Sky in The Deep Releases today! I posted an ARC review before but today I will be going more in depth! So sit back, relax, and read all about this amazing book. Then go pick one up for yourself. You will thank me later!
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, god-decreed rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: train to fight and fight to 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.
Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. Now, 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 settling in the valley, 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 tried to kill her the day she was captured. 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 find a way to forgive her brother while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Reading SKY IN THE DEEP will make you want to pick up your own battle axe and run straight into battle with Young’s heroine. A must read for any fantasy addict, action lover, or fan of addicting stories, this debut embodies “Ond Eldr” or “breathe fire” as Eelyn inspires the reader to attack problems with courage and power.
My Review: A raw, emotional, and heart racing story that takes you into the world a warrior. This book had me right from the cover. It draws you in and promises that this will not be a fluffy story. Indeed it is dark, real, detailed, and thoughtful. The author painted a picture of the Riki and Aska clans battles and the wounds left from it. Eelyn is a hardened warrior who would rather die than be taken by the enemy. But maybe the enemy is just like she is. Now faced with decisions she never thought she would have to and find a way to bring the clans together to save them all.
Is this for you? Do you enjoy enemies to lovers? Deep moving books that have to overcome the odds? A book that makes you think and rethink your own views? Then this is definitely for you!
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.
Don’t Believe me about how amazing this book is? Alright well check out some other reviews!
“Young has built a detailed culture into in which her characters thrive. This intensely authentic story will appeal to adult readers as well as teens.” –Romantic Times, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick!
“Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP is full of bloody action and eternal feuds but it is Eelyn’s halting, painful transformation and the tender depictions of loving human bonds in all their iterations that make this novel truly ond eldr: ‘breathe fire.'” – Shelf Awareness
“A brutal new viking inspired fantasy, SKY IN THE DEEP brings us one of the most badass new main characters we’ve ever read…She knows what she believes in—just like how we believe that you need to read this book!” – EpicReads, “The 12 Most Exciting Books Coming in Spring 2018”
“Readers looking for a fierce heroine who isn’t afraid to be ruthless will fall head over heels for Eelyn.” – Bookish, “Spring 2018’s Most-Anticipated Young Adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy”
“Adrienne Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP is a YA Viking fantasy like nothing you’ve seen before.” – Bustle
“Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, THE SKY IN THE DEEP is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages.” – Stephanie Garber, New York Times Bestselling author of Caraval
“Bleak, beautiful, and deadly, SKY IN THE DEEP is both a gritty, gut-wrenching tale of war and a thoughtful meditation on identity, family, and faith–a story with the ferocity of its main character as well as her raw and tender heart.” – Traci Chee, New York Times Bestselling author of The Reader
“SKY IN THE DEEP is a delicious tale filled with fierce battles, shocking betrayal, and a slow-burn romance that’s as hard fought as the wars raging between the two clans. Readers will welcome this vivid gift to the fantasy genre, as will fans of darkly lush historical settings. Wholly unique and instantly addictive, I was captivated from its opening lines.” – Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
“Brutal and beautiful, with breakneck pacing and starring a heroine that will make you want to run into battle with her, SKY IN THE DEEP is a stunning debut that will leave readers enchanted and breathless all at once.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
“With SKY IN THE DEEP, Adrienne Young has brought to life fascinating, multi-dimensional characters in a starkly beautiful world. Everything is rich and evocative. The ice melts against your skin at the same time the adrenaline takes hold of your heart. This is a gripping story, richly told.” – Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn
“Heartrending, heart-mending: this book broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then put it back together even stronger than before.” – Kayla Olsen, Bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire