ARC: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – review

I would like St. Martin’s Press/Wednesday Books and Adrienne Young for sending me this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Expected Publication: 24th April 2018 by

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.

The opening to Sky in the Deep was fantastic and I could not think of a better opening to a story. I am definitely all for a strong first chapter that starts with violence and action. Immediately I was drawn in – ready to dive head first into the story.

Ultimately though, Sky in the Deep fell short for me and I was left feeling disappointed. What felt like a promising start rapidly disolved as the story progressed.

I expected many gripping battles and bloody description but instead I got the complete opposite. During Eelyn’s time with the ‘Riki’, where it seemed as though she was constantly doing housework, I began to lose interest and wondered whether I was going to be able to finish it. The story dragged making it painfully slow. I was confused (and I still am) because the first chapter was so perfect.

I was able to learn a lot about the two different clans and how they lived. Eelyn in particular, being an ‘Aska’, finds herself in a ‘Riki’ village – a clan that she has been taught to kill because they are the enemy and that’s all her people have ever known. The ‘Riki’ think similarly to the ‘Aska’. Slowly over time she learns that they aren’t so different and perhaps there is a way to end the bloodshed.

It went around in a continuous loop, the ‘Riki’ and the ‘Aksa’ hate each other and they want to kill each other. Eelyn is furious at her brother’s betrayal. Understandable, but after the millionth time reading it my patience was wearing thin and I grew extremely frustrated. What I thought was going to be a very action-based book was, in reality, a joyless ride.

There were some pretty cool battle scenes throughout the book which I really enjoyed but it wasn’t enough for me to fall in love with the story. Another problem I found with the book was getting to the main event – the legendary and mysterious clan. It felt like forever before they made an appearance and when they finally did it was resolved in a short amount of time.

I hated the romance so much. I knew it was going to happen because the plot description just point blank tells you (so annoying) and so I wasn’t at all surprised. It makes me mad just thinking about it.

Eelyn is a phenomenal character and the main reason I continued reading. A skilled and fearless warrior who would probably be able to cut you into two before you could blink, and wouldn’t think twice about it. I loved her burning rage and her desire to kill any ‘Riki’ that she came across. She is 100% ruthless. As much as I admired her angry and dark side, I liked how she gradually began to show a softer side towards the end of the book.

The only other character I liked was Myra who had a similar anger like Eelyn. Unfortunately she wasn’t in the book as much as I would have hoped.

There were too many characters brought into the story. Apart from the family that Eelyn stays with, I had to constantly remind myself who was who. I don’t want to be doing that in a book.

I honestly don’t get the 5* rating and I don’t think I ever will.



9 thoughts on “ARC: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – review

  1. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and the synopsis sounds pretty cool. Plus, that cover!! Sorry you didn’t like this one! I’m still undecided as to whether I should read it or not

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