Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
“Vegr yfir fior. Honor above life.”
I am going to attempt to write a coherent review but I don’t know if I can even put into words how much I loved this book. This is exactly everything I want in a story. I read the entire thing in one sitting because it was that amazing and I couldn’t put it down; this is is the kind of book that reminds me of why I love reading.
Sky in the Deep is a stunning debut by Adrienne Young, whose talented writing and gorgeous storytelling is showcased clearly. She has done a fantastic job creating a wonderful world full of complex characters. The dynamic relationships between the characters is one of the best features of the book; they were capable of evoking emotions in a meaningful and achingly real way. The relationship between Eelyn and her brother, Iri, is one of the most poignant and best written portrayals that I’ve ever read. I felt all of her anger, love, confusion, heartbreak, and betrayal alongside her. Eelyn was such a strong, brave, determined heroine and it was very easy to empathize with her. The characters and their personal stories and struggles are what truly captivated me.
“Ǫnd eldr. Breathe fire.”
From the very beginning, the story is full of action and adventure. The Viking-inspired setting and descriptions are written so vividly that I could easily feel myself immersed in the story. This book bypassed every expectation I had, and then some. It has become one of my favorite books and I know it will have a lasting impression in the future.
Sky in the Deep is a outstanding book by a debut author. Everything was executed perfectly to created a breathtaking, emotional story full of grit and heart. Please do yourselves a favor and add this book to your TBR. You will not be disappointed.
P.S. check out Adrienne Young’s amazing playlist inspired by the book, which I totally listened while writing this review (although personally, I had the song Trøllabundin stuck in my head the entire time I was reading).