Book Review: Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
Title: Sky in the Deep Author: Adrienne Young Publisher: Wednesday Books Release date: April 24th 2018 Genre: Young Adult History
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 adore that cover so much! It’s simple but it really fits the story, and also, that hair! I need those braids in my life! It so much easier to love a good book when the cover completely agrees with you.
I raced through this story like a train. It was amazing and everything I was looking for. I’m so happy I already got the chance to read this.
The story itself was really great. I haven’t read any books about Vikings before (or that I can remember) and it made this book something new and fresh. It had everything a book needs; character development, a great story, action and a romance. It’s a beautiful story about a family that finds each other after years apart. The emotional parts combined with all the fighting made it impossible to be bored by it. The highly emotional scenes quickly switched with the battle scenes and it made the story very intense.
Another great aspect were the characters. It was really easy to connect with them and feel for them. In the beginning when Eelyn found out her brother wasn’t dead, I was probably more angry with the whole Riki clan than Eelyn herself. My favourite Character was Fiske, he sounds like someone I could easily be friends with in real life. He was strait forward and didn’t allow drama, which is something I can really admire in someone. I didn’t 100% get the brother, he was too vague at times which made me even more angry with him. It was amazing how the author was able to change what I felled for the different characters so much in a book that isn’t really long. The romance came a bit out of the blue, I didn’t expected that to happen. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t liked it because by the end of the book I was so happy with how everything turned out.
One tiny detail, I would love to have read more about the lives of the people. There already was a great deal about it, but I was still curious to know more about there believes and the lives of the other villages. This isn’t really a critique because the story really was extraordinary already. It’s just something that would have made me love this book even more. I also wouldn’t have been mad if the book was 100 pages longer.
It’s a really sad thing that this is a stand alone, I would love to read more about the characters and see how there lives go on.