Hello bookdragons! Time to go back in time and fight among Vikings! I had the chance to get an eARC of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, coming out at the end of April this year, and I had to tell you about it!!
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.
Have you watched the TV shows Vikings? Well, this is it, but in a book. And with Lagertha as the main character all along. Except she is named Eelyn and is 17. She is fierce and has fire in her veins and she has been fighting her enemies, the Riki, for years. Except, one day, they stop being simply enemies and they become humans, just like her. And from then on, her life is about to change.
Among them, she will learn and love, and she will fight. Because that’s who she is! And because a bigger enemy is coming to take all she cares about away..
This book will make you travel to Eelyn’s world of blood and honor. There you will see her discover the value of love and of an open mind. She will have to challenge herself and to learn to open her heart. We will discover with her the life of the Aska and the Riki, their way of living, and I found that super interesting. It is a simple life, but with a real community spirit. It was quite inspiring. This book is also rough sometimes, as life is, and has its moments of violence (sometimes too much for me), that also enlighten the strength and fierce soul of Eelyn.
In a few words, if you love Vikings, epic fights and historical books, go for it!
See you for a cup!