Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: April 24th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Why did I choose to read Sky in the Deep?
If I remember correctly, I saw this book on Instagram and was instantly drawn to the cover. The artwork was beautiful, dark and fierce and I was intrigued by it. After seeing many positive reviews, I decided to go ahead and buy it. I opted for the physical version, and since the book was originally released in April 2018, only the hard cover format was available.
Beautiful, dark and fierce
Those are the three words I would use to describe Eelyn, the main character of Sky in the Deep. Eelyn was raised as a warrior, from a long line of warriors, and fights every year for her clan’s survival during fighting season. Her clan, the Aska, have always been at war with the enemy clan, the Riki, and it has always been that simple in Eelyn’s mind. That is, until she sees her brother on the battlefield, her brother who died five years ago, fighting amongst the Riki.
Eelyn is taken prisoner by the Riki, and much to her dismay, she begins to see things are not so simple, after all. There is her brother, whom she despises for his betrayal, and his adopted family. Then, there is Fiske, her brother’s adoptive brother and fighting mate, with whom she seems to grow closer to…Then, there is another enemy, a more dangerous and crueller enemy than the Riki.
Will Eelyn be able to save herself and return to her clan? Or, more importantly, will she be able to save both clans, and unite them against the common enemy?
What did I think of Sky in the Deep?
I really liked this book. Honestly, I hadn’t read a Young Adult or Fantasy novel in a while, and this just made me want to get right back to it. I liked the main character, her evolution and growth. I didn’t find her annoying or immature in the least, which I sometimes do in YA novels (which is, you know, normal, seeing as they are for teenagers, or “young adults” (Am I a young adult?)).
Anyway, I liked Eelyn, she was a strong and fierce main female character. Also, her love story didn’t seem tacky or obvious or out of character, and I liked him.
As for the story telling, I thought it was well written and I could easily immerse myself in the Viking-fighting-survival-kind-of world. The pace of the story was fine too.
My only complaint about this book, and the reason why I didn’t give it five stars, is that it was too short (I want more!). I found it was sometimes lacking in details and development. I thought the author could have described the fighting scenes more and the background story between the two enemy clans. Also, I thought the terrible and cruel common enemy, the Herja, were a bit downplayed: I would have loved to know a bit more about them.
All in all, I haven’t read a book this fast in a long time (about 3 days). I recommend this read for anyone who loves epic stories, with a little bit of family drama and love thrown in there.
Have you read Sky in the Deep? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!
Until next time!