Sky In The Deep by Adrienne YoungSky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky In The Deep

byAdrienne Young

Hardcover | April 24, 2018

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A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is 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.

"THIS IS A GRIPPING STORY, RICHLY TOLD." -Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of Flame in the Mist
"FIERCE, VIVID, AND VIOLENTLY BEAUTIFUL." -Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"A STUNNING DEBUT" -Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"BLEAK BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY" -Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
"WHOLLY UNIQUE AND INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE" -Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
"HEARTRENDING, HEART-MENDING" -Kayla Olson, bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she's not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She li...
Title:Sky In The DeepFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.98 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250168457

ISBN - 13:9781250168450


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quietly Intense and Exciting! We're only about four months into 2018 and I already know Sky in the Deep will be on my top reads of 2018 list at the end of the year. I can see where all the hype and praises are coming from. The story has a quiet intensity where the main character screams girl power in the best of ways. Eelyn was a feminine force to be reckoned with. Capable, committed and skilled, she withstood the toughest trials to her person and her beliefs. She faced fear with a straight back and never cowered. It was interesting to explore the warring emotions in Eelyn. The elation at finding her brother alive and well tamped down by the knowledge he had betrayed their clan. It was a lot to take in but I admired her strength, her resolve and most of all her ability to put aside prejudice and change in a time of need. Sky in the Deep is, first and foremost, a story about family. I loved how both clans placed great emphasis on familial relationships. Regardless of blood, if you're accepted they'll protect you like their own. These people are faithful to each other and to their teachings. There was so much courage and devotion inside these pages my heart was filled to bursting. The romance between Eelyn and Fiske was only a small part of the story but I appreciated every little glimpse we got. To say things between the two started off rough would be a gross understatement. Being mortal enemies they clashed (both verbally and physically) on numerous occasions. For the better part of the book hostility and resentment surrounded them. But as they spent more time in each other's company feelings changed. Eelyn and Fiske's relationship was innocent and sweet. The genuine development was everything. My one tiny complaint is with the last quarter or so of the story. From the synopsis, I was expecting the threat to be the key plot point. The survival of the two clans was on the line. Everything the two people have ever known was about to be put to the test! But the conflict didn't require quite as much (time) as I imagined to sort out. I wanted a little more communication and to be able to follow the progression. I think this is where a sequel could come in ;) From the intense battle scenes to the fragile relationships and emotional struggles, there was no shortage of story. Even though Sky in the Deep is a standalone I definitely see room for more and I need moarrr!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible to Put Down From start to finish, this was a riveting, intense and heart wrenching tale that I fell so in love with. And with comps like Wonder Woman meets vikings, you had me from the first page. And I was devastated when I reached the last. It's not often you come across a book set in the time of vikings, and certainly not one that doesn't make the world into a gimmick to make people read. The story, the world and the characters played off each other beautifully and naturally. It is a world rich in detail, but also simple and minimal, if that makes any sense at all. You can see it all in your mind without being overloaded. Young does not hold back in describing the darker parts of this world. I mean, we're talking visceral imagery here. There were several parts that made me cringe while reading. Not a this-is-so-bad cringe, but a holy-s**t-you-just-went-there kind of cringe. And Young *went* there. Animal sacrifices, bodily injuries, battle and death. All of it was raw and honest, and there were a lot of holy s**ts from me. I adored the characters in here. Not a single one was weak, annoying or without purpose. Eelyn fast became a favourite for me. Aside from the obvious of her being a bad-ass, never give up female warrior, she just has so much depth. The girl is in pain, both physically and emotionally, and the way she handles herself and her situation is both admirable and understandable. As you can see from reading the description, there is in fact a romance that brews between Eelyn and Fiske. But let me just stop for a second and shout out my thanks to Young for making it a perfect slow burn. It's a soft, tentative and true romance that gave me so many feels. Easy 5/5
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: I received this E-Arc via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I saw this book circulating twitter and GR for awhile. I’m not exactly a fan of Viking books but wanted to try this regardless. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it. For the most part I didn’t care about anything. I wasn’t that invested in any of the characters. I did like how well the MC’s struggle with her brother was written. But after that it became boring. The fight scenes were well written. And it was nice to see how family oriented the book was. The only character I liked was Halvard (I forgot his name) and the mother. The romance came out of nowhere. It was obviously going to happen, but I didn’t really feel any build-up. Seeing as Fiske was threatening her half the time. And Eelyn was mostly thinking about escape or killing everyone. Overall I didn’t really care for this. Still recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This book was exactly what I was looking for! Quick and fun read! 4.5/5 This novel was one that I knew I would be able to read quickly and generally enjoy, but I didn't anticipate enjoying it this much! This novel felt like something that I hadn't entirely read before, but also had some tropes that I'm sure everyone has encountered. I'm not going to mention the tropes in this review because I don't want to potentially spoil anything for a future reader, but I'm sure you'll catch them when you read this book. Characters The characters in this novel were so incredibly loveable. I didn't really find a lot of them to very well developed, but that didn't effect my enjoyment of reading about them much.  Eelyn was an incredible protagonist and I enjoyed reading from her perspective immensely. She was strong, badass, and fiercely loyal to her family and faith. Watching the growth that Eelyn went through throughout this novel was very interesting for me and it made me become very invested into the novel.  I'd just like to add that I also did enjoy the sexual tension between her and her love interest. It was entertaining to follow and just such a guilty pleasure love story. Super cute.  Writing There isn't much I would complain about this writing other than the previous mention about maybe developing the secondary character a bit more, as well as, more world building.  I understand that this novel is a stand alone (unfortunately) and it is pretty difficult to world build a lot for a standalone without making it 700+ pages, but I wished for just a bit more about the clans histories and the settings. I think that if this novel were to have companion novels, that's something I would find incredibly useful.  Plot The plot of this novel was pretty unique, in a way. I mentioned above that you do meet some tropes within this novel, but other than those I found that I hadn't met something like this novel before.  I enjoyed the Viking aspect of this novel so much. The fighting scenes were amazing and it was really exciting for me to see how many women were such a big part of these clans and how they were considered equals to the men in terms of fighting as well as their places in the community. It was a welcome change to some other novels I've encountered.  All in all, this was a solid standalone YA fantasy. I got exactly what I was expecting, maybe a bit more, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.  I would definitely recommend that you all pick this book up when it goes on sale on April 24th, 2018. It's one that I'm sure a lot of you will enjoy!
Date published: 2018-03-20

