Crush On This #11 – Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Crush On This is a new feature that highlights my love for books that don’t get as much recognition as I feel they deserve. I will try my best to hit every genre in order to be as diverse as possible. I’d also love your suggestions, so if you love a book and want similar titles, let me know in the comments!
Crush On This:
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Mainly because the end of 2017 was really tough on me, reading wise. I didn’t finish very many books at the end of the year. 2018 started out great, but sometimes, it’s really hard to pair similar books together. Or to even find something semi-close to associate with something I loved in the past.
This time around, I’m sort of cheating. Number one, Vikings is a tv show. And number two, I’ve never seen an episode. However, after reading a bit about it, I feel like it’s a darn good comparison to a book I loved, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.
I didn’t really have another similar story to compare it to. I have a read books/series with Norse gods in them, but nothing that really focused on the Vikings mortals. Or their way of life, clans, etc.
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’m so thankful it didn’t disappoint. It’s a breath of fresh air in the genre. It’s brutal at times. And I never knew which direction the story would go. The best part is that the story is complete, though a companion is slated to release next year. I could live in this world!
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
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.