⇒Featuring Vikings, warrior heroines and epic battles
Book: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: YA epic fantasy
This Viking-inspired fantasy blew me off my feet! Our heroine, Eelyn, is a warrior of the Aska clan and has spent the last five years mourning her brother’s death. The Aska clan have a blood feud with the Riki Clan, and every five years they fight a battle that kills hundreds for no reason other than blind hatred, and Eelyn’s brother was one of the casualties of the last one. But now, the battle season has come again and Eelyn is determined to avenge him – until she sees him face to face on the battlefield, alive and breathing.
I immediately loved Eelyn. She’s fiercely caring and pretty kickass. She was very well developed and I loved seeing her character arc as she released that perhaps honour is not more important than love.
I really liked the relationships between the characters. Eelyn and Myra’s friendship was so heartwarming, and the tense relationship between Eelyn and her brother Iri was very genuine and I loved seeing it evolve. As for Eelyn and Fiske, if you love the enemies-to-lovers trope you’ll love these two. It’s clear from an early point that they’re going to get together but I still shipped them. I liked that their romance didn’t take away from the main story but perfectly fits into it.
“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honor, you’ll find it again.”
Adrienne Young is a master at world-building. The Viking world of Sky in The Deep was so vivid to me I could see it in my head as I read. The world was very Nordic and I loved it all -from the camp settlements to the forests, it was a perfect backdrop for the book.
The plot was well paced, although there was a moment or two where I got a bit confused as to what was going on. The storyline was full of epic battles which were narrated really well, and there were just enough twists to keep me in my feet. I really liked the story arc of the book and was satisfied with how it played out. Adrienne’s writing was well done and easy to follow. I did get a bit bored in the middle of the book, but I liked it all the same.
The main downside of this book for me was that I couldn’t quite connect to the characters. I liked them but I felt there was quite a lot of action and not enough scenes in which I could really fall in love with Eelyn and crew. I also felt like the plot was a bit predictable at times.
Overall, this was a well-told Viking fantasy with an awesome backdrop that I would recommend to fans of classic YA fantasy and kickass heroines. I can’t wait to meet Adrienne Young at YALC 2019!