Sky in the Deep

Sky in the Deep

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A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings--and all heart.


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." --Ren'e 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 136.4 x 209.55mm
  • Wednesday Books
  • New York
  • English
  • 1250168457
  • 9781250168450
  • 1,506

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"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 Starred Review

"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...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

"Viking history aficionados as well as fans of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series will fall in love with this richly crafted world. In particular, readers will respond to Eelyn, who is as emotionally passionate as she is physically capable. Young has built a detailed culture into Sky in the Deep in which her characters thrive. This intensely authentic story will appeal to adult readers as well as teens." - RT Reviews, 4 1/2 stars Top Pick

"Eelyn is a relentlessly fierce warrior, and even her romance with a Riki fighter doesn't quite soften her; indeed, the two find that their lust for blood is almost as strong as their lust for each other... The action on the battlefield and the rising political tensions between the clans will easily keep readers involved through the final page." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Bleak, beautiful, and deadly, SKY IN THE DEEP is both a gritty, gut-wrenching tale of war and a thoughtful meditation on identity, family, and faith--a story with the ferocity of its main character as well as her raw and tender heart." - Traci Chee, New York Times Bestselling author of The Reader

"SKY IN THE DEEP is a delicious tale filled with fierce battles, shocking betrayal, and a slow-burn romance that's as hard fought as the wars raging between the two clans. Readers will welcome this vivid gift to the fantasy genre, as will fans of darkly lush historical settings. Wholly unique and instantly addictive, I was captivated from its opening lines." - Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula

"Brutal and beautiful, with breakneck pacing and starring a heroine that will make you want to run into battle with her, SKY IN THE DEEP is a stunning debut that will leave readers enchanted and breathless all at once." - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

"With SKY IN THE DEEP, Adrienne Young has brought to life fascinating, multi-dimensional characters in a starkly beautiful world. Everything is rich and evocative. The ice melts against your skin at the same time the adrenaline takes hold of your heart. This is a gripping story, richly told." - Ren'e Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath & the Dawn
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About Adrienne Young

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.

Adrienne is the author of Sky in the Deep.
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4 28% (125)
3 8% (34)
2 2% (9)
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