[Review] The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

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*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

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. 

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Review: Last year when I read Sky in the Deep I was so completely moved by Adrienne Young’s storytelling and gorgeous writing! So obviously I was excited to hear that there was another book coming set in the same world and that it would feature little Halvard all grown up.

This was an incredible story told from perspectives of warring sides. I really enjoyed how it was told from the past and present because it really gave dimension to Tova and Halvard. It has some seriously deep connections and it’s all about questioning faith in fate, Gods, and people. There’s some crazy betrayal, epic battle scenes, and I was really just rooting for Tova because she is total Girl Power.

This is about two young people struggling to accept their destiny, who are connected by the threads of fate. There is also a hint of romance as well, but it’s left simmering in the background, which was honestly kind of awesome because I was so into the journey!

I highly recommend this if you love stories with intricate storytelling, beautiful words, incredible characters, and epic battles. Oh, and there were definitely cameos from Sky faves! This follow-up pulled me in and I can honestly say I will read anything she writes.

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