Today I’ve got a special Sunday Street Team review of Adrienne Young’s debut Sky in the Deep. Check out my thoughts, book and author info, purchase links, and giveaway details below!
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 352 Format: eARC Source: NG
I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
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.
If you’re looking for an action-packed, emotional adventure than Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep should definitely be on your radar. It’s full of warring clans, tested loyalties, intriguing family dynamics, and a whole lot of heart. I was immediately drawn in and would love to have basked in the beauty of this book except I needed to know what the endgame.
The Aska and Riki are two Viking clans that have been at odds since the gods/goddesses they worship fell out and the fighters meet on the battlefield every five years. Eelyn is an Aska, fierce in battle and strong willed, but her heart is ripped in two when she discovers her dead brother fighting for the enemy. Soon enough she’ll realize the people she’s been conditioned to hate might not be so different from herself.
This entire book took my breath away. The writing was descriptive and eloquent providing beautiful visuals that made the reader really soak it all in. Plus the story itself was crafted with such intensity. From the battle sequences to the quiet conversations, every single moment served a purpose and the narrative flowed freely. Honestly everything just fit perfectly in place.
Overall Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young was a gripping story of survival with incredible character dynamics and beautiful settings. Eelyn’s struggle was incredibly emotional and the fighting was just as intense. The depth of the narrative was an unexpected surprise and I just fell in love with the story. I totally recommend this to fans of thrilling fantasy!
About the Author
Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
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