The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young | Review

Title: The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Titan Books

Published: September 3rd 2019

ISBN: 9781789091298

Series: Standalone

Pages: 352

Edition: ARC

Genre: YA Fantasy


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.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher, all opinions are my own.

Thank you Titan Books for sending me a gorgeous ARC copy of this book to review!

I was lucky enough to meet Adrienne Young at YALC earlier this year and managed to get my two copies of Sky In The Deep and this one signed!

This was one of my most anticipated reads for 2019, I loved reading Sky In The Deep, it was one of my favourite reads in 2018, even though I liked this one, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first.

The events of this book takes place in the same universe as Sky in The Deep, it is a companion novel, however you don’t have to read Sky In The Deep to read this as they are both standalones.

I really enjoyed the world building around this one but I didn’t feel that there was a huge plot in this, I felt for that aspect it could’ve been done better. It’s done from two points of view, Tova and Halvard. Tova is in a tribe where she doesn’t really belong, she was found as a child in a boat that was supposedly a funeral boat pyre but it made it’s way Svell and thus she was adopted by Jorrund because she was a Kyrr and a Truthtongue, he told her that her people had sacrificed her to the Gods and no one in Svell really wanted her around. Halvard is a character I actually preferred to read more of, he had more of a plot and I found his parts to be more interesting.

Despite it not having a lot going on, I managed to read it quite quickly. There’s not an awful lot that I think I could say about this one without giving the entire plot away but overall I liked the writing style that Adrienne has and I liked the story so I’m really looking forwards to her next duology that she’s creating called Fable, it sounds incredible and something a bit different!

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