Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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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.

My Rating
4/5 stars

My Review
Sky in the Deep was such a great novel! There is tons of action right from the beginning, a great plot and some fantastic characters. I definitely recommend this book to action and fantasy fans.

Five years ago, Eelyn watched her bother Iri die in a battle against the Riki, so when her brother's image comes to her just as she's about to die and saves her life, Eelyn believes that the gods have favoured her. But when she sees Iri a second time in battle she can't help but follow him. Iri was taken in and healed by the Riki five years ago, and now he is one of them. The only way he could protect Eelyn after she went too far to follow him, was to take her in as a slave. Now trapped in the mountains with the Riki and her traitorous brother, Eelyn must find a way to survive against all odds and make her way back to her people. 

Eelyn was a fantastic main character. She is a strong and powerful woman that has so much life within her. She's not afraid to say what she's thinking and do what she feels is right. I loved her so much in the beginning, but I definitely loved her even more in the end. Eelyn goes through some amazing character development, and is just a please to read from in her point of view.
As for the other main characters, I really liked most of them. Fiske was absolutely fantastic from beginning to end, just seeing him in a scene made me so much more excited to read it. I adore Inge and Halvard, they really gave the book a family aspect, especially Halvard since he felt like a little brother figure, and was just so loveable that you can't help but love him.
The characters I didn't really like were Iri and Runa, Iri just seemed very stuck up and kept constantly doing the wrong thing and just expecting everyone to forgive him and see his side of the story. He never really apologizes and just doesn't seem like the great brother figure that Eelyn remembers him to be. It also didn't feel like he went through any character development and just sort of stayed the same from the beginning to the end of the book. As for Runa, she was talked about a lot in the book, but was never really present in the moment, and when she was, she just never made a lasting impression.

The action starts right at the beginning of the story and continues right to the end. I was really impressed with how much I wanted to read this book, and just not put it down. The world that Adrienne Young created was absolutely fantastic and very creative.

While the action, pacing and world were great, this book did tend to be a little predictable. The predictions I made at the beginning of the book came true in the end, and there really wasn't anything that surprised me about the story.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book if you love action and fantasy novels, and especially if you love strong female characters. If this book wasn't as predictable as it was, I would have definitely given it five stars. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

Happy Reading,

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed this book! Fantastic review--thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles


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