The Girl the Sea Gave Back

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

by Adrienne Young


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250168481
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 6,570
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.

Adrienne is the author of the New York Times bestseller Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
wendm_ccbh 17 days ago
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young is the most anticipated sequel to Sky in the Deep. Getting immersed back into the world of Vikings and ancient Gods was everything! The story takes place ten years after Sky in the Deep. We meet new characters and see beloved characters again. Right away Adrienne will sweep you up into an adrenaline fueled rush and action packed moments. The battles were brutal and I was constantly on the edge of my seat. Tova is a Truthtongue of the Kyrr clan, this mystical tribe that is tattooed in markings. A Truthtongue is a type of seer who uses stones with runes to see into the past, present, and future. This makes Tova a very powerful and feared person. There were a couple reasons I decided to rate it 4 stars. First, the storyline started off slow. The excitement not really picking up until the half way mark. Then we have the possible connection between Tova and Halvard. The potential for a romance to blossom was there and it ended abruptly!! Adrienne definitely teased us readers in the romantic aspect of the novel. Overall, I enjoyed this title immensely! I will be reading all of Adrienne's words and I'm hoping there is another book in this series. I'll always need need more of these characters!
PNWBookworm 2 days ago
This was a great read for me. I loved the mythology and historical elements of the story. I struggled with the names I the beginning but after a few chapters they felt more natural so it was easier to read. I enjoyed the different tribes and the struggles that each of the characters faced. The story is told from two POV but it also bounced between past and present of those two characters. I understand why this was a necessity to tell this particular story but I didn’t love that aspect of it. There was also a bit of instalove which I also didn’t love but it still worked within the story. Overall I really enjoyed this story and look forward to future books from this author.
Anonymous 3 days ago
3.5 out of 5 Stars ***ARC received from Wednesday Books and NetGalley in exchange for honest review, opinions are all my own. Thank you!*** I did not read Sky in the Deep and while this book doesn't bill itself as a sequel, its not but I would consider it a continuation. You don't have to have read the first book, I was able to fully enjoy this book and the characters, I still think reading the first book would have given you a full background of the world. The Good - I really liked Tova and Halvard. The book is told from their POV which is nice because they are on opposite sides. It gives the reader a chance to see the conflict from both sides, glimpses into what drives them, especially the Svell. I liked Tova, a Truthtongue able to read the rune stones. She lives with the Svell in this constant state of unbalance. They turn to her when needed and hate her for what she brings to them, its a really interesting dynamic. The book providers a few small chapters dedicated to the backstory of Tova and Halvard and you get to see level of fear she seemed to exist in while growing up. For me, it helped flesh out the idea as to why an outsider would stay with a group that so clearly dislikes her. Sometimes you get a feeling its a sense of duty without the real why, I appreciate that the author was willing to give the backstory to the why. Halvards parts of the backstory chapters didn't really do as much as Tova. - The world is amazing, I loved the clans and Norse inspired world. The two clans had different reactions to the runes and the gods fate. The author seems to have done a really nice job in creating her told. I think having read the previous book I might have gotten a fuller view since the Svell felt more fleshed out than the other since we spent more time through Tova's view. The Not So Good - For over 300 pages this book felt oddly compressed. It really would have benefited from being two books.The characters are constantly on the move but it felt like they were almost transporting to their destinations. I never got a feel for how large the world is, it feels from the way they talk that it is large but they manage to get places in hours. A large army, over 500 folks, doesn't travel fast it should take them quite a few days even across a short distance. I don't know if this was an attempt to keep the tension high but it didn't work for me. I was just left thinking that a more drawn out build up to the conflict would have had a better pay out. I will definitely go back and read the first book as I want more of this world.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I went into this book without having read Sky in the Deep. So I went to try it and it just didn't grab me. The Girl the Sea Gave Back struggled to get my attention for a little more than half the book but kept me entertained afterwards. I would love to read more about Tova and Halvard. Their interactions and connection is what made his book interesting. Thank you Netgalley and Wednesday Books for an e-arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
booksRlife17 3 days ago
I absolutely loved this book! Although I have a copy of Sky in the Deep, I have not yet read it but heard so many good things about the author Adrienne Young. When I saw the synopsis of this story it grabbed my attention from the get go. I fell in love with Tova and felt for her so much. This story defiantly pulls at the heart strings and has you rooting for her through out the story. The other main character Halvard was great as well and his journey to who he becomes is quite amazing. Although I wished there had been more interaction between the two characters, I also understand why they were apart for most of it. I'm usually not a fan of switching point of views (let's be honest, set the book down for a day or two and you forget who was doing what and where) but this book had me so hooked that I stayed up till 4am finishing it! I will have to pick up my copy of Sky in the Deep now, and I look forward to more books from Adrienne Young. Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC for an honest review.
