Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, 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 if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.
A lush, Viking-age inspired fantasy about loyalty, forgiveness, and the definition of family.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 Stars
Welp, another five star read for me. I need to dislike a book really soon before you all think I’m a huge softie! I thought that last year was an incredible reading year, but 2018 is impressing the hell out of me already! Sky in the Deep was just so incredibly beautiful and held an incredibly powerful message.
Eelyn was fierce. I mean seriously fierce. As in, if she and Aelin from Throne of Glass met in a fight, I would bet on Eelyn. The best thing about her for me was that while she was fierce and a warrior, she was not afraid to face her feelings. And man, did this girl feel during this book. Hate, anger, betrayal, love: her emotions were all over the spectrum and I was right there feeling them with her.
The romance in Sky in the Deep was beautiful. It wasn’t a focal point, but it was present and so well done. What really touched me though, was the building of other relationships. There was so much hatred at the beginning of this book and over the course of it, Young really showed how that hatred can grow and fester. It was a breathtaking novel about the importance of overcoming that hate. I feel so mushy just thinking about it, but the overall message of Sky in the Deep was so incredible and relevant in today’s day and age.
The descriptions were absolutely beautiful and I was completely transported while reading. I felt as though I was right there on the battlefield with Eelyn. My stomach dropped when she was in danger, my stomach fluttered when hers did, and I was just so completely engrossed that I barely managed to pull myself away to sleep last night and work this morning.
My Takeaway: Not only is Sky in the Deep incredibly written, it shares an important message. It contains a fierce main character and a wonderful love story. If I hadn’t known, I never would’ve expected that this was Adrienne Young’s debut novel – it was that well done.