The Girl the Sea Gave Back: A Novel

The Girl the Sea Gave Back: A Novel

by Adrienne Young

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Overview

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
Series: Sky and Sea , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 19,299
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.

Customer Reviews

The Girl the Sea Gave Back 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
wendm_ccbh More than 1 year 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!
ChasmofBooks 7 days ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with. After reading Sky in the Deep last year, I knew I needed The Girl the Sea Gave Back. I am pleased to say that this stunning cover does not disappoint in the least. This book follows the journeys of Tova and Halvard. Tova came to her clan, delivered by the waves of the sea in a basket. Mysteriously alive. Utterly alone. Tova can decipher the stones of her clan and read the future. Needless to say, what she finds isn’t good and sets her path toward Halvard and his clan. I loved how the book balanced the action with a very atmospheric viking-style setting. Now, if you’re worried that you have to read Sky in the Deep first, don’t. While I would suggest it, you by no means have to and can enjoy this book all on its own. The reason I would suggest it however is because I found it helped me keep track of the cast of characters in this book. There are a lot of characters to remember and I’d be lying if I said I was successful. Personally, I definitely missed having a little slow burn romance going throughout the entire book, but that’s just me. If you’re not really into that sort of thing then this is right up your alley. I did particularly enjoy how Young added to the lore of her world without going overboard in the short amount of time the book took place in. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat, unwilling to pull away for a second. I loved seeing how everything came together, and how Young didn’t just reuse the same type of ending from Sky in the Deep with this one. The ending was fitting and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
ChasmofBooks 7 days ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given, offered, or taken to alter the opinion forth with. After reading Sky in the Deep last year, I knew I needed The Girl the Sea Gave Back. I am pleased to say that this stunning cover does not disappoint in the least. This book follows the journeys of Tova and Halvard. Tova came to her clan, delivered by the waves of the sea in a basket. Mysteriously alive. Utterly alone. Tova can decipher the stones of her clan and read the future. Needless to say, what she finds isn’t good and sets her path toward Halvard and his clan. I loved how the book balanced the action with a very atmospheric viking-style setting. Now, if you’re worried that you have to read Sky in the Deep first, don’t. While I would suggest it, you by no means have to and can enjoy this book all on its own. The reason I would suggest it however is because I found it helped me keep track of the cast of characters in this book. There are a lot of characters to remember and I’d be lying if I said I was successful. Personally, I definitely missed having a little slow burn romance going throughout the entire book, but that’s just me. If you’re not really into that sort of thing then this is right up your alley. I did particularly enjoy how Young added to the lore of her world without going overboard in the short amount of time the book took place in. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat, unwilling to pull away for a second. I loved seeing how everything came together, and how Young didn’t just reuse the same type of ending from Sky in the Deep with this one. The ending was fitting and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sneak_Peek_Book_Reviews 4 months ago
The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a Vikings-inspired story that is bloody and brutal. The story focuses on both Tova and Halvard’s point of view and continually jumps between the two character’s perspectives. Because the story switches points of view, there are often times when the same scene is retold from another character’s point of view. In addition to switching points of view, the story also flashes back into each character’s life. The always changing point of view and the flashbacks makes the plot both choppy and confusing. Although the story focuses on Tova, she is not an easy character to relate to. It is clear that the Svell dislike her; however, the reason for their fear is never explained. In the beginning, Tova seems content to follow orders and do what she is told. Although she does not like foretelling death, she doesn’t think about the consequences of her actions. Of the two characters, Halvard is more likeable and interesting. He constantly doubts his worthiness, but is willing to take risks to save those he loves. In the end, The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a tale of war and fate. Long bloody battles propel the story forward, and although there is plenty of action, the characters lack development. Even though war is described in detail, it is not glorified. Instead, the story makes it clear that peace is difficult to obtain, but it is worth working towards. Halvard learns that “war is easy. It comes again and again, like waves to a shore. But I lived most of my life driven by hate, and I don’t want that for my grandchildren. Or yours.”
TastefullyTracy 8 months ago
Tova was destined for more than to be a tolerated outcast, "sacrificed" by her own people, and left to wash ashore in a foreign land. From child to woman, Tova has read the rune stones, a talent that is more than just skin deep, like the telltale tattoos that adorn her body. Tova has no memory of her family or her people but she does remember the runes and what they mean. A descriptively stunning book that makes it easy to imagine a Viking-like world with warriors in leather and furs in the forests and by the fjord. An amazing story about two people; one girl/woman's journey to find her way and determine what her own destiny will be, the other a young man destined to be a leader who preferred to live in peace but was ready to fight for the Nadir if needed. Told in two voices, both Tova's and Halvard's. Two paths that were weaved together long before either character knew what was to be. Excellent character development and a moving plot line that builds right up to the very end!
inabookdaze 11 months ago
