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  • Sky in the Deep

  • By: Adrienne Young
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Raised to be a warrior, 17-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: train to fight and fight to 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. Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. Now, 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rich character-driven narrative, well performed

  • By Megan on 04-28-18

A rich character-driven narrative, well performed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Sky in the Deep is definitely something unique in the YA Fantasy landscape. Intensely character-drive, stark, bleak, and yet the thread of hope is pulled taut throughout the entire narrative.

What other book might you compare Sky in the Deep to and why?

And I Darken by Kiersten White, but less dense and complex, quicker paced, with a touch of fantasy influence.

Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Eelyn, but she differentiated all the characters well. Never took me out of the story. Excellent performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All the interactions between Eelyn and Halvard. Totally disarming.

Any additional comments?

Sky in the Deep hit me in the feels with its focus on family relationships, both blood family and found family, and in particular the close and complicated sibling relationships. Aaaaagh my favorite!

Lest you think Eelyn is yet another generic Strong Female Character Who Is Not Like Other Girls, please let me clarify: The beautiful thing about this book is its reflection of Viking culture and the role of women. Eelyn is not special because she's a woman warrior. There are lots of women warriors. It's just the way of things. And the men in this book are deeply emotional, too, and not at all afraid to show it. Eelyn is loyal to her core, fierce, proud, loving, and ultimately powerful in a way that has nothing to do with her physical strength.

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