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The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards | Book Review

The Harm Tree
Author: Rose Edwards
Pages: 464
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Publication Date: July 19th 2019

Buy the Book: Amazon (affiliate link)

How is everyone doing and how do you all feel that it’s August already!? I’ve had quite a bit of time off from blogging and posting book reviews and tags. The only thing I’ve really been posting is blog tour reviews. I don’t know where my motivation has been recently but I have had none so I decided to take a little break. I’m going to try and get back to posting regular book reviews and other bookish content now because I’m finally feeling back in the right place to do so! Let me know what you’ve been reading recently or what books you’ve been loving. I’m always looking for an excuse to go out and buy more books!

I’m kicking off August with my review of The Harm Tree by Rose Edward’s that I kindly got sent from UCLan Publishing. This book definitely needs way more hype around it because I loved this book and I can guarantee if you’re a fantasy lover, you will love it too!

Goodreads Synopsis

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?

My Review

I have to start out by saying this book was incredible. The world-building is amazing, the characters keep you completely hooked and the story definitely *has* you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Rose Edwards has certainly created a very immersive fantasy with plenty of action, adventure and characters you will love.

A tale about two friends Ebba and Torny turns into an epic journey of self-discovery, spirits, faith, love, loss, darkness and honestly just so much more. I always love a dual POV, but especially in this book, as both of these two girls’ journeys are completely different yet utterly captivating. Normally with dual POVs, I tend to sway more to one of the stories than the other. This wasn’t the case so I ended up flying through it because I couldn’t put it down for one second.

I was totally drawn into the world of Arngard, a place ruined by war, on the brink of another. It is impossible not to get hooked and root for the characters as well as the world to overcome these dark obstacles. Everyone’s world has been turned upside down by the previous civil war but now it is Torny and Ebba’s choice on what they do next and how they want their futures to be.

Overall, The Harm Tree is an incredible fantasy that takes you on a beautiful journey that you won’t want to end. You will instantly fall in love with Torny and Ebba as well as the beautiful yet uneasy world of Arngard. This is the perfect book for fantasy lovers who love strong characters and can’t get enough action to fight for a better world. After reading this, I can’t wait to read the sequel, The Ember Days, that comes out at the end of this year!

Rating: 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rose Edwards writes young adult and literary fiction and has been writing since she was nine. She studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of York before completing a Masters in Chinese studies at SOAS. After working as an English teacher, she learned how important a good book can be.

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