Synopsis: OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
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.
OMG. I can think of only two words to describe this book: BAD ASS. Sky In The Deep is an atmospheric, gruesome feminist viking fantasy. Full of dark, detailed fight scenes and moving, authentic characters, this book will hook you from the first page. This book made my blood boil, my mind swim and my heart swell.
As dark and vulgar of a tale as Sky In The Deep is, it was extremely profound and prophetic. Sky In The Deep has a lot of great commentary on the human experience. The characters were very multi-dimensional and human. The story tackles meaningful issues such as religion, family, betrayal, loyalty, and respect. I loved every second of it. Here were a few lines that really resonated with me.
“I’m sorry.” Her face fell. I didn’t answer. I didn’t say it was alright, because it wasn’t.
“I don’t belong to you.”… “Yes, you do.” He pulled the hair back out of my face so he could look at me. “Like I belong to you.”
It’s rare to find a book that is equal parts earnest and exciting. I feel as though I can’t sing this books praises enough. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for a very enjoyable review. I don’t have anything to criticize, so I will leave you with these gifs that throughly sum up the process of reading Sky In The Deep: