Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted August 18th, 2020 by in *Review / 4 comments

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young {Stephanie’s Review}Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Also by this author: Sky in the Deep, The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Series: Sky in the Deep #1
Also in this series: The Girl the Sea Gave Back, The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Published by Wednesday Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Read in: May 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads


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. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young was a May COYER book club pick. I had it in my TBR and it was just the motivation I needed to pick it up.

This book was S.L.O.W. but it was descriptive and fascinating. The only reason I was able to keep going is because I wanted to know more and more about Eelyn and what was happening with the Riki. There were enough differences from our world to this world that I wanted to know more.

I also think that it was a huge testament to one of my core beliefs: we aren’t all that different when you get down to the base of a person. I loved this book for communicating that so beautifully. During times like these it is very easy to lose sight of that.

There are so many characters to love in Sky in the Deep and a few we’re meant to actively dislike. Halvard had to be my favorite. How can you not love that innocent in a world where there isn’t much?

I really admired Eelyn. She’s the one who had to do the hardwork in this book. I liked Fiske too. He didn’t want anything to happen to his family and he meant business about it too. Iri, Myra, Aghe, Inge, and Runa were all great characters too.

I really enjoyed Sky in the Deep. I was bummed when I thought it was a stand alone but pretty excited when I found out it was a companion novel.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 GoodReads

4 Responses to “Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young {Stephanie’s Review}”

    • Stephanie

      It was slow but I did end up enjoying it. It would have probably been a 5 star if it had moved just a little bit more quickly. 🙂

  1. Berls

    I agree with you on all counts – it was SLOW but had such a beautiful message. And yes to Halvard being the best. I never did finish book 2 though ?. Great review!

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