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.
Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
- Young Adult
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Sky in the Deep tells the story of a young viking named Eelyn who’s captured by her rival clan, the Riki. Among the Riki is her brother, Iri, whom she thought was dead. Eventually, Eelyn has to make the choice to join her Aska clan and the Riki together to defeat the Herja.
I really enjoyed this story! The author did a great job with world-building. You can tell she did her research. I know next to nothing about vikings but Ms. Young painted a very clear picture for her readers. Eelyn was fierce and loyal. She was a young girl who kicked ass on the front line during battle!
This novel was filled with fighting, killing, and lots of gore. I loved it. This author did not shy away from the violence in this novel. I actually found myself getting a little squeamish at times. It was awesome!
Although this story was not romance heavy, there was a romance mixed in with all the epic battle and bloodshed. Eelyn and Fiske’s romance was subtle, but that just made it have more of an impact.
“I don’t belong to you.”
“Yes, you do.” He pulled the hair back out of my face so he could look at me. “Like I belong to you.”
Eelyn’s love for her people was palpable. She had an undying love and devotion to the Aska and it was interesting to read about her conflicting emotions regarding her loyalties. Although she hated the Riki, Eelyn comes to see them in a different light and she sometimes struggled with her acceptance of them.
I do wish the ending was a little longer. It felt a little bit rushed but at the same time, it did not leave me with any unanswered questions. I just think it could have been drawn out a tiny bit more.
Overall, this was a great read. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author! Her writing style flowed smoothly and she did a great job with character development.
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About The Author
YA fantasy author, SKY IN THE DEEP (4.24.18) & UNTITLED (2019) from Wednesday Books. Agent: Barbara Poelle, IGLA
Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
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