SKY IN THE DEEP
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
First things first: the summary on the jacket of this book does not do it justice. I’m not sure my review will either.
Seventeen year-old Eelyn is a warrior through and through. She’s trained with her clan all her life to fight their enemies, the Riki, every five years in battle, a blood feud held strong and holy. When she catches sight of her brother, whom she last saw dead in the snow, fighting alongside their enemies, she can’t let him go.
Eelyn is captured and brought back to a Riki village where she’s made a slave for the family her brother, Iri, is now a part of. Eelyn can’t reconcile the memory of her loving, loyal brother with the one she faces now: a traitor to Aska, brother to Fiske, a Riki warrior, son to Inge, a Riki healer. The longer she stays with the Riki, the more her beliefs are challenged. Everything she thought she knew, all of her beliefs, no longer fit into neat little pieces.
I loved Eelyn. Her character was strong, unyielding in the face of pain and challenge, steadfast in her beliefs. She didn’t let her enemy break her down and fought hard for her family. She loved fiercely— everything about her was fierce, even as she changed. And that’s what I loved the most about this book: that Eelyn changed but remained fierce. It’s so hard to find female characters that are depicted strong consistently. And she remained herself even as she opened up to Fiske. She didn’t lose sight of who she was for a boy.
It takes a lot for books to give me the feels, and this one did. I was angry for Eelyn when she discovered her brother was alive and a traitor. Angry that they’d taken her hostage and tried to make her smaller. And that anger morphed into hope for her to find the good in Fiske, for them to survive their next battle and to be together without blood feuds or war between them.
I’ve been looking for a book that I could love like ACOMAF/ACOTAR, and Sky in the Deep filled that hole quite a bit.
because I wish there would be a sequel. I need more of Eelyn and Fiske.