Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep)” as Want to Read:
The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

(Sky in the Deep)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,558 ratings  ·  1,044 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Titan Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Girl the Sea Gave Back, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Adrienne Young Yep! A new standalone in the Sky in the Deep world, following Halvard (a character from SKY) ten years later.…moreYep! A new standalone in the Sky in the Deep world, following Halvard (a character from SKY) ten years later. (less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.62  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,558 ratings  ·  1,044 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Girl the Sea Gave Back (Sky in the Deep)
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
there is no better feeling than seeing a lovely cover and discovering that the writing inside reflects that same beauty. its just always a relief when a book is gorgeous, both inside and out.

and its definitely the writing that made this story for me. young took a topic that im not really interested in (vikings) and had me so enamoured with their way of life, their gods and beliefs, their struggle and desire for peace. there is such an atmospheric quality to her words that makes me feel like im
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm a bit shocked, as I feel like this book read much more like a debut that then author's actual debut novel did. The world building is minimal, if non-existent, and the plot is predictable and felt lacking in purpose. Overall, it was a straight forward story without the tension I typically find in fantasy to drive the story forward. I think the idea is here, but unfortunately this one just fell flat for me; however, I will concede that I'm likely in the minority with my opinions. I'm all about ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This cover is absolutely gorgeous, but alas, I couldn’t get into it that much. I liked it well enough but didn’t love it enough to keep the hardback. I did get a cool bookmark for preordering it

This is another one I would buy on sale for kindle

Happy Reading!


Buddy read with For Love Of A Book.

Candace Robinson
I absolutely loved Sky in the Deep, but I couldn’t connect with this one or the characters. The prose is very beautiful and rich here but I wanted more viking stuff and stronger romantic elements between the leads. However, I think it could just be me here. ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#1 sky in the deep — 3.75 stars
#2 the girl the sea gave back — 3 stars

i hate how conflicted it makes me feel when books would pointlessly drag on for so long only to knock me over with a feather at the end. im talking about that one final battle at the end, which was more than what i couldve asked for. i get the saying, "good things come to those who wait," but do you really have to make the lead up to climax painstakingly long and excruciatingly boring??

it was hard to pull through the
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
“War is faithful to come looking for us time and again.”

Unpopular opinion coming in again everyone!

Imagine getting a beautifully wrapped gift, pretty ribbon, fabulous wrapping paper. Just oh so lovely. And then imagine your disappointment when you open the box only to find it completely empty.

That is this book.

Gorgeous cover. Plenty of lovely, descriptive prose. But sadly it’s narrative falls flat. Somehow, despite its best intentions, it is empty. Without heart. Without soul. Or if there is
Hannah Greendale
DNF at page 10. The Girl the Sea Gave Back needs a major editing overhaul prior to publication in September of 2019. Will revisit this book once finished copies are available.
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
The battles were brutal and awesome

This was a bit slow to begin but it had to be with the background information. I didn’t read Sky in the Deep prior to this one and didn’t feel that I had to. I ended up truly loving this book. It reminded me quite a bit of Vikings on the History channel and Halvard was an awful lot like young Ragnar Lothbrok. I can only hope he stays that way, because Ragnar Lothbrok was awesome.

The story was about Tova who was found at six years old on the shore by a surrogate
I feel like everything that kept me from loving SKY IN THE DEEP, was missing in THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK. This makes me very very happy.

I was sure this was going to be an easy three star read; lots to like but not quite getting me all the way there which, I mean, would’ve been a better result than book one. So colour me surprised by this rating.

This story takes place ten years after the events of SKY IN THE DEEP and, once again, we have warring clans. The characters we knew from book one have
Umairah | Sereadipity
"Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn
"Eye of the gods. Give me sight"

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4.5/5

The Girl the Sea Gave Back was the mystical companion novel to Sky in the Deep, set in the same vivid Viking-inspired world that told a story woven by fate, destiny and omens of the future. Unlike Sky in the Deep, this book was less focused on the theme of family and placed more emphasis on finding a place to belong and coming into one's own. It was a poignant tale which I really liked.

