I love Goodreads. I find it to be such a calm social media platform and almost all of my favorite authors are on there. There are so many great discussion groups and books and giveaways. I love the giveaways, and Adrienne Young’s Sky in the Deep was the first one that I won. I practically screamed when the ARC of Sky in the Deep appeared in the mail. I love the driven brutality and brotherhood of ancient Vikings, and I am a sucker for stories with fierce heroes and heroines. Plus, two of my favorite authors wrote glittering reviews for it, so how could I not but dive in?
Raised to drive a blade through her clansmen’s rival clan, the Riki, Eelyn’s life is simple enough until she sees her brother on the battlefield fighting with her enemy. The brother she watched bleed to death five years ago. Kidnapped by the Riki and faced with her brother’s betrayal, Eelyn is forced to survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki. But, the longer she is in the village, the more she begins to see herself in the people she was taught to hate. Her world crumbling all around her, she is forced to put aside her prejudices when the Riki are raided by a clan thought to be a myth.
From the blood-soaked battlefield where the story opens up on to the snowy mountain village and back to Eelyn’s home, the fjord, Adrienne Young delivers a taut fantasy novel. The meaning of loyalty and forgiveness are explored, and the all-consuming question,”What is family?” is gutted and examined by the deeply flawed and very human Eelyn.
I finished reading this over a month ago, but I waited until now to review it in order to put my thoughts in order. All in all, I would gladly read Sky in the Deep again. I rate this five out of five stars.
Sky in the Deep will be released on April 24th, two days from now, and it is still available for preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, Indiebound, Google, Powells, Book Depository, Kobo, and Books-A-Million. I would recommend checking your local bookstores for it as well, if you have one.