Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ever since I stumbled across this book, I’ve been completely desperate to get my hands on it. A YA fantasy inspired by vikings? Sign me UP, I have been waiting for this book my whole life.
The Aska and the Riki clans have a feud initiated by their rivalling gods. Each are brought up to hate the other, and they meet every five years in a bloody battle. Eelyn is an Aska, and it in one of those battles that she watched her brother Iri die – and it was in one of those battles that Eelyn comes face to face with that brother, five years after his death, while he wears enemy colours.
Taken by her brother and his adopted brother Fiske, Eelyn is forced to survive the harsh winter in an enemy village, working for her brother’s new family. When the Riki village is raided by the same clan that took the life of her mother, Eelyn is forced to put her trust in Fiske and make the journey to unite the rival clans against a common enemy.
Eelyn is a brilliant main character; she’s badass and brutal, but that’s not all she is; she has a lot of layers. While you could never call her sweet, she does have her soft moments, and she’s fiercely loyal to those she loves. I loved reading about her growing feelings for the enemy, how conflicted and confused when her world was practically turned upside down.
Not only do we have a fab female lead, we also have a slow-burn romance and a complete absence of love triangles.
Now, when I say the romance is slow-burn, I mean it’s slow-burn. It’s definitely way over the half way point until the romance takes off, and I would love to have a novella or something (I’m not asking for the world here, just a little story? Please?) just going into a bit more depth about their relationship and all that good stuff.
What can I say, I’m a sucker for love.
What I did also love about this book was the fact that women fought for both clans, and it wasn’t questioned. It wasn’t out of the ordinary, and it wasn’t made out to be a big deal; it was just stated as a fact, that the women could fight as well, and they weren’t put down or treated differently. I loved how accepted and capable the women in this story were.
So, does Sky in the Deep live up to the hype?
Yes. Yes it does, and I’m so pleased that I got to read it.
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Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favourite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
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