Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Sky in the Deep #1 (Standalone)
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Vikings and Norse mythology
Content Warnings: sexual assault, slavery, gore
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.
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
This is a harsh story of survival. Eelyn grew up on one side of a rivalry between warring clans. When she is captured and taken in by the enemy, she discovers their way of life is not so different from her own…but with generations of strife between the two clans, she does not see how lasting peace could ever be possible.
Eelyn is a perfect YA heroine. She is a strong warrior, fiercely loyal, and deeply. compassionate. There is a slow burn romance, but you never get the sense that Eelyn needs a man to be a complete; she is fully capable on her own without him.
This slow building story focuses on survival and emotional connections between people. The writing was incredible, but I wanted a little something more from the story. The book was slow to get into, and the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly. I also thought some of the depictions of war and torture were a bit gory for YA. Still, I loved the depth to this story, and I can’t wait to read more of Adrienne Young’s books!