{Leah Reviews} Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Posted June 22, 2018 by Leah in Reviews / 14 Comments

{Leah Reviews} Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep

by Adrienne Young
Pages: 352
Published on April 24, 2018
by Wednesday Books
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mythology, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased


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.

3 Stars

Sky in the Deep proved a much-needed change of pace for me. It’s action-packed, stabby, and has a main character to root for. In spite of its marketing, it’s not really a fantasy; it’s more alternate historical fiction inspired by Norse culture. (Upon reading this over, this might be where the fantasy comes in to play. If so, well played, Sky in the Deep).

It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. While I did enjoy the richly developed world and what author Adrienne Young explores in this world, there were some things that kept me from falling in complete love with the book.

The world is a place where the strong survive. The Aska and Riki are two clans who live in constant combat. There’s also a threat that lingers in the distance, and when it makes its presence known, it’s genuinely frightening. It’s a world of forests and lakes which reflect the stars and sky. It’s a brutal place, yet it’s also filled with warmth. People look after each other in tight-knit communities, forging connections that go beyond blood relations.

This is a novel about realization. Eelyn is Aska, fiercely loyal to her clan, and even though she’s seventeen, she’s a seasoned warrior. She’s a good balance of fierce yet vulnerable, quick to act and even quicker to strategize. After being taken by the Riki clan, the novel shifts gears. It becomes Eelyn’s realization about the people she considered her enemy. It’s a personal journey worth taking with her.

While I enjoyed all these details, I had no problem putting the book down and not picking it up for days. As for the star-crossed romance between Eelyn and Fiske, the Riki boy who View Spoiler », I was not buying it. For me, Eelyn and Fiske needed more time together to learn more about each other. I would have bought it more in spite of my misgivings in the spoiler tag. Fortunately, the romance does not take center stage. Lastly, the subplot involving the threat to the Aska and Riki wraps up quickly, almost like the book ran out of time.

My rating might be low, but there’s no doubt that Sky in the Deep is an entertaining, thoughtful read. A companion novel is in the works and I am definitely going to swipe that up when it comes out.



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14 responses to “{Leah Reviews} Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

    • Leah

      I just got notified about your comment. I apologize for the late response!

      Yes, the romance was just not a selling point for me. Ah, well. Thank you though. 🙂

  1. I’m sorry this book didn’t quite live up to your expectations! I’m interested because I’ve never read any book set in vikings era (I think that’s how this book was marketed?) but this one looks like a chunky read for me. Thanks for sharing your thought though! 🙂

    • Leah

      My apologies–I got the notification for your comment recently!

      It’s definitely an interesting read, I was expecting a bit more out of it though.

    • Leah

      I’ve seen many glowing reviews with a few more critique-like ones sprinkled in. There’s definitely a lot that I liked.

  2. I got this from the library a couple weeks ago, but still haven’t picked it up. Most of the reviews I have seen have been glowing, so this review was a breath of fresh air. I’ll keep in mind that there is more of a historical fiction- feel than fantasy, and that the romance isn’t the best thing ever. At least the romance wasn’t the forefront of the book!

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    • Leah

      I am definitely a black sheep when it comes to this book. That’s happened to me a lot lately with YA fantasy.

  3. Greg

    It’s entertaining but I agree with your review, and the romance did seem a bit rushed? Eelyn and Fiske definitely needed more time. I did like the way she described the world, with the forests and lakes and all that. That was well done. Nice review!

    • Leah

      I had a blast imagining the natural world. Eelyn and Fiske had so much potential for a hate that turns to love. Their romance definitely needed more time to develop.


  4. I felt exactly the same about this book. Not a binge for me either. My review is up on my blog, unfortunately can’t include it here.

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