Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Fantasy, Young Adult
Wednesday Books | April 24, 2018
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.
Every five years it is fighting season for the Aska and the Riki and seventeen-year-old, Eelyn, is an Aska warrior. Her life is simple: fight to survive. Having lost her brother Iri in the last fighting season, she was surprised to see him fighting with the Riki on the battlefield. Captured by the Riki, Eelyn must face her brother’s betrayal whilst living among her enemies. When the Riki are raided by a clan they thought to be a legend, Eelyn desperately needs to get home. Traveling with her brother’s friend Fiske, they must unite the clans so they can fight together before both clans go extinct.
I enjoyed this book very much. The story is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. The story follows Eelyn as she experiences battle, her devotion to her God, and her love for her father and friend Myra. When she finds out about her brother your heart breaks with hers. The fight scenes are depicted very well, you can imagine all of it very easily. This book was great in every way.
Five stars from me are usually reserved for books that truly deserve them, and this book definitely deserves at least five stars. Adrienne Young did a wonderful job of including everything a good story needs. There were amazing characters and their development, romance, fighting, and a brilliant storyline. Everything was described enough for you to imagine it yourself. The characters emotions were easily relatable. I could not get enough of this book and would love to read more from this author.
Thank you, NetGalley and Wednesday Books for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.