Book Review: The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

The Girl the Sea Gave Back

A girl with a magnificent skill is found as a child by a nearby clan who use her gift to grow their own power. When she seeks to see their future in the face of clan conflict over war or peace, what she sees will change everyone’s lives around her.


  • I love that this is a standalone series with tie-ins to the previous book but with a focus on different main characters. My own series, Sea the Depths, is planned the same way.
  • Again, the detailed setting, historical elements, and general environment in which the characters exist and interact was engrossing.
  • The feelings and thoughts of the characters, while still slightly foreign as in book 1, were believable and almost relatable given the well-developed world.
  • I really enjoyed the focal characters, and that, in addition to being warriors, they had such rich beliefs and experience with otherworldly skills.

Least Favorites:

  • While the fight scenes were still well choreographed, they didn’t hold my attention as well as those in book 1.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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