Lauriane974 4 days ago
The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a novel beautifully written by Adrienne Young. This epic young adult fantasy novel, published by Wednesday Books, is set to be released on September 3, 2019. Sky in the Deep, the author’s first book, took me by surprise in the best way imaginable. This book offers so much: adventure, romance, battle, mystical belief, and a great storyline. Putting down this book was impossible, so when I found out about The Girl the Sea Gave Back, I simply had to read it. This story is set in the same world as Sky in the Deep and takes place a decade later. I love how this book even offers glimpses into the lives of my favorite characters from Sky in the Deep. Now about the book: The Girl the Sea Gave Back is the story of Tova, a Truthtongue. Tova is blessed at birth by the Kyrrs’ god to foresee the future using runes. She is found at age six by a rival tribe and raised among them. Unfortunately, Truthtongues are perceived as a bad omen, so she is tolerated as long as she keeps her distance. A little more than a decade later, some of the tribe members become thirsty for power and use her abilities to decide on the path to take. When reading the runes, Tova accidentally sets in motion a series of events that will lead to bloodshed. Torn between guilt and loneliness, she is forced to take part in a blood feud with another tribe. As the story goes, she will find herself by believing and embracing her fate. This book has a dual point of view (POV) with another character who is in Sky in the Deep. And I loved this character! I was so happy (and also very surprised, as it’s not mentioned in the synopsis) when I realized who this second POV was from. I found this POV at times even more interesting to read than Tova’s simply because I was already familiar with this character and could relate a little more. Tova has an interesting story, and her journey was fascinating to me, but at times, it was hard for me to understand her choices. It made more sense at the end though. Overall, the character’s arc is well thought out. The storyline takes an unexpected turn at the beginning. Some may argue that the romance is lacking in this book, and they might be right. Though, I might add that this did not bother me. I enjoyed reading every single page, and the ending truly left me wanting more. This book is a fast read. The pacing kept me going, and the world created amazed me. If you enjoyed reading Sky in the Deep, this book won’t disappoint. I would say to just keep in mind that the romance is not as prominent as it was in the first book. I highly recommend this book.
TorieStorieS 8 days ago
Well, I am really glad that I paused after initially starting this one to first read Sky in the Deep! Though marketed as a standalone, the world-building and introduction of characters in the first book definitely added to my enjoyment of this one. I really don't think that I would have liked it nearly as much. Stylistically, this book is definitely separate and so despite the setting and characters, the book doesn't really feel like it is the same series. Where the first book is told exclusively through Eelyn's perspective, this one offers a few different voices. The main narrative is split between Tova, the titular girl from the sea, and Halvard, first introduced in Sky in the Deep as the friendly younger brother of Fiske. But, ten years have passed and Halvard has more responsibilities than you would have guessed. Tova is something of a foundling of the Svell's Tala who found the Kyrr girl in a boat. Tensions and battle rise between Halvard's people and those that have begrudgingly taken in Tova and the plot revolves around this. The storyline isn't exactly unexpected or unpredictable, although it's still an exciting read that follows a fast pace. The ending unfortunately feels a bit abrupt and I really hope that the next book is a sequel that follows the events here more immediately. It's not quite a cliffhanger here, but rather close... Die-hard Sky In The Deep fans may be a little disappointed because this one has a very different format and some of the more beloved characters play little more than cameos here. The two main narratives overlap at times which gives the book an odd feeling of repetition that feels unneeded. It also slows down the pacing. I had a harder time immediately connecting with Tova, but by the end, I am anxious to see what comes next!
