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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

Times Read: 1

Excerpt: "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."

My Rambles: I know fights are supposed to be fast paced but I feel the whole book went to quickly. Also I swear the copy I have gave no indication that it was a part two or companion novel (I'm not really sure which it technically is since I haven't read the prior one). I got a bit over half way through and just looking at the remaining amount I didn't see how it could end without another book. Jokes on me though. The end was way too fast. Some things were glossed over in a way that made no sense to me. Like people would just leave the room for the main characters to be alone for no reason. No one else noticed anything between them for them to be like "oh I should help them by leaving"

The reunion of Tova and her family was rushed too. It was a very shallow book to me, in terms of emotion. I never got a real connection with any of the characters in a way I feel a reader should. I could see it all though, just couldn't feel it. Because of that fact it was easy for me to pull away which makes me sad. Material is great, not so much on the delivery. I now have to go find the first one. It will likely make a few scenes make more sense but still. I will say it put me in a writing mood though so that's nice.

Recommend: 5/10

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