Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep

by Adrienne Young

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ISBN-13: 9781250168450
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 3,841
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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.

Adrienne is the author of Sky in the Deep.

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CHAPTER 1

"They're coming."

I looked down the row of Aska hunched against each other, ducking behind the muddy hill. The fog sat on the field like a veil, but we could hear it. The blades of swords and axes brushing against armor vests. Quick footsteps in sucking mud. My heart beat almost in rhythm with the sounds, pulling one breath in and letting it touch another before I let it go.

My father's rasping whistle caught my ears from down the line and I searched the dirt-smeared faces until I found a pair of bright blue eyes fixed on me. His gray-streaked beard hung braided down his chest behind the axe clutched in his huge fist. He tipped his chin up at me and I whistled back — our way of telling each other to be careful. To try not to die.

Myra's hand lifted the long braid over my shoulder and she nodded toward the field. "Together?"

"Always." I looked behind us where our clansmen stood shoulder to shoulder in a sea of red leathers and bronze, all waiting for the call. Myra and I had fought for our place at the front.

"Watch that left side." Her kol-rimmed eyes dropped down to the broken ribs behind my vest.

"They're fine." I glared at her, insulted. "If you're worried, fight with someone else."

She shook her head, dismissing me before she stood to check my armor one last time. I tried not to wince as she tightened the fastenings I'd intentionally left a bit loose. She pretended not to notice, but I caught the look in her eye.

"Stop worrying about me." I ran a hand over the right side of my head where my hair was shorn to the scalp under the length of the braids.

I pulled her hand toward me to secure the straps of her shield onto her arm by memory. We'd been fighting mates for the last five years and I knew every piece of her armor as well as she knew every badly mended bone in my body.

"I'm not worried," she smirked, "but I'll bet my supper that I kill more Riki than you today." She tossed my axe to me.

I pulled my sword from my scabbard with my right hand and caught the axe with my left. "Vegr yfir fjor."

She settled her arm all the way into her shield, lifting it up over her head in an arc to stretch her shoulder before she repeated it back to me. "Vegr yfir fjor."

Honor above life.

The first whistle cut into the air from our right, warning us to get ready, and I closed my eyes, feeling the steadiness of the earth beneath my feet. The sounds of battle rushing toward us bled together as the deep-throated prayers of my clansmen rose up around me like smoke from a wildfire. I let the words march out under my breath, asking Sigr to guard me. To help me bring down his enemies.

"Go!"

I reared back and swung my axe, sending it deep into the earth, and launched myself up and over the hill, flying forward. My feet hit the dirt and I ran, punching holes into the soft ground with my boots, toward the wall of fog hovering over the field. I kept track of Myra in the corner of my eye as we were swallowed up by it, the cold rushing past us like a spray of water until dark figures appeared in the hazy distance.

The Riki.

The enemies of our god ran toward us in a swarm of fur and iron. Hair tangled in the wind. Sun glinting off blades. I picked up speed at the sight of them, tightening my fingers around my sword as I pushed forward, ahead of the others.

I let the growl crawl up the inside of me, from that deep place that comes alive in battle. I screamed, my eyes settling on a short man with orange furs wrapped up around his shoulders at the front of their line. I whistled to Myra and leaned into the wind, running straight for him. As we neared them, I turned to the side and counted my steps, plotting my path to the moment when the space between us was eaten up by the sound of heavy bodies crashing into each other. I bit down hard as I reached him, my teeth bared. My sword came up behind me, my body lowering to the ground, and I swung it up as I passed, aiming for his gut.

His shield lifted just in time and he threw himself to the left, catching me with its edge. Black spots exploded into my vision as my lungs wheezed behind my sore ribs and the breath refused to return. I stumbled, trying to find my footing before I fell to the ground, and came back with my axe, ignoring the bloom of pain in my side. His sword caught the blade above his head, wrenching it back, but that's all I needed.

His side was wide open.

I sunk my sword into it, finding the seam of his armor vest. His head flew back, his mouth open as he screamed, and Myra's sword came down on his neck in one smooth motion, slicing through the muscle and tendon. I yanked my blade free, pulling a spray of hot blood over my face with it. Myra kicked the man over with the heel of her boot as another shadow appeared in the fog behind her.

"Down!" I shouted, letting my axe fly.

She dropped to the ground and the blade plunged into the chest of a Riki, sending him to his knees. His huge body fell onto her, pinning her to the dirt. The blood bubbling up from his mouth poured out, covering her pale skin in a stark shining red.

I ran to her, hooking my fingers into his armor vest from the other side of his body, and sunk down, pulling him with me. When she was free, she sprang to her feet, finding her sword and looking around us. I gripped the handle of my axe and pried it up, out of the bones in his chest.

The fog was beginning to clear, pushing back in the warmth of the morning light. From the hill, down to the river, the ground was covered with fighting clansmen, all pulling toward the water. Across the field, my father was driving his sword behind him, into the stomach of a Riki. I watched him fling it forward to catch another in the face, his eyes wide with fight and his chest full of thundering war cries.

"Come on!" I called back to Myra as I ran, leaping over the fallen bodies and making my way toward the river's edge, where the fighting was more concentrated.

I caught the back of a Riki's knee with my sword, dropping him to the ground as I passed. And then another, leaving them both for someone else to finish.

