Standalone 'The First Girl Child' is simply a brilliant read! It is beautifully slowish-paced, as it unpacks over a period of twenty years. So for readers who love deeply developed characters (the ordinarily extraordinary), a captivating plot and vivid imagery - it will be an absolute treat.
The Nordic-myth-influenced tale weaves many elements: mystique, family, power, misogony, adventure, blood runes and mystery. It also embraces Amy Harmon's signature themes of love, loss, sacrifice and redemption. Finally, the book delves into 'the lot' of women - their strengths as well as their lack of clout. Yes, this book is multilayered!
Amy's writing is authentic and natural, but it's also sensitive and exposed. There is a feel of ruggedness, perhaps flavoured by the setting, and at the same time, there is humour and cleverness.
What a talented and dedicated story-teller she is and how privileged we are to read her work.
I'm not sure I can put into words how this story made me feel, I'm pretty sure I won't do it justice. The story felt like I'd read it before, it felt familiar, but not because of the plot or the fantasy. Which probably doesn't make much sense, but I think it's because I'd been here before. Sucked into one of Amys worlds, where her words grab you, make you fall in love with the characters and you can' t wait to get to the end because you want, no NEED, to know how it's going to end. You find yourself rushing, trying to read all the words at once, but then you realise if you do that, the book will end and you just know it won't be enough.
Like always, like all of Amys books I found her writing magical, I could sit and read all day every day. I hope to read more about Saylok again soon.
I simply cannot do this book or this author justice in describing how amazing it is. Words escape me. I could not read fast enough and at the same time loathed how fast the book was coming to an end. What a master story teller! I hope based on Amy’s author notes at the end, more stories are to come from this world Amy has created! Absolutely fantastic!!
There is not enough words to describe what a master storyteller Amy Harmon is. The world created and the very real and flawed but human characters have you on an emotiinal rollercoaster to the end. Loved it.
Amy Harmon managed to completely lure me into this world of Saylok. I was obsessed with Alba and Bayr. Obsessed!! This one is different to my usual reads and it completely captivated me.
You get Norse mythology, magic and mystery. Curses and tragedy are themes and I have to say I was sad when it ended. I could have easily read another 500 pages about these characters. It's a 2019 Favourite for me for sure!
The First Girl Child was an incredible read. This would have to be one of my favourite Amy Harmon books which is saying something with all the great books Amy has written.
The book is a historical fantasy with a little magic which is set in Saylok , a tribal nation. You have the Chieftans of each of the six Tribes, The Keepers and The King. The story is told in multiple perspectives full of lies and betrayal so you know what everyone is up to and what they have done.
Women were not treated very well which is where the story begins with Desdamona who has recently given birth to a Son . She is on her death bed when she curses the land of Saylok to teach the men to appreciate their women.
The story was gripping and intriguing and even though it is quite a long book, I did not want to put it down. In the acknowledgements Amy mentions if the book does well she will write more about the characters of Saylok which I cannot wait to read more about. I finished this book a week ago and still cannot get it out of my head. I would definitely give this book more than 5 Stars if I could.
I love Amy Harmon’s work and this book, although a little different to her others, didn’t disappoint. What all her books do have in common though is that the reader is shown a carefully laid out plan and skilfully guided to the final destination. This was a great story that had me intrigued from beginning to end. I hope there are more in this vein.
So what's not to love. Once again Amy has managed to drag me out of my book funk kicking and screaming all the way to Saylok. I became absorbed in this story, in the mythology which has been crafted so well it seems as if it must have been real at some point. I loved most of the Characters and I wanted to urge them on to great things. The woman in the story play a big part and although they are pushed to the side by the men, Amy manages to show how critical and needed their guidance and intelligence is. It's 5* for me.