The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne YoungThe Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl The Sea Gave Back

byAdrienne Young

Hardcover | September 3, 2019

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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.

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 li...
Title:The Girl The Sea Gave BackFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.38 × 0.98 inPublished:September 3, 2019Publisher:St. Martin's Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250168481

ISBN - 13:9781250168481


Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was Okay First I would like the thank Netgalley and St. Martin`s Press for providing an E-Arc.  This is the second book by Adrienne Young that I have read, the first being Sky in the Deep. I loved Sky in the Deep when it came out, so I think that really affected my enjoyment of this novel. I went in with really high expectations and was a little letdown.  The Girl the Sea Gave Back alternates chapters between Tova and Halvard. Tova is a Truthtongue from the Kerr clan. She was found abandoned in a burnt boat by Jorrund when she was little. Halvard is the younger brother of Fiske who was one of the main characters in Sky in the Deep. This story takes place 10 years later, Halvard was chosen to lead so he is training to become the leader of the Riki and Aska clan (I forget the new name when the two clans joined). Overall it was an entertaining, quick read that I enjoyed, but it didn`t stick in my head and I didn`t love it. I liked the world and the characters for the most part, but I found the pacing to be off which impacted the believability of Tova and Halvard's relationship. Another thing that really started to annoy me the more I read, was how the alternating chapters were done. They overlapped a lot, which was really interesting at first and helped give more depth to some scenes. Unfortunately, it was for pretty much every single chapter so it got old very quickly. Once completing the book I was left wanting more. More romance, more backstory and an explanation of what happened in the end. It ended too vague for me to feel satisfied with it.  If you read Sky in the Deep and enjoyed it, I would still suggest picking up this one and giving it a go. I don`t think it is for everyone, but if you are looking for a faster read this is one to consider. 
Date published: 2019-09-11

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sky in the Deep "A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles." - Kirkus, Starred Review"Drawing on Viking history and lore, debut author Young crafts an exciting, at times heart-wrenching story centered around 17-year-old Eelyn, her Aska clan, and their centuries-old war with the Riki...Young's often poetic writing forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war." - Publishers Weekly"Young's brutal, emotional debut is set in a land that is as unforgiving as its people. The strongest aspect of Young's work is the world building; she packs it with details that viscerally pull the reader into Eelyn's world. Young has also populated this world with complicated characters who evolve as readers get to know them. Even better, the theme at the core of the story-overcoming prejudice and unifying to fight a greater threat-resonates with current real-world issues. With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied." - Booklist"Eelyn is a relentlessly fierce warrior, and even her romance with a Riki fighter doesn't quite soften her; indeed, the two find that their lust for blood is almost as strong as their lust for each other... The action on the battlefield and the rising political tensions between the clans will easily keep readers involved through the final page." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections." - School Library Journal