Arc Review – The Girl the sea gave back by Adrienne Back

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August 25, 2019 by ceresbooksworld


The Girl the sea gave back by Adrienne Back

Companion to Sky in the deep

Publisher : Wednesday Books

Publication date : September 3rd, 2019

Source : Arc

Rating : 5 Hearts




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.


The girl the sea gave back tells us Halvard’s story ten years after the events of Sky in the deep. So we were seeing the characters of Sky in the deep again, even if it’s very brief.

It all starts with Tova, she doesn’t know her clan, the Kyrr, because they abandoned her, at least that’s what she believes and what the person who took her in tells her. She is now a Truthongue, she reads the future in the stones and the Svells, her new people, do not appreciate her. They consider her a witch who only brings them evil. The Svells have only one desire, to wage war on the Nadhirs. So they will interpret Tova’s messages in their own way.

Halvard has grown up well, he is now a man and has been chosen to be the next leader of the Nadhir. The latter are the new names of the two peoples of Sky in the deep, the Rikkis and the Askas. Halvard will try to prevent the war.

I loved Halvard very much and that hasn’t changed, he’s grown up but he’s still a smart and kind boy. He will be a good leader and I like to see how he has evolved.

I like Tova too, she has always been influenced by the Svell who took her in but she tries to rebel. She’s a young girl who just wants her memory back.

The relationship between Halvard and Tova is slowly being built, I appreciated that even though I find it is not really successful. I would have liked a clearer ending.

The narrative is alternated between Halvard and Tova but also between the present and the past. Adrienne Young has a gift for writing battle scenes because I managed to imagine myself in the middle of the battle without any worries.

Quick word: A 10-year leap in Halvard’s history that is perfectly successful.


The girl the sea gave back nous raconte l’histoire d’Halvard dix ans après les évènements de Sky in the deep. Nous revoyions donc les personnages de Sky in the deep même si c’est très bref.

Tout commence avec Tova, elle ne connait pas son clan, les Kyrr, car ils l’ont abandonnée, du moins c’est e qu’elle croit et ce que la personne qui l’a recueilli lui dit. Elle est désormais une Truthtongue, elle lit l’avenir dans les pierres et les Svells, son nouveau peuple, ne l’apprécient pas. Ils la considèrent comme une sorcière qui ne leur apporte que le mal. Les Svells n’ont qu’une envie, celle de faire la guerre aux aux Nadhir. Ils vont donc interpréter à leur manière les messages de Tova.

Halvard quant à lui a bien grandi, c’est désormais un homme et il a été choisi pour être le prochain chef des Nadhir. Ces derniers sont le nouveau nom des deux peuples réunis de Sky in the deep, les Rikkis et les Askas. Halvard va essayer d’empêcher la guerre.

J’aimais beaucoup Halvard et cela n’a pas changé, il a grandi mais c’est toujours un garçon intelligent et gentil. Il sera un bon chef et j’aime voir comment il a évolué.

J’aime bien Tova aussi, elle a toujours été influencée par le Svell qui l’a recueillie mais elle essaie de se rebeller. C’est une jeune fille qui ne demande qu’à retrouver sa mémoire.

La relation entre Halvard et Tova se construit lentement, j’ai apprécié cela même si je trouve qu’elle n’est pas réellement aboutie. J’aurais aimé un final plus clair.

La narration est alternée entre Halvard et Tova mais aussi entre le présent et le passé. Adrienne Young a un don pour écrire des scènes de combat car j’ai réussi à m’imaginer au milieu des combats sans aucun souci.

En bref : Un bond de 10 ans dans l’histoire d’Halvard qui est parfaitement réussi.

About the author

YA fantasy author, SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK (9/3/19) & the upcoming FABLE duology from Wednesday Books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, IGLA

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.

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