Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Actual Rating 3.5
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.
I’ll start out with the two cons of this book before diving into the better parts of it.
Our main character, Eelyn starts out so strong but then once something happens to her, she becomes a little annoying. Her transformation is a bit slow in fact but I can understand the push and pull of her feelings, though I truly felt like she would NEVER come to accept the current situation she was in and accept the new life starting to appear.
Finally, halfway through the book, Eelyn’s views transformed and her heart and mind finally opened up to something new.
The second con of this book is that no one of real importance dies. The worst trope in book history has to be the imbalance of bad guys dying versus the good guys dying which would be one to zero. It’s so important to add a balance, it adds emotional aspects toward a loved character so when you have nobody of interest die and then have all these other people around those characters dying, it eventually becomes boring.
I really struggled with rating this book, because while I enjoyed it, I just didn’t feel like it brought that hype to the table so while I enjoyed it, it just could have been made better.
Fiske is my absolute favorite redeemable character there is in this book, I can’t even really put my finger on why but he is! Maybe it’s because he reminds me of someone in my life, who can honestly be sure but I absolutely love his character, he’s a constant for me. Not only that but he’s the most kind-hearted person under all his exterior grit, he is truly a great character all around.
While I really enjoyed Sky in the Deep I just wished there was more than what I was given. Everything was wrapped in a bow that was too neat for my liking, nothing was left to wonder and no loose ends were kept undone.
Adrienne’s world-building skills and fluent descriptions are impeccable, also the way she writes her dialogue is astounding. Somethings are so subtle but they no less hit you forcefully in the feels, I will definitely say that above everything else, Sky in the Deep can get so freaking emotional!
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