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.
It has been a long time since I had an OwlCrate book and I’m happy to say that this was the first for this year. Now that I’m done with that, onto the review . . .
So, Sky in the Deep is set in what I would consider Scandinavia. I say that because the two warring communities are very heavily based on Viking culture and lore. We aren’t told the location, but the location doesn’t matter. What matters is that these two communities are fighting for some reason and have been doing that every year, for as long as the living characters remember.
I found this book parallels the world in the way how people forget that we are more similar than different. Everyone experiences love, pain, and family. One house isn’t much different than their neighbors. Just as one country isn’t much different from the other.
This book is a standalone filled with action and hot boiling anger. And I loved every second of it. It focused on the potential of people more so than the exact. We aren’t left knowing that everything is honkey-dory, we are left wondering if the future would be good for them and optimistic that it will be.
I definitely recommend for the historical reader, the action reader, or the reader who loves seeing the minds of people change.
Final rating: 4/5