Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed along the shore when she was a child. The Svell use her ability to cast the rune stones and see the future for their own gain. The memories of her family are long forgotten, and all she has left are the strange markings she bares on her body making her a Truthtongue. The Svell do not really like her and fear she is a curse that the Gods have sent to their clan. They end up starting a war with the allied clans not only to protect their new found power but to show that they are the one true clan. These events lead to untold secrets, giving Tova something she thought she will never be able to have again- a family.
I really wanted to love this book because I have been looking forward to reading it for so long. I’m not saying it was a bad book either, it just wasn’t for me. The premise of the story was rather interesting and I Really liked that it gave you a “Viking” kind of feel to it. It had cool weapons and bows and arrows. Honestly, who doesn’t like sort of thing in a fantasy novel? It had a lot of cool elements I typically like in fantasy and that was more than enough to have made me like it just a little.
Young did an incredible job with the world building in this novel. If her intentions were to make you feel cold, it definitely worked out well. There were several scenes in the book that really intensified my imagination and made me picture a snowy, cold world. Although I have never traveled to Norway, it really gave me those Nordic vibes.
What made me dislike this book is the fact that I felt absolutely zero connection to any of the characters. I am a Character driven reader and I did not feel anything for these characters. Tova has an interesting background and interesting capabilities but she lacked any sign of personality. She just resembled a bland piece of meat which could have had the potential to be a nice juicy steak (why did I compare this to food?). The other characters in the story made the story flow but I did not feel anything towards any of them either.
Ugh! This review feels very short but I really don’t have much else to say. I am being nothing but honest with you here. The story flows very quickly and its an easy read. I recommend it to you if you’re looking for something fast to read in between books. This was not a bad story, I just don’t think it was meant for me. I am sure that there are lots of people out there that will like it more than I did. I rated this 3.5 stars. If you decide to pick this up, please feel free to let me know your thoughts on it.