The story
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the first book.. so it isn't really surprising that I fell in love with this one as well.

The girl the Sea Gave Back was so entertaining! It was definitely a page turner and made me fall in love with Tova and Halvard. Now I'm not really a fan of the back and forth with flashbacks because they don't always work in books. Yet, it definitely did in this one. It made everything clearer in a way that I wasn't expecting.
It has been like 4 years since I won a Goodreads giveaway, so I’m still in shock. So happy it’s for this b/c I loved the 1st

Here are some of my thoughts:
• This book can be quite brutal. I felt already a little weepy at the beginning of the book because everything seems to be going wrong. This book really goes there at times. I had no idea who was going to live, who was going to die, especially during these war times. I like that some of the characters are wise to know that no one should be
Anja H.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

Okay, this wasn't bad at all, but it just wasn't as good as Sky in the Deep in my opinion.
It took a REALLY long time for me to get into the story and the characters and it was only during the last half that I started to enjoy myself.

The dual perspective just didn't sit well with me. I know it's because Tova and Halvard were separated throughout 80% of the book, but I would've preferred seeing things unfold through one of them instead of both, because it made some things
☽ TheBibliotheque
”I blinked, my gaze following the edge to the feet that stood down the cliff, the moonlight on his white tunic a faint glow. It pulled around him in the wind, his hair blowing across his forehead. And when I looked up into his face, Halvard’s eyes were on me.”

After spending a considerable amount of time deciding how I feel about this book, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a little bit sad.

It’s not that I didn’t find the story and world I discovered and loved in Sky in the Deep interesting,
Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: Standalone book from Sky In the Deep collection
POV: First Person - Dual
3.75 stars

Since she could remember, Tova had always been an outcast. Growing up among the Svell she was shunned and feared for her ability. When an innocent move led her to Halvard, a young man from a rival clan, she never thought it would take her to a path that would change the course of their lives and the people around them.

It had been a long time since I’d prayed to Thora or Sigr. Not
3 stars

It didn't matter what the stones said.
Nothing was sure until death came.
Hayley ☾ (TheVillainousReader)
Holy shit. This is the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen. AND MAGIC! I’M SO EXCITED.

LOLLLLLL ^ Ignorant me

DNF 50%

I’m sorry, but… was Adrienne Young murdered and then her murderer took over her author life and wrote this book?! It’s the only explanation I can come up with for what a disappointed this book was. I guess I should say half of this book because I DNFed at 50%. I wanted to DNF at 25% but I tried to push through because I got an ARC but you know what, GIRL HAS JOB APPLICATIONS TO
Lisa Marie
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was not able to get into Sky in the Deep but really wanted to give this one a try and glad I did.
I love when an author can write a book so well and in depth that you can see the scene. I felt like I was there in the battles. I felt the emotions Tova felt. Just perfect!
Very well written and recommend!
THIS REVIEW & MORE Paws and Paperbacks

ARC provided by the publisher through a giveaway.

3.5 stars

Buddy read with Nikki at Synopses by Sarge!

Sky in the Deep quickly became one of my favorite books after I finished reading it, and so The Girl the Sea Gave Back was something I was highly anticipating. Adrienne Young continues to be a wonderful storyteller and has crafter another novel full of strong characters and powerful writing, however it’s quite capture my attention the same way Sky in
Miri ♪ Book Dragoness ♪
4.5 maybe? RTC!
At 50% I DNF the book. I loved "Sky in the Deep", so I had high expectatives for liking this one... but it wasn't to be. I didn't connect to the characters, the writing got me lost sometimes with the time jumps and I felt like the plot wasn't all clear or for me...

