Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Series: A Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: Young-Adult Fantasy
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Free ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
First off, I just want to say that I LOVE the cover and the title. Everything about the book is alluring. The characters are compelling, the plot is exciting, and there’s just a little bit of magic to make the story more interesting. I was super excited to read this after finishing Sky in the Deep.
I knew this was to be another book set in the same world as Sky in the Deep, and this is the second book within the series. However, the book description lead me to believe this would be in Tova’s point-of-view only, and set a short time after Sky in the Deep. So, it was a little shocking to see point-of-view chapters from Halvard, the child from Sky in the Deep, only 10 years later.
I really enjoyed this book, but I was expecting a lot more Viking battle and fierce warriors. The Girl The Sea Gave Back is focused more on the mystical aspects. Nevertheless, Adrienne Young rocked this book and she’s definitely an author on my “to-watch for” list. I can’t wait to see what this brilliant author writes next!
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.
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.
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**Disclaimer: An arc of this book was received in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are unbiased and completely my own. I will never give a false review! For more information, please see review policy.