Publication date: 3 September 2019
The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.
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.
Spectacular writing. Her battle scenes writing never fails to have me sucking them all up in one glup, hungry for more. I always hold my breath when I read her books because you never know what will happen next. I was truly mind blown. I stopped breathing during the war scenes in fear for all my favourite characters and oh my gosh, I felt it. I felt as though I was there as a ghost watching everything unfurl in front of my eyes, watching their fate come to life and I couldn’t do anything to save them. I watch how their tales spin in the hands of fate (aka spinners) and I watch it come true. There were moment where I truly stop breathing and stood up from the edge of my seat. I was that sucked into the world.
Many would say that the world building in this book wasn’t complex, they are right if they hadn’t read the Sky in the Deep, the first book. This book is set in the same world as that one. It takes place after the war that united both Aska & Riki clans. The Aska worship the God, Sigr and the Riki are the ones who worship the Goddess, Thora. Every five years, both clans would fight each under to defeat their God’s & Goddess’s enemy. That is until one warrior from each clan united both clans.
Under a new sky of peace for both clans that became one, this story tells the tale of two people from two different roots come together to meet their fate, Tova from a clan called but lives with the Svell and Halvard from the Nadir (the united clan of Askas and Rikis)
Tova was took in by the Svell clan when she was washed ashore when she was a kid. In exchange, she used her gift as a Truthtongue to cast the stones to determine the future of the Svell people. For the first time in generations, the Svell clan is thriving and growing in numbers & strength while others struggle. Tova was commanded to cast the stones to tell the future of the Svell and answer their ongoing debate that caused separation in the clan : Should they go to war with the Nadirs?
Halvard is the child of the new generation of Nadir, the united clan of Askas and Rikis. He is the child that never went to fight in battle during the fighting seasons because he was so young. He and Eelyn have a special relationship, their love is stronger than steel. In Sky in the Deep, Eelyn constantly protects Halvard from danger even though they were not related. It is nice to see him as a main character in this book after seeing him be a kid in the first one. He is the chosen person to be the leader of the Nadir, the next in line to lead. The question at hand is . . .Will he lead them to war or peace?
Death lingers on every page and I am genuinely afraid of what I’ll read next. Yet, at the same time, I’m starving for more, More, MORE. Phenomenal. If you listen to Lord of the Rings battle soundtrack while reading the battle scenes in this book. You’ll feel the clang of metal and smell the copper of blood. 😂 I’m an imaginative individual.