I'm Here For Books Featuring Female Warriors: Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


by Adrienne Young
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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I am extremely late in reviewing Sky In The Deep, but I've been in such a YA funk this past year and didn't want to read a book I was excited about when I was obviously in a bit of a slump. But my YA mojo has been slowly coming back this summer and I've been particularly keen on reading YA fantasy novels. This book is about warriors and enemies and that just sounded right up my alley.

Sky In The Deep started off with a bang with me. The opening scene was a battle between the Aska and the Riki, two enemy clans. This set the tone for the entire book. It was dark, bloody and full of violence. On the very battlefield, our Viking heroine, Eelyn sees her brother, who she thought had died 5 years earlier. Injured, she is captured by Fiske, a friend to her brother, and is taken to the wintry mountains of the Riki village to be kept as a servant in Fiske's home. Eelyn was a fiery character, just as I was expecting for a book with such a premise. She was vehemently contentious against Fiske and his family in the beginning, as she was someone who was fiercely loyal to her clansmen. Her anger, her strength, and her allegiance radiated through Sky in the Deep, making her a character that you passionately want to root for. She was angry at her brother for becoming one with the Riki and she was angry at her circumstances of being stuck with the Riki. There is just something about angry female characters that I find very compelling!

We also get to know the Riki's village life and culture better through Fiske's family. I wasn't quite sure what to make of Fiske at first. He did kidnap her, after all. His intentions became much clearer as the story moved forward. As with Eelyn, he too was fiercely faithful to his kinsmen and family and was willing to do anything for them. He eventually became a love interest for Eelyn, showing his affections for her in subtle ways. Though I wasn't exactly swooning over this romance as it was a little quieter than I was hoping for, I thought it was sweet. What was a prevailing theme throughout Sky in the Deep was the strength and power of family relationships. I loved how the book had such a strong focus on it. Young explored the frayed bond between Eelyn and her brother, as well as her bond with her father. We also see the "soul bond" between Fiske and Eelyn's brother.

I found the world building in Sky in the Deep also compelling. The book explored the lives and culture of both the Riki and the Askas through Eelyn's lens. We also learn a lot about the Gods they worshipped and where and how the rivalry between the two clans emerged from. Where the book faltered a little bit for me was the pacing. I found the first half to be rather slow and uneventful. It was only past the 60% mark that the true action began to materialize, so the final battles and ending seemed a bit rushed, in my opinion.

Regardless, Sky in the Deep was a fun read. It wasn't without its flaws, but it was a solid debut with likable characters. There is supposed to be a companion novel next and I'll be looking forward to reading it for sure!

What are some of your favorite books with warrior heroines?Have you read any YA fantasy novels with an epic romance lately?
Let me know in the comments below!

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