The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

The First Girl Child

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...

Details The First Girl Child

TitleThe First Girl Child
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreFantasy, Romance, Fiction

Reviews The First Girl Child

  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    "In the beginning, they’d rejoiced. Sons were always preferable. Sons were the lifeblood. The protectors. The warriors. The farmers. How foolish they’d all been." 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 experien...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Five in the name Nordic kings, gods, mythological, full of runes, mystic, lyrical, powerful, ghost-ly stars!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 ...
  • jessica
    wow. i am just in awe. amy harmon could be considered one of my favourite fantasy authors, which is crazy because she doesnt primarily write fantasy stories. i really think she should switch over completely because her writing is so enchanting and much more lyrical than in her contemporary fiction novels. it suits the world building perfectly and has such a magical feel that really speaks to me.before i get too into this review, i want to note th...
  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.This was…good. Just that. Good. I’ve read so many of Amy Harmon’s books before, and am frankly slightly disappointed. It didn’t have the spark that her other works have had in the past. This might be due to the unbearably slow pace, because of the story spanning twenty years. I really had to push myself to finish it, even though I...
  • Navessa
    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
  • Bibi
    *Spoilers, maybe*Hmm....I can't quite place my finger on what's missing. Could it be a lack of urgency? As in:1. the pacing was slow2. the magic system was largely unutilized3. the justification for the curse was flimsy at best 4. there were too many irrelevant scenes (Ghost and the 3 marauders)5. the love connection between Alba & Bayr was tepid and unconvincing6. the plot twist- of marrying Alba off to the King of the Northmen - was introduced ...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    4-4,5 STARSSuch 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 i...
  • warhawke
    Genre: FantasyType: StandalonePOV: Third PersonRating: 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...
  • Sophie
    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 sty...
  •  Ⓐℳⓨ (Ⓐh-ℳeⓨ) ♔♔ The anti-young adult Queen♔♔ New adult trumps YA!!!
    ♛♚♔UPDATE 09/03♛♚♔4 HARMON SENSEI IS THE BEST WRITER EVER STARS!!!!!!All of you know that Harmon is my favorite writer ever and for me she can't write anything bad.So my fangirling self comes to GR to share my love for this book and I find some people saying that TFGC is Is it the book or is it the reader?Neither!!!It comes all down to opinions. 'Cuz for me I was into the HUGE cast of characters, seriously there were a lot of characte...
  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    I loved it ♡Experience this story......#historicalfantasyfiction#slowburn#deeplove#sacrifice#betrayal#breathtaking 5 ☆☆☆☆☆A curse with far reaching consequences is crafted within the opening chapters of this novel and it is this event steeped in emotion and tragedy that shapes the narrative of the story, and thereafter a stunning tale is weaved depicting power, jealousy, betrayal, hope, sacrifice and above all else, love. Amy Harmon i...
  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    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...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: The First Girl ChildAuthor: Amy HarmonRelease date: August 20, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: fantasyFair warning, I'm going to have to gush over this book a little. There's just no getting around it when you fall in love with a story this completely. I've been reading Amy Harmon's books for four years now and although I haven't caught up on her entire backlist, The First Girl Child is now a front runner for all-time favorite. And yes, it's la...
  • Libby
    4+ stars - Amy Harmon crafts a historical fantasy novel that quickly draws me into the world of Saylok, an island in the North Sea and as well, a son of Odin, the Allfather, from Norse mythology. Dagmar and Desdemona are siblings growing up in the Clan of Dolphys, the Clan of the Wolf. Dagmar wants to grow up to be a keeper of the temple and the sacred runes. He seeks a life of knowledge, peace, and solitude. His father wants him to be a warrior,...
  • Sophie
    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 f...
  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    "There is no Alba without Bayr,” she whispered. “Not now. Not then. Not ever again.”
  • JenacideByBibliophile
    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, 47North, via Netgalley for an honest review.“'I cannot see, my tongue is a traitor.My flesh is a foe, my heart a betrayer. My eyes will I blacken, my lips will I close. And let the runes lead me down paths I must go.No man can follow.No man can lead.No man can save me, no man can free.”'This book is PHENOMENAL! Desdemona of Dolphys spent her last day alive giving birth to the bastard son ...
  • arini
    ✨ 3.75 "CURSED" stars ✨ the first girl child is a well crafted, lush, and epic historical fantasy tale of a cursed kingdom that captivates its readers with equal parts of intrigue and adventure inspired by the norse mythology. it's the perfect read for fans of sky in the deep . reading this book had felt like watching someone's entire lifetime period played out through a montage. a quick snippets of moments that despite all the emotions they...
  • Betül
    **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. Howe...
  • CC
    In the land of Saylok, five regions are divided and inhabited by different clans. Under the leadership of one king and the keepers, a curse plagues the island preventing the birth of daughters. As many become desperate and factions begin to fight, the fate of Saylok rests with Bayr, a natural warrior but also a man of profound understanding, who is entrusted to protect the first girl child, Alba. Though Bayr carries his burdens, making sacrifices...
  • Talon
    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...
  • Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
    5 Fantastical StarsMy first Amy Harmon book and boy did she captivate me. I’m not much of a fantasy reader but this one hooked me. I felt as if I was in the land of Saylor along with all the characters. I was able to visualize and feel due to the extraordinary words of the writer. Bayr and Alba..... There is no Alba without Bayr and No Bayr without Alba. Plain and Simple is the beauty of the story. It is destiny fueled by a curse of a dying mot...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    3.75 Stars ⭐ 3.75 Stars ⭐️
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    Book – The First Girl ChildAuthor – Amy HarmonSeries – None Cliffhanger? - No Publication Date – August 20, 2019Genre – FantasyRating – 4.5 out of 5 StarsComplimentary 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 ...
  • Alexandra
    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 "T...
  • Monika Sadowski
    Romance books are not my genre but Amy Harmon always makes me read it till the last page. She is such a good writer, and picking her newest book The First Girl Child I couldn’t go wrong. Beautiful, heart breaking fairy tale which kept me reading till late hours of the night. Great story, full of cursed kingdom, different clans, keepers and runes, magic and mystery. Characters very well developed and scenes beautiful described. My favorite part ...
  • TeriLyn
    **The First Girl Child generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for n honest review.**5+ ”Let there be no doubt.”StarsAbsolute fantastical perfection. The First Girl Child hails as a mesmerizing tale juxtaposing good versus evil. So layered and complex in its telling of a beautifully, haunting tale full of lies and deceptions set against unwavering faith and belief in something greater then thine own one self. Amy Harmon...
  • Curlyhairlass19
    Infinite Stars!Totally Speechless.I’m so afraid that I don’t have the proper words for a review to do this book justice. This is my first kind of book in this particular genre. I love fantasy, but this is beyond anything I’ve read. Norse mythology, Vikings, blood runes..I found myself looking up things and wanting to learn more. That’s the sign of an amazing storyteller and Amy Harmon has truly outdone herself with this one. I just want t...
  • Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
    What an awesome book!If I hadn't read the author's note..I would have been convinced about The God, Saylok, son of Odin and his children.What an AWESOME AWESOME book! I need the paperback ASAP!