Well Hello Viking awesomeness, Adrienne Young!
Sky in the Deep is released April 24th 2018~ and I will already say…go check it out! Add it to the TBR!! I was provided this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 💜
I have waited and hoped for a long time now that someone would start doing some Viking based YA. *crossed fingers* And sometimes we do get lucky hahaha ;0)
I must say this book starts bloody, if you know anything about Norse mythology and Viking culture though, this shouldn’t be a surprise to you. We follow the story of Eelyn who is a warrior of Aska, that has a battle waged with the Riki Clan. Until one day she sees her brother fighting on the Riki side, her dead brother… (*insert dramatic music*)
Personally I think the above description is all you need to know. Reading the whole jacket blurb kind of gives too much away so try and surprise yourself!
What did I like~ THE BATTLE SCENES!! All the battle scenes were faaaaantastic. They’re intense, bloody, and nail biting. Haha Adrienne Young sure kept me involved and wrote them well.
The characters~ Eelyn was very well written but actually not my favorite. That’s excellent though as Adrienne Young has made this much more a character driven novel than plot driven. I enjoyed seeing the development of everyone and how they played parts to the final ending.
Things I didn’t like? Well there is a rather large lull about 15% in to about halfway. I get it’s give the characters and “in their thoughts” insight, but after such epic battle scenes, I was itching for more. I expected more haha
The story reads like a TV show for me. Meaning it didn’t build too strongly but felt more like a side story. Which in itself isn’t bad, but this is a stand alone book and I was hoping for something more solid.
- Overall Rating: 3 Stars
- Plot: 3 stars
- Character Development: 3.5 Stars
- Dialogue: 3 Stars
- Writing: 4 Stars
I would recommend this to any fan of YA. It was a fun read and I’m happy Viking tales are getting some attention. There is so much good material there for use. Take a chance and give a read. 💜