HeatherMK 9 days ago
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young is poignant and beautiful.. I loved every moment. Some pieces of this story tugged me down into dreamland when I read it at night, which I'd never thought would be a compliment about a book, but it's not that it was boring, (it wasn't), but Adrienne's cadence as she's writing. There are places where the sentences are so lovely, so smooth-edged, that they were like a lullaby. Of course, the story isn't a gentle one. It's a tale of warriors and bloodshed, but there's also a strand of tenderness woven through it that was lovely, and even comforting . It's a different story than Sky In the Deep (a favorite of mine, by the way) but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to fans of Adrienne's heart-tugging, emotionally-gripping writing. Also parts of the book gave me intense Muse of Nightmares vibes, and I feel like fans of that duology would enjoy this. It was absolutely a five star read. (Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for a free advanced copy of this ebook.)
Anonymous 10 days ago
It was ok, it was no where near as good as the first one. Could have seen so much more
Jypsylynn 10 days ago
Although The Girl The Sea Gave Back can be read as a standalone, I think I would have liked it better had I read Sky In The Deep first. I say this because I had a difficult time becoming acquainted with this world, and some cameos from past characters are presented, not that I understood, though. I absolutely love the cover art. The writing is lovely and smooth, and the story is truly unique. I'm sorry to say I just didn't connect with the world or the characters. It's slow going, and I had to really make myself read this book because I got bored. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book like I expected I would. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Nickie-T 10 days ago
Tova is a Truthtongue and a Kyrr. She was washed ashore, where she was found by the Svell, who see her as a useful enemy to keep among them. When Tova casts her stones, the Svell see their chance to take action and show that they are the strongest nation. Halvard has been chosen as the next ruler to the Nadhir, the allied nation of Riki and Aska clans. He doubts himself, especially with the threat of the Svell drawing near. Now he must prove to himself, and his people, that he is worthy of being their leader. While this is a companion, and not a true sequel to Sky in the Deep, I decided to re-read it before diving into The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and I felt like that better made me able to enjoy this new book. We follow Tova, who is a new character to us, as well as Halvard, who is the younger brother to Fiske. Ten years after Sky in the Deep, we are able to see where the characters from that story are now. I loved getting that little bit of insight into them. Having enjoyed Halvard's character from Sky, I was glad to see that the story would follow him, and I truly enjoyed his POV. I was also really interested in Tova's POV, and her background of being Kyrr, but not being able to remember anything before she was found by the Svell. In the end, I was a bit disappointed that this story didn't delve more into her people, but I'm wondering if maybe that's a set up for a new story to unfold. Where Sky in the Deep focuses on the Aska, the Riki, and their feud, this new story focuses on fate, destiny, and their gods. We still get a lot of action, but I loved this new direction. Where one person sees good fortune in a sign or omen, another sees danger. What does it mean to be swayed by these omens and signs, and will it bring destruction for these two clans? Adrienne Young has created a wonderful follow up to Sky in the Deep. I love her ability to create a love story, but not allow that to be the main focus. She packs her books with enough action and twists to always keep you on your toes. I enjoy her story telling, and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Jolie 10 days ago
I was excited to read The Girl the Sea Gave Back. Every review I read about this book painted it as a fantastic read. So, I went into this book with high expectations. I am happy to say that The Girl the Sea Gave Back lived up to those expectations. It was a fantastic read!! The plotline for The Girl the Sea Gave Back was interesting. Tova was found in the wreckage of a funeral boat by a Svell holy man. Recognized as a Truthtongue by she is taken to the nearby Svell village. There, she is used to read runes for the leader of the Svell. Things change for her when two rival clans merge into one. Forced to read the runes, what Tova sees will change her life. People will die, and Tova will realize that she can have the one thing that she wants the most: a home. The plotline for The Girl the Sea Gave Back was fast-paced and well written. I have a love/hate relationship with fast-paced books. I love them because the book zips along. I don’t like them because sometimes, there are plotlines that get overlooked. Which didn’t happen here. I loved how the author had the tribes modeled after the Vikings. The tribes weren’t exactly like the Vikings, but there were enough similarities that I had pause at points and tell myself, “This