I really loved the old school Viking vibes I got from these two books. Similar in all the best parts of the story with some key differences.
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WHY CAN'T I FIND FABLE BY ADRIENNE YOUNG FAN CONTENT ON ANY PLATFORM DOES HER TEAM LEAD AN ACTIVE WAT AGAINST ONLINE PROMOTION? WTH
I ROAMED EVERY SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM EVER AND NADAAAAA???? HOW IS THIS REAL???
WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THIS
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FABLE | SPOILER FREE REVIEW
As soon as I saw I had the opportunity to get an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the chance. (especially since it had been on my to read list for a while.) I have read Adrienne Young's Sky in the deep and as it was an absolute masterpiece I was certain that Fable would be too.
I read this in a little over a day, the book contains some dark elements but not to the point that reading is harrowing or painful, it is the perfect amount to make for a good story, the characters are spectacular each with their own quirks and dark pasts.
This tale is a sea-adventure following a young girl, fable four years after the death of her mother and her father abandoning her on a cutthroat island. It follows her and the crew of the marigold as she finally finds a place to belong and people to call family. It's a relatively light read, dark aspects aside, and you will be completely submerged into the storyline right until the very end where SHIT GOES DOWN.
I am beyond eager for the second instalment and truly cannot wait to get my hands on it.
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Spoiler Free Review of
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Companion book to Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Straight into this story we are introduced to the Kyrr people, and one of our dual perspectives Tova. The Kyrr people lead their lives based on their beliefs in the fates and their ability to throw and read the ruin stones. Tova has a fate that brings her people and family much pain, yet their faith in the Fates leads on. Our other POV is Halvard, who was also a character in Sky in the Deep. Halvard is part of the Nadhir people, a combination of the Aska and Riki clans from years before. He is the first generation to really live after a blood feud that lasted decades and he’s inline to be the next chieftain of his people.
What Halvard and the Nadhir people don’t realize is that another people, the Svell people, are watching and preparing for war. When news of a devastating blow to the Nadhir people comes to light, Tova and Halvard are thrust into the path the Fates have in store for them no matter the outcome. Tova is trying to make the best of a bad situation, stuck with people that are ready to kill her at every turn, she throws the ruin stones and heads down the path to where Halvard and her collide.
I struggled a tiny bit at the beginning of this book with the onslaught of information. Between names, places and the people, you can get a little lost in trying to get it all straight. However I really liked the Viking vibes and the simple life that Adrienne has in both of her books. Like in Sky in the Deep, Adrienne also has no problem getting the ladies out on the battlefield and not just in front of the fire. The Girl The Sea Gave Back is full of life lessons about fearing the unknown, betrayal, family and how horrible war can be. You’ll be crying, angry and fighting side by side on the battlefield with two great characters who are just trying to do the best they can.
I give this book 4 stars ⭐️
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Spoiler Free Review of
The Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
This is a crazy story about a decades long feud between rival Viking clans. The Riki and the Aska meet every five years in a bloodthirsty battle with warriors starting at the age of 12. We meet 17 year old Eelyn on the battlefield where her and her clansmen are fighting for their lives. As Eelyn is preparing to meet her death, the final blow is stopped by the last thing she expected.. her brother who died five years ago. Of course this is where the true story begins, because not only is her brother alive, but he fights on the side of her enemy the Riki.
As she chases her brother for an explanation, she ends up being taken to become a servant in a Riki household. Surrounded by enemies and probable victims of past fights, Eelyn is on constant guard, while also fighting her emotions about her brother and his betrayal.
I really loved the world that Adrienne created in this book. The Viking world, the simple lifestyle and the fact that the women weren’t just expected to be at home tending the fires while the men fought all took me deeper and deeper into this story. There is a beautiful love in this story as well one that isn’t instant, one that doesn’t take over the story, but a love that is a beautiful addition to the life of Eelyn who you root for throughout. I laughed, I cried, I fought with her side by side and then cried again.
This story about a kick ass 17 year old Viking women is completely worth your time. I give this story 4 1/2 stars ⭐️
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