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(((Download Book))) ✑ The First Girl Child ☠ From The New York Times Bestselling Author Comes A Breathtaking Fantasy Of A Cursed Kingdom, Warring Clans, And Unexpected SalvationBayr 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 SaylokRaised 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 RiskNow 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 SaylokWhat 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 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 Blog FB Twitter IG Pinterest Tumblr YouTube 5 surprised stars 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 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 beautiful though.I can t pinpoint the difference but it had a tale quality It was simpler Naked, free of any unnecessary embellishment It was raw like these Norse men And it fitted the story to a T The focal point of this story was women s power or lack of The women in that time and place could become warriors but were always second to men If they were nobles they were seen as investments to forge alliances And everything began when a woman, Desdemona, was rejected by her lover for a high ranking woman, hoping to become king that way But fear the woman you have wronged as she holds a great power I loved the power of women The greed of men and their foolish pride would be their damnation Decades would go by with great suffering for the people because of a single curse You can t deny that Desdemona could hold a grudge like no one else One of our heroes is the young Bayr, Desdemona s son and he ll dedicate his life to protect Alba, the daughter of king Bayr.Bayr was solid Loyal A protector Hel lived for his duty Selfless he was humble as he was afflicted by a stutter who made him seem simple to other men I would say that Bayr himself thought little of his intelligence but it did not bother him He did not want to outshine everyone He may have been gifted with enormous strength, looking like Hercules, he just wanted to serve and protect I dare you not to love that child man who d rather observe and listen than talk I want to protect, Bayr answered without thought or hesitation It had always been the single minded purpose of his young life I w want to protect Saylok and the temple I w want to protect the princess and the d daughters of the clans I want to protect D Dagmar and the k keepers You want to protect those you love Bayr nodded Alba is your free spirited child She did not often take center stage Or at least not before a long time as she was an infant Bayr would have died for her From the first second he laid eyes on her, at her birth, she s been his sole purpose in life Of course you can probably guess that a budding romance will come one day but strangely, Alba did feel like a side character than a main character My favorite character in this book was Ghost I won t tell too much about her purpose or who she is to whom let s just say that Ghost embodies maternal love in its purest form I loved her because she was gentle even after having been ostracized for her otherness all her life Fate never smiled on her Yet she discreetly protected in her own way.She touched my heart and soul I prayed for her HEA I wanted her to have some joy she s been denied for so long You are still very young I am old inside, she whispered, and he nodded as though he understood I realize while writing this review that both Bayr and Ghost were humble characters And I seem to appreciate these kind characters Because that s one of the things Amy does best take ordinary men and women well Bayr was maybe not ordinary and make them extraordinary.Last but not least of our main characters, Dagmar was a worthy hero He was a father to Bayr A humble man determined to be a keeper and fight his warrior of a father to follow his dream But as much as becoming a keeper was his dream he would have renounced his calling if it meant losing Bayr.I was immediately immersed in that story as I loved the plot, the mythology, learning to understand these people That book is filled with Norse magic, with the power of runes Blood runes that could curse a whole land Blood runes that should not be known by everyone as they held so much power And I loved that grand finale I wanted to shout Atta girl The pace is just right, not rushed nor too slow the villain was a true villain who had two faces and the hero was strong gifted by the gods similar to the heroes of old from mythology.What reason do you need to read it Thanks for reading Sophie Find me on Wordpress Beware Of The ReaderFacebook Beware Of The Reader Facebook group Beware Book Boyfriends Alert Instagram bewareofthereader Twitter BewareOffReader ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review 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 Child Amy s writing is always very easy to read, and has a great flow I was teleported to Saylok and I felt like I was really living in that Kingdom I loved all the characters and their relationships The secondary characters felt as important as the main characters They all played a very important role in the book, so I was happy that the author included their POVs.The romance aspect is a bit in the background, which I surprisingly didn t mind too much However, I would ve wanted this to be part of a series instead of a stand alone I think there is still so much to explore in this world, and I am very intrigued by it The last quarter just flew by and the book was finished before I knew it So that felt