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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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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.

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This story was phenomenal

Fast paced, full of action, great world building and a slow burn romance. I loved the relationships in this book. The bond between brother sister, father daughter and the bond between the people we our family. This is definitely a 5 star read... throw in one of my favorite narrators and you have an amazing audiobook.

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Amazing!

I loved this book in print and I love it even more now on audio. What a wonderful production and story and characters and everything. Khristine Hvam brought it all to life.

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  • Anne
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  • 05-06-18

Fantastic

This was a great book. I really enjoyed it. I loved how the story flowed and I got taken into this other world. It was a beautiful story about so much love and everything woven together and it left me wanting more.

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Common concept but cute

Sky in the deep 3.75⭐️
Two regions are at war and every 5 years there is a battle between the two. This year Eelyn was taken and sold to the enemy. While she is a slave there she finds her brother. Living with them, working with them, he was supposed to be dead. Killed by them but obviously he wasnt and hes aliveand well and didnt have the decency to tell his sister that he was alive and that he decided to join the enemy.
I loved the relationship between Eelyn and the children. She was kind and they cared for her even though she was the enemy and a slave.
She knows she will have to escape and kill anyone that gets in her way including her brother if need be.

I have to admit that the beginning wasn’t interesting and i wanted to put it down. It wasnt that anything was wrong but i didn’t connect with the story or the characters but after the first 50-100 pages i really liked the characters and i will drawn into the story and really liked it. So if you had trouble getting into it, push through because its worth it.

But it was also very basic. Two regions fight against each other. One falls in love with the other, they would die without each other everyelse is shocked at their rebellion love. And everyone ends up happily ever after. Cute to pass the time but very commonly done.

The narrator did an excellent job and she made the story better!!