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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the DeepTitle: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Rating: ★★★★★

Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

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.

For the first time ever, I adore absolutely every character…besides the bad guys. This is one of those “can’t put down” novels. From the beginning until the end, the reader gets intertwined with the story and the characters start to feel like family. For a debut, Young did amazing. Not only are the protagonists complex, but it seems like every other character in the story is, as well.

vegr yfir fior – honor above life

The relationships are real. Most times, readers are given a perfect relationship between to people and entirely unrealistic. This idea of a flawed, but loving relationship is clearly depicted between Eelyn and her brother, Iri. For her entire life, Eelyn has been taught to put her clan above all, even family and friends. Iri, her brother, died in battle long ago…or so she thought. When she comes to find him not only alive, but immersed in a rival clan, and what she had been taught her entire life starts to unravel. But Eelyn reacts is exactly how any other person would react…she doesn’t instantly forgive him. She feels betrayal, anger, fear, and love.

“I’ll go where you go.”

Probably my favorite character in the entire novel is Fiske. With how protective he is, caring, and understanding, who wouldn’t love him?! He doesn’t give up on anyone and is so positive. I definitely am crushing hard.

Young does a great job of presenting an action-packed story full of emotion, bravery, and adversity. I wish I read this earlier!

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