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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