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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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings-and all heart.

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

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...
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Title:Sky In The DeepFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.44 × 5.78 × 1.15 inPublished:April 24, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was Good It was nice to have a viking setting in a book but i feel like it needed just a bit more. All in all it was amazing book and definitely a must read
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your emotions are on fire the entire time! I got this book with the May Owl Crate and honestly I put it off for a couple months. I finally decided to jump in and boy do I wish I never put it off. It was so good! Better than I ever expected. Adrienne Young is a BRILLIANT writer, absolutely flawless. I can't believe this is her first book. This book begins and ends with tons of action but what happens in between is emotional. Though there isn't a ton that happens, you are never bored, your emotions are on fire the entire time. I had tears in my eyes for the first half of the book. I felt all of Eelyn's pain, betrayal, frustration and fear. I loved all of the characters. Inge and little Halvard were so sweet. Both Eelyn and Fiske were so tough and strong, but both were accepting of love and comfort and had a softness that they would let show. I enjoyed that they never fought what was obviously something between them and that their relationship never over took the story. Such a good read, I highly recommend it! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This one was good I thought this one was good, it went by pretty fast for me. The only thing I didn't really like was the way the ending seemed rushed. I think this story easily could have been turned into a longer series instead of a stand alone. It seemed like it was rushed so everything would end up good in the end.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it It was a bit boring at times but I still loved reading it.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great The middle was a little slow but the everything else was awesome #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than I thought I was really hesitant about this book due to all of the mixed reviews. With that said, I found this to be an okay read, especially after the month-long reading slump that I've had. Honestly, the first half of this book almost made me DNF it. Our MC is a strong, young woman who yet, always needs a male to help her get out of trouble. There was a bit of insta-love, but it was done in such a way that I'm actually okay with it. That said, I wasn't a fan of who our special guy is (hint: he's tried to kill her on several occasions... Gotta love this trope...). If you can get past the first half of this book though, it's not too bad. Would recommend.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sky In The Deep Interesting and thrilling. A viking setting is a nice new world
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Loved the Viking setting! Great characters and great story. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG 4.5* Definitely closer to a 5 though. What did I just read???? Because that was amazing!! Fabulous debut novel! I LOVED this book. I loved the strong characters. I loved the action, the culture, the language it was a great read!! I finished it in 2 sittings. I couldn’t put it down. I wish it was slightly longer. I think the ending seemed a tad rushed. Regardless. I loved this book and wished there was a sequel in the making. I can’t wait to read more from Adrienne Young.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eloquent Writing In A Harsh World SO THIS BOOK WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST HYPED OF 2018 THAT I KNEW I WOULD HAVE TO READ THE MINUTE I HEARD ABOUT. Compared to Vikings and Wonderwoman with that gorgeous dark cover and the promise of a forbidden romance? HOW ABSOLUTELY BREATH-TAKING DOES THAT SOUND? And, from all the hype around the internet and the hype I created for myself, I DIDN’T END UP LOVING IT AS MUCH AS I HOPED I WOULD. Not that I didn’t like it, because I did. The book was powerful in a lot of ways and the romance was enjoyable, but I just felt removed/ didn’t connect with the book as much as I wished I would. I guess, in a nutshell, I was hoping this book would be a new favourite, but it turned out that it was just one of the many. THINGS I LIKED: 1. THE COVER: Yes, hello, please let’s talk about that MARVEL of a cover that caught my eye and hasn’t let it go till date. Also, there’s an inscription when you open the dust jacket of the book that says ‘Breathe Fire,’ and if that isn’t the COOLEST THING EVER, I don’t know what is. 2. THE WRITING: Even as a debut author, Adrienne Young had this unique way of storytelling and her writing was poignant as she wrote about a harsh world and, well, I really loved it. I read her book in just three days and I can’t wait for the next one. 3. THE RIKI: I actually fell in love with certain members of the rival to Eelyn’s clan, the Riki, namely Inge, Fiske and Halvard. I wish we saw more of Runa, Kerling and Gyda and ESPECIALLY Iri, but I did love the Riki. THINGS I WISH HAD BEEN BETTER: 1. IRI: A brother our main character thought was dead because SHE LET HIM GO during war is REALLY ALIVE AND LIVING WITH A RIVAL CLAN? I felt like this was such a brilliant part to the storyline and yet, I saw nothing of Iri and Eelyn reconnecting or even being siblings. All I got in the end was a measly line of about how ‘it would have to be worked on’ and I was honestly QUITE DISAPPOINTED. 2. REALLY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE BUT STILL: Like I said before, there was something that stopped me from FALLING IN LOVE that I can’t name till date. It just didn’t get my fangirl side fangirling or my hopes raised. Will I read more from Adrienne Young? DEFINITELY. An enjoyable read with poignant writing in a harsh world + a forbidden romance. I’d definitely recommend it, even though it wasn’t the BEST fantasy I’ve read.