it. It was beautifully written, the story was so rich and full of character. The descriptions were stunning. But the characters! The characters were flawlessly written. I loved their journey and mourned the end of their story.
❝Be careful what you fear” “We draw the attention of the fates when our fear grows too loud. The fates are cruel, and they will reward you with what you fear most.❞
With THE FIRST GIRL CHILD, Harmon gives us beauty, depth and insight. This fantasy world she created is stunning and harsh. Her characters are flawed and perfect.
With the Keepers of Saylok, this book is rich in spiritual ideology and threaded with hints of Christianity.
❝Banruud will deny him again. And in his denial, He will deny all of Saylok. Salvation will come through my son, and only through him.❞
Everyone has their favorite author(s), their one-click favorites. Over the years the list of my favorites has grown and changed. I’ve found that many authors I stood beside, I no longer read. Their writing has become stale and they aren’t producing new and exciting material. Is that the writer or is that me? Have I become accustomed to, and therefore bored with their voice? I’m not sure.
What I am sure of is that I’ve been reading Amy Harmon’s words since 2013. And with each book, her storytelling improves. Each story is unique. And I proclaim each release to be my favorite. Once again, Amy Harmon will be at the top of my favorites of the year list!
THE FIRST GIRL CHILD is unforgettable, definitely re-readable, and undoubtedly, un-put-down-able!