"Eelyn!" She called my name just as I slammed into another body, and wide arms wrapped around me, squeezing so hard that the sword slipped from my fingers. I grunted, trying to kick free, but he was too strong. I bit into the flesh of the arm until I tasted blood and the hands shoved me to the ground. I hit hard, gasping for breath as I rolled onto my back and reached for my axe. But the Riki's sword was already coming down on me. I rolled again, finding the knife at my belt with my fingers as I came back up onto my feet and faced him, the breath puffing out before me in white gusts.

Behind me, Myra was fighting in the fog. "Eelyn!"

He lunged for me, swinging his sword up, and I fell back again. It cut through my sleeve and into the thick muscle of my arm. I threw the knife, handle over blade, and he dropped his head to the side. It narrowly missed him, grazing his ear, and when he looked back at me his eyes were on fire.

I scrambled backward, trying to get to my feet as he picked up his sword. My eyes fell to the spilled Aska blood covering his chest and arms as he stalked toward me. Behind him, my sword and my axe lay on the ground.

"Myra!" I shouted, but she was completely out of sight now.

I looked around us, something churning up inside of me that I rarely felt in a fight — panic. I was nowhere near a weapon and there was no way I could take him down with my bare hands. He closed in, gritting his teeth, as he moved like a bear over the grass.

I thought of my father. His soil-stained hands. His deep, booming voice. And my home. The fire flickering in the dark. The frost on the glade in the mornings.

I stood, pressing my fingers into the hot wound at my arm and saying Sigr's name under my breath, asking him to accept me. To welcome me. To watch over my father. "Vegr yfir fjor," I whispered.

He slowed, watching my lips move.

The furs beneath his armor vest blew in the damp breeze, pushing up around his angled jaw. He blinked, pressing his mouth into a straight line as he took the last steps toward me and I didn't run. I wasn't going to be brought down by a blade in my back.

The steel gleamed as he pulled the sword up over his head, ready to bring it back down, and I closed my eyes. I breathed. I could see the reflection of the gray sky on the fjord. The willow bloomed on the hillside. The wind wove through my hair. I listened to the sound of my clansmen raging. Fighting in the distance.

"Fiske!" A deep, strangled voice pierced through the fog, finding me, and my eyes popped open.

The Riki before me froze, his eyes darting to the side where the voice was coming toward us.

Fast.

"No!" A tangle of wild, fair hair barreled into him, knocking his sword to the ground. "Fiske, don't." He took hold of the man's armor vest, holding him in place. "Don't."

Something twisted in my mind, the blood in my veins slowing, my heart stopping.

"What are you doing?" The Riki wrenched free, picking his sword back up off the ground and driving past him, coming for me.

The man turned, throwing his arms around the Riki and swinging him back.

And that's when I saw it — his face.

And I was frozen. I was the ice on the river. The snow clinging onto the mountainside.

"Iri." It was the ghost of a word on my breath.

They stopped struggling, both looking up at me with wide eyes, and it dove deeper within me. What I was seeing. Who I was seeing.

"Iri?" My shaking hand clutched at my armor vest, tears coming up into my eyes. The storm in my stomach churned at the center of the chaos surrounding us.

The man with the sword looked at me, his eyes running over my face, working hard to put something together. But my eyes were on Iri. On the curve of his jaw. His hair — like straw in the sun. The blood smeared across his neck. Hands like my father's.

"What is this, Iri?" The Riki's grip tightened around the hilt of his sword, my blood still thick on its blade.

I could barely hear him. I could barely think, everything washed out in the flood of the vision before me.

Iri stepped toward me slowly, his eyes jumping back and forth on mine. I stopped breathing as his hands came up to my face and he leaned in so close that I could feel his breath on my forehead.

"Run, Eelyn."

He let me go, and my lungs writhed and pulled, begging for air. I turned, looking for Myra in the mist, opening my mouth to call out for my father. But my breath wouldn't come.

He was gone, devoured by the fog, the Riki disappearing with him.

As if they were ghosts.

As if they were never there.

And they couldn't have been. Because it was Iri, and the last time I saw my brother was five years ago. Lying dead in the snow.

CHAPTER 2

I broke through the fog and ran toward the river as fast as my feet would carry me with Myra on my heels, her sword swinging. My eyes were on the trees, in the direction Iri had gone. They jumped from shadow to shadow, looking for a streak of flaxen hair in the darkened forest.

A woman leapt from the tree line, but her shriek was cut off as Myra came from the side, plowing into her with a knife. She dragged it across the woman's throat and dropped her where she stood, falling into step with me again as I ran.

The retreat whistle for the Riki sounded and the bodies, still tangled in battle, parted to reveal the green field now painted red with the death of clansmen. I took off, weaving through the retreating Riki and grabbing hold of the fair-haired men one by one, searching their faces.

"What are you doing?" Myra wrenched me backward, her sharp face pulled in confusion.

The last of them disappeared into the trees behind her and I turned, looking for the blue wool tunic my father was wearing beneath his armor. "Aghi!"

The heads of the Aska in the field turned toward me.

Myra took hold of my arm, pressing the heel of her hand into the wound to stop the bleeding. "Eelyn." She pulled me to her. "What is it? What's wrong?"

I found my father's face across the field, where the fog was still pulling up from the land like a lifting cloud.

