Release Date: 24th April 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult & Historical Fiction
Read: August 2018
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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 think by now many of you know that I have a slight obsession with anything Vikings related ever since reading Norse Mythology.
I just love their culture and way of living as it’s very simple yet brutal, so when I heard that Sky in the Deep was going to be released this year I needed to get it. I know I am a couple months late as it was released back in April but I tend to not read new releases when the hype is still at its peak. But speaking of the hype I don’t feel like this book had the amount of hype it deserves as it was amazing! That might have actually contributed to my loving of this book as I didn’t really have too high of expectations when starting it as all I knew what that this follows Vikings and our main character, Eelyn, sees her believed to be dead brother fighting on the opposing clans side, literally that’s all I knew and the mystery behind her brother being alive really sold me so I am really glad you guys on Instagram voted for me to read this book.
I loved how this book started off straight with the action, Eelyn and her clan were basically getting ready to go fight the Riki and I love it when books just start off with something that will make you want to continue reading! The writing is so beautiful and captivating, you have no idea how many times I had to stop reading to let the stunning description of the atmosphere or the environment around our protagonist to sink in and of course I had to get my highlighter out and highlight away. Less than 50 pages into the book and I was already brought to tears, which rarely ever happens to me, the way wounds and pain was described it was almost like I was feeling what the characters were feeling and that was so amazing to read about. Yet, at the same time, I feel like it wasn’t overly descriptive as Adrienne Young would only spend a line or two describing the atmosphere and I absolutely adore atmospheric books. She made me feel like I was there with the characters in this world and even though it is brutal, I kind of wish I was there with them as I just love Vikings that much. I love how brutal, fierce and loyal they are, and how close they all are to each other, plus stubborn which is definitely what I am!
Each character that we get to meet from the Riki clan I instantly was drawn to. Eelyn gets captured and taken to the Riki clan quite early on in the book so we got to see more of this clan than the Aska clan, and I loved basically every character that was in Iri’s new family. Fiske, I have no idea why I was so drawn to him, I guess I like mysterious characters that are selfless. Halvard was the cutest little boy that kept my heart feeling so light and fluffy and anything he did I would instantly Aww at.
I feel like from the first page of this book I was in love. The characters, the story and the pace are amazing! Plus I feel like the opening paragraph of this book was what captured my attention:
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.’
The line that especially stood out to me is, ‘The fog sat on the field like a veil, but we could hear it.’ I adore descriptions like this as they are short and to the point, yet effective. I feel like this book is perfect for putting you in the Autumn/Winter mood or just to read during those seasons as it really makes you feel cosy and I just love it!
I do have to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of the animal rituals as I am opposed to animal cruelty which could have made me biased towards what clan I favoured. But apart from that, this book made me sit at the edge of my seat as I never knew what to expect, and I adore reading fantasy books that keep me in suspense. I also loved that the romance was not the central focus of the story, around 3/4 of the story I feel like that’s when it took off but I didn’t mind as I was kind of in doubt if it would happen but I’m glad it did as I just love the two characters who ended up together! Also, the familial aspect of this story I was swooning over! Inge is an amazing mother and Aghi is a great father. Man, I just love this book so much.
Overall, this has definitely become one of my favourite reads of this year and I cannot wait to get my hands on the companion novel that’s coming out in 2019. I just loved that there was no men are above women, everyone is treated equally and can partake in battle if they want. We need more books like this, no oppressing women!
Have you picked this book up? What are your thoughts on it? Also if you have any Viking inspired fantasy novels please give me some recommendations as I need more!
Hope you enjoyed this review and I will see you in my next post 🙂