THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK
Characters & their development: 4
Personal enjoyment: 4
-the norse based mythology
-that it felt like we were barely brushing the surface of the story
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 am surprised by this one. I had a feeling I would either hate it, or love it. But instead, it was pretty middle of the road, which is a-okay!
TGTSGB is a novel based on and drenched in Norse history/mythology. We follow the main character, Tova, as she spends her life trying to help the Svell and casting runes for them. But they are not her family, and they do not like her in the least bit. Every negative thing that befalls them, becomes her fault. Until she casts the runes and starts an event she cannot control.
First off, if you’re looking for a super quick, easy read, this is a good one to pick. I actually read almost all of this in one day, and it only took me a few hours. The writing is simplistic enough and smooth enough to just speed through the book, leaving you completely able to read this whole book in one day or one sitting.
This novel did feel like it was only skimming the tip on what it could have truly been. I feel like another 100 or so pages could’ve been added, giving scenes more depth and dragging the story out so the pacing didn’t feel too fast. This felt like a really well-polished book however, I just wish we went deeper into the story. Even though it was 311 pages, it honestly felt like such a small book?
However, even though it did feel too short and lacking in that sense, I loved everything else about this. The hints of romance towards the end were super cute, the found family aspect towards the end was perfect and overall it was just a really pleasant reading experience!
I would recommend this to fans of fantasy, and those wanting something light and easy to read!