"Aghi!" His name was raw in my throat.

His chin lifted at the strangled sound and his eyes searched the body-littered expanse. When they found me, they transfigured from worry into fear. He dropped his shield and ran to me.

I sank to my knees, my head swimming. He fell beside me, hands running over my body and fingers sliding over blood and sweat-soaked skin. He looked me over carefully, dread pushing its way onto his face.

I took hold of his armor vest, pulling him to face me. "It's Iri." The words broke on a sob.

I could still see him. His pale eyes. His fingers touching my face.

My father's gaze went to Myra before the breath that was caught in his chest let go of his panic. He took my face into his hands and looked at me. "What's happened?" His eyes caught sight of the blood still seeping from my arm. He let me go, pulling his knife free to cut at the tunic of the Riki lying dead beside us.

"I saw him. I saw Iri."

He wrapped the torn cloth around my arm, tying it tight. "What are you talking about?"

I pushed his hands from me, crying. "Listen to me! Iri was here! I saw him!"

His hands finally stilled, confusion lighting in his eyes.

"I was fighting a man. He was about to ..." I shuddered, remembering how close to death I'd come — closer than I'd ever been. "Iri came out of the fog and saved me. He was with the Riki." I stood, taking his hand and pulling him toward the tree line. "We have to find him!"

But my father stood like a stone tucked into the earth. His face turned up toward the sky, his eyes blinking against the sunlight.

"Do you hear me? Iri's alive!" I shouted, holding my arm against my body to calm the violent throbbing around the gash.

His eyes landed on me again, tears gathered at the corners like little white flames. "Sigr. He sent Iri's soul to save you, Eelyn."

"What? No."

"Iri's made it to Sólbjorg." His words were frightening and delicate, betraying a tenderness my father never showed. He stepped forward, looking down into my eyes with a smile. "Sigr has favored you, Eelyn."

Myra stood behind him, her green eyes wide beneath her unraveling auburn braids.

"But —" I choked. "I saw him."

"You did." A single tear rolled down my father's rough cheek and disappeared into his beard. He pulled me into him, wrapping his arms around me, and I closed my eyes, the pain in my arm so great now that I could hardly feel my hand.

I blinked, trying to understand. I had seen him. He was there.

"We will make a sacrifice tonight." He let me go before he pressed his hands to my face again. "I don't think I've ever heard you scream for me like that. You scared me, sváss." A laugh was buried deep in his chest.

"I'm sorry," I murmured. "I just ... I thought ..."

He waited for me to meet his eyes again. "His soul is at peace. Your brother saved your life today. Be happy." He clapped a hand against my good arm, nearly knocking me down.

I wiped at my wet cheeks with the palm of my hand, turning from the faces that were still watching me. There were very few times I'd cried in front of my clansmen. It made me feel small. Weak, like the early winter grass beneath our boots.

I sniffed back the tears, piecing my face back together as my father nodded in approval. It was what he had taught me — to be strong. To steel myself. He turned back to the field, getting to work, and I followed with Myra, trying to smooth my ragged breath. To hush the waves crashing in my head. We walked toward our camp, collecting the weapons of fallen Aska warriors along the way. I watched my father from the corner of my eye, still unable to shake Iri's face from my mind.

My feet stopped at the edge of a puddle and I looked at my reflection. Dirt spattered across my angled face and neck. Blood dried in long, golden braids. Eyes a frozen blue, like Iri's. I sucked in a breath, looking up to the thin white clouds brushed across the sky to keep another tear from falling.

"Here," Myra called to me from where she was crouched over an Aska woman. She was lying on her side, eyes open and arms extended like she was reaching for us.

I carefully unbuckled her belt and scabbard, piling them with the others before I started on the armor vest. "Did you know her?"

"A little." Myra reached down to close the woman's eyes with her fingertips. She gently brushed the hair back from her face before she began, the words coming softly. "Aska, you have reached your journey's end."

In the next breath, I joined with her, saying the ritual words we knew by heart. "We ask Sigr to accept your soul into Sólbjorg, where the long line of our people hold torches on the shadowed path."

My voice faded, letting Myra speak first. "Take my love to my father and my sister. Ask them to keep watch for me. Tell them my soul follows behind you."

(Continues…)



