Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publish Date: April 24, 2018
# of Pages: 352
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(From Goodreads) 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.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 4
Ending – 3
Characters – 3
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young is a vikings-inspired tale that features Eelyn as she navigates an ancient rivalry between clans and discovers that sometimes family can extend to those who are not blood.
Sky in the Deep was a great read! It’s well-written, and the action is consistent throughout the story. I appreciated the unique setting in this book–I’m not sure I’ve ever read another book inspired by vikings before.
The plot unfolds quickly. Every few pages you’re at the end of your seat, wondering what’s going to happen next. There’s intrigue, anguish, grief, and a dash of romance–this book has it all. I really liked Eelyn’s interactions with the Riki (her enemy) and how those interactions evolve over time. What Eelyn learns about the Riki and herself is inspiring.
While I really enjoyed the book, I didn’t love the ending. It felt too Disney–too “and they all lived happily ever after.” I didn’t think the ending was realistic or in line with the rest of book. It was still an okay ending, but I would have preferred something with a little more grit.
The characters in Sky in the Deep were interesting, though it took me a little while to form a connection with them. I enjoyed Eelyn’s character, even though I found her frustrating at times. Eelyn is a tough protagonist, and she does what she has to to survive. I also really enjoyed Fiske’s character. Fiske stands behind his honor and will protect his family at all costs. His interactions with Eelyn were fun to read.
Overall, this book was well worth the reading time. I’m glad I requested it through NetGalley, and I would happily add a finished copy to my shelf. If you’re looking for a stand-alone book in a sea of young adult series, this book is worth checking out!
Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read Sky in the Deep? If so, did you like it? If not, is it on your TBR list?
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