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  • The Second Blind Son

  • The Chronicles of Saylok
  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

A lost girl and a blind boy discover their greatest strength is their bond with each other in a beguiling fantasy by the New York Times bestselling author of The First Girl Child.

An insidious curse is weakening the Norse kingdom of Saylok, where no daughters have been born in years. Washing up on these plagued shores is Ghisla, an orphaned stowaway nursed back to health by Hod, a blind cave dweller. Named for a mysterious god, Hod is surrounded by prophecy. To Ghisla, he’s a cherished new friend, but to Hod, the girl is much more. For when Ghisla sings, Hod can see.

Unable to offer safe shelter, Hod urges Ghisla onward to become a daughter of the temple, where all the kingdom’s girl children have been gathered. But because of a magical rune, the two cannot be separated, no matter the time or the distance.

Now, subject to a ruthless king, Ghisla enters a desperate world of warring clan chieftains and catastrophic power struggles. Uncertain whom to trust, their bond strained by dangerous secrets and feuding loyalties, Ghisla and Hod must confront the prophecies that threaten Saylok while finding a way to save each other.

©2021 by Amy Sutorius Harmon. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Complex , exciting and spell binding,.

Did not want this book to end even while longing to know how it would!

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  • Jill Wankier
  • 28-07-21

Loved it!

It is a perfect companion to the First Girl Child! Same story from a different aspect.

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  • Valerie Gospodinsky
  • 25-07-21

Amy Harmon is the best!

I’ve read 6 Amy Harmon books and I have loved them all. She writes characters and their emotions with amazing intelligence and insight. I hope that this particular series will continue and tell the stories of all the daughters of Saylok. Rob Shapiro is so good at narration. I’m picky about narrators and I love his voice and delivery!

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  • rosemary
  • 25-01-22

A redundant less good version of the first book

My husband and I absolutely loved the first girl child on all accounts. Amy’s story was unique and beautiful and Rob Shapiro does an incredible job narrating. When I saw that this book was placed in the same creative and original setting I was really excited to start it, but pretty quick into the book it becomes apparent how redundant it is. In theory it is a cool idea, Amy brings in a new main character and she could have done a much better job of masterfully interweaving his story into the first one but instead it was insanely clunky and she literally just regurgitated a good 60% of the first girl child. I stuck with it because I was sick with Covid and desperate but I couldn’t really recommend this book. I

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  • shannon
  • 26-03-22

Repetitive

I enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to this one. This is the SAME story told from a different point of view. This can work but the author did not add enough new details. It was literally the same story. I couldn’t even finish the book I was so bored

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  • Touque
  • 06-09-21

Same story, often word for word as the Fist Girl Child

This is the same story as the first book (The First Girl Child), but from blind Hod’s perspective. I was expecting parallel stories and angles, but more than half of the writing was EXACTLY the same. Way too repetitive, it was hard to listen to.

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  • Lori
  • 12-08-21

Disappointed

I was excited to continue the story from Book 1 but the fact it paralleled it and literally used
the same passages as Book 1 felt like a rip-off. I already knew what was going to happen and kept wondering when a new storyline was going to begin. It never did.

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  • Book Bug!
  • 04-08-21

Fantastic Sequel!

Amy Harmon does a beautiful job bringing to life a story and the realm of a book of which the reader becomes immersed in because of tionher wonderful style. This book and the previous one like all of her books are unique endearing and memorable! Rob Shapiro did a great job with the narration!

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  • HIPPYGMA
  • 04-08-21

Copy of 1st book with 2 new characters

I am torn between loving the book and hating that it contained parts of book 1, copy and pasted, until the very end. It was still a good story, and well told. Imagine a movie sequel with the exact same scenes and dialogue from the previous movie- not just as a reminder, but as the core to the story throughout the entire film. I felt cheated. On the other hand, you do not have to read The First Girl Child to follow the plot or characters.

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  • Diane's Kindle
  • 24-07-21

Intriguing

So this is the 2nd book in this world. I have to say that I enjoy this world a lot and hope to see more come. The story itself I don't know I just it. I was really unsure of how it was going to go I'm not sure why I was confused I mean I did know somewhat it was taking place the same time as the 1st girl child's story took place but at the same time Very intrigued by it. I will have to say though that rob knocked it out of the park he is such a phenomenal narrator and does this world so much Justice I hope if they continue to make more books of this world that he is the narrator.

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  • Ezinwanyi
  • 22-07-21

Awesome world building!


Bravo! This book definitely met the standard set by book 1 of the Chronicles of Saylork in all areas! The world building, the character development and the unique plot based on Norse mythology made this book such a treat to listen to!

I disagree with the comments that this book could be or should be read as a stand-alone. This sequel would be better enjoyed after one read book 1 and have been exposed to universe.

Hod and Ghisela were captivating as they tried to find their purpose despite being “hidden” secrets. It must have been so freeing to be themselves and answer to their true name when they were in each other’s presence. The support, encouragement, acceptance and love made this book so touching and hopeful as they navigated the political terrain of their time. The author really weaved this story as both a fantasy, suspense thriller and romance. There was a little of everything and it was really enjoyable.

Some threads left a bit open in the last book were finally resolved and I won’t give them away but I am happy with the new state of the palace. There is finally peace, love and hopefully new blessings on the way now that curse has been exposed. What a ride through Hod and Ghisela’s eyes and hearts. I can’t wait for the next book

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