Published by Wednesday Books on April 24th 2018
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young is a book I’ve been excited for since the summary came out. Vikings! Battles! Intrigue! What’s not to be excited for? In case you don’t know, Sky in the Deep follows Eelyn, an Aska warrior brought up to fight her people’s enemy, the Riki. Until one day, during the battle, she sees her brother she watched die years ago fighting alongside the enemy. In this case, curiosity doesn’t kill the Aska cat, but it certainly does get her captured by the Riki.
At its core, Sky in the Deep tells the story of family and what it means to be family. As with any longstanding feud, the stories each side tells dehumanizes the enemy and makes them an other. However, as Eelyn tries to survive and live among the Riki, she learns that they’re more alike than not.
As a romance lover, I’m happy to report there is a small, tantalizing, but satisfying romantic subplot. The romantic interludes are delicious and delightful. With such a serious story of survival, the romance was a nice change in pace.
Despite the fantastic, almost-otherworldly setting, you can’t help but identify with these characters. They’re fighting an age-old struggle and the characters are trying to find common ground with an enemy they didn’t think they had anything in common with. And yet, they do. A beautifully crafted story, you don’t want to miss this gorgeous YA vikings novel about family, identity, and survival.
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