My request on NetGalley was approved by the publisher, so thank you Wednesday Books / St. Martin's Press! The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young My Rating: 4 / 5 Although Sky In The Deep is a standalone, I had a feeling the story wasn't finish. And when I found out about this spin-off, I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to explore the world again but this time, in a different setting and a different time. Going into this book, I didn't have the highest of expectations nor read the synopsis, as my interest for this book was getting thinner as time passed by. But once I started the first chapter, I was instantly hooked. Despite taking longer than I usually do to finish this book, I was completely mesmerized by the story that had been laid out by Adrienne Young. The story follows Tova, a Truthtongue, also an outcast among the Svell, and Halvard, the first generation of the Nādhir, made from the peace between the two clan enemies, Aska and Riki. Reading it from their point of views was definitely the perfect way to tell this story. Apart from knowing their inner thoughts, we get to see everything that was happening on both sides. And my favorite part, seeing how it all intertwine with each other as the story progresses. Both Tova's and Halvard's narrative worked really well with the story as well as their characteristics. Tova's vulnerability and Halvard's righteousness absolutely suited the story that Adrienne wanted to tell in this book. The struggle to do what's right was a continuous theme throughout the book, not only for the main characters but also the side characters. And the consequences that followed their actions served the plot of the story very seamlessly without feeling as if it was out of place. In the end, I absolutely love The Girl The Sea Gave Back and I am so happy with the story Adrienne has wrote as a conclusion to this world. I will most definitely be rereading this book, along with Sky In The Deep, in the future and I absolutely cannot wait to read them continuously to get a better understanding and impact from the stories combined together. -------------------------------------------------------------------- I got the opportunity to ask Adrienne Young, the author of the book, a few questions about "The Girl The Sea Gave Back"! And yes, this interview is SPOILER FREE. 1. Considering "Sky In The Deep" is a standalone, what made you decided to write a spin-off? A: Honestly, I just wasn't ready to leave this world. I felt like Eelyn's story was completed and that I didn't have a doorway to continue with her in a way I would have wanted to, but SKY IN THE DEEP ends with the door wide open on the future of the world. I wanted to explore what the landscape looks like after the events of SKY because they really did change everything. 2. The story is told in dual point of views, and one of them is from a new character. How early on did you knew that Halvard wasn't going to be alone to tell this story? A: I knew very early on that there would be another main character in SEA, and I had the picture of Tova in my head, but didn't know anything about her. It was a really interesting process to watch her develop because I didn't have as much time as I usually do to let the story come together.  3. Would you say Eelyn (Sky In The Deep) and Tova (The Girl The Sea Gave Back) are more similar to each other or more different than each other? A: They are really different. Eelyn is so obvious in her strength and p
FictionallySam 12 months ago
This one was so much better through audiobook than physical reading. I began reading this story with literally no idea of what it was about except that it was super hyped and the publishers were total gems and approved my wish that I made for it during my trigger happy ARC binge earlier this year. Told through dual points of view, the story took off at the inciting incident, and captivates you–however, things slow down significantly. I really planned on DNFing it, because of how slow the pacing got and I was constantly getting sucked out of it. However, I borrowed the audiobook for it from my local library and decided to give it once last chance during a solo road trip. Needless to say, I am really happy I switched formats. The audio grips you in the slow pace and brings a different tonality and intensity to the story that I was craving before. The characters began to form and became more in depth and I fell head over heals in love with this world and our main characters as they found their place within their people and came together in this beautiful immersion that left me gripping my steering wheel and grinning from ear to ear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Adrienne Young. Can't wait for more books!
TheLibraryEnchantress More than 1 year ago
Sky in the Deep was one of my favorite reads of 2018. It was so refreshing and original....how many YA Viking books are out there? So of course, I did everything I could to trade for a copy of Adrienne Young's follow-up novel, The Girl the Sea Gave Back. Then, of course, I heard such mixed reviews and was so nervous to start it...but I loved Sky so much, I pushed myself to ignore what others thought and determine for myself and I am so glad I did! Let me start by saying that TGTSGB is very different from Sky in the Deep. Sky is a plot-driven story in which the point, at least in my opinion, was to tell a story. TGTSGB isn't. It's a character-driven story that is about two Viking characters whose story comes to remind readers of the power of hope and fate. I won't say anything else at the risk of spoiling, but I think it's really important to get that point across because if you go in expecting another Sky in the Deep, you're going to be disappointed and miss out on how wonderful a novel TGTSGB really is. The other thing I want to address is that TGTSGB is marketed as a standalone. And it is true, you can read it without having read Sky in the Deep. HOWEVER! I do think reading Sky first does provide some more detailed information that makes it easier to understand the background presented in TGTSGB. Adrienne does a great job of writing it out again, but much like reading the Grisha books can help give you a better background for Six of Crows, so too will reading Sky in the Deep first give you a better understanding for this novel. Plus, as with most secondary books set in the same world, there are spoilers left and right in TGTSGB for Sky in the Deep so if you don't want to be spoiled, I suggest reading Sky first. All of that being said, I really really enjoyed this book! As usual, Adrienne's writing is gripping and interesting and her Viking background is genuine...or at least, genuine compared to what I've seen on the History channel's Vikings show lol. Halvard and Tova are two intriguing characters that make you feel like a part of the story, of their lives. While Sky in the Deep may have been more gripping because of the plot, this book has only reaffirmed my love for all things Adrienne Young! My rating: 3.5 stars Favorite Quote: "Sometimes, it's the most destructive storm that brings life."