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Dark Viking-Inspired Tale I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Young has a very unique writing style, and at first I struggled to get into her different ways of describing things. However, the very first page of the book hooked me right away, which is a pretty big deal. Young created a dark, atmospheric setting and her language reflects that. Aside from her sometimes awkward descriptions, I found her writing style refreshing. It was also a really quick read, which I appreciated. I couldn’t put it down! What I love about this book is the importance it places on family and beliefs. The clans live and die for their family and their beliefs, and that’s powerful. Without saying too much, it was interesting to see how the book approached faith and beliefs, especially with regards to learning and choosing to see beyond prejudices and hate. The book focuses on family: biological, found family, friends so close they’ve become family, and romantic love. To see these various relationships be equally strong and emotional was lovely. Something that detracted from my enjoyment of the book is that I found some of the secondary characters to be a little one dimensional, and therefore the bonds between some characters aren’t as well written as they could’ve been. We’re supposed to feel this great bond between Eelyn and her brother, but I don’t feel it. He doesn’t, in my opinion, get enough page time with her for us to feel their relationship rather than just have it described to us as being a deep bond. I also struggled a bit with the romance. I don’t find Fiske to be a very sympathetic character. He does some less-than-ideal things. Not only that, but their relationship sometimes suffers from the same issues as Eelyn’s relationship with her brother: it isn’t fleshed out enough for me to fully believe it. I love where they are at the end, but I feel like something was missing during the middle of the book. "Sky In The Deep" is a great viking-inspired story of love, faith, and family. It’s about choosing light over dark, growth, and creating a better future. It also has some vivid battle scenes which I loved. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK OF 2018 I seriously am in LOVE with this book. It was such a fast read and it flowed sooooo smoothly. Adrienne Young can WRITE. I also cannot believe this book was passed up by other publishers because you guys missed out! Well done Wednesday Books, well DONE.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Viking Fantasy! *I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review* Oh, somone please give me some more vikings now! This was such a rich and vividly imagined viking fantasy! I definitely got some Game of Thrones vibes from this story because it was basically the wildlings vs. the whitewalkers and I couldn’t get enough of the epic battle scenes. There were moments where I just sat there trying to let the words of the page sink in. But it was so fast-paced and I couldn’t put it down! Adrienne Young has crafted a beautiful world and I definitely need more of it. On a deeper level, this story had some strong themes about fate and choices, which I really loved. There was just so much meaning underneath everything and it was almost poetic. The premise of the story is that two clans are divided and come together every five years to battle. Eelyn is part of the Aska clan and five years ago she watched her brother die at the hands of a Riki warrior. But as she faces death on the battlefield, she hears her brother’s voice and he stops the sword about to kill her. While everyone claims it was the spirit of Iri that saved her, she finds him during battle again and follows him into the forest. When Eelyn is taken captive by the Riki, she is sold to the family her brother now lives with. In her eyes, Iri is a traitor to everything she believes in and must answer for his crimes against the Aska. She must learn to survive in a village where she is surrounded by the enemy and she is forced to swallow her pride and prejudice. When the Riki village is attacked by a clan thought to be a myth, both clans learn that they must overcome their differences to defeat their new enemy before it is too late. I have so much respect for Eelyn’s character. She is a fierce warrior who fights for her family and her clan, but she opens her heart to the enemy. Once she stops fighting against Fiske and Iri, she finds that the Riki aren’t so much different from her own clan. It was interesting to see her go through such a huge journey of personal growth. I really loved the relationship she had with Fiske as well because it went from pure hatred to undying love. By the end they were ready to lay down their lives for each other. This was a beautiful story of sacrifice, betrayal, family, and love. I loved how brutal it was, but that there was room for love in between war and violence. This story was just such a down-to-earth interpretation of vikings woven with myth and religion. Both clans relied on their gods to guide them and I love how deep religion runs and how it affects the story. It was interesting to see a shift by the end of the story and how fate can change. This book will definitely leave you craving more!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 352 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 4.75 Release Date: April 26th 2018 *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. One day I was checking my email and an email from Netgalley came through. It said that wishes do come true and that I had been granted access to this book called Sky in the Deep. Now I had no idea what this book was about, let alone when and why I requested it at the time this email came in, but I am so glad I wished for it on Netgalley. Not only is it one of 2 books I have added to my favourite shelf this year, it is also the first ARC to ever be added to my favourite shelf. Now I will admit that Sky in the Deep was a little slow in the beginning (hence the 4.75 star rating), but even when I wasn’t absolutely hooked while reading, it was still a 4 star book at minimum. The fact that I also started it right before my linear algebra class at 11am on a Monday may have had an effect on my engagement level in the beginning. Linear algebra is not exactly what I would call fun and enjoyable. Despite it being a little slow in the 1st half, the 2nd half had me completely hooked. I could not put it down. I normally read