is a fantasy book. Not real life.” The two essential things that stood out to me were the Tova reading the runes and the funeral boat in the prologue. I liked Tova and man, did I feel bad for her at points in the book. What she went through was awful. The Svell hated her because she was a Kyrr Truthtongue, but they used her too. I couldn’t even imagine growing up under that type of hatred. She read the stones that told the Svell that they needed to battle Nadhir, which sets her on course to meet with Halvard. I also liked that Tova was conflicted about her rune reading. She wanted to please the leader, but at the same time, she didn’t want to cause death. I found her connection to Halvard to be interesting. I do wish that more had been explained about why she was connected to him. Something other than he was her destiny. Because I’ll tell you, it did confuse me. The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a bloody book. There are quite a few battles between the Svell and the Nadhir. I liked that the author didn’t hold anything back when it came to describing the battles. I am not at all affected by blood and violence in a book. But some people are. There is no romance in The Girl the Sea Gave Back. I can’t tell you all the last time I read a young adult book that didn’t have a romance. I loved it!! There was a hint of it between Tova and Halvard but it didn’t get beyond a hint. I do wish that Tova’s background had been released sooner. I would have understood certain parts of the book better. I didn’t put two and two together until the middle of the book. And even then, it took me a while to realize who Tova was. The Girl the Sea Gave Back is not a stand-alone book. I read it as one and was left wondering about several things mentioned in the book. Relationships and how the Nadhir were brought together were the main ones. Read Sky in the Deep before reading The Girl the Sea Gave Back. The end of The Girl the Sea Gave Back was interesting. The way individual storylines were ended made me wonder if there will be another book in this world. I hope so because I enjoyed it. I hope that there will be more focus on the Kyrr if there is.
AmyM43 10 days ago
3.5 Ten years ago, the Riki and Aska clans united to defeat their common enemy the Herja. The clans remain united, calling themselves the Nadhir. Peace, always tentative, is on the verge of breaking as tensions rise between the Nadhir and the Svell. Heir to the clan chieftain, Halvard is amongst the first generation to grow up without constant blood and death among their people. He’s loath to lead his brethren on a path that will bring back the fighting and revenge. But he will do everything he can to ensure the survival of his clan. Tova has lived among the Svell since she was a child. Her life before that is foggy, but the symbols and pictures on her body mark her as a Kyrr. Most notably, the open eye at her chest indicates Tova is a Truthtongue; someone who casts the runes to predict the future. All her life Tova has been used for her powers, but also equally used as a scapegoat when things don’t turn out the way the leaders want. Her casting the runes will set the Svell on a path of war, death, and destruction, and will put Tova right in Halvard’s path. For those who don’t make the connection going in, Halvard is the younger brother to Fiske from Sky in the Deep. Honestly, it took me a bit to put it together, but it really doesn’t matter. The Girl the Sea Gave Back reads really well entirely on its own, but if you have read Sky in the Deep (recommended) then it’s also nice to have that context in place. As a comparison between the two companion books, Sky and Girl read like entire opposites in terms of pacing and characterization. When looking back, I actually love the connection that it brings up between where the clan was ten years ago (fighting, dying) with where they are now (living, peace). Both books represent really well the mindset in which we find our characters/world. I loved Sky’s fast-paced fierce brutality. But I understand Girl’s hesitance to go back in that direction again. There’s a lot of contemplation about fate and whether or not it’s an unmoving force or a movable object. There’s a lot of circling that happens throughout the book and it can feel a bit repetitive, but somehow, with Adrienne Young’s brilliant writing, the story moves steadfastly forward. I would have loved more interactions between Halvard and Tova. What little there is wasn’t as satisfying for me as Fiske and Eelyn’s interactions in Sky. But Halvard and Tova each occupy their own space. Halvard in the task of leading his people into potential slaughter, and Tova with figuring out where she comes from and what part her path plays in the future of the Svell and Nadhir. I enjoyed the fact that Halvard and Tova circle around each so much throughout the story, but when they finally do come together I really wanted more depth as it’s clear they’re connected on some kind of almost spiritual level. While The Girl the Sea Gave Back didn’t resonate with me as much as Sky in the Deep I still found it to be a worthy companion novel. Be prepared for the differences, but also try to go with the flow of what the novel is supposed to represent and I think you’ll enjoy it.
