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Review-Sky in the Deep

⭐️⭐️⭐️ /3.5 stars ⁣


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.

My Thoughts: Spoiler Free

First, I want to say that I did enjoy the book. If you're wondering why I gave it 3.5 stars read on.

I will admit I knew nothing about this book before I started reading it. But I do love me a good viking story and that is what appealed to me about it. In this book there are two clans that have been battling each other for years and if I think I have it right, it's mostly because they have different religious beliefs. But the two clans despise one another and that's all you need to know I guess.

The story starts right in a battle scene. Right out of the gate we realize Eelyn's brother is alive after she and her father and the rest of their clan think he's dead. So we're left wondering why is he still alive? There's a bit of mystery there and I'm sad to say the mystery was just meh to me. Don't get me wrong it was good but it wasn't unexpected, you know?

Anyway when Eelyn tells her father he dismisses her. Eelyn is so sure she saw Iri that the next night when the Riki attack she follows him in the forest. While running after him, her brother and his best friend Fiske try to tell her to stop following them and to leave it be. But like most of us who suffer from stubbornness, (LOL) she keeps following after them.

During this confrontation another Riki clan member sees the three of them and Fiske and Iri have no choice but to bring her as a prisoner. In the process, she finds out the truth about her brother and why he's alive in the Riki clan and without spoiling the story a bunch of other stuff happens to Eelyn.

The ending. This is why I gave it 3.5 stars. The ending was weak at best. I was expecting so much more but it was like an orgasm that never fully erupted so I was left sorely disappointed LOL but if you enjoy a happy ending tied up in a nice pretty bow then you will love it.

All in all it was a good book but not overly amazing. I did enjoy the relationships Eelyn built while as a prisoner. Fiske's mother and little brother Halvard were a delight. I would love to have gotten to know Fiske a little better though. I mean yes he's loyal and all but there wasn't much there for me to love.

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