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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sky in the Deep companion has rich detail, Viking violence.

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Though a much smaller story in scope than the author's last Viking-set fantasy, this companion novel still resonates, with thoughtful characters and a deep sense of place. Sky in the Deep brought two clans and two people together and explored prejudice and empathy. The Girl the Sea Gave Back gives readers a skirmish, a cry for war, and a big battle with far too many flashbacks in between. The goals are simply survival and peace. Secondary to that, Tova would like to know more about where she came from and what her real purpose is. Readers knows long before she does and may wonder why she doesn't escape from the Svell as soon as possible. When she makes the connection with Halvard, it's a long time before anything real can come of it.

While readers are waiting for Tova to come around, there's much to enjoy in The Girl the Sea Gave Back. The setting and the details of this world and the cultures that inhabit it will draw you in. The mystical Kyrr fascinate, even from afar. Author Adrienne Young pulls in close to the Viking-style beards and braids and armor -- and to the hearths where warriors stitch each other's wounds. Time slows in front of a funeral pyre as loved ones are laid to rest. The whole story may keep to a simple plot, but it hones in on its depths quite well.

Book Details

  • Author: Adrienne Young
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy , Adventures
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Publication date: September 3, 2019
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: September 16, 2019

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