The Book: Sky In the Deep by Adrienne Young
The Rating: 5🌟
“We find things, just as we lose things. If you’ve lost your honour, you’ll find it again.”
I like to pride myself on being a reasonably quick reader, but it’s rare for me to read a book in one sitting. It takes a particularly special book to make me do that. It has to tick all of the boxes: interesting characters, amazing plot, fantastic worldbuilding and writing that sings.
Sky In The Deep is one of those books.
There’s been so much hype surrounding this book, that I have to admit I was a little nervous picking it up. I read a book with a similar premise last year (YA Viking fantasy) which I didn’t enjoy as much as I’d hoped, so I was understandably worried about this one. Thankfully, I didn’t need to be worried, as Adrienne Young has written a book that definitely lives up to the hype.
To begin with, the characters are great. The main protagonist, Eelyn, is strong, smart, determined, and beautifully flawed. She’s a character that you find yourself rooting for right from the start of the story, and I loved the emotional journey she went on throughout the course of the book. Part of her strength was in her ability to be vulnerable, which I think is a really important message for people. Her relationship with her brother, Iri, was particularly wonderful to read and I’ll admit to being close to tears on several occasions during the first half of the book!
The other characters in the story are also great to read. I particularly love Fiske and could quite happily read a book all about him (hint hint)! In all honesty, he is another fantastic character – when we first meet him he’s incredible closed off, but eventually he opens up and you see an entirely different side to his character. The stubbornness of both Eelyn and Fiske allows for a beautiful, slow relationship development which feels completely natural and made me so happy to read! I get a little tired of insta-love stories, so this was really refreshing for me!
The story itself is really interesting and wonderfully told. It’s set in a fantastical Viking inspired world which makes it feel familiar, almost as if it’s a retelling of an ancient myth. Adrienne’s writing style is absolutely gorgeous and feels quite lyrical, which I love, and this also helps the story feel like it’s one that could possibly have been told centuries ago and passed down through the ages. It feels at once fresh and ancient.
I think the fact that I read this book, non-stop, in about 5 hours says it all really! There was something happening on every page – it was quite literally a page turner! Although this is technically a stand alone novel, I really hope that Adrienne writes more books about these characters in the future (as well as The Girl the Sea Gave Back) because I want to know more about Eelyn, Fiske and Iri and read more of their adventures!
If you’ve read Sky In The Deep, let me know what you thought in the comments!!