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Sky in the Deep 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.” This viking-inspired fantasy story was surprisingly character driven. Outside of some immensely intense action opening and ending the story, this is really about Eelyn’s personal journey rediscovering her brother and learning that their differences don’t define them. I loved seeing the viking culture explored in both the Aska and Riki clans. I loved seeing how their religion and afterlife beliefs influences their actions. It really showcased how the clans were alike and similar. I also like learning some of the legends and politics too - it really helped with the worldbuilding. I really liked Eelyn as a main character. I found it easy to relate to her and I like that she got to express her anger at her brother for disappearing. Although I loved what we saw of the different clans ceremonies, I don’t feel like I know a lot about their gods. I feel like I have a broad understanding of the culture but not specifics, which would have grounded the story for me. I also feel like I don’t really know whe the Herja are - they seemed more like boogeyman, almost supernatural, but I’m not sure. Besides liking Eelyn, I didn’t really connect with the characters. I was upset at Iri for a large part of the story, but I did grow more favorable toward him like Eelyn does. There were some genuinely heartwarming moments that absolutely captivated me, combined with the intense and brutal action created a full and engaging story. The Sky in the Deep is a solid fantasy debut that pulls you into a fantastical world centered on family. I received a copy of the book from Wednesday Books via Netgalley as a part of the SST Blog Tour.
TheLiteraryPhoenix 3 months ago
Sky in the Deep was a phenomenal story with a great main character and love story and fighting scenes written to perfection, so it's an easy book to love. It is a traditional tale of war turned to peace by the words of two young people who have proven that cultural differences can be overcome. It's a time-honored plot, and one I'm absolute trash for. Give me Romeo and Juliet where the young couple doesn't commit untimely suicide any day. Add in some norse mythology and an entwined sibling story AND adorable smol children and I am sold. But even beyond the tropes that I enjoy, Sky in the Deep is genuinely well-written. It has great pacing between the slow town scenes and the riveting action sequences. It has great character growth and a slow love story that is neither too cheesy nor painfully awkward. And this is a story about healing on many different levels, which pulls at your heartstrings. I absolutely LOVE it when a debut book is so astounding, and I can't wait to see what else Adrienne Young has in store for us readers. In the meanwhile - trust the hype on this one. It's fantastic.
Take_Me_AwayPH 6 months ago
OK... *takes deep breath* I was SO excited for this.... Especially with one of the taglines being "Part Wonder Woman, Part Vikings" but when I finally sat down to read it, I have to say, I'm majorly disappointed. Eelyn has been a warrior since birth. She's fought alongside her friend and her late brother. Until she finds out, there's nothing wrong with her brother at all. She immediately tries to get to him when she's captured. This makes her decide if she wants to trust him or not at all. So, the main thing I didn't care for about this book was the fact that there is NO back story. I seriously felt like I was missing some HUGE really telling prequel or something. Like the feeling you get when you read the sequel to something but you've forgotten everything that's happened in the first one. There is a bit of the explanation in the book, but it's seriously like a couple paragraphs and it happens so late in the book. By then I was already confused. If you have written a fantasy book, I'm expecting a fully developed world with details and information. To me, this one didn't have that. I also wasn't a fan of the synopsis. Every plot twist that's in the book, is in the synopsis. There was nothing huge that made me go O_O. This is another staple for me in books. I like for there to be surprises and "OMG's" in books. This one had none of that. Like seriously, the synopsis is exactly what happens in the book. What I DID like was the fight scenes. I LOVED how grusome some of it was. Strange coming from a person who's favorite genre is contemp romance lol but I really was into the fight scenes. At one time I did find myself gasping outloud because it was really gross, but then it wasn't too bad, as Young doesn't dwell on it for very long. I also kind of liked the romance. Although it was easy to see how their story plays out, it was good to see a slow-burn type romance. It was so interesting to see how she melted to him and how she changed over the book to let more people in. Eelyn wasn't my favorite character ever, but it was good to see her change. I know there has been SO MUCH HYPE surrounding this book, but as it turns out, this is just not the book for me. It had potential, but there were so many things that ruined it for me. I'm still interested in seeing what else Young writes, but for now, this one didn't do it for me.
Marta22 6 months ago
Trigger warnings : lots of violence, torture, slavery, attempted rape. I was so nervous about reading Sky in The Deep since I got so obsessed with Vikings (again!) this summer and I wasn’t sure how I will feel about a YA Vikings-inspired book, but it lived to the hype and to my high expectations. I loved how the author incorporated some of my most favorite aspects from the Vikings’ era like how important honor, family and their clans were to them. I always adored this period because despite the betrayals and the oh-so-many battles, people were so loyal and dedicated to whatever they felt like they belonged to. Our modern society can’t relate. And everything was so bad-ass in this book from the battle scenes that were very realistic and not boring at all (because I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I read battle scenes, I just go far away and start thinking about something else entirely) to the romance that was subtle, yet very touching (the forbidden love trope is here and you’re going to live for it!!). FAVOURITE THINGS - Eeylin was a great heroine, I loved seeing her struggle with getting too comfortable in the Riki clan, an enemy clan because she was so loyal to her father and her clan. Also, her relationship with her brother was so complex and well built because even though I wanted them to make up and be on good terms again, it was understandable how Eelyn couldn’t get past what she perceived as a betrayal on Iri’s side. - Myra and Eelyn’s friendship was super cute, I wish we got to see more of them fighting side by side and being powerful sisters. - The family dynamics in this one are absolutely great, I’m pretty sure all of them would die for each other *heart eyes* - The