Author: Adrienne Young
“Sky in the Deep” by Adrienne Young is a captivating Viking-inspired tale of loyalty, betrayal, and self-discovery. The story follows Eelyn, a fierce warrior from the Aska clan, who is forced to confront her enemy, the Riki, after discovering her brother is alive and fighting for the other side. Young’s writing is vivid and immersive, bringing the harsh and brutal world of the Vikings to life. The characters are complex and well-developed, and the exploration of themes such as family, identity, and forgiveness adds depth to the story.
I love the heart of our main character Eelyn. She shows strength and her weaknesses but doesn’t allow her weaknesses to dictate her actions. She wasn’t too stubborn or arrogant to learn from the Riki people. Sometimes female characters are written that showing strength is not showing weakness. Eelyn showed fear, anger, and resentment toward her brother and her circumstances. But she showed persistence and not giving up in her situation.
This romance is super clean and sweet. I wished there was more on it and it wasn’t at the high tale end of the book. I also wished there was slightly more interaction in the book between the love interest and our main character. But what I do love about this is that this feeling was built on a mutual line of respect that blossomed over time. Basically, I wanted more….
The action in this book was top-notch. Eelyn was strong and good with an ax. Ready to defend anyone that she cared about the most. The realism of the wounds she received in battle. It hurt to get them and it took time to heal. Sometimes in books, people get wounded and it doesn’t take long for them to bounce back. Not realistic and this shared light of what actually happens when fighting in a battle.
Sky in the Deep is a fantasy book I had more of. I didn’t want the story to end because the life of the Vikings was immersive, I didn’t want to leave my imaginary world. Would recommend it to readers who want a quick read and a fantastic experience.