My posts may contain affiliate links, if you buy something through these links it doesn't cost you anything, but I may make a small commission which helps to keep this site up and running. Your virtual dog could be the next champion!

26 March 2018

Review: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young is a book I was excited about before reading. It's still not out for another month but I couldn't wait any longer to share my thoughts and hopefully convince you to pre-order. If you pre-order you also get some Preoder Gifts so you can bet I was right on that. It has not been picked up by a UK publisher yet (boo!) but Book Depository ships for free.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne YoungAdd to Goodreads

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.

Source: NetGalley | Pre-Order

5 Words: Honor, family, friendship, war, unite. 

This book was everything I never knew I needed. Actually, no. It was more than I thought I could ever dream of in a book.

Sky In The Deep was absolutely perfect for me. 

Normally I'm not a fan of action scenes or gore. When you're dealing with Viking-inspired warriors this is something you can't really escape. But this time? I was gripped by the fighting scenes, by the brutality and passion driving them forward. I even looked forward to reading them.

Eelyn is amazing. She is perhaps on of my most favourite fictional characters EVER. I loved how resolute and stubborn she was, her convictions come through on every page. She is a kick ass warrior, she knows herself, and she allows herself to change. I loved every second I spent by her side on the page.

This book gave me goosbumps. It hooked me right from the start, had me reading as I ate and walked to work, and even sneakily under the desk at work. I absolutely could not put it down. The writing is as breath-taking as the setting, as chilling as the encroaching winter. The details are exquisite. I could feel the cold wind, the snow on my feet, sticky blood drying on my skin. I could smell the food and the smoke and the iron tang of blood. My heart soared with Eelyn's, plummeted back down, raced with the adrenaline of battle. I could feel her pain (and boy did it hurt).

I loved the exploration of family, friendship, and tolerance. How the Aska and the Riki are the fiercest of enemies, yet so similar. It called to the Hufflepuff in me.

The ending tied everything up nicely, and it was so refreshing to know that it can be left as a standalone, despite how much I want to read more about Eelyn.

This book is perfect. Absolutely amazing. I have a finished copy pre-ordered, and I will likely read everything this author publishes in future because this was so incredible.

Will you be reading?


  1. I need this. Now. Immediately.

  2. Oh wow, this sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it.

  3. I don't usually like these types of books but you definitely made me want to read it lol


  4. This genre is one I've not read much but this sounds really good, and this is why I love blogs, so much new to discover!

    1. It's like historical fantasy but without the fantasy xD

  5. Glad you loved this so much :)
    Weirdly, I don't think I've ever read anything about Vikings. I'm not really sure why though 😂
    Amy xx

  6. Okay I need this book as soon as it comes out

  7. This books sounds so cool! Lovely review, Cora!😊✨

    Shirley |

  8. Ooh I'm glad this was good! I definitely want to read this

  9. Awesome review! I'm really excited to get my hands on a copy of this!

  10. This cover is SO eye-catching! Great review!

  11. Ah I've seen this book everywhereee lately, and this review may has finally pushed me to read it. Need to get my hands on this book asap! Great review! x


Please leave a link to your own blog when you comment, I'd love to visit yours!

Thank you so much for your comment!