ARC Review of The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep) by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep) by Adrienne Young

Review: I adore Sky in the Deep, and was over the moon to get a chance to read The Girl The Sea Gave Back!  A lovely and great friend of mine let me borrow her ARC copy of The Girl the Sea Gave Back, I was so excited to dig in. Although, it was so very slow to start that I walked away fro the book for a while and just came back to it now and again.

It is set in the same world, 10 years after the events of Sky in the Deep with some of the characters we know. Even though this is a stand alone book, it is in same world as Sky in the Deep, just almost ten years later after the events that took place. Also,characters we know from Sky in the Deep as the main characters, are secondary now with new (and one we already know) characters as the main characters.

A few of the things that stuck out that is from Sky in the Deep, are that the two Waring tribes, Aska and Riki are now the Naor tride. We also get too see our main characters we came to love in Sky and Deep, and how their life is working out for them now (winky face here).

In the ways that The Girl The Sea Gave Back is different from Sky in the Deep, is that one point of view is by Fiske’s (side character from Sky in the Deep)  younger brother  of Halvard. The other point of view is from Tova, a new  female (who the book is basically about, if you haven’t seen the cover) character. I thought this dual point of views, from the two opposing sides, was a nice touch. It also showed another element of two sides to every story. Although, I feel like Sky in the Deep did an amazing job of doing that in its book. Whereas, The Girl The Sea Gave Back, paints one side to be evil with no real common sense.

Other then the looming conflict between these two tribes and ultimate meeting between Tova and Fiske, there is little other to the plot. I mean yes, there is the mystery of who and where did Tova come from. Where her powers of sight come into play, and her tattoos. But, Young decided to add a touch of romance into the plot at the last moment. This really doesn’t have a place it belongs in, and does so little to affect the characters, story and overall outcome. It does hint at peace between two tribes (did you see what I did there? Not the two tribes, but two tribes. *I’m wiggling my eyebrows*), and what could happen in the future which we will not be seeing.

In the end I thought the book was just okay, there was one amazing battle that I loved reading. But, I really missed the angry girl theme that I kept hoping would be showing up soon that never did.

Favorite quote(s):

War is easy.

I was a torch in the wind.

I was flickering out.

Eye of the gods, give me sight.

She was made of iron and steel. She was the ice beneath my feet on the frozen fjord in winter. But in this moment, she was afraid.

We gave you to the sea, Tova. But the sea gave you back.

Would I? Buy the finished copy? Yes. Read more from this author? Yes! Recommend this title and author to others? Yes. Reread? Maybe.


Edition: Paperback, 324 pages. A friend of mine let me borrow her Advanced Readers Copy. 

Young Adult. Fantasy. Historical Fiction. Romance. Vikings.

Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Wednesday Books.

Summary: The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

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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