Book Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
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Release Date: 4/24/18
Star Rating: – Terrific!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
What a way to start! This book opens with a roaring, bloody, vicious battle from the point of view of a truly badass young woman. Jumping into battle from the get go gave me pause. I mean I knew this was about Vikings so you already kind of know what you’re getting into. But not every book has the temerity to walk up and slap the reader in the face with quite this much vigor! In the midst of this first raging battle our main character catches a glimpse of her brother. The brother she had seen killed in battle 5 years earlier. She and her father had mourned him as dead, but now she realizes he is still alive. Not only that, he is fighting for her clan’s mortal enemy. He is fighting against her. The journey she takes in finding out what happened to him, is going to challenge her deepest convictions.
Eeyln, the main character, is a warrior and has been raised in a society where fighting with the neighboring clan is a regular occurrence. She fiercely wields two weapons, and gives no quarter. The books early violence mirrors her natural inclinations, a product of her upbringing in such a martial society. Early in the book she finds herself in a field of flowers. Two women and a child work nearby to harvest the flowers. Meanwhile, Eelyn’s inner monologue is:
“I eyed the shears in Runa’s hand. If I wanted to I could set this field of yarrow on fire and let myself burn with it.”
Eelyn, is battle hardened, and her skewed perception of people around her and her tendency to react to fear with violence even causes her to assume a child to be an enemy. Her character is so thoroughly delineated that watching her story arc and growth over the course of the novel is rewarding. The author also has a deft hand with subtler emotions. Eelyn’s longing for her family, and the gentleness that she so successfully hides under layers of armor and scar tissue shines out at times, hinting at a depth of feeling in this girl. It’s easy to forget, she is still a young woman. That means romance. If that’s what you’re looking for, then you won’t be disappointed. There is a very good leading man in this story, with not a love triangle to be found. However, this is not the main point of the novel and isn’t treated like the end-all-be-all of her journey.
This is a standalone novel, but I heard that there is a companion book coming out next year. Add this author to your Goodreads follows & your Twitter feeds. Be like me, search her name on Netgalley compulsively over the next few months in hopes you’ll catch her next book early. This is an excellent start to what promises to be a great career from a new author.
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