This is a spoiler-free review of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. This is a spectacular fantasy with hints of Vikings flair, filled with a strong, empowering girl.
I received a copy of this book thanks to Wednesday Books! All comments and thoughts are my own.
Book Summary, thanks to 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.
WOW, I AM SERIOUSLY FANGIRLING ABOUT THIS BOOK. It didn’t disappoint. Seriously. It absolutely surpassed all of my expectations.
When I had first heard of this book, I knew I needed to get my hands on it. As soon as I did, I was glued to the pages from start to finish.
One of my favorite things about this book is the lovely protagonist, Eelyn. She is strong, and not because of trauma or troubles. She is strong because she is! I think this is a refreshing take on a powerful character.
The atmosphere of the novel is spectacular. The balance between the lands, as well as the characters (and their clans) was wonderful. Reading the culture created in this book was so much fun!
And squeals, the hints of romance made my heart scream! Seriously! Once someone has read this, please fan girl with me. Really. It’s just that good.
Amazing character and setting. Easy to understand with a strong voice and great pacing.