Sky in the Deep is not released until April 24, 2018, so this will definitely be a spoiler-free review. The setting is a re-imagined historical fiction/fantasy about Vikings. Eelyn is seventeen and a warrior in the Aska clan. During a battle against an enemy Riki clan, Eelyn discovers her brother, Iri, thought dead, is actually still alive and fighting against her clan on the battle field.
From the blurb at Goodreads: 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.
Essentially, this is a story about how everyone is similar and the hate and prejudices you hold are against people who underneath their differences, are just like you – with families, hobbies, hopes, fears, etc. It’s about the love of family and friendship. It’s about the love of the heart found in unlikely places.
I will admit, this book did not hook me until about halfway through. But, it ended up being emotional and Eelyn and the other characters finally cracked through my shriveled bitter heart.
Eelyn was hard to like at first. I wanted to give up because she was SO angry and stubborn, it didn’t make for easy reading. But thankfully, just as my heart thawed, so did hers.
This is Young Adult, but there is violence (it is a Viking culture after all). I think people will enjoy this story. So check it out on April 24th!
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for the eARC to read and review!
Review also found at Goodreads.