Author: Adrienne Young
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Pages: 340 pages
ISBN: 1250168457 (ISBN13: 9781250168450)
Start Date: June 16th 2018
Finish Date: June 30th 2018
(Beware of spoilers!!!!)
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.
Sky in The Deep was about two clans which had two different gods that fight for each other. Each of the clan believed that their god showed them the way to fight because of the gods’ past. They fight one another to search victory generation by generation and proved the they are the right ones. Unfortunately, in their time of war, there was a man named Iri – an Aska – who switched from one clan to the other – named Riki.
All the family including the main character, Eelyn, thought that he was death in the time of annual epic war between clans. But then Eelyn found out that Iri was not death and stayed in Riki. This event brought Eelyn to be kidnapped to Riki and found out unavoidable truth that actually these two clans do not have to fight each other, because they have a greater enemy called Herja. But not only that, Eelyn also fell in love with a Riki. Somehow, the kidnapped of Eelyn brought greater good between two clans.
(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*
World Building: 1star
When reading this book, I felt like I watched Xena: Warrior Princess again. I portrait the environment, the fjord and the mountain, similar to some scene in Xena series. I liked how the author portrait the scenes. Although similar but actually it was different. I could feel different atmospheres between one scene to another like the lead female character felt when she was kidnapped. At first it was portrait that Riki was not friendly. But after Eelyn stepped into Riki’s world, she found something different that the life in Riki was just as how human being lived, same as how she lived back then in Aska, full of family harmony and thrive.
I was a sucker of any twists. Unfortunately, there was no twist that made me feel surprise. Mostly I could predict it here and there such as how Eelyn could fell in love with Riki. But I liked the plot relation among one scene to another. It was smoothly flowing and I rarely found plot hole in the story. I found few actually, but I easily forgot it. One I remember of the plot hole of the main character was when she met a bear together with Fiske (the lead male character) during their fishing time. In my opinion that this meeting-with-a-bear thing could be explore a bit more. In conclusion, this book is too short for me!!! 😀
Eelyn and Fiske were my next favorite OTP. Eelyn had a strong female character who had balance in independency to others. She was brave but not stubborn. While Fiske only showed his affection with action and had his kind of romantic ways. I like Fiske personality there who put family first before others. There were another supporting characters that were also loveable such as Iri itself, which was the key of Eelyn’s battle. There was Inge with a motherly attitude towards the people who lived in the same house with here. Eelyn’s father who was not arrogant enough because he had a father heart.
I found that the writing-style was not unique enough. This kind of style could be found in among books from new author. But it didn’t mean that she imitated other authors. This kind of writing-style was her style, especially with the named development that weren’t unusual but simple. With her kind of style, I sensed that the romance she developed was not excessive and cheesy. I liked how the romance sparked between the female and male character that naturally happened. But not in cheesy romantic that could make my eyes rolling :-D.
I put Adrienne Young in my favorite author list. She was a new debuted author in fantasy book. She and her team packed the whole packaged of the book nicely. Look at the cover. It was a simple black dust jacket with a deep meaning of the whole story. This cover was one of my favorite. The other good point that I highlighted from her first book was how she brought a concept that involving “Family” in other way in times of crisis or war. She surely has the ability to lift family relation for each plot realistically in a fantasy genre.
Sky in The Deep book trailer on You Tube by the author.
“Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.”
“OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.”
“I was the ice on the river. The snow clinging onto the mountainside.”
(Goodreads: from 5,927 Ratings per July 10th 2018)
This was a must have standalone book, in my version. I definitely kept this without hauling and will be buying this author’s next book :-).
I heard that there will be a companion of this book. Looking forward to it to be good.
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