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Series: The Chronicles of Saylok #2
Published by 47North on July 20 , 2021
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
Review Copy Provided By: 47North
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A lost girl and a blind boy discover their greatest strength is their bond with each other in a beguiling fantasy by the New York Times bestselling author of The First Girl Child.
An insidious curse is weakening the Norse kingdom of Saylok, where no daughters have been born in years. Washing up on these plagued shores is Ghisla, an orphaned stowaway nursed back to health by a blind cave dweller. Named for a mysterious god, the boy, Hod, is surrounded by prophecy. To Ghisla, he’s a cherished new friend. To Hod, the girl is even more so. For when Ghisla sings, Hod can see.
Unable to offer safe shelter, Hod urges Ghisla onward to become a daughter of the temple, where all the kingdom’s girl children have been gathered. But because of a magical rune, the two cannot be separated, no matter the time or the distance.
Now, subject to a ruthless king, Ghisla enters a desperate world of warring clan chieftains and catastrophic power struggles. Who among them can be trusted is unknowable. So are the sacrifices Ghisla and Hod must make to defeat the cursed forces that could destroy a kingdom and the fated bond between two souls.
“Promise me you will not give up.”
“I will not give up today.”
Life got in the way of my finishing this book, with its ups and downs, and twists and turns. But this morning, I dedicated some quiet time to sipping coffee and finishing this remarkable and memorable story.
“Where is home?”
“Home is where you are.”
The second book in The Chronicles of Saylock series, ‘The Second Blind Son’, runs parallel with ‘The First Girl Child’, so reading that first is highly recommended. We see Saylock is still under the curse with no girl children having been born in the last 12 years, and Banruud still ruling as King. But in this book, we follow Ghisla, a songr of Tonlis, and Hod, a blind boy named after a blind god. He nursed her back to health after her washing up on the shores by the cave in which he lived. They learned from each other, became friends and confidants. He taught her about Saylock, the Keepers, and the runes, and she sang to him, allowing him to see the world through her eyes.
I have loved this series. ‘The Second Blind Son’ had everything I loved about the first book, ‘The First Girl Child’, and more. Amy Harmon’s writing is always stellar. The few intimate scenes are erotic in their simplicity and dance. Her characters are always fleshed out, and her storylines ebb and flow, simmer and build into breathtaking works of fiction.
“You have destroyed me.”
“If I have destroyed you, you…have…obliterated…me.”