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.
*****5 Star Review*****
I fell in love with Amy's writing many years ago. Her books become movies in your mind as you read her magical words. Amy opened my eyes to the fantasy world with her The Bird and The Sword Chronicles, which I HIGHLY recommend. I was hoping she would write more fantasy, so when I saw this book was coming, I was beyond excited!
This book was unlike anything I have ever read. These characters had me on the edge on my seat and holding my breath while getting sucked deeper and deeper into the story. There will be characters you will fall in love with immediately and there will be characters you will absolutely despised and wish a slow painful death upon.
I love Bayr and Alba. I wanted nothing more for them to come together as one and defeat the evil. Your heart will break for all the characters and what they go through. But they are strong and will let nothing stop them from doing what is best for their people. I was holding my breath waiting for all the secrets to spill. There are many that will change the lives of so many characters. My heart was broken for some and bursting for others!
In order to sum up this book and give a more detailed review, I would end up spoiling so much about this incredible book. There is so much to talk about but I recommend going in blind. Don't read any spoilers or reviews giving away too much info! The blurb is spot on for a quick summary about the book but the journey you will go through is amazing!
The First Girl Child is a standalone. However, I am truly hoping we get more from this world and these characters. I loved everything about it!!