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  • The First Girl Child #ARC Review

    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.


    I rarely read fantasy but when I saw that The First Girl Child was from Amy Harmon, I didn't think twice about picking it up because I love  her writing. She did not disappoint, creating a wonderful plot inspired by Norse mythology full of intrigue, curses, betrayals, struggles, adventures, wisdom and action. Not to mention two exciting backdrop romances.

    It was wonderful to follow the journey of Dagmar, Ghost, Alba and Bayr. Early on we learned of Bayr's mother Desdemona's relationship with her brother Dagmar, showing her impetuousness and his strength in defying his father who wanted him to be a clan warrior rather than a temple guardian, a keeper.

    Then we follow Bayr's life, all his shyness, obedience, sweetness, and strength, remembering Samson and Moses, biblical characters.

    Finally, we saw the struggle of a people against a tyrant and traitor capable of everything for power just like medieval movies.

    Fantastic and engaging from start to finish.

    5/5 stars


    Eu raramente leio fantasia mas quando vi que The First Girl Child era de Amy Harmon, não pensei duas vezes em pegar pois sou apaixonada pela escrita dela. Ela não decepcionou, criando uma trama maravilhosa inspirada na mitologia nórdica repleta de intrigas, maldições, traições, lutas, aventuras, sabedoria e muita ação. Sem contar com dois emocionantes romances de pano de fundo.

    Foi maravilhoso acompanhar a jornada de Dagmar, Ghost, Alba e Bayr . Logo de início conhecemos a relação de Desdemona, mãe de Bayr com seu irmão Dagmar, mostrando a impetuosidade dela e a força dele em desafiar o pai que queria que ele fosse um guerreiro no clã e não um guardião do templo. 

    Depois acompanhamos a criação de Bayr, toda a sua timidez, obediência, doçura e força, lembrando Sansão e Moisés , personagens bíblicos.

    Por fim, vimos a luta de um povo contra um tirano e traidor capaz de tudo pelo poder com um encerramento digno de filmes medievais.

    Fantástico e envolvente do início ao fim.
    5/5 estrelas

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