Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Steam: 💋
Feels: ⚔️😧😰🤔😏😤🧡

Genre: YA Fantasy
Location: Various Nordic villages – Hylli, Fela, Virki
MC age range: 17
Lead: Eelyn
Love interest(s): Fiske
Tear jerker: No
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: No
Paperback page count: 348
Audible: Yes – narrated by Khristine Hvam – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pacing and intonation are excellent. Audible version does not include the bonus scene available in the book.
Series: No – Stand Alone – released 4/2/19

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: None – implied but not described
Possible triggers: Graphic violence, death

The Quick and Dirty: Teenage warrior in a nordic clan is forced to reexamine her feelings on love, loyalty and family when she finds her thought-to-be-dead brother fighting for her clan’s sworn enemies.

Adrienne Young writes beautifully. Her prose is so lyrical and descriptive that you’ll find yourself completely enamored by the beautiful yet extremely violent viking-esque world she’s built. The plot itself does not span more than a season but there is plenty of action, particularly in the form of battles; the most significant of which is between Eelyn and herself. The inner turmoil is real as she’s forced to reflect and reexamine her feelings on loyalty and what being a family means, all the while dealing with growing feelings for the man who nearly killed her, but also saved her (and her brother’s) life.


Fave relationships: Eelyn and Myra (yesssss! feeling the sisterhood on this one!) and Eelyn and Halvard. I feel like he really helps her in finding empathy and her humanity among the Riki. 

Quick critiques: It’s understood that the culture values stoicism but I wanted more out of the relationships between Eelyn and the men in her life.
With her dad: more discussion/closure on her relationship with Fiske (even if it’s as short as her convo with Myra)
With Iri: more discussion/closure especially since he’s staying with the Riki and she’s not.
With Fiske: more development in the transition from hate to love. Their relationship felt like a tease. I think the book would have benefited from a dual POV format (and I loved that the author offered us a glimpse of that in the bonus scene).

Overall a great read, beautifully written with compelling characters and excellent world building.

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.

Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.


BONUS: Companion Spotify playlist curated by Adrienne Young! Click here.

Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.