action scenes were A+, 10/10 would recommend. It would just make you want to get an axe and hit things or maybe not??? Kids, don’t do it at home. - slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers trope. - I also loved the gods and their story and how that impacted the tribes, it was really cool. “Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.” THINGS I DISLIKED -While I really liked the romance, at times it felt a bit underwhelming because the love interest wasn’t around a lot and we didn’t get many scenes with them before they kiss. I wasn’t confused when they kissed or something because I was expecting it, I just wanted more interactions between them before it happened, you know. Because they went from disliking each other to somehow standing each other to ‘we have a deep connection, I can just feel it, you know it, I know it’ and yeah, it felt a bit rushed. Most probably because there were other things going on, a little more important, but still you understand where I’m coming from. It has a slow start, but if you stick with the book, you’ll most probably enjoy it! - I feel like this book would have been better if it was a duology because there are lots of things happening and sometimes the development of many characters suffered because of action scenes or other plot-lines that were going on. All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone who’s interested in Vikings and loves YA lit or who loves action-packed novels and strong heroines.
Niki_Estes 7 months ago
I've been looking forward to reading Sky in the Deep from the time I first saw the cover and read a brief description of the story and it did not disappoint at all. I was glued to the pages, immersed within the world from the time I started reading. It was fascinating to learn more about the Viking way of lie as I fell in love with the wonderful characters. (Granted it is not based upon Vikings, but inspired by Vikings. I think there are still similarities in the way of life.) It was an amazing debut book and I can't wait to see where Adrienne Young takes us next.
AvidReaderREE 8 months ago
I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. Viking warrior Eelyn is part of the Aska clan and every five years for as long as history can tell the Aska have come to the fields and fought the rival Riki clan. As Eelyn is on the battlefield she sees something that just cannot be, the brother she saw died five years before is on the battlefield....fighting for the rival clan. To subside her thoughts of her gods just bringing his spirit to her, she finds him on the battlefield and ends up being taken prisoner by the Riki. As Eelyn is trying to come to terms with her brother's disappearance and betrayal another violent, murderous and nomadic tribe comes into the Riki village and wrecks havoc, only for Eelyn to find out that they have already attacked the Aska as well. Now Eelyn is faced with the uncertainty of her family surviving in the Aska village and the fact that these two warring clans will have to put hundreds of years of violent tradition aside for the betterment of both clans, but can two life-long enemies join forces for the good of all? An amazing, action packed and riveting novel. This novel starts with action and does not stop and has an appropriate, small splash of romance that does NOT take over the novel (much appreciated). This novel not only looks at the ties of clans, but the true deep relationship of family, friends, and those who become your family because of life and situations. This was just a powerful and wonderful novel that I did not want to put down. And even better about this novel is that it is JUST ONE!!! However, I could definitely see an option to continue the story if wanted, but this novel was well finished and logical and not rushed. Just a wonderful, awesome strong female characters who are kicking ass and taking names and amazing. Totally loved this novel! What is next Adrienne Young?!?!
paisleypikachu 9 months ago
I'm going to just go ahead and say it- SKY IN THE DEEP is one of my favorite books of 2018. And I am so excited to tell you why! I'll admit, when I read the first page, I was a little worried. First person. A little more telling than showing. But within 30 pages all my worries were gone. And while yes, the writing leans toward telling, for me IT WORKED. So well! Young's writing style just seemed to mix perfectly with the story she was telling. Everything about this book mixed perfectly- the writing, the story, the characters, the setting. All of it flowed together so seamlessly, every aspect a compliment to the others. So there's been a bit of a trend in YA the last couple years to lean towards gritty. And honestly? I'm sick of it. These days it feels forced more often than not, and is a quick way to get me to DNF a book. But here's the thing about Sky in the Deep- while everything about the setting and plot screams GRITTY! DEATH! MORAL AMBIGUITY! the story didn't feel like one of those typical gritty, girl-can-kill-everything-and-everyone-so-she-does stories at all! Yes, the world Eelyn lives in is harsh. Yes, a bunch of people kill each other on the regular. But those things were just parts of a bigger story. And it was so refreshing to read something that takes place in such a rough setting but still had many light moments, and characters that showed full ranges of emotion. Eelyn wasn't overly tough and bitter, she was just a normal girl. She could wield an axe like it was nobody's business, but she was also real and heartfelt. In many ways this book reminded me of Finnikin of the Rock(highly recommend). I think fans of that series, Graveling, or The Queen's Rising would definitely eat SKY IN THE DEEP up. It's a really fast read that pulled me in to the point where I was annoyed whenever I had to put it down. I absolutely can't wait to see what Adrienne Young writes in the future, and in the meantime I will definitely move this book to my reread shelf.
HLKreader 12 months ago
