Book Beginnings: The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme created and hosted by Rose City Reader.
Readers share the first sentence (or so) of the book they want to highlight.


An epic fantasy set in a world still recovering from one war, and on the brink of another.

The resistance is rising and dark forces stir to take back what was once theirs. Belief in the ancient gods runs strong—the sacrificial Harm Tree still stands.

You’re too young to remember why we needed heroes. You should be glad…
Nine years ago, two princes waged a bloody civil war for the right to rule Arngard. The younger prince took the throne and outlawed the ancient beliefs, but some wounds don’t heal. New religion replaced the barbaric traditions and finally, there’s peace.

Torny and Ebba are friends. Sent away by their families, they work together and watch out for each other. Too young to remember the war that tore apart the kingdom, Torny dreams of the glorious warriors of old, while Ebba misses her family, despite the darkness she left behind.

But when a man is murdered on the street and Torny finds herself in possession of a dangerous message, the two friends must tread separate paths. These will lead them through fear, through grief, to the source of their own power and to the gates of death itself.

As Torny and Ebba are used as tools for the opposing factions of the war, a deep power is ignited in them both. Can they uncover their own strength to finally heal the wounds of a nation?

“Winter is a white wolf with frost on its breath, and a thick coat that darkens the sun. That’s what my father’s sister Vigdis told me when I was young, and we were waiting for him to come home. Now I’m the one who’s missing from the hearth, but no one’s waiting for me.”

I hope these few sentences have intrigued you enough to buy the book or request it from your local library.

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