Book: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24th, 2018
My Rating: 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
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.
I went in to this expecting nothing more than a quick, fun little viking story with lots of fighting and and maybe a little norse mythology. I got SO MUCH MORE! This was fantastic!
Eelyn is a 17-year-old Aska warrior whose clan has had a centuries long blood-feud with the Riki clan. Every five years they all meet on a battlefield to fight. That’s where our story begins. Eelyn is out there wielding her sword and axe taking out enemy after enemy, but things change when she sees her brother who died 5 years ago at the last fighting season…fighting with the Riki. From there things get interesting! We are introduced to the Riki clan, and we get deeper insight into the hate between the clans, but also the possibilities for more than war. There is also a chance for love, which we start to see blossom between Eelyn and her brothers best friend Fiske, who also happens to be her captor/savior. Eelyn has to face her past, try and figure out her present, and pray to her god for a future. Without giving spoilers, all I can say is things. heat. up. There is fighting, family, love, religion, and did I mention the bad-ass fighting?
I listened to the book on audio, and it was the first audiobook I have ever finished and enjoyed, so I would definitely recommend trying the audiobook for this, and highly recommend this book in general!