This book surprised me! I honestly wasn't sure if I was going to like it. I mean, the description looked awesome, but I've been fooled too many times by synopses who's book don't live up to my hopes. This book wasn't perfect, but I couldn't put it down. I read it in three days-and I can't remember the last book I read that quickly. And OK, this isn't an extremely long and detailed book, so that might have been one of the reasons why it was such a quick read. It starts off with high action and things don't slow down at all until the last couple pages. so that really helped move things along. Sometimes I think things could have used a little slow down. I feel like there were times when more explanation and detail was needed to take this book to the next level. It was a little predictable at times, but not painfully so. I figured out what would happen pretty quickly, although I was still able to enjoy the story. But the characters really shined in this book. I loved Eelyn so much; she was a fantastic combination of fierce and caring. Honestly, I enjoyed pretty much all of these characters. Fiske annoyed me occasionally, but I still found myself rooting for him more often than not. They were all so unique and well-developed. I loved getting to know them! So, all in all, I am so glad I picked this gem up. Like some other reviewers, I was a bit hesitant at first because I thought it might be too cliche. But, this book was not at all what I expected, and I really appreciated that (although, yes, there were some predictable parts)! It's a fun, quick read. If you love vikings, I'd recommend giving this a go.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Riveting historical fiction! Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to read and review Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! Eelyn goes to battle with her fellow clansmen and is saved by Iri, her brother that died five years ago. Iri fell in battle and everyone thought he had died. He fell into a ravine that his clan couldn’t get down into, but the Riki clan that they were fighting managed to get to him, save his life and help him heal. Eelyn discovers this after she followed Iri and was captured by Fiske from the Riki clan. Now she’s facing being sold to a different clan because the clan she’s with doesn’t know what to do with her. Fiske ends up buying her so no harm comes to Eelyn. Fiske and his family are the people who saved Iri, who has become part of their family and has vowed himself to the Riki clan. A world opens up to Eelyn as she sees that the two clans are alike and they both have an extremely dangerous, terrorizing common enemy. Sky in the Deep brings the lifestyle of Vikings up close and personal and allows the reader to see and feel their thoughts, reasoning and family bonds that made the Vikings formidable. 5 stars for the insightful story of love, loyalty and beliefs of the Vikings! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Riveting historical fiction! Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press and Wednesday Books for the opportunity to read and review Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! Eelyn goes to battle with her fellow clansmen and is saved by Iri, her brother that died five years ago. Iri fell in battle and everyone thought he had died. He fell into a ravine that his clan couldn’t get down into, but the Riki clan that they were fighting managed to get to him, save his life and help him heal. Eelyn discovers this after she followed Iri and was captured by Fiske from the Riki clan. Now she’s facing being sold to a different clan because the clan she’s with doesn’t know what to do with her. Fiske ends up buying her so no harm comes to Eelyn. Fiske and his family are the people who saved Iri, who has become part of their family and has vowed himself to the Riki clan. A world opens up to Eelyn as she sees that the two clans are alike and they both have an extremely dangerous, terrorizing common enemy. Sky in the Deep brings the lifestyle of Vikings up close and personal and allows the reader to see and feel their thoughts, reasoning and family bonds that made the Vikings formidable. 5 stars for the insightful story of love, loyalty and beliefs of the Vikings! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young Publisher: Wednesday Books Publication Date: April 24, 2018 Rating: 5 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Warning: this book is a new favorite of mine and there will be a lot of fangirling in this review. I can't guarantee everything will make sense or flow coherently but I can guarantee that it will be abundantly clear that I loved this book. So much. Y'all, I don't even have the words. I don't know how to write this review. All I know is that I've just finished reading the book, after sitting down to start it several hours ago, and I want to shout to the world how much I enjoyed the story. This is one of those books that clicked with me as a reader instantly, and at no point did my enjoyment of and connection to the book let up. I'm sorry if I won't be very articulate in this review. I'm sorry I won't do this book justice. And I'm sorry for those that did not (or will not) enjoy the book. It's a new favorite of mine, and one that I'll be rereading and thinking about for a long time. The story opens with immediate acting, in which Eelyn and her people (the Aska) are getting ready to face off with the enemies, the Riki. Eelyn and her friend Myra are fight side-by-side when Eelyn is thrown down and about to be killed by a Riki - when someone stops the Riki. Much to Eelyn's surprise, that someone is Eelyn's brother, who she watched die five years ago. It turns out that Iri is not dead, and has been living with the Riki for the last five years. When Eelyn, now badly injured, is taken by the Riki, she must learn to survive in the enemy's village until winter is over. But with the closing of winter comes the emergence of a stronger, common enemy of both the Riki and the Aska - the Herja. Eelyn may be the key to the union of the Aska and the Riki, which could lead to the survival of all against the Herja. From the opening scene, this story was filled with action, constant nonstop battle and conflict. It isn't all bloodshed and war, though there is some of that and it is brutal. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
SO THIS BOOK WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST HYPED OF 2018 THAT I KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO READ THE MINUTE I HEARD ABOUT. Compared to Vikings and Wonderwoman with that gorgeous dark cover and the promise of a forbidden romance? HOW ABSOLUTELY BREATH-TAKING DOES THAT SOUND? And, from all the hype around the internet and the hype I created for myself, I DIDN’T END UP LOVING IT AS MUCH AS I HOPED I WOULD. Not that I didn’t like it, because I did. The book was powerful in a lot of ways and the romance was enjoyable, but I just felt removed/ didn’t connect with the book as much as I wished I would. I guess, in a nutshell, I was hoping this book would be a new favourite, but it turned out that it was just one of the many. THINGS I LIKED: 1. THE COVER: Yes, hello, please let’s talk about that MARVEL of a cover that caught my eye and hasn’t let it go till date. Also, there’s an inscription when you open the dust jacket of the book that says ‘Breathe Fire,’ and if that isn’t the COOLEST THING EVER, I don’t know what is. 2. THE WRITING: Even as a debut author, Adrienne Young had this unique way of storytelling and her writing was poignant as she wrote about a harsh world and, well, I really loved it. I read her book in just three days and I can’t wait for the next one. 3. THE RIKI: I actually fell in love with certain members of the rival to Eelyn’s clan, the Riki, namely Inge, Fiske and Halvard. I wish we saw more of Runa, Kerling and Gyda and ESPECIALLY Iri, but I did love the Riki. THINGS I WISH HAD BEEN BETTER: 1. IRI: A brother our main character thought was dead because SHE LET HIM GO during war is REALLY ALIVE AND LIVING WITH A RIVAL CLAN? I felt like this was such a brilliant part to the storyline and yet, I saw nothing of Iri and Eelyn reconnecting or even being siblings. All I got in the end was a measly line of about how ‘it would have to be worked on’ and I was honestly QUITE DISAPPOINTED. 2. REALLY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE BUT STILL: Like I said before, there was something that stopped me from FALLING IN LOVE that I can’t name till date. It just didn’t get my fangirl side fangirling or my hopes raised. Will I read more from Adrienne Young? DEFINITELY. An enjoyable read with poignant writing in a harsh world + a forbidden romance. I’d definitely recommend it, even though it wasn’t the BEST fantasy I’ve read.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
