SKY IN THE DEEP
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.
Eelyn is as tough as any man in her Aska clan. On the verge of adulthood with a life of brutality and bloodshed ahead of her, her fierce determination crumbles when she sees her “dead” brother in the company of the enemy during battle. Certain that she saw his lifeless body after a past altercation, she follows him in spite of his admonition to stay away and is captured by the same clan that saved him when he was left behind five years ago: the hated Riki. The winter weather prevents her safe return, so she is forced to live with him and his new family in spite of her disbelief at his disloyalty. Her guilt over leaving him and her growing attachment to his “brother” Fiske and the rest of the household members confuses her, but her feelings must be certain when a hostile clan determined to kill both the Aska and Riki force her into a position to convince two fierce enemies that they must work together to survive. Can she reconcile the emotional battle in her heart and move forward, changing the relationship between the two clans forever? (WEDNESDAY BOOKS, May, 352 pp., $17.99, 14 & Up)