We follow two main characters from rival clans: Tova, who comes from another clan and is hated on the clan she is now because she is a fortune teller and they kinda fear/hate it; and Halvard, the kid from the Rikki clan from the
Feb 19, 2019 marked it as 2019-releases  ·  review of another edition
I just double took as the read the synopsis. The main character's name is Tova. I repeat, THE MAIN CHARACTER'S NAME IS TOVA!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED and I haven't even read Sky in the Deep.
You can also read my review here:https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress....

When Sky in the Deep came out I tried to get a review copy, but wasn’t lucky enough to get one. When I heard that The Girl the Sea Gave Back was a spin off and not a sequel I was thrilled and this time I was lucky enough to get a review copy. I was very excited for this one and love that it is based on Viking culture. I wound up really enjoying this book.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back is more character driven than plot driven.
Thoughtful, atmospheric, and grim, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK embraces the more mystical side of Adrienne Young's Viking-inspired setting and shows its two teenage protagonists - Tova, a rune-reading seer, and Halvard, a chieftain-in-training - taking their destinies into their hands. It lacks the spark that made its predecessor SKY IN THE DEEP such a compelling story, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Characters from SKY also return in this book, but they play minor roles this time. So you can ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This felt the debut I expected from Sky in the Deep.

It was set in the same world as the previous novel, old faces were mentioned and similar rituals and tribes were acknowledged.

On the whole this just felt a bit more lacklustre and fell flat compared to Sky in the deep. It was more or less the same premise with different characters, however it was still enjoyable and I flew through it.

The characters just felt a little bland for me. You could tell who you were supposed to hate and supposed to
I don't know y'all. As you can see from below I was more than ready for this companion novel, but it didn't live up to the standards set by SitD in my opinion. I'm still very happy I read it and that I got to spend time in Young's viking world, but I just wish the content matched the beauty of the cover. Full RTC.

Original thoughts: Let’s pretend I wasn’t already sold on this author, this synopsis, or this title....(I know it’s hard to fathom, but just play along) here I am “on the fence”
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Ooh this was so good! I loved the first book and this was a great sequel. The back and forth between Tova and Halvard, plus the flashbacks really moved the story along and made it easy to read this all in one sitting. The way the relationship between Tova and Halvard unfolded was unique, just these small moments that meant so much. I enjoyed the mystical aspects of the truth tongue, casting the stones, and fate. We also got some glimpses of the characters from Sky in the Deep which made me ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked The Girl the Sea Gave Back.

It is beautifully written tale full of Scandinavian culture, mythology and a bits of rune magic.

The book tells a story of a girl, who thinks her own people didn't want her, so she survives with a different clan and casts the rune stones for them, and a boy/man with a good heart and sharp sword and axe. There are two POVs of the main protagonists plus some flashbacks into their past.

I enjoyed reading this book, the language and writing were soft and
Ewe Linka
The story is of a girl, Tova, who was washed ashore and now casts the runes for the Svell and of a boy, Halvard, who's on his way to a leadership position.
Slow and confusing to begin with which got better with the second half of the book.
The storyline felt a little lacking/flat and I wished for more interaction and dialogue as not much has happened except for the ongoing conflict and general idea of confusion.
The cover is absolutely beautiful and so is the style of writing and descriptions; felt
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • House of Salt and Sorrows
  • Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)
  • The Bone Houses
  • Crown of Coral and Pearl (Crown of Coral and Pearl, #1)
  • Warrior of the Wild
  • The Beautiful (The Beautiful, #1)
  • Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)
  • The Memory Thief
  • There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness, #1)
  • A Treason of Thorns
  • The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising, #1)
  • Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)
  • Sorcery of Thorns
  • The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)
  • Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle, #1)
  • Wonderland: An Anthology
  • Tiger Queen
  • Coral
See similar books…
New York Times bestselling author of SKY IN THE DEEP, THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK & 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

Other books in the series

Sky in the Deep (2 books)
  • Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep, #1)