Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

April 23, 2018

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 her brother on the battlefield fighting alongside 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. Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while putting her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

The excerpt pretty much sums it up. We follow this kick-ass viking girl named Eelyn who’s clan is in a constant fight with a rival clan named Riki. She sees her brother on the battlefield fighting on the wrong side of the clans – a brother she thought was dead. Eelyn then begins a journey to unwrap the truth about her brother and in the process she learns more than she bargained for.

I honestly have mixed feelings about this book. I had a hard time trying to connect with the world or the main character Eelyn, because there is no introduction whatsoever. With all the words, names and terms that were thrown around from the very beginning like Riki, Aska, Tala, Aghi and so on, it took me a while to figure it all out and it made the reading pace really slow. I sometimes had to re-read passages through again to understand the context before I could move on with the story. On the bright side, I really liked the action, the fighting scenes and the family/tribe bonds. The writing style is decent as well and let’s be honest – who doesn’t love vikings? The setting and overall fight-or-die atmosphere was my favorite elements and I will definitely be purchasing this book, once it’s out. I’m positive I’ll have a better reading experience the second time around with less confusion and the physical copy to flip through, should I forget some terms again.

I was excited to receive Sky in the Deep through NetGalley and happy I finished before the publication date!

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