Title – Sky in the Deep
Author – Adrienne Young
Publisher/Published – Titan Books – March 2019
Genre – Young Adult , Fantasy
Pages – 336
Summary from Goodreads
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart. 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.
5 out of 5 Stars
What an amazing read! I loved this so much and couldn’t stop reading it. The plot was so well thought out and we’ll developed, it kept me interested and I was eager to see where the story went. I really enjoyed the world building aswell.
The characters were well fleshed out and it was great to see them grow and develop. Eelyn was definitely my favourite and I loved watching her grow and develop throughout the story. I also liked Fiske, I was wary of him at first but he grew on me the more I read.
The authors writing was so good and I felt the book moved at a fantastic pace that kept you interested but also developed both the plot and characters.
After finishing this I look forward to reading more of the authors work as this book was just amazing. Adrienne Young has now joined my list of favourite authors and I urge you to pick up this book.
Interview with Adrienne Young
1. What inspired the book?
The initial inspiration for the book was definitely the betrayal between Eelyn and her brother Iri, but the story took on the shape a lot of identity and inner transformation that I was going through when I wrote it.
2. Who is your favourite character in the book?
I love all of the characters so much, but Eelyn has got to be my favorite. Halvard is a close second.
3. What character do you think readers will like the most?
I think everyone really loves Myra and Halvard.
4. If you could be a character from your book who would you be?
I would want to be either Eelyn or Inge.
5. Who influenced you to be a writer?
Writing is something I’ve just always done. But my third grade teacher was the first person to ever tell me I was a writer. Beyond that, it was definitely all the books I grew up reading and loved. I wanted to have the power to transport people the way I was when I read.
6. What was the first book you can remember reading?
A book called Snot Stew. It was the first chapter book I ever checked out at the library.
7. What is your favourite thing about being a writer?
I think it’s probably just the ability to use my imagination in ways that most adults don’t. I get to play with ideas and create worlds and characters and it is so much fun.
8. Do you have a favourite thing to do when you are writing?
I always, always, always listen to music and drink cold brew coffee.
9. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t let fear dictate what you want to write. Write the things that are deep inside of you, not the things you think people will buy. Once you’ve figured out how to do that, keep writing until those two things cross paths.
And that’s a wrap. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it and I hope you enjoy the interview with Adrienne Young.