“I looked down the row of Aska hunched against each other, ducking behind the muddy hill. The fog sat on the field like a veil, but we could hear it. The blades of swords and axes brushing against armor vests. Quick footsteps in sucking mud. My heart beat almost in rhythm with the sounds, pulling one breath in and letting it touch another before I let it go.”
This book was so captivating. Adrienne Young did a fantastic job of creating characters who were both compelling and complex, and scenery that was vivid and detailed.
While Sky in the Deep does have some of your classic fantasy/romance/YA tropes, it does them in a way that doesn’t feel overly cheesy or repetitive. The story still feels fresh and new despite them.
And the romance?? I’m here for it, friends. It was well done. I was worried there’d be a little bit of a Stockholm Syndrome vibe, but I didn’t get that at all. Both characters were awesome. Eelyn especially. She was just so so good. She was intelligent, fierce, and loyal, and I loved her.
The only thing I was missing was a little more info on other parts of the world. I don’t feel like we learned as much about the Aska as we did the Riki. And the Herja were basically a complete mystery, although maybe they were supposed to be. I don’t know if there’s going to be more books in this world, but I feel like there’s a good opportunity, if not for direct sequels, then for companion novels.
All in all, I highly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.