When I first started Sky in the Deep, I was worried that, like so many other books, it wouldn't live up to hype. Then I ended up reading it in one sitting because I just didn’t want to put it down. And then I wanted to reread it as soon as I finished. Adrienne Young has created a truly remarkable and vibrant story full of memorable characters and high-stakes action. However, the heart of this story revolves around family, whether they be blood or choosen. The characters in Sky in the Deep were so easy to relate to! I fell in love with Eelyn from the very first page. Even as her world was turned upside down, she remained fierce and confident. I liked that I could understand each character's motivation, it really helped me connect with them. The enemies to more trope worked so well here.. While it did happen fast, their relationship was ultimately based on mutual respect and understanding. I though the pacing of the book was excellent. The twists and turns were brilliantly executed. Plus there were some wonderfully suspenseful moments. I will note that some scenes are a bit violent and gory, which may be too much for some readers. It's obvious that Adrienne Young did her research into the time period. She included so many small details that really brought the world to life. My only compliant is that the ending happened pretty fast, I wanted a bit more explanation and development. But that was also partially because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the world yet! Sky in the Deep was one of those rare books that totally lived up the hype for me. I’d recommend if you’re looking for an excellent YA historical fantasy with characters you can fall in love with. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
When I first started Sky in the Deep, I was worried that, like so many other books, it wouldn't live up to hype. Then I ended up reading it in one sitting because I just didn’t want to put it down. And then I wanted to reread it as soon as I finished. Adrienne Young has created a truly remarkable and vibrant story full of memorable characters and high-stakes action. However, the heart of this story revolves around family, whether they be blood or choosen. The characters in Sky in the Deep were so easy to relate to! I fell in love with Eelyn from the very first page. Even as her world was turned upside down, she remained fierce and confident. I liked that I could understand each character's motivation, it really helped me connect with them. The enemies to more trope worked so well here.. While it did happen fast, their relationship was ultimately based on mutual respect and understanding. I though the pacing of the book was excellent. The twists and turns were brilliantly executed. Plus there were some wonderfully suspenseful moments. I will note that some scenes are a bit violent and gory, which may be too much for some readers. It's obvious that Adrienne Young did her research into the time period. She included so many small details that really brought the world to life. My only compliant is that the ending happened pretty fast, I wanted a bit more explanation and development. But that was also partially because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the world yet! Sky in the Deep was one of those rare books that totally lived up the hype for me. I’d recommend if you’re looking for an excellent YA historical fantasy with characters you can fall in love with. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
SummerMondays More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of a book about a girl viking, I didn't think it would be for me. I then read a small sample that included a battle scene and I decided I would pass on this book. Then, NetGalley allowed me to read the eARC of Sky in the Deep and I fell in love. This book is so much more than a book about vikings! This book is about loyalty, challenging what we believe, and how willing we are to grow and change. Eelyn, the main character has everything she thinks she knows challenged. She, like many of us, is brought up being told the differences between her tribe and the tribe they meet on the battlefield every fighting season. Not only does she find her brother, long thought dead, fighting with the enemy but she will also see them at a different level on their ground and realize that we have more in common as people than we often think. This books is a great read, engaging, fast-paced with a real danger facing the characters. I recommend it for readers who want to think about their world around them, who like adventure, a touch of romance, and most importantly strong families and friendships.
JollyRogerBooks More than 1 year ago
I recieved this ARC as part of a giveaway for visiting a Book Festival in November. All words are of my own opinion and not solicited in any way. (My copy didn't even have the cool cover) Sky In the Deep was a surprisingly good book that once you got engrossed into the story; you just didn't want to put it down. The story opens up on a cold ice tundra on not even the eve of batttle but the eye before the storm. We meet Eelyn as she & her best friend and fighting partner making last minute preparations before their battle against the Riki; the Aska & Eelyn's ancient rival. The kind of rivalry that's older than memory. The Aska & Riki meet every 5 years to battle and five years before the start of the book; Eelyn watched her brother, Iri, lose his life in the battle only for him to appear before her in the present. Due to some poor decisions (because what 17 year old makes good decisions in the heat of the moment); Eelyn ends up captured by the Riki and must now survive the harsh winter that has arrived in the mountains with her traitorous brother who now considers himself Riki; alongside his friends & foster family including Fiske, the man who ended up saving Iri's life. She has her views challenged and Adrienne writes all of Eelyn's struggles perfectly. The struggle to survive long enough in what she views as hostile territory until she can return home. The struggle of reconciling the brother she knew 5 years ago and the man standing before her now. From the very beginning of the story, there is intrigue and bloodshed and twists and turns that just make it a thrilling read. While i personally felt that the romance was a little forced (and TBH unneeded and isn't even spoiling bc apparently the long synopsis tells you it is coming. which was not part of my ARC); I did read an ARC and i can only slightly hope that it is revised and fleshed out more in June when the story is published. Normally this probably wouldn't have been a story I would have picked up; tbh Vikings don't seem all that appealing to me but now I am quite fond of htis story & plan to pre-order the published copy. Eelyn was a strong MC who seemed real & raw at times. Highly recommend.