WHarris 10 days ago
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free Advanced Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit that I was extremely excited about The Girl the Sea Gave Back. From the moment I saw the cover, I just knew that I had to have it because yes I'm superficial and the cover is gorgeous. Unfortunately, that's the best compliment that I can give TGTSGB. Trust me, it pains me to say this. This is the first time I’ve read anything by the author Adrienne Young and I’ll be honest in saying that, unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the hype that’d I’d created in my mind. I've heard mixed things about The Sky in the Deep, but I decided that since this was a new book and story that I would give it a try and decide for myself. I'll admit that I didn't read The Sky in the Deep and I'm not sure if that's why I didn't enjoy this or not, even though it seems to be a standalone book. There is some character overlap, from what I understand, so maybe there is mythology overlap as well. The premise of the story is intriguing enough; a girl living with a people who aren’t her own, torn between what she knows and what fate has in store for her. War is brewing around her and only she has the knowledge of what to do next. Sounds interesting right? Unfortunately for me, the delivery was pretty confusing and the mythology was lacking. It was hard for me to understand everything that was going on and how the different tribes related to one another. The Svell, The Kyrr and the Nadhir's conflict wasn't quite explained in a way that I understood. Now granted, as I said, I haven't read The Sky in the Deep, so this could be a flaw of my own design. Still, I decided not to let that bother me and go on with the story. There were way too many characters introduced and after awhile they all just became jumbled together. Keeping them and their motives straight became a bit too much. Some characters were mentioned and clearly from the original story, so I didn't try to worry about that too much, but the new characters that were introduced in relation to the actual plot just didn't seem to be developed enough. I couldn’t connect with any of them, including the two main characters and the story honestly seemed to drag along. I kept pushing, hoping that I would connect with the plot and story itself, but unfortunately it never came. Despite finishing the story, it just wasn’t interesting to me. Now while I didn't personally enjoy this story, that doesn't mean you will. I went into this excited about the potential of Viking lore, but this wasn't the trip into Viking land that I expected. If you're a fan of Adrienne Young's first book, I would say definitely give this a try. I may have been disappointed by the disjointedness and unable to connect to it or the writing style, but I'm sure someone will be able to enjoy it. Despite my love for the cover, I just won't be bringing myself to by this for my personal library or others.
Hilzie 11 days ago
Beautifully written struggle of one girl's heart-wrenching fight to find answers despite constant prejudice and oppression. Epic world-building. The background plot is based on an Asastro-type fantasy Norse religion, found in early in Nordic regions of the world, lends itself to a creative take on fate and whether it's in the hands of the God's or if it can be changed. Tova's young life was taken by the sea and her fate was foretold by the God's. Her parent have her body back to the sea and the sea gave life back to her body. Now in the foreign, where she is seem as cursed, Tova must use the gift of Sight to keep herself alive. Halvard never wanted to be a chief-in-training, let alone a chief, but the Gods have plans for him. When constant blood feuds and warring between clans come to ahead, he is forced to take up the mantle of chief. A fateful reading of the stones brings Tova and Halvard eye-to-eye across enemy lines and their Fates are sealed. Wether to be friends or foes, they are drawn to each other. I won't ruin it by telling you more, but it is so worth the read.
