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The First Girl Child

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Rob Shapiro

15 Hours 34 Minutes

Brilliance Audio

August 2019

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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.

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  • Carol M.

    For lovers of period fiction, this is a wonderful read. It weaves known Norse mythology with strong fictional characters and moves of a satisfying conclusion at the very end. It also stresses the value of underappreciated value women in a culture that traditionally values sons over daughters. The narrator did a great job of relating the story, as well as giving life to the characters' voices, whether male or female.

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  • Carolyn C.

    I could not tear myself away from this book! Both the author and the narrator are gifted. Thank you!

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  • Chad B.

    I really truly enjoyed this book and I thought the narrator did a great job. I fell in love with this world and I can’t wait to see what becomes of the temple boy!

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