Kelly-BookCrushin More than 1 year ago
Sky in the Deep is definitely one of the most unique books I’ve read this year. It was engaging and I consumed it quickly. This may have been an easy read, but don’t let that throw you. It is violent, brutal, and very introspective. Sky in the Deep is the story of Viking teens and how they fight other tribes to honor the Gods. This is Eelyn’s story of how she lost her mother, her brother, and eventually all that she knows to be true. Eelyn is a loyal and strong fighter. She loathes her enemies and will fight to the death to honor her tribe. Until she sees her dead brother fighting alongside her rival clan 5 years after he died. She is so shook that she runs right for him and gets herself captured. That opening battle and her ultimate capture was so captivating, I couldn’t read it fast enough! So brutal, so real, so emotional. There is more than just tribal life within these pages. I loved the humanity within this story. Fiske discovering that both him and Iri were just two dying men, and becoming more than brothers in war. In death they were the same, the rival clans were both human, it was the Gods who divined them enemies. Fiske’s mother, Inge, was so kind, smart, and the healer for her tribe. She works a miracle with Iri and he owes her his life. Fiske loves his family deeply and learned compassion from his mother. He is a warrior but he has a soft heart. Fiske and Iri become family despite being from God forsaken enemies. Eelyn feels betrayed by her brother, he stayed with the Riki, he dishonored himself. She eventually realizes that she left him to die, while the Riki saved his life. To know now that he has found love and happiness with these people gives her a lot to think about. Eelyn is forced to be a house slave for Fiske, which allows her to be safe under his watch, while his clansmen want her dead. Eelyn helps the family, and she learns about their culture. She can see that the Riki are just like her and her clansmen. Even though they pray to different Gods, they are all living to survive. If they can come together and fight the real enemy maybe they can all live without the fear of death looming. This is very much a character study. There is such complexity of sibling relationships and their relationships to their parents. How your family can instill values within you that outrank the will of the Gods that is engrained in your everyday life. It also shows how we as children take what our parents teach us and find a way to be independent and ourselves. To take the values and traditions we are raised with and make them unique to our lives and evolve. To be the future. I had a few issues which is why this wasn’t a 5-star read. I am trash for the enemies to lover trope and I was so excited for that plot point, but I wasn’t sure when it happened. I felt no build up, and then boom Eelyn and Fiske were in love. Yes, clearly Eelyn struggles with her feelings for all of the Riki she meets, but I needed more. For rival clansman and mortal enemies to just fall in love should have been a bigger deal in my opinion. I also felt like there was so much potential for the ending battle. The build up was all there, but the life or death battle fell flat for me. I wanted that amazing opening battle scene again. Even with my few issues, I still really liked Sky in the Deep. I was swept away in this world, and my desire for unique books made me love this story more than anything. I don’t say this much, but I almost wish this was a duology,
forsakenfates More than 1 year ago
This book was a great story of determination, strength, and family. While there was romance, I did not feel that it completely took over the book. There was still the focus on family and what it means to grow up in a divided world. This book did have the cliche warring societies where your main character is forced to live among the "enemy". However, I felt like it was done in a unique way with this viking-like aspect. I really liked seeing aspects of Riki life through Eelyn's Askan viewpoint. I wish we would have been able to see more Askan life. I also felt like the ending of the book was rushed with the major climax and battle being quickly resolved and minimal closure. I do however appreciate that this is a standalone novel. So many books lately have been series and I liked that Adrienne Young gave us a standalone where the story is complete. That being said, I think 20 or so more pages would have allowed for less of the feeling of rushing and allow for complete resolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Astonishing. Moving. Epic. Surprising.I couldn't put the book down, which hadn't happened to me in awhile. My fingers gripped the edge of my sofa or my bed, tears rolled down my cheeks, goosebumps all over my body, my heart wanted to jump out of my chest and other times stayed so warm and calm. I could see through the eyes of every character, from their inner world. It was like being inside of a movie, I still feel the crunchy sound of the snow, the fog around me, the adrenaline, the overwhelming love for family and the "impossible" love for somebody that's the enemy, which made it deeper and bigger. This is a story that the world have to read because it shows that we are all humans, we are all the same here and on the other side of the planet. We can change for good! I can't wait for book 2 and for the MOVIE! Thank you Adrienne for this amazing story!
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite reads this year, and probably one of my favorite reads of all time. This book has so much heart and soul poured into it, I felt every sentence as I read. Highly, highly recommend this for all fans of YA fantasy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It has everything i want in a book. Fiske is the ultimate sexy tough guy. The only problem with this book is that it's not a trilogy. That's SAD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I randomly came across this book last night and loved it so much I couldn't put it down. From honor to loyalty to love to self-worth this book had it all. Descriptions were beautifully portrayed and characters made me want to join their clans. I cannot wait for another book by Mrs. Young!