Some of you may remember that Sam kindly attended the Northern YA Literary Festival and acted as This Northern Gal while I had to work. Luckily for me, she also picked up a proof copy of The Harm Tree while she was there which I have been steadily working my way through recently. I finished it this morning and I just had to share it with you.
The Harm Tree follows two girls -Ebba and Torny – who find themselves thrust into a religious war. With many returning to the ancient gods, the girls find themselves questioning what they knew and wondering what their role will be in the upcoming resistance. Things swiftly spiral beyond their control and what was once a matter of faith becomes a desperate race for survival.
This is an epic fantasy in every meaning of the term. It is a big story, which does mean that it needs your concentration when you’re reading it but it is well worth it! I really enjoyed watching all of the strands start to gather close together to pull off something epic. I could clearly see that Rose Edwards has a real talent for world building and for creating a rich world that I loved exploring while reading The Harm Tree. I kind of want to spend a little more time in this world so I can fully submerge myself in its lore and history. In particular, I want to know as much as I can about the gods who danced through this novel.
I also want to spend more time with Ebba and Torny. I loved their friendship and the ways in which they grew throughout this novel, not always for the best. They were complex and complimentary in the best possible way. I have a feeling their story isn’t over yet and I for one want to know what happens to them next.
It is hard to believe that this is Rose Edwards’ debut novel but I cannot wait to see what she does next. She’s certainly made a fan in me and when you read this for yourself, you’ll understand the considerable talent I’m talking about!