physical books at night and e-ARCs before class and stuff, but I was reading this in bed one night and finished it that night. It was the first time in a long time I stayed up late finishing a book. Reading it reminded me why I’m a reader. The last book that really did that was Crooked Kingdom, which I read in February 2017. That isn’t to say I haven’t absolutely loved books I’ve read since February 2017. I just mean that a book hasn’t been quite as addicting for me in a long time. I will leave a warning here that if you are upset by animal sacrifice, you may want to stay away from this one. It’s fairly detailed and happens twice, and it was upsetting to me. It didn’t really take away from my reading experience, but I don’t want someone else to have a negative experience reading Sky in the Deep because of it. Your safety is more important than reading a book. I found Sky in the Deep so fascinating to read. It explores so much in such a fantastic way. It was so interesting to see Eelyn confronted with the idea that the people she has been fighting for years aren’t so different from her. You get to see how what she has believed her entire life conflicts with what she is confronted with in the Riki village. You get to see her resist the truth she sees, but you also get to see her beliefs slowly change. It was just so well done. It was also so nice to see the idea of family being explored. Family is such a huge part of Sky in the Deep, and that’s always nice to see in YA. It was so interesting to see how the idea of family not necessarily being who you are related to by blood is examined. Family is so much more than your genetics, and I love that this book explored that. The romance was also built up really well. There are a few moments when you can tell how the love interest is feeling, and Eelyn is oblivious. Then, she starts to develop feelings of her own, and it’s just perfect. My heart. The romance happens fairly late in the book, so Sky in the Deep is not very romance heavy, but it is there. I loved the side characters. They are so fleshed out and realistic. Side note: Halvard is so precious, and I would protect him with my life. If you read Sky in the Deep for nothing else, read it for the precious child (he’s like an 8 year old (I forget his exact age. Don’t quote me on this)) that is Halvard. Overall, Sky in the Deep was one of the best books I have read in a long time, and I severely regret not being able to review it sooner. It has earned 4.75 stars out of 5 from me, and a well-deserved spot on the NYT bestsellers list this week.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fierce warrior betrayed by family has to overcome captivity and the loss of everything she's been taught matters Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected pre-publication galley via NetGalley This was an awesome read. To be honest, I decided to review it because it was getting so much prelaunch hype, but I kinda thought I wouldn't be the target audience. I really just couldn't care less about Vikings, and so much of the marketing around it emphasizes that element. If you're in the same camp, not to worry. Sky in the Deep is incredibly well-done and tells an exciting, high-stakes story with a fierce multi-dimensional main character who goes through an incredible character arc and journey. I don't think it's positioned as fantasy, but to me, it felt as much like fantasy as historical fiction. Eelyn is a warrior, and the book opens with her totally eviscerating guys in battle. Which . . . I wasn't that into. I think I was afraid she was going to be really flat, like some implausible, too-perfect super-warrior, but she becomes more of a sympathetic character pretty quickly because her dead brother shows up to the battle. So maybe she's crazy or in shock, but then he shows up again--and when she chases him, she gets captured by the enemy. Eelyn lives by a sort of warriors code and puts honour above all, so being taken captive by the people they've been feuding with and forced into slavery is nearly grounds for suicide. However, this isn't really the story of Eelyn the Viking superhero shutting down the old-world slave trade. It's way more nuanced than that. I really appreciated the slow development that shows how someone with a rigid view of the world could come to understand others and challenge her own beliefs and those of her family/community. The slow-burn romance wasn't bad either~~ I'm looking forward to seeing what else Adrienne Young has in store for us. This was a beautiful, powerful debut about a girl who's not only a wicked-strong warrior, but has the strength to learn, grow, and love others despite the cost.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Debut!! Sky in the Deep was unputdownable!! From the moment I heard that this was a cross between Wonder Woman and Vikings, I knew that this book is a must read that should be added to your TBR lists immediately. I fell in love with the entire story of the importance of family, friendship and love. Adrienne Young is definitely an author to look out for because the writing will pull you in right away. Plus look at that beautiful cover!! Right from the start the story is fast-paced and full of action as we see Eelyn already in battle. She is smart and a bad a** warrior that you will be rooting for. She is part of the Aska clan in rival with with Riki clan. Eelyn is one of those characters that is full of brawn, heart and really does remind you of Diana Prince. She has so much pride with her family, beliefs and the clan that you see how strong she really is. I already wish I was her. But I know I wouldn't last in this society because there was lots of blood and even an eyeball scene. The romance started with trust as well as the importance of family, friendship and even respect between both of the clans. The romance between Eelyn and Fiske was adorable! So many butterflies while reading because the way they connected felt as one. So swoony! I loved him from the beginning! Sky in the Deep is a must read! It left me wanting more and already wishing that there was a second book. I will miss all the characters because you definitely get addicted to the story (Fiske). By the end you will feel so happy that you will want to re-read the book, which is why you should order this book!
Date published: 2018-04-23
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