I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Length: 8 hours and 40 minutes
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Wednesday Books on April 24, 2018
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
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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.
Here is what I thought
This book starts out with action and keeps up the fast pace throughout but overall some things I just wasn’t a fan of making this just an okay read.
Eelyn is a female warrior and it kind of gives off a bit of a viking feel which I really enjoyed. She fights alongside her Aska clan and goes up against their enemy the Riki, she is a great fighter. Things were going okay until one day on the battlefield she swears she seen her dead brother and he was fighting for the other side.
The next time they are on the battlefield she sees him again and tries to go after him getting hit with an arrow. Fiske saves her and take her with him to the Riki camp. He only saved her for her brothers sake because Iri and Fiske are friends. She is not to happy about being taken captive but Fiske tries his best to keep her safe. When a more powerful enemy attacks both the Aska and the Riki, Eelyn will have to put her trust in Fiske to try and band both groups together to fight a common enemy.
So I loved the fact that we have a female viking type warrior in this story, but I wasn’t always a fan of Eelyn. Eelyn is tough she was raised to fight and because she wasn’t strong enough to fight with a heavy shield her brother taught her to fight with two weapons and she was very good at it. I understand her mindset when it comes to her brother as she feels betrayed but is also glad he is alive. The one thing that drove me crazy is the fact that she sure like to talk to talk in her head but she never followed through and so I was kind of tired of hearing about it. She thought she was so tough that she could get away from the Riki at any time, so then why didn’t she?? That just got on my nerves.
Fiske is a very cold-hearted warrior who of course was trained to be that way and his family had taken in Iri. They became great friend and it was the only real reason he saved Eelyn. Though the longer she is in the camp he seems to soften a little bit towards her.
Another one of my problems was the romance. I think this book could have really just done without the romance part as it felt like something the author added in at the last minute so to me it felt rushed or forced. Through the whole story Eelyn hates Fiske and so I am suppose to believe all of a sudden they like each other. I guess battle makes the heart grow fonder, maybe?
Overall, I enjoyed myself and liked listening to it I just felt it had a few problems.
Khristine Hvam is one of my favorite narrators which made this a very pleasant book to listen too.
Audio rating: 4