Dianna Teixeira More than 1 year ago
When I was approved to receive this eARC written by Adrienne Young I squealed with excitement. I had read and loved Sky in the Deep last year. I had high expectations for The Girl the Sea Gave Back because Sky was so amazing and so well written. Young did a stellar job on that book, but I was alos a bit nervous. Having such high hopes can often to lead to some disappointment, but in this case my assumptions were met and exceeded any presumptions I had set. I found this story touching and the characters so well done. I was on edge eager to read more each step of the way. There were many times my heart was broken along with the characters. Just like in Sky, I became attached to these very realistic characters and holding my breath and hoping things would work out for them. Adrienne Young is an amazing writer and The Girl the Sea Gave Back is perfectly done. I loved getting pulled back into the amazing world Young had created in Sky. Tova was such a well created character and watching her growth throughout the story was something enjoyed a lot. Young is an author to watch. Her books are well written and full of so much depth. The Girl the Sea Gave Back releases September 3 and needs to be added to every TBR out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars - Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. I loved it! TGTSGB is set in the same world as Adrienne Young’s debut, Sky in the Deep. We follow Halvard 10 years in the future from Sky and a new protagonist, Tova. With their clans at war, Halvard and Tova’s individual struggles throughout the intricate web of fate are told in this brutal Viking inspired world. The story switches POV between Halvard and Tova with flashback chapters of their pasts. Although this book can be read alone, having read Sky in the Deep first did add to the story and enriched it as a whole for me. Adrienne Young’s writing style just really clicks with me. I give 4.5 stars because I feel TGTSGB didn’t quite flow as easily as Sky in the Deep but the story line is still solid, brutal, and intriguing. Although I like the cover, I really wish it portrayed Tova’s raven black hair. I’m so happy I got to read this book and excited to have the final hardcover in my hands. High five to the author for another awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for approving a late ARC just prior to release. I was so thrilled to actually receive this book for review upon request. My review opinions are my own. This is such a exciting book ! I loved that it builds upon the first book Sky In The Deep and takes the reader to full immersion back into the world of Sky in the Deep. Back into the author's brilliant creation of the world of Vikings and ancient Gods was a fantastic read ! The author is so talented at creation of their world with every detail done to perfection and each charcter brilliantly well crafted . The story takes place ten years after Sky in the Deep. The new characters are fascinating as are the returning charcters. This is action packed and I was unable to put this book down. The Truthtongue ( my favorite charcter) who uses stones with runes to see into the past, present, and future is a great charcter that adds depth and mysticism to the story. I loved this book and highly recommend it. My review is cross posted. I look, forward to further works by this fine author.
Yolanda Margolin More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eArc. The Girl the Sea Gave Back is a Viking-inspired stand alone book set ten years after the events in Adrienne’s Young’s first book, Sky in the Deep. I am a big fan of Sky in the Deep. I thought it depicted Nordic life as I imagined it would be: violent, harsh and full of mysticism. The Girl the Sea Gave Back brings us back to the same setting but this time we are following Tova and Halvard. The book is told through their dual perspectives. Tova is the girl who wasn’t supposed to be alive. She becomes the rune caster of sorts for The Svell people. The Svell think she is a curse, but the leader of the Svell keeps her with them. Among her own people, the Kyrr, who she has been separated from, she would known as a Truthbearer. Halvard, is part of the Nādhir people. The Svell has been terrorizing their villages and they meet with the Svell to repair relations when the meeting ends up in bloodshed. From there, we see how Tova’s fate is tied with Halvard and the Svell as they all fight for their survival. The things I liked about the book: I found Tova and the mysterious Kyrr people fascinating. I loved learning about them and wanted to learn more about their mystical ways. I think the only time I really connected to the book was when it was about the Kyrr tribe. The action and battle scenes are great. It is violent but for the time period this story is set in, I expect to see this type of violence. The author does so well writing these historical fiction novels because I feel immersed in the world, especially when it comes to the landscape, battle scenes and mystical aspects of their religion. The things I didn’t enjoy: The time jumping threw me off it was so jarring because it went back 7 years, then 10 years, then 12 years…♀️. I think without it, my reading experience would have been way different. This was my biggest issue with the book. The romance was not a thing in the book and then there it was in the end. It wasn’t nurtured enough throughout the book so for me it felt forced. I also had a hard time connecting to any of the characters until maybe the ending of the book. I really I gravitated more towards Tova’s background and family. That’s where I felt excitement when I read the story. Overall, I think I had higher expectations. I enjoyed the parts of the Kyrr and Tova’s history but everything else in this story was just okay for me.
PNWBookworm More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
It was ok, it was no where near as good as the first one. Could have seen so much more
Jypsylynn More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.