Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
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.
This is a hard review to write
There is no way this review is in any way objective and unbiased because I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I read it in two sittings. It would have been one if I didn’t have to sleep. SKY IN THE DEEP was just the perfect light(er) read for me (though when I say light, I don’t mean fluffy light because it’s violent and filled with feels)
It lived up to the hype
SKY IN THE DEEP had a tonne of hype surrounding it which was very intimidating. It tends to set the expectation bar high. Fortunately, SKY IN THE DEEP is of high quality and easily met the hype! It’s so very well written, had the perfect slow burn romance (though it would have been nice to have more development scenes just cause), and many other tropes I enjoy immensely.
Viking Inspired Fantasy
Much of SKY IN THE DEEP is inspired by Norse mythology and it’s really obvious. Eelyn is a shield maiden and the story kicks of with a big bloody battle between two clashing clans. There isn’t anything magical in this fantasy, though some possible prophecies are eluded to (I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be a magic thing or just a belief they had because of their religions that wasn’t necessarily real).
Also as a side note: it’s great to read this with the Vikings soundtrack in the background.
There are so few solid, well done standalone fantasy novels out there that it’s always amazing to find one as perfectly done as SKY IN THE DEEP. Everything was just balanced incredibly well. I understood what was happening, I fell in love with the characters and writing, it all wrapped up completely in the end. I have zero complaints.
Wouldn’t have minded it as a duology
As much as this worked so well as a standalone, I really wish it was a duology. There could have been so much more exploration of the religion, world, and characters. That’s really all I want. More.
SKY IN THE DEEP has received so much hype, and I’m glad that, for me, it completely lived up to expectations. With gorgeous writing, complicated characters, and an interesting world, it was the perfect standalone fantasy. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a standalone fantasy or a read with strong family themes.