A while ago, I saw a lot about Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young on Goodreads. When it was available on Bookshare (an American library for the visually impaired which also accepts international members) I immediately downloaded the ePub. However, Sky In The Deep didn’t go so deep for me. Why? Read more.Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24, 2018
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.
Let’s get something straight, I enjoyed reading Sky In The Deep. It was different, something I had never read before. It was a story about Vikings in the far north and when did we see that before in YA books? Exactly, never. Unfortunately the first problem occurred with the setting. As the story is set in the far north, there are also words which are unfamiliar to us. I expected some kind of reference list of these terms at either the start or the end of the book. It was possible to read the story without this, but of some words I still have no clue what they mean.
However, the book is fast-paced. We are treated with lots of action right at the start, since there is a battle going on. However, the story quickly lost it’s action and it didn’t really come back. There has been a raid and a battle further into the book, but these were short-lived and so is the action. Sky In The Deep is less action-packed as I’d expected or maybe hoped.
I was not so pleased with the character development either. All characters and especially main character Eelyn, stayed really shallow. We barely saw her emotions or her fear. As she is a warrior, she must have some fears somewhere right? She seemed to go into battles completely fearless and that is kind of surreal in my opinion. Halvard was a pretty nice guy though. He loved Eelyn and was the first to fully accept her.
Romance. Was there romance? Yes, there certainly was. But again, it was all kept really shallow. This book could have been so much more, but it seems like Adrienne Young was too scared, or maybe too shy, to go into depth and give the characters more meaning. Again, this was an enjoyable read, but I expected much more from a Viking story. It could have been so much more in my opinion. Something was missing. Action, absolutely. I wanted to see more battle. Maybe the death of a really important character (dude, Fiske was on the edge several times). Or more complicated romance. Or more background information about Iri. Despite all these missing elements, I rate this book 3.5 stars. Nonetheless am I happy about the fact that Sky In The Deep is a stand alone since the story is too shallow for a series.