SKY IN THE DEEP
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release date: April 24th 2018
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.
And now my heart belongs to them.
Sky in the Deep is an incredible and refreshing YA Fantasy novel. The world-building is fascinating and very well-done, with a setting that works great as a background for an intriguing, tense, and action-filled plot. The characters are layered and complex and, with a fast pace, it’s a delight to read about them struggling with honor, betrayal, and love.
Adrienne Young shows so much promise with this debut novel. The writing is engaging and really hooks you in right from the start. The characters, even being Vikings, are somehow super relatable. There is so much emotion in each page and character interaction that makes it hard to put this novel down.
I am!!! in love!!!! Sky in the Deep blew past any and all kind of expectations I had. This is an amazing standalone story that captures your attention right from the very first chapter. The action and set up to the story are amazing, and the story only gets better the more you read.
Eelyn, as a narrative voice, is wonderful. She’s a great main character and it’s really easy to connect with her and feel her pain. Her character development throughout the book is also very well-done, as she struggles and changes her perspective. That can also be said for all side-characters: they’re all interesting in their own right.
Action is a really big part of the novel and it’s all so well-written. The fast pace and, at times, slow build up to it is so so so good. There’s also a slight sprinkle of romance that works really well with the overall plot, although the focus of the novel is very much on familial relationships and the rising tensions between clans.
In the end, Sky in the Deep is a unique and lovely read. The plot is very well written and developed, the characters are easy to connect and relate to, and the struggles the characters face are interesting. The setting only helps to bring it all together, and the sweet ending is the perfect way to balance out and contrast a rather striking beginning. Definitely recommend this to all Fantasy fans, especially those looking for something new!