GreenStarfish 11 days ago
Tova, marked as a Truthtongue who can read the stones and see the future, is taken in by the Svell when she is found washed ashore as a child. She remembers nothing of her past life. Feared among the Svell for her abilities, Tova's ability proves to be a driving force that could lead the world to either destruction or peace. While this story plays out exactly how you might expect, there is no denying that it is thoroughly entertaining. I found myself invested in the characters and their conflicts. I found the world to be interesting despite the predictability. I realized only after reading that it is part of the same world as the author's previous novel, although not a sequel. I hadn't read the first book and didn't need to in order to figure out what was going on. Some elements felt a little too good to be true and I felt it pulled away from its own rules more than a few times. Still, worth the read and highly enjoyable. Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 13 days ago
“My head back and the words found my lips, the rasp of my own whispering so quiet that I could hardly hear my own voice. ‘I call upon the Spinners. I summon the weaves of fate.’” In the dark swirling waters, a life may end and be cast adrift. A funeral boat carved to beautiful perfection with a tiny body laid to rest, pushed out and grabbed by the greedy yet beautiful gray blue waves of the sea. Quickly, the boat is swept away by the tide while warm flames catch and take hold of the wood. Now the story of Tova begins as the Spinners of Fate have planned. Tova does not belong in the village she is raised in. Found on a beach by the local Tara, she is seen as unlucky and strange with her tattoos swirling and twining around her body. She does not know what they mean, but she knows that she is the only one who can cast the rune stones and know what the Fates tell her. Her existence is lonely and difficult. The people wish to see her gone, but curse the fact that they also need her in a way. Will she find the strength to forge her own path and leave the very person who raised her and cared for her in his own way? The Fates have decided, now it is time she finds out what she is capable of and what she is able to change. “The water crept up over the rocks as the tide rose behind us, the wind turning colder with the stars brightening overhead. I lowered the torch until it touched the corner of the first pyre and the flame caught, traveling over the oil-soaked bodies until it was swallowed in fire.” Halvard is still a young man, uncertain of what the future holds for him and what exactly he wants for himself. He loves his family fiercely and does not back down when situations become dangerous. His path appears to be separate from Tova’s but they are destined to meet. Their paths are dangerous and entwined. Can two completely different people look past their own beliefs and find a way to bring peace to their people? I have had the debut novel by this author on my TBR shelf for ages. When I saw this book coming out by the same author, I had to give it a try. I love stories that have some Norse mythology in them and was pleasantly surprised when the publisher granted my wish to receive and review this book. This story flew by and I look forward to the final draft of this book. Some people that have reviewed this book before me mentioned “insta-love” and how they cannot stand it. To me, it does not exactly fit that description. The two characters feel a connection, yes. However, they do not know exactly what it means. All they really know, at least for Tova, is that they do not want harm to come to one another. This novel was beautifully written and I enjoyed the personal growth Tova goes through as the story progresses.
Mazeee 14 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley of The Girl The Sea Gave Back for my honest review. I fell in love with Adrienne Young and her world when I first read Sky In The Deep; and now, now I’ve fallen even more. The Girl the Sea Gave Back is based 10 years in the future and while you don’t need to read Sky In The Deep to understand it, I’d recommend it. Tova and Halvard are both stunning and you can’t help but love them. The storytelling, the history, the way that the lands and culture and people are explained is just phenomenal. I look forward to seeing what else Young puts out in the future. Side note; look at that cover, it’s STUNNING.
