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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Book Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young


Title: Sky in the Deep (Sky in the Deep, Book 1)

Author: Adrienne Young

Genre: YA, Fantasy

About the book: 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.(Goodreads)

My Thoughts:  I have a new favorite author.  I read Fable by Young last month and loved it - when I realized that I had Sky in the Deep sitting on my shelf from the library and it was by her, I couldn't wait to get started.  I really enjoyed this book as well. Eelyn is really just a young girl - I think 16 - when she is captured by the Riki.  She needs to learn how to survive and how to forgive her brother when she finds him alive and well with the Riki.  Some clan beliefs are so ingrained, though, that she doesn't know how this will be possible.  She learns a lot about herself in the months that she lives with the Riki, and a lot about people in general - how we are different, but more importantly, how we are alike.  

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