Friday, March 23, 2018

ARC Review: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky In The Deep By Adrienne Young
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Wednesday Books)
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Format: Egalley, 350 pages
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 

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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 am such a sucker for stories set in a Viking/Nordic-type of culture, so when I got the opportunity to review this book, I was ecstatic. Sky in the Deep tells a story about two warring clans, The Aska and The Riki, and how one Aska girl named Eelyn gets captured by the enemy in the search for the brother she thought was dead. I really enjoyed this one, and I thought the fighting scenes in this book were really brutal, but in a good way. Although there is one scene in this book about a eyeball, that I kind of had to skim because it was gross. Young doesn't try to sugarcoat the culture in this book, it's dark and realistic and she really paints for you the setting. I totally just pictured Whiterun from Skyrim, but that's because I am OBSESSED with Skyrim. 

Eelyn is kind of an unlikeable character, which is kind of why I liked her. The majority of the book she spends as a Dyr (or slave for The Riki) and she tries to fight tooth and nail to get out of it. She was a warrior through and through, and she was pretty bitter. I had to laugh at times when she would say things in her head about how she could just wait for everyone to fall asleep and slit their throats. Girl was savage! And I liked it. I also like that we slowly see her change her perspective and realize that her enemy was not that different from her own people. When a bigger enemy threats both clans, it was refreshing to see her put all her past opinion aside so that both clans could survive.

I really liked the relationship that develops between Eelyn and Fiske. I had a feeling about Fiske when I first met him in this story, so I wasn't surprised about how the relationship between him and Eelyn turns out. I don't think Fiske really wanted to take Eelyn capture, but he was doing what he thought he was supposed to do. Fiske had already broken the rules of his clan before, so it was clear his heart saw that they were more alike than either clans really realized. 

I liked this book a lot, but I feel like I wanted more out of it. The ending did feel a little rushed, but I felt all in all it was a really decent book. If you like books about warriors from Nordic-style cultures, I would recommend this one.

*I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Reads Everyone!