“She did not fear death, so she knew death would not come. Fear was like that. Fear called out to fate, and fate always answered.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and 47North in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
It’s no secret that Amy Harmon is one of my absolute favorite authors and I know that I might be a bit biased when it comes to her work… But the fact is: her stories manage to blow me away without fail, and this newest book The Second Blind Son is no exception. I LOVED the first book set in Saylok, The First Girl Child, back when I read it in 2019 and it was an instant all time favorite. I’ve been excited to return to the same high fantasy world ever since I first found out about this sequel (I even reread the first book to refresh memories), and I can now say that this story is just as fantastic as the first one.
Once again the high fantasy worldbuilding really makes the story stand out, and we learn more about the different clans of Saylok as well as those who live outside Saylok. A little warning: technically The Second Blind Son focuses on the story of two new main characters, but you will find this story to be much intertwined with the first book and it’s definitely adviced to read the two in order to avoid major spoilers. Both books are utterly fantastic in the first place, so you would be missing out by not reading Alba and Bayr’s story first! Back to this sequel: we get more Norse mythology elements woven into the plot and worldbuilding, and I loved learning more about the blind god Hod and Baldr. The mythology elements are cleverly and seamlessly woven into the story, and it was such a genius way of connecting the first book with the sequel!
I also loved that we get to return to some of our old favorite characters as well as getting to know the new stars of the show. Alba, Bayr, Ghost, Dagmar… There are so many fantastic characters in the first book, and it was a true pleasure to meet up with them again. The ‘new’ characters are just as easy to grow fond of, and I loved reading about Ghisla (Liis of Leok in the first book) and Hod’s story. Both have such fascinating backgrounds and were able to win over my heart immediately… And I had such a great time seeing their lives unfold. The romance itself was spot on for me and didn’t distract from the rest of the story at all, which is always a bonus.
The Second Blind Son not only gives us Ghisla and Hod’s story, but also a new perspective on events that took place in the first book. The story mainly takes place during the same years of the first book, and this is exactly why we can revisit those favorite characters along the way. It is such a clever way of writing a sequel based on old events while also offering a completely new storyline, and I personally didn’t mind that some scenes were basically almost the same. The writing is just as utterly brilliant as always and I basically couldn’t stop reading once I started the first chapter and properly met our new star characters.
In short, there is a lot to love in this high fantasy sequel and I absolutely loved my time with The Second Blind Son. If you enjoy a well written high fantasy sequel with a healthy dose of romance, Norse mythology elements, thoroughly developed and highly likeable characters and brilliant writing and plot, I can highly recommend both books of the series. Without doubt one of my highlights of the year so far!