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Sky in the Deep

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Sky in the Deep

Adrienne Young’s debut novel, SKY IN THE DEEP, follows 17-year-old Eelyn in her world of Vikings and the battle to survive. She was raised to be a warrior among her Aska clansmen, who have an ancient rivalry with another clan: the Riki. All she knows in life was to fight and survive but once she saw her brother die after a brutal fight, she hasn’t been the same since. Her life becomes a task of just fighting to live another day, but when she sees her supposedly dead brother fighting alongside the Riki, her world is turned upside down.

Still reeling from her brother’s betrayal, Eelyn is forced to live with the Riki where she surrounded by those who despise her and she doesn’t think anything could get worse. Then an ancient tribe thought to be a myth attacks the Riki and Aska, leaving Eelyn forced to trust her brother’s friend, Fiske, and unite the two tribes so that they can defeat the greater enemy. Along the way Eelyn starts to learn many truths that could change her perspective on all she's ever known about the Riki and herself.

"Adrienne Young's debut novel was full of exciting cinematic battles, kickass characters and a setting that anyone would want to be introduced to....she has definitely become an auto-buy author for me!"

SKY IN THE DEEP is a novel completely one in its own. It’s so unique and something that I’ve never seen before in young adult literature. I think that the setting was extremely mesmerizing despite all of the brutal events happening on land and Young did a wonderful job of illustrating each scene so that the reader could clearly imagine where they were.

My favorite thing about this novel, though, had to have been the characters! Eelyn was a total badass and it felt so empowering to read from her perspective. She’s not only physically strong but mentally/emotionally strong, too, despite the tragic things she’s forced to go through in the story. It was insane how the writing pulled me in so deep as to where I could feel the pain that she would go through in some of these chapters. She reminded me a lot of characters like Aelin from THRONE OF GLASS and Shahrzad from THE WRATH AND THE DAWN because --- like those inspiring women --- she always put herself last to protect those who she loved, no matter the consequences.

I also loved a few of the side characters including Fiske and her fighting partner/best friend, Myra. No lie, Fiske made me swoon so much and I was literally on the edge of my seat whenever they were in a scene together, because the sexual tension was crazy high and I was living for it! I also feel like he --- as well as Eelyn and many of the other characters --- went through some amazing character development as the story unfolded which was an added plus. I also enjoyed other people in the story such as Eelyn’s brother Iri, Fiske’s mother Inge and her son Halvard who added some much needed humor to the mix!

As for the plot, I was hooked the entire time I was reading. There was never a second where I felt the need to put the book down because by the time I was ready to stop, I was already chapters away from finishing. There was never really a dull moment and I think that every event put into this story was necessary for the entire novel to make sense. I loved how it felt like I was alongside Eelyn on this mystifying adventure and I never wanted it to end.

I feel like the only part that sort of lacked in this book was the Viking culture. The only thing I really got from the novel was how strange the clan names sounded and what specific weapons were used when fighting, but other than that they didn’t really go into further detail. I would have liked to know a bit more on the history of the Vikings, but that aspect didn’t take that much away from the story.

Overall, Adrienne Young's debut novel was full of exciting cinematic battles, kickass characters and a setting that anyone would want to be introduced to. I would recommend this read to anyone who’s interested in THRONE OF GLASS and even GAME OF THRONES (it’s definitely not as wild as that series though). I personally cannot wait for more books from Young, she has definitely become an auto-buy author for me!

Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member on April 26, 2018

Sky in the Deep
by Adrienne Young

  • Publication Date: April 24, 2018
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250168457
  • ISBN-13: 9781250168450