Editorial Reviews

"A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles." - Kirkus, Starred Review"Drawing on Viking history and lore, debut author Young crafts an exciting, at times heart-wrenching story centered around 17-year-old Eelyn, her Aska clan, and their centuries-old war with the Riki...Young's often poetic writing forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war." - Publishers Weekly"Young's brutal, emotional debut is set in a land that is as unforgiving as its people. The strongest aspect of Young's work is the world building; she packs it with details that viscerally pull the reader into Eelyn's world. Young has also populated this world with complicated characters who evolve as readers get to know them. Even better, the theme at the core of the story-overcoming prejudice and unifying to fight a greater threat-resonates with current real-world issues. With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied." - Booklist "Viking history aficionados as well as fans of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series will fall in love with this richly crafted world. In particular, readers will respond to Eelyn, who is as emotionally passionate as she is physically capable. Young has built a detailed culture into Sky in the Deep in which her characters thrive. This intensely authentic story will appeal to adult readers as well as teens." - RT Reviews, 4 ½ stars Top Pick"Eelyn is a relentlessly fierce warrior, and even her romance with a Riki fighter doesn't quite soften her; indeed, the two find that their lust for blood is almost as strong as their lust for each other... The action on the battlefield and the rising political tensions between the clans will easily keep readers involved through the final page." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections." - School Library Journal