Review: Sky in the Deep
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.
That beautiful cover got me hooked in. The synopsis got me intrigued. And the story had me obsessed and wanting more. When I read “Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart”, I knew it was the book for me and hoped it would deliver as promised. And oh, it did that and then some.
It opens with a violent, action-packed fighting scene and the intensity from that very first chapter continues to keep you on your toes and wanting more till the very end. Eeyln was such a compelling character - I connected with her almost immediately and was easily sucked into her world through her guiding eyes. I loved hearing the story in her voice, following her thoughts and feeling her pain, fear, and worries.
I wish it was longer so I could read more about Eeyln and Fiske. As much as I love myself a strong, fierce and fearless heroine, I love discovering their male counterparts/love interests and seeing, in my personal opinion, if they’re good enough for them. And Fiske was so, so, sooooo good. I loved him for being a total monstrous and savage warrior out on the field and transition into the complete opposite with Eelyn less than halfway through the book. Their love and admiration was so sweet - is that weird to say when there’s brutal killings involved all around them and sometimes at their own hands? - but I couldn’t help being so happy when they finally realized they were the perfect match for each other.
I was in awe of the stunning world-building and the down-to-the-very-last-detail descriptions. The prose of the story was perfect. The themes of family, always fighting for what you believe in and overcoming differences for a greater good was on-point and gave this book heart and life.
I loved this action-packed page-turner and I really hope we do get to see more of Eeyln and Fiske in the future. A huge thank you to the author for writing a book that left me in awe and wanting more!