BehindFoldedPages 14 days ago
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young Rating: ★★★★ Thank you to NetGalley and St.Martin's Press for the e-ARC! "The Nādhir would follow me into the mist of the forest when the sun rose. And only the gods knew if we’d ever come out." With a slower start than her previous book, it took me a few start and stop moments to get really sucked in to the world again. I wish I had chosen to reread Sky in the Deep to refresh myself on Adrienne Young's beautiful world building before diving into this one. Set 10 years later, it is difficult to pick up this book without having the first still fresh in your mind. That being said... THIS BOOK WAS GREAT! It was entertaining, action-packed, and at times... beautifully brutal. The battles were so well-written, it feels as if you as the reader are transported into the center of the battlefield and if you don't pick up the nearest dropped weapon you may find yourself among the fallen. I loved the reappearances of Eelyn, our main character of Sky in the Deep and that even though her reappearances are short and sweet, her personality shines through and remains true to her story in her own novel. Tova. That girl has a story for sure. I thoroughly enjoyed her development. She grew so far from a frightened young girl doing as she's told and saving her own behind with obedience into this phoenix of a woman. She flowered into this strong individual that not only tried to change her fate, but the fate of the clan that begrudgingly took her in and mistreated her and the fate of the clan regarded as an enemy. She tries to put to right the wrongs that had been done on her words due to her Truthtongue abilities to see the future. You can't help but to cheer for her as she owns up to her mistakes and tries to save as many lives as she can. Halvard has come so far from the sweet, enchanting, mischievous young boy I remember in Sky in the Deep. He's taken on so much responsibility at a young age, but his determination to make the right choices for his people and for the sake of peace among the clans has you in awe of him. He has become such an intelligent and brave young man in the 10 year gap between novels and has so much more potential in him. Overall, this book was fantastic. The cover art is amazing and beautiful. The world is as strange and mystical as the historical people and landscape that inspired it. I highly recommend this story to everyone and anyone. This author is one to look out for. Both of her works are among my favorites for the years they were published.
GillianAdams 14 days ago
Adrienne Young has done it again, folks. This beauty is the perfect companion novel to Sky in the Deep, picking up the story ten years later with the previous main characters assuming a backseat role so Halvard can take center stage alongside new (and intriguing) Tova. The vividness of the writing, so sharp and crisp and rich, conveys marvelous imagery with only a few words. The complexity of the relationships between characters, the struggles our main characters are dealing with, all of it is presented so beautifully in a story where the action is a rushing river, carrying characters and readers along to the end … which could have gone on for another ten chapters and I would have been okay with that! Okay, okay, so I can’t complain about that. I just wasn’t ready for the story to be over yet when I turned that final page. Bookworm problems. Still, you know it’s a good book when the readers are begging for more! Overall, I loved this companion to Sky in the Deep, and I’m so excited to now have them sitting side by side on my shelf, so I can pull them both down and reread whenever I want to fall in love with all these precious characters again!
Anonymous 14 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair and honest reviewI had seriously been looking forward to this one and I could not wait. I absolutely loved Adrienne YoungsSky in the Deep, so when I found out she was writing another in the same universe, I was stoked (to put it mildly). The Girl the Sea Gave Backtakes place 10 years afterSky in the Deepand focuses mainly on two people. The first is Halvard, the next chief in line to rule the Ndhir, the new tribe formed after the events in the previous book. The second is Tova, a young woman and Truthtongue (a type of seer) who washed up on the shores of a rival tribe, the Svell, to live in hostility and isolation outside of the chiefs village and protected only thinly by Jorrund, the Svells Tala (priest) and the brusque warrior, Gunther. When the Svell chiefs brother decides to take it upon himself to enact war against the Nadhir against the wishes of the chief, they decide to ask the gods how to proceed. Hated by the Svell and seen only as a tool of inquiry into the future, Tova is brought in to cast her stones to and help determine what waging this war against the Ndhir would mean for them. Her cast reveals a dark future for the Svell if they decide to continue down this pathand the stones never lie. But will this prophecy be enough to stop the Svell from marching into Nadhir territory? The book bounces not only jarringly between Halvard and Tova, but also back and forth in time. For roughly half the book, each alternating perspective rehashes what was shown in the last perspective, only from a different angle. Unfortunately, this drag was a huge downfall for the book. Eventually, it gets better and there is a ton of great information, but the best parts come far too late for this reader. There is also a massive cliffhanger that very clearly establishes this book as the first in a series. Given that, it does set a pretty strong precedence for the series itself. Unfortunately, for me, it wasnt great as a standalone given all of the good stuff was concentrated near the end and although we get the story on Tovas origins, we are left with massive and overarching questions. Honestly, I had really been looking forward to this after reading Youngs debut. Although it was a bit of a let-down for me, that does not in any way mean that I will not be strongly anticipating the next book, nor that I do not recommend reading ALL OF HER WORK. Young is a very talented author and has definitely left me with some burning questions and has set us up for what I can only conclude will be a fantastic sequel.
