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.
I really enjoyed parts of Sky in the Deep, most of it really, but I also wanted a little more from Eelyn and her changing relationship with both the Riki and the Aska, and also of the relationship/war between the two clans in general.
I liked the action and really liked Eelyn’s changes through the book. I loved her interaction with Fiske and his family, even if I felt like two weeks wasn’t enough for her to be coming to terms with her situation. Their relationship was surprisingly cute! And her relationship with Iri was pretty well done, even if I didn’t get all of his motivations.
The concept of the five yearly war seemed so bizarre to me, but the epic distrust between the clans was well demonstrated. And I always like a common bad guy!
Nothing too surprising perhaps, but decent fun and a very enjoyable read.
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