Title: Sky In The Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: Young Adult: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: April 24th2018 by Wednesday Books
My Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
Trigger warnings for abuse, animal death, torture and attempted rape/sexual assault. Please tread carefully if you’re planning to read this one!
I’ve been so excited to read this book since I first heard about it, and read this in two-ish days. This book definitely did not disappoint me, and I’m so happy to have read it. For a debut novel, I found this book to be very engaging and the writing to be lovely and fluent, allowing me to immerse myself into the world. It’s also about Vikings/inspired by Vikings, which I’ve been obsessed about recently so yeah haha.
“Vegr yfir fjor.” Honor above life.
THINGS I LIKED:
- The idea of the novel, I found that the plot was engaging from the beginning, and the synopsis had me wondering how Eelyn’s brother survived and why he was fighting against his birth clan. And just warrior clan stories are definitely know a favourite. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read a story like this
- The writing in this is so amazing! I loved how the story began right as a battle was about to take place, which immediately hooked me into the story and kept me on edge.
- I liked how females were able to fight and be warriors to and there was NO judgement whatsoever. It’s just that in so many historical fiction and fantasy novels, female warriors have to prove their worth to be accepted in society, but here, fighting was a norm and was expected
- I like Eeyln’s character, she’s fierce, loyal and stubborn. But there are still moments where I find her to be a tad bit annoying. Even so, I like that she was able to look past her teachings of the Riki clan being horrible people, in order to save both clans.
- I adore Fiske, he’s protective and despite many cold and harsh words, it’s clear that he has a kind and caring heart. I love how protective he is of both his family, even those who are not blood related to him.
- Eeyln and Fiske’s relationship developed from enemies to lovers, which is one of my favourite troupes. They’re so cute together and I definitely ship them
- Halvad is probably my favourite character in this book. He is Fiske’s younger brother, and is literally the sweetest, most innocent child ever. Despite being taught that the Aska clansman are their enemies, he still tries to befriend Eeyln and does everything to help her feel comfortable. HE NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS!!
- I enjoyed the fighting scenes, they were detailed and vivid, and, okay a little gory, but they’re warriors so you can’t expect any less. I also liked how we get to know about both clans and we see that they thinkthey’re different from one another but they’re really the same, just with different gods/goddesses
- The pacing of the story was mostly fast, keeping me on edge most of the time and focuses on the topics of family, friendship, honour and loyalty.
I’d envied Iri my whole life for his open heart, and now mine had been pried open too.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- So, I went into this expecting a fantasy read, but the novel mostly read as a historical-fiction type? Like it’s a story inspired by Vikings so most of the inspiration is there, and I just expected a more fantasy type story so I was slightly disappointed
- I kind of feel like the solution for the ruthless clan that attacked both the Riki and Aska clans was rushed and unrealistic. I guess it was mostly because the novel is a standalone, but I feel like it should have been longer to make the resolution seem more believable
- I found the story to be a little slow towards the middle, but it picks up after a little while, so I’m not complaining too much.
Overall, I adored this book, and it’s one of my favourite reads this year. I would recommend reading this because it has such a cute and slow-burn enemies-to-lovers relationship between Fiske and Eelyn, such wonderful sibling relationships between Fiske, Halvad and Iri & Eelyn and Iri, and such string female friendships between Eelyn and her best friend. The relationships in this story are amazing, and the story itself is fast-paced and intense. 10/10 would recommend you pick this up!
Have you read Sky In The Deep yet? If so, did you like it? If not, will you pick it up?