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Publisher's Summary

In her highly-anticipated debut audiobook, Adrienne Young brings to life a lush, vivid world that will enchant listeners everywhere. Sky in the Deep is mythic in scope and speaks straight to the heart.  

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. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan settling in the valley, 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. 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 to find a way to forgive her brother while daring to put her faith in the people she's spent her life hating. 

This epic audiobook adventure will transport listeners to a distant time and place, but the characters themselves will seem like old familiar friends.

"Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, Sky in the Deep is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages." (Stephanie Garber, New York Times best-selling author of Caraval)

©2018 Adrienne Young (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Young’s often poetic writing forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war." (Publishers Weekly)

"Young’s staccato prose matches her fierce fighters, but the raw emotions and rapid pacing belie a well-honed voice and taut narrative. A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles." (Kirkus)

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Raw and Brutal With A Lot of Texture and Depth

This. Is so much. Everything. I can’t. I just. I want to find the right words to explain why, or even how this grabbed me by the throat and squeezed until I forgot how to even breathe and no longer even cared that I couldn’t. But I can’t. I’ll try, but I already know I’m going to fail to do it justice.

This YA fantasy, reminiscent of a Viking culture, is one of my favorite reads of 2018 so far, and I’m already 171 books deep and have read some pretty amazing stuff. I currently can’t name any of those other titles, because I only have eyes for Sky in the Deep right now, and as a result, everything else has suddenly paled in comparison.

This is absolutely brutal and stark, but with so much texture and depth and richness of the world that I want to throw away my flip-flops and messy bun for battle armor and braids. The MC is pure wrath and solid conviction, and I love that her level of ferocity and concept of honor is paired with so much raw emotion.

On a worse note, this novel is so incredible that it has completely crippled me with self-doubt, and I’m now floundering with my current writing project. So I both love that it could destroy me like this, and I hate that I allow myself to be made small in comparison. Probably, in a few days, after I pick myself back up off the floor and stop reeling, I’ll try to resolve this crisis of writing faith. For now, I mostly just want to pick this story back up and bury myself deep inside the world again. And then again and again.

As an aside, if you can’t handle blood, gore, battle, and violence, then you will struggle with this book, but I suggest you find a way to handle those things, if at all possible, as there is so much heart you’ll be missing out on if you pass this one up.

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A rich character-driven narrative, well performed

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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Outstanding first book from author

The story, characters and detail put into this book is outstanding. I only wish the story had been longer. I would have loved to have seen these characters come to fruition farther but it ends with a HEA possibility and I suppose that should be enough. Can't wait for more works from this author.

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Best read in years

I'm not big on reviews but I had to leave one for this book because it's so well written and the narrator brings it to life in such a way you won't want to stop listening once you hit play. It swoops you into another world and makes you apart of it from start to finish. I'm left begging for more!

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LOVE!

I seriously LOVED this book. Adrienne did an amazing job for her debut novel. Eelyn is so appealing as a main character, such an intriguing mix of strong and flawed. I loved her character development and Fisk is simply the best. I'm super excited to read the companion novel when it's finished!

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This Book is so Hvam Good!

This story is set during the Vikings time and it was pure savage brilliance. The main character, Eelyn, gave me life the entire novel. Her thoughts were my thoughts and I felt so connected to her. She goes through this unexpected character change where the reader can see her develop in all areas of human functioning. It was really powerful to see that!

I also really enjoyed the relationship between Eelyn and EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER. This book was very character driven and Eelyn had a role with each character and I LOVED that!

The only negative thing is that the book could have been wrapped up in a shorter period. There were some parts where I was like “com’on! Get to it!” But putting that aside, this book was very action packed and the blood/gore kept me awake!

I listened to the audiobook and Khristine Hvam did an excellent job, once again! Her voice is so right for epic storytelling.

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Stuck in this story

I don’t usually write reviews, but wow. This story is a fast paced adventure. The family and clan dynamics described are robust and realistic. The poetic writing style beautifully captures the nuances of a harsh and violent Viking life. The narration makes characters distinct and the performance drew me in. It really doesn’t matter what kind of books or stories you’re usually into; this is a great one. Five stars, all earned.

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I enjoyed it

This was a good book. It was a lot of "meat" and not much sides, but it was short and entertaining. I'm glad to have stumbled upon it.

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Loved it so much!

I loved this book a lot, one of my favorites! In order to like this book you must get past the beginning, it was very slow in my opinion, but the end made up for it.
I would definitely recommend this book to any one.

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Meh...

It’s an okay story. Good character development but extremely predictable plot. It’s also a very flat story emotionally-speaking. It’s serious the whole way through with few, if any, moments of levity, joy, etc. Not depressing, just flat.