‘Sky in the Deep’
By Adrienne Young
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.
I have heard so many mixed reviews on ‘Sky in the Deep’. Some people DNF’d it and some people like it, so I decided I needed to read it for myself.
We follow a girl named Eelyn who see’s her brother on the battlefield while fighting the Riki – an enemy clan. Thinking her brother dead she kind of freaks out and when the two clans meet each other in battle the next day she follows her brother. This leads into the rest of out story with Eelyn being forced to live and work among her enemies. While doing this she discovers the humanity in the rival clan and I feel like you can guess the rest.
Eelyn is a character I find extremely stubborn. She really doesn’t want to change her views about this enemy clan. She is a bundle of contradictions. She feels like she is starting to understand the Riki one second and then mutters about how she could kill them in a second the next. I really wasn’t sure how I felt about her. I never wanted anything bad to happen to her but I also thought she was kind of brutal towards people who were helping her.
The plot of this story is slow and limited in its existence. We get a very shallow back story into why these two clans absolutely hate each other but nothing that really fuels that fire to me. I struggled to really understand why they were fighting or feel the need behind it. Within the story we spend a lot of time with Eelyn processing the truth of her brother and being standoffish towards people who are helping her, this I felt I understood more, however I was still not that invested in the plot. I definitely felt that the enemies to lovers troupe was predictable as much as I like both characters and the ending while nice, was predictable from about half way into the story.
I did absolutely love the setting. ‘Sky in the Deep’ takes place in gorgeous snow capped mountains and stunning Fjords. I was definitely getting Norway vibes through out this read and really want to visit Norway now. I do wish there had been a bit more description.
Overall, I didn’t like nor dislike reading ‘Sky in the Deep’ I think if you like reading about battles then it might be your jam but it is a slow read that isn’t long enough for us to really get invested in the characters.
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 5/10
World Building: 4/10
Quality of Writing: 6/10