Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
Can two warring tribes put aside their mutual hatred, differences, and unite in order to defeat greater enemy? Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young explores the most important human categories like: hatred, survival, family, betrayal, love; while at the same time giving us thrilling fantasy.
Seventeen-year-old Eelyn was raised to be a warrior, fighting alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Suddenly everything changes when she sees her brother on the battlefield, whom she watched die five years ago.
Faced with brother’s betrayal, she now must survive the winter with the Riki. 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 unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. 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 major character in Sky In The Deep is written in the most dynamic and fleshed out way. Eelyn is a strong, fierce, young woman warrior, but she is also a character with flaws and weaknesses. Sometimes it can happen (especially in YA fiction) that a character has this incredible arsenal of virtues without any sign of flaws, and that can make the whole storytelling less realistic. This is not the case with Eelyn, and other major characters. Their feelings are almost palpable, and I sympathized with their difficult situations.
Then there are characters who are more ambiguous, like Fiske and Iri. Young really has a way to make you love a character, but also to hate it at the same time. That is what brings so much more depth to the whole story.
Sky In The Deep is a very well written fantasy with gorgeous atmospheric scenes. The storyline is dynamic, but at the same time, Young knows when to slow down, and show us characters in their fragility. If you’re a fan of TV show Vikings, you will absolutely love this book.