Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep

by Adrienne Young

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book from debut author Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

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.

THIS IS A GRIPPING STORY, RICHLY TOLD. —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of Flame in the Mist

"FIERCE, VIVID, AND VIOLENTLY BEAUTIFUL. —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

A STUNNING DEBUT” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

BLEAK BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY” —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

WHOLLY UNIQUE AND INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE” —Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula

HEARTRENDING, HEART-MENDING” —Kayla Olson, bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250168467
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 6,077
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL730L (what's this?)
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 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!
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
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best written teen fantasy novels Ive read. The fight scenes came alive in my mind. Reminded me of vikings tv show!!! Loved 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.
Anonymous 20 days ago
If you like stories about fighting, clans, and some superstitions this is a book for yiu. I really liked it.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This story is so fascinating! The history, the description, I bought this as an E-book but I had to buy a hard copy. This story is a love-hate plot but it’s gripping to the very end.
Jdp15 More than 1 year ago
It was good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome quick read! Fun but still had the power to tug at my heartstrings. If you like a fierce, axe-wielding heroine you will love this book! The incorporation of Viking lore and culture was really cool. I recommend it to young adults and regular adults alike.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was high octane and sublime simultaneously. I very much enjoyed the author's use of language and metaphors to peice together this wild girl power battle hardened love story! The battles which brought adrenaline were tempered by the warmth of the character relationships. Such a beautiful work.
ChasmofBooks More than 1 year ago
This is the book I didn’t know I wanted. This book was on my radar this year but I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it until my Mom sent me her copy at the end of the year. I was hooked from the very first sentence. One of the things I really loved about this story was that it isn’t another, “daughter of the king/leader” story. It’s just about a normal girl among her people. She’s kidnapped and her overall beliefs about her enemies are challenged. When Eelyn first meets Fiske, she makes him sound like a huge mindless brute to be honest. It’s really interesting to me that as the story progresses he in particular becomes a more well-defined character in accordance to Eelyn’s own changing views. The thing that probably surprised me the most about this book was the fact that it made me cry. Multiple times. I didn’t expect to be so connected to Eelyn’s struggle, but her heartache really bled through the pages and through the short responses she often gave to other characters. You could feel her loss and see the loss of those around her. The greatest thing about this book though was how effortlessly, Young seems to have painted this world. I was instantly enveloped in it and it felt rich, as if these characters and their people had existed for a long time. It was easy to just fall into this world and I’m really glad that there is going to be another book set in the same world. All in all, if you haven’t yet read this book, do it. It’s a fast but wonderful read.
Sarah___________ More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Kept me interested the whole time
SJBeltrand More than 1 year ago
Once I opened this book there was no putting it down. I loved the pacing of the novel; I'm constantly disappointed with the classic timing of YA novels (at least ones that I've read lately) where the heroine undergoes an unrealistic skill and/or character development in such a short amount of time. In "Sky In The Deep" I was invested in heroine from start to finish, I believed her. Every thought, every step of progress, it was realistic and believable and I couldn't get enough of it! This is also one of two novels that I've picked up recently in where there was no "instalove" - thank goodness! Watching the romantic relationship finally unfold was so satisfying, I also want to add that this is one kick-ass heroine that didn't annoy me to death! She was strong and fierce and real. I can't wait to read more from this amazing author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 :)