Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
Published April 24th, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Genres YA Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages 352 pages
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.
This book was absolutely amazing! It is definitely on my list of all time favorites and my first 5 star read of the year. If you haven’t already, definitely pre-order this book. I can’t wait to get a physical copy because the cover is also amazing.
There were so many things I loved about this book and one of them was the main character Eelyn. The book opens with Eelyn headed into battle with her clan, the Aska, against their rival clan, the Riki, who they fight every 5 years. The book instantly grabbed my attention and I really became invested in Eelyn’s story. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but something stops Eelyn on the battlefield and she ends up being taken by the Riki clan. I loved the Viking feel of this book and world building was fantastic. I could picture the villages, characters and all their ax wielding glory easily in my mind. I was a bit weary about this book because in young adult fantasy books, I prefer a mix of elements, such as fighting and romance. This book did a very good job at balancing out many different elements.
There are many great battle scenes involving many different characters and the Viking clans in themselves were just so interesting to me. The workings of their village and just how they are going about their everyday lives. I also really liked this book because it put a lot of emphasis on not only the importance of family, but how people who aren’t blood relatives often become our family as well. I really liked all of the characters in the book and enjoyed watching as their interactions and relationships with one another change. And there is some romance in the book, which I of course love, but it never takes the story away from the main plot line. And I really liked the way the author ended the book. I do believe right now that this book is meant to be a stand alone, but I’m am so hoping that the author continues this story and either writes a sequel or that this book is the beginning to a series because I absolutely loved it.
Thank you to the publisher, Wednesday Books, for sending me an ARC of this book.