Before I start this post off I would like to give a big thank you to Titan Books for gifting me this beautiful copy in exchange for an honest review.
I had actually received this book a while ago but due to my massive and forever growing TBR pile, deadlines, blog stuff, business (what I’m hoping will turn out into a business) stuff and life, it’s been a little difficult to find the time to get around to reading these days.
However, I have finally managed to find the time to pick this beautifully covered book up and…. well let’s just say I give this book an easy 4/5 stars.
“Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýnAdrienne Young – Author of: The Girl The Sea Gave Back
“Eye of the gods. Give me sight”
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 Swell are divided. should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound powers? 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.
I want to start by saying just how beautiful & memorising the cover of this book is, try as I might, I can’t help but be drawn to a flawlessly elegant covered book!
Truthtongue’s have the ability to cast the rune stones, allowing them to know the future just from reading the stones and Tova just so happens to be the only truthtongue to live among the Svell Clan, a place she has never truly felt at home.
Believing her people had sacrificed her to the Gods and that the sea had carried her to where the Svell Clansmen lived. Quickly releasing her “gift”, the Svell people use Tova’s gift of reading the rune stones to tell them the fate of their loved ones – the fate of their clan.
When there is suddenly threat of war ahead, the Svell leaders turn to Tova and her gift for answers, unknowingly setting in motions that would forever change the fate and outcome of not just her but everyone around her.
With the leaders within the Svell clan begin to divide themselves for the first time in generations – some wish to keep the peace with their allied clans, whilst others are head strong for war.
As the leaders waste precious time debating what is best for their clan, Tova encounters a handsome man who just so happens to belongs to the Nadhir Clan.
For reasons unknown to them, they instantly experience a strong sense of familiarity with one another but as hard as they try, they can’t seem to recall or understand why…
Once, Tova, decides to spare his life she then begins to question herself and her place among the Svell clans people and whether she even wanted to carry out their demands.
“War is easy. His words echoed in my mind.”
Will Tova ever find herself the home she so longingly dreams of? Will she be able to find the strength within herself to be able to change the fate of the clans?
All things you can find out, when you read this phenomenal book for yourself!
The Girl the Sea Gave Back, is the new standalone novel in “The sky in the deep series and is written from the first person perspective of both Halvard and Tova, as well as a few interesting and informative flashback chapters written in the 3rd person perspective.
Tova is an engrossing and layered character who comes off a little emotionally closed off and not just because of her gift of being a truthtongue.
Tova has been through more than most could probably handle, having had such an unsure and rocky upbringing, while trying to fit into a clan who makes their distaste for her very much known.
Tova is more than capable of handling a bow and arrow and truly begins to open herself up and reveal more of who she is after meeting Halvard.
Halvard (I found out) is a character from Adrienne Young’s first standalone novel ‘Sky in the Deep’ who is part of the Nadhir clan and whose character back story I couldn’t say I fully understood due to having read Sky in the Deep (which I have every intention of remedying soon!).
I really enjoyed reading from Tova’s POV because it really allowed me to connect with her character and her story more, however, I don’t believe that it could have worked or would have worked as well without the POV of Halvard, which I too really enjoyed.
I found the flashbacks did help shed a little light on both Tova’s and Halvard’s history before the events of this book took place which I did find to be rather helpful even if it doesn’t really reveal much otherwise and with that in mind as previously stated I plan to read, ‘Sky in the Deep’ in the hopes of understanding, ‘The Girl the Sea Gave Back’ in a different and more informed light.
The Girl the Sea Gave Back does start off as a lightly slow-paced novel that on a few occasions I did find myself almost loosing my interest/attention, however, halfway through the novel the pace did start to puck up/speed up and as it did, I found myself unable to put the book back down!
The Girl the Sea Gave back didn’t hold much action, which I honestly didn’t mind, I didn’t feel as though it took away the magic or thrill of reading through this mystical novel.
I found this standalone novel to be a incredibly intriguing read and I have to say that I loved the magical touch that the runes provided in this captivating novel. I was blown away by the fantastic and gripping writing quality as well as being left hang of my seat during one of the battle scenes. Adrienne Young beautiful writing style and talent for drawing her readers in has me excited for what she has in store for us next!
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