Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 24th 2018
Synopsis: 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 read Sky in the Deep in one day, which honestly hasn’t happened in a bit of a while. But the story… I mean I thought I would be ready when I understood that there were Vikings. I wasn’t quite prepared for how violent it would be. And how emotional. This was an intense read for me. The main character, Eelyn, is harshly treated in many scenes, particularly in the beginning, which left me confused as to how to feel about those taking her in. But once I got to the ending, I felt better about the story and how the events turned out.
Eelyn is an Aska warrior, a tribe who has fought the Riki since the beginning. Honor is above everything for her, and she fights as bravely as she can. One day in battle, she sees her brother, Iri. The brother she thought she saw dead five years ago. After following him, she is captured by the Riki. Taken in by her brother’s new family as a dyr, she learns what has become of Iri since she last saw him. And what she learns defies all of her beliefs. But living with the Riki will test her resolve and determination. When a force threatens the lives of both the Aska and Riki, Eelyn will need to fight for those she cares most for.Read More »