Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: April 24th, 2018
Summary: 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.
I’m surprised I haven’t reviewed this book yet, and I’m kind of ashamed since I read it a few months back. That’s how behind I am. But yes.
I loved this book! I thought it was really interesting! My only comment was that it didn’t feel like a viking setting. I don’t really know the setting was supposed to be based off Vikings if the summary in the back didn’t tell me.
But I really did enjoy Sky in the Deep though, and I thought the characters were super interesting and the world was unique. I didn’t mind that much that I couldn’t really tell it was supposed to be viking-ish. The setting and such didn’t give me that clue, but I think what really let me fall into the viking aspect of the novel was the characters.
Eelyn really made me feel that way being herself and the way she lived her life and fought. I really did feel bad for her in a way because she loved her brother and she was super shocked and upset when she found out he was alive and didn’t really bother to come back to her and her family. The idea that he was like that saddened me. I could tell she was upset and it hit her like a punch in the gut. She worked hard to let it not affect her but I think when she did that, you could tell how much it bothered her. I mean I would feel the same way in her position. I think that is why I was sort of proud of her that in the end she overcame what was bothering her with her brother Iri and tried her best to reconnect with him because in the end she really loved him. She was just a strong person, and I liked that she was tough and at the same time was able to let herself fall in love with someone that she deemed different from her.
Fiske and her were totally opposite in beliefs and everything, and their tribes were enemies for the longest time. But she was able to put aside her hate of him and his people, for his sake, and the sake of everyone. And that also goes along with her putting herself last and doing whatever she could to make sure her loved ones were safe. That shows just how great of a character she was. And her relationships with the other characters in the story were great to see. I liked seeing her relationship develop with Fiske, who I thought was the cutest! I loved him! He’s so dark and broody, but he loved Iri like he was his own blood brother. Them being from opposite tribes never stood in the way of them being best friends and brothers. I thought was so really great and I really enjoyed their friendship during the novel. But their sexual tension was just…wow! I would get on the edge of my seat when they were in a scene in the story together. You could tell they were attracted to each other and were starting to feel more feelings for each other, and that is what made me like them so much! Their tension was just addicting and I couldn’t get enough of it.
I was trash for it.
Also Eelyn’s relationship with Inge was so important I think in the novel. Eelyn lost her mother years previous, and while Inge wouldn’t be able to take the place of her mother, Inge was a good person to help her out and do what she could for her and step into that motherly role in a way. I mean Eelyn was a hard person to get along with, but Inge was stubborn and didn’t let it bother her. I guess what I am trying to say that while Inge isn’t Eelyn’s mother, she was someone I could see would be willing and able to step into that role and help her like only a mother could.
I do think my favorite relationship besides Fiske and Eelyn’s growing relationship, was Eelyn and Myra’s relationship. They are best friends and fighting partners. They pretty much know each other like the back of their hands. They were friends through and through, and no matter what they had each other’s back. I just thought it was such a good friendship, and I do wish we got more of it because I wanted to know more about them and see more into their relationship.
But overall this novel was great and I loved the storyline and the characters and thought it was really action packed and full of things going on. I liked seeing the characters develop in this story and see where they ended up in the end. I didn’t expect it to do this way for Eelyn but I am happy it did and I am happy she’s with someone who makes her happy, even if it was the last person she expected. That’s sometimes always the best way to meet someone.
Again highly recommend this novel and I think many people will really enjoy it!
Have you read this book yet? What did you think?