SharSam 15 days ago
Dynamic read that delves into the complications of family bonds. These bonds are more than blood, crossing into the diversity of a whole village. Tova is found by a father figure who uses her magic of reading stones. Each chapter reads from the first person devoted to a different character. Questions about what it means to have the power to see fate. Here's a beautiful quote "The spinners were wise, but they weren't always kind. Sometimes fate was a tangled knot." I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. Family, fate, karma from nature, to fighting for survival. Loved it.
Michele-G 15 days ago
3 1/2 stars This bookcover is simply amazing and had me ready for an incredible read.... Tova has been rescued from the sea by a rival tribe. Even though they basically despise and fear her, they keep and raise her for their benefit. Since she is a truth tongue, they believe she can foretell the future. She has never felt at ease within this tribe. A betrayal occurs and opens the door for her to make a bold move that could alter the future. The real question is will it be for the good or bad? Halvard is the other main character that we follow through the book. He is a young warrior who struggles with the effects of war on the people around him. He is destined to become chieftain of his clan. He is a passionate and caring person who truly wants the best for his people. Tova can't figure out why but she is convinced, after seeing Halvard for the first time , that their fates are intertwined with one another. Because of this, she is convinced that she has to protect him and be sure he isn't killed in battle with the clan that she's been living with and working for. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a slow start for me. There were a lot of different names to keep up with, different clans and following along with the timelines that went back and forth also required a little more concentration. For this reason, the first half of the book was more work than fun (for me at least). However, around the halfway mark, the excitement of The Girl the Sea Gave Back definitely kicked in.. From that point on, I thought it was a strong book that provided a little bit of everything a reader is looking for. "We gave you to the sea, Tova. But the sea gave you back." Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Madison-s_Library 15 days ago
The Girl The Sea Gave Back is a thrilling and sweeping fantasy, with magic, fates, wars, betrayal and destiny, all linked together through two young people who wield the power to change their people’s futures. I did not realise this was the second book in a series when I started reading it. I had not previously read the first book, Sky In The Deep, which is set ten years prior to The Girl The Sea Gave Back. Fortunately, The Girl The Sea Gave Back is a complete story in its own right, and while there are apparently some character and setting crossovers, both books can be read as standalones. Tova is an outcast. She lives with the Svell people, casting the stones and reading the fates for them but she is not accepted as one of them, living in isolation. She isn’t sure why her own people cast her out and knows her home with the Svell is tentative at best. When the Svell leadership is rocked by conflict and betrayal and Tova casts the stones that spell destruction for the Svell, she becomes entangled in the beginnings of a bloody war with the united clans to the East. But Tova is linked with a young leader from the Eastern clans and together, though working separately, they have the power to change the future. I loved the setting of The Girl The Sea Gave Back. I love mythology and Nordic landscapes in fantasy books, so it was a pleasure to read and I know many of our library readers will be keen to get their hands on this book. While, despite the looming war and the race for information and safety, there isn’t a lot of action that drives the plot. Instead, intrigue and the switching perspectives of the two main characters is what kept me riveted to the story. The writing style is beautiful and matches the magnificence of the setting and bond between clans-people. Tova’s past is a mystery, her future equally unknown. Halvard has been chosen as the next leader of his clan. He too is unsure about the future, especially with the threat the Svell pose. Tova and Halvard connect mainly through brief moments in perilous situations and Tova’s gift of casting the stones. Theirs is a fated connection and the romance that blossoms between them is one that holds so much promise for the future. I am greatly looking forward to reading Sky In The Deep and any future books that are set in the same, richly crafted world. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
marongm8 16 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book was really interesting with a modern spin that throughout the book I could not help to think, modern Little Mermaid but what I loved about The Girl The Sea Gave Back is the theme associated with this book in how important it is to not only have a physical place call home but a family and a sense of belonging. Also, from the rivalry and the separation of class this book invoked, I got a sense of Red Queen which made my interest more invested than when I started reading this book. We will consider adding this title to our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.