Sky in the Deep

Written by:
Adrienne Young
Narrated by:
Khristine Hvam

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2018
8 hours 40 minutes
'Fearless in its exploration of family, forgiveness, loyalty, and love, Sky in the Deep is fierce, vivid, and violently beautiful. This book will wage a war with your heart as brutal and as bold as the battles inked in its pages.' - Stephanie Garber, New York Times Bestselling author of Caraval

In her highly-anticipated debut audiobook, Adrienne Young brings to life a lush, vivid world that will enchant listeners everywhere. Sky in the Deep is mythic in scope and speaks straight to the 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: train to fight and fight to 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.

Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. Now, 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 settling in the valley, 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. 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 to find a way to forgive her brother while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

More praise for Sky in the Deep:

'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

'Young’s staccato prose matches her fierce fighters, but the raw emotions and rapid pacing belie a well-honed voice and taut narrative. 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
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Tamara H.

Was such a great book! I felt it did got a bit fast in the beginning, but over all I really enjoyed it!

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Haley M.

***I listened to the audio of this book! as such, I have no clue how to spell the character's names.*** I cannot possibly express all the things I felt while reading this book. I just kept thinking to myself, "this is SO IMPORTANT." Why write essays about social issues when you can write novels that people can relate to and understand and feel in the depths of their heart? That's the point of a novel, right? This book tacked one of the biggest issues we have in our society today; racism. Two clans of vikings who hate each other's guts and get together once every 5 years to try to slaughter each other somehow end up on the same page, living together in peace, united under a common enemy. Is that not the epitome of what we need right now? Thank you, Adrienne Young, for writing about important things. But it wasn't just important; it was GOOD. The very first chapter was like BAM action, in your face. You have no idea what's happening, you're just carried along with the action, like a bustling around you that throws you around. From there, it progressed and evolved into a complex and well thought out world. Characters growing and building, realization and understanding came slowly. I figured out pretty quickly who was going to fall for whom. Part of me didn't want it to happen because it seemed cliche. Looking back, I tried to find the exact moment in the book where I saw Fisk change his opinion on Elin. I think it was the Bear that changed everything, at least for him. The love that the characters felt for each other--and the anger and hate, and heartbreak-- was real enough for me to get goosebumps and a lump in my throat throughout the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen, and was dreading when it was over. I'm looking forward to more from Adrienne Young!

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