Sky in the Deep
by Adrienne Young
4 out of 5 stars
Eelyn belongs to clan Aska and every five years Askas meet Rikis in a field for their ritual fighting. This is when the impossible happens, Eelyn see her brother on the field fighting with the Riki. Her brother who died five years early when the Riki struck him down in battle. When Eelyn tries to confront Iri she ends up being taken prison by Iri and his Riki clansman, Friske. Eelyn must now trust her mortal enemy to survive winter long enough until she can make it back home to the Aska. Before Eelyn can do this, she and Friske must team up to save their clansmen against the threat of the Herja clan.
Adrienne Young did a great job with the story telling and the setting for this book. I have not really read any books set loosely during the Vikings time period or with that theme. I did enjoy reading a Viking-esque story. I also think the book could have a deeper meaning, people are more than what they appear to be at first glance. The Aska and Riki clans hate each other, but they really don’t even know each other. Is it really worth hating someone if it means losing those you care about in the end?
I really enjoyed this book. It was a really easy read, but it was very predictable. I was able to guess the ending about half way through the book. Granted a lot of YA books follow the same formula so it is not surprising. I will read her sequel/companion novel to this book, so it was at least good enough for me want to read more.