a bit rushed because a lot of things happened towards the end, and I think the author could ve taken time to spread it out a bit It even made me wonder if there would be a cliffhanger at the end, which I wouldn t have minded But unfortunately no, it has an ending I am happy that Amy included an epilogue, but I wish it was longer I really liked this book and I hope that Amy will decide to revisit this world genre in the near future, because I love the characters and I really hope that some of them get their own book. Hauntingly Excellent 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 ensue The story unravels like the layers of an onion From kings to runes to gods this story holds a lot of raw magical power An enchanted tale of a land cursed and the stolen treasure that leads to the demise of the kingdom THE FIRST GIRL CHILD is a standalone story of a time when kingdoms ruled and curses could set the world ablaze A truly beautiful story about the great value we place on things and the risk taken to protect those things of value An unforgettable tale of the world gone by RELEASE DATE August 20, 2019Pre order order Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review Follow Foxy Blogs at Foxy Blogs Twitter Instagram Facebook As I am typing this review out, I am also currently packing up my house so that I can permanently take up residency inside of Amy Harmon s pretty brain Could you just imagine the amount of magic you would witness if you spent your days inside of there I can And let me tell you, it sounds like my dream vacation destination 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 The mixture of action and humor Seriously The dry humor is incredible Seeing the characters interact was so amusing and entertaining The characters Okay but seriously I can t sit here and break it down, one by one, because each character had such strong characteristics that I loved for all sorts of different reasons But I will say that in true Amy Harmon fashion, she has created a set of characters that you will remember years later When you hear someone say the title The Last Girl Child you will instantly replay the great cast of characters inside of your head and smile The story concept Loved it Point Blank LOVED IT The title portrays just what I loved most about it Have you read a book like this NO Even remotely close NO, probably not It s unique It s Amy Harmon She is a fantastic story teller Each time I pick up one of her books, I am always reminded of that Imagery settings Um, HELLO Every single time you turn the page you see just how vivid Amy s settings and scenes are I had absolutely ZERO trouble playing these scenes out in my mind because Amy s writing is top notch in the sense that she paints the prettiest pictures for us as a reader I felt like I was writing a paper for college when I was typing this review out But I also feel like I could go on and on about this story And well, the bullet point process probably just shut me up an extra 15 minutes You re welcome.When I think of Amy Harmon, I always think about how dynamic she is as a writer Want a romance Amy Harmon Want a fantasy Amy Harmon Want a historical book Amy Harmon Do you just want to sit down and read a damn good book and forget the world for a little while AMY HARMON All kidding aside, this book was magical Just magical Possibly some of Amy s best work to date I hope that if you are looking for a book that gets you lost for a little while, you pick this one up If not, you are missing out. I recieved an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review Many thanks to the publisher, 47NorthBayr 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. Epic Review to come I received an e ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Review can be found on Milky Way of Books 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 Sword duology, but it.In a fantasy world where an island stands in the middle of the sea and clans rule with a king on top Where monks have the power to choose kings and runes hold magic in them, the story begins with the birth of a boy Bayr is a bastard whose mother was cheated in love, whose father is power hungry and whose uncle Dagmar is one of those monks Bayr s mother, curses the people of their land to not give birth to girls and slowly as the decades span, the curse will wipe out their people.Bayr grows to be an extraordinary young man with the power of ten men and the heart of a sweet, beautiful soul And as plots and lies thicken, suddenly the first girl child is born out of the blue Alba appears and the mysterious Ghost, a young woman, start to live in the monastery too.The story is told in third POV and spans almost two decades of secrets, plots, power hungry men who never gave worth to their women before and now they find themselves, almost dying without them The beauty of this world is the perfect balance between the Norse mythology, Viking lore, magic and a touch mention to Christianity But the focus is not as much to the religion, while it plays a role, but to the relationships between the characters, the secret love blooming over the years and the fear that it will never be reciprocated This world is vast and I hope to see stories coming from the characters of this novel When I finished the book, I was happy and yet really sad Because while I did like the story I realized that I was rooting for another couple too and it was hopeless Amy Harmon s writing is stellar and I don t know if my heart can survive another masterpiece by her.