The Blonde Bookworm: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young - Review

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young - Review

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Pages: 342
Publishing: April 24th 2018 by Wednesday Books

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


I've been obsessed with all things Vikings lately after binge watching the TV show, so this book came at the perfect time! I was so excited read it, especially since so many people said how amazing it was. While I did enjoy the majority of the novel, it felt a little rushed to me. I felt like the final battle was built up throughout the second half of the novel and then was over in 5 pages. I wanted more fighting, because they are vikings after all! I also felt like the romantic relationships didn't feel truly organic. I love some good romance in a novel, but it needs to build appropriately, and I didn't feel like that was the case in this novel. 

Young did an amazing job with world building throughout the novel. The setting was beautiful and I could picture each of the villages perfectly. Another thing that really stood out to me was the family aspect in the novel. Eelyn and Fiske were so loyal to their families and it added a little human something to the typically barbaric vikings. 

I really enjoyed the novel as a whole. There were a few times when I felt a little bored, but not enough to diminish the quality of the novel. I would definitely recommend Sky in the Deep to readers who enjoy novels about vikings and the YA genre. Thank you Wednesday Books and NetGalley for sending this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating 3/5

1 comment:

  1. I hate when the battle scenes feel rushed in novels especially after you said they seem to build towards them so much in the book. Great review!


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