Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: September 3rd, 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
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From Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep, comes her new gut-wrenching epic The Girl the Sea Gave Back.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.
For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home.
Why did I choose to read The Girl the Sea Gave Back?
The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a stand-alone novel set in the same Viking-inspired world as Sky in the Deep. Sky in the Deep was one of my favorite reads of 2018, and my only complaint for it was that it wasn’t long enough (Check out my review here). As such, I was really excited when I found out the author was releasing another novel.
While it is set in the same world as Sky, The Girl the Sea Gave Back is centered around different characters.
This ARC was kindly “granted” as a wish on Netgalley.com (I “wished” for the ARC as it was not available, and the editors granted my wish).
What did I think of The Girl the Sea Gave Back?
Have you seen this cover?! Just beautiful!
Thankfully, before reading The Girl the Sea Gave Back, I had read that it wasn’t a follow-up to Sky in the Deep, so I wasn’t disappointed to find out this story centered around different main characters. This novel is actually set ten years after the events of Sky.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back features two narrators, switching back and forth between Tova, a truthtongue living with the Svell clan, and Halvard, a warrior and the future clan chief of the Nadhir, the tribe born from the combined Aska and Riki clans. I enjoyed the back-and-forth between the point of views, though sometimes I felt like I was reading the same thing twice, when the same event was played out in each of the narrators’ POV.
To compare again with Sky in the Deep, the main female character, Tova, is not a warrior: she’s a truthtongue, a fortune-teller for the Svell clan. She reads the runes and can predict the future. Tova’s story centers around her identity as an outsider and being despised by the clan she lives with. Still, she helps them by translating the runes and reading the will of the gods. I only wished we could have learned more about the Kyrr clan, where Tova is from and who abandoned her at sea.
Also, just like Sky, The Girl the Sea Gave Back features a love story. It slowly builds up between Tova and Halvard, although it is less present than in Sky. Similarly, the two love stories center around two members of enemy tribes.
All in all, I really enjoyed The Girl the Sea Gave Back, maybe a tiny bit less than Sky in the Deep, but barely. I wished we could have learned more about the headlands and the Kyrr clan, where Tova is from. Maybe it will be in a future book?
I would 100% recommend this book to fans of Sky in the Deep, and even just fans of the Fantasy/Young Adult genre.
Have you read or do you want to read The Girl the Sea Gave Back? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!