the girl the sea gave back

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.


I recieved a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I have not read the other book by this author in this setting. But I loved the setting, and the characters were very full of character especially Tova. I loved the idea of the stones telling the future. I was a little unsure about the spinners, maybe they were explained more in the first book, but since this is a stand alone ( I didn’t know there was a book in the same setting until half way through).

I found placing ages of the characters was hard, I know it doesn’t seem a big thing but for me it helps with relationships between characters.

I found the pace of the book a little slow. At times I couldn’t put it down, at others I almost didn’t pick it back up. The action scenes were described very well, I found them really interesting.

I did really enjoy the end, would have liked a little more closure as to what happened after but I felt satisfied. I would read more books by this author.

3 out of 5 stars