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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.
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.
“THIS IS A GRIPPING STORY, RICHLY TOLD.” —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of Flame in the Mist
"FIERCE, VIVID, AND VIOLENTLY BEAUTIFUL.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
“A STUNNING DEBUT” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
“BLEAK BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY” —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
“WHOLLY UNIQUE AND INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE” —Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
“HEARTRENDING, HEART-MENDING” —Kayla Olson, bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire
352 pages, Kindle Edition
First published April 24, 2018
“…the last time I saw my brother was five years ago. Lying dead in the snow.”
“I’d abandoned my clansmen on the battlefield to chase after the brother who didn’t even want me.”
“I remembered the way he looked, lying with eyes staring into the sky that day I’d left him in the trench in Aurvanger. The broken boy bleeding in the snow beside my brother. I wondered if the gods had a plan then.”
“Vegr yfir fjor.
Honor above life.”
“If I wanted to, I could kill the three of them right now. I could set this field of yarrow on fire and let myself burn with it.”
“I'm thinking that I wish you'd die that day.”
“Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.”
I was the ice on the river. The snow clinging onto the mountainside.
I hadn’t lost her. I hadn’t buried her. I’d only let her change into something new.
The writhing, bleeding hole inside of me closed up. I let him erase it. I let him make it go away.
“What are you thinking?”
“I’m thinking I don’t want to fight anymore.”
They were words I'd heard before. Breathe fire.
‘Vegr yfir fjor. Honour above life.’On paper, Sky in the Deep sounds like everything I would want in a book: historical fiction, vikings, and an enemies-to-lovers relationship (I’m such a sucker for this trope, not gonna lie). However, I felt that the execution ultimately failed.
// buddy read (kind of?) with rowan's mate and kat 💕
RUTHLESS VIKINGS, ancient rivalries, falling for the enemy and strong has hell female and male characters.
"I tried to remember who I was. Strong. Brave. Fierce. Sure."