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Sky in the Deep
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Sky in the Deep

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book from debut author Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

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.

"THIS IS A GRIPPING STORY, RICHLY TOLD." —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of Flame in the Mist
"FIERCE, VIVID, AND VIOLENTLY BEAUTIFUL." —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"A STUNNING DEBUT" —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"BLEAK BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY" —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
"WHOLLY UNIQUE AND INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE" —Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
"HEARTRENDING, HEART-MENDING" —Kayla Olson, bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book from debut author Adrienne Young, Sky in the Deep is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.

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.

"THIS IS A GRIPPING STORY, RICHLY TOLD." —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of Flame in the Mist
"FIERCE, VIVID, AND VIOLENTLY BEAUTIFUL." —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"A STUNNING DEBUT" —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"BLEAK BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY" —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
"WHOLLY UNIQUE AND INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE" —Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
"HEARTRENDING, HEART-MENDING" —Kayla Olson, bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire

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  • Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she's not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.
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  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2018
    A warrior must ally with her enemies in this vivid debut.In the five years since her brother Iri was lost in battle against the Riki, 17-year-old Eelyn and her best friend, Myra, have become fierce Aska warriors, eager for revenge. Unlike the terrifying, unpredictable Herja raids, the fighting season repeatedly pitches the mountain-dwelling, Thora-worshipping Riki against the fjord-settling, Sigr-worshipping Aska. Distracted in battle, Eelyn is captured by the Riki and is taken as a dyr (slave). Violent and angry, Eelyn is slow to trust and slower to show affection, yet she is a sympathetic and heart-rending protagonist. Unlike the slew of lethal (but tormented) young ladies populating young adult literature, Eelyn is an unapologetic warrior, mercifully neither anachronistic nor modern-minded. Although the era and location are not specified, the language, rugged geography, weapons, and religion suggest a pre-Christian Nordic world and white characters. Action and aftermath are graphic and brutal, anchored in rich details. 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. (Historical fantasy. 14-adult)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 19, 2018
    Drawing on Viking history and lore, debut author Young crafts an exciting, at times heart-wrenching story centered around 17-year-old Eelyn, her Aska clan, and their centuries-old war with the Riki. Every five years, the clans meet at Aurvanger to fight because of a perceived disagreement between their respective gods, Sigr and Thora. Eelyn watched her brother, Iri, die in battle, and now she wants to avenge him. But when she is attacked by Fiske, a Riki warrior, Iri steps in to save his sister: Iri has not only survived, but he has joined the enemy. Determined to figure out why Iri abandoned her clan, Eelyn seeks Fiske out on the battlefield and is taken prisoner. Once in the Riki village, Eelyn realizes that perhaps the two clans aren’t so dissimilar and begins to question the war. Young’s often poetic writing (“The cliff jutting up from the water like a wall. Green moss climbing down it in long, bright strands”) forms a stark juxtaposition with her vivid descriptions of battle and bloodshed, creating a clear picture of the brutality of war. Ages 12–up. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    Gr 9 Up-Eelyn was born an Aska warrior. She was raised to fight the Riki clan beyond any shadow of a doubt. Her brother was her fighting partner until that fateful day when he was lost. She will never forgive herself. This fighting season she refuses to lose another partner, but ends up losing something else entirely-her values. She finds herself a slave of her enemies, but are they so different from her clan as she has always been told? When another enemy clan, the Herja, threaten both the Aska and Riki clans they must come together and fight or both clans will be lost forever. Young has woven a Viking tale of blood, gore, and love that keeps the pages turning. The author has taken Norse mythology and made it accessible to young adults. The characters are all fully developed, and teens will be rooting for them to succeed. With a little bit of a love story, there is enough action, blood, and gore to engage reluctant readers. A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. VERDICT A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.-Rena Gibson, Ralph Ellison Library, Oklahoma City

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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