Book Review : Sky in the Deep




Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all 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: 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. 


Trigger warnings : lots of violence, torture, slavery, attempted rape. 

I was so nervous about reading Sky in The Deep since I got so obsessed with Vikings (again!) this summer and I wasn’t sure how I will feel about a YA Vikings-inspired book, but it lived to the hype and to my high expectations.

I loved how the author incorporated some of my most favorite aspects from the Vikings’ era like how important honor, family and their clans were to them. I always adored this period because despite the betrayals and the oh-so-many battles, people were so loyal and dedicated to whatever they felt like they belonged to. Our modern society can’t relate.

And everything was so bad-ass in this book from the battle scenes that were very realistic and not boring at all (because I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I read battle scenes, I just go far away and start thinking about something else entirely) to the romance that was subtle, yet very touching (the forbidden love trope is here and you’re going to live for it!!).


Favourite things

  • Eeylin was a great heroine, I loved seeing her struggle with getting too comfortable in the Riki clan, an enemy clan because she was so loyal to her father and her clan. Also, her relationship with her brother was so complex and well built because even though I wanted them to make up and be on good terms again, it was understandable how Eelyn couldn’t get past what she perceived as a betrayal on Iri’s side.
  • Myra and Eelyn’s friendship was super cute, I wish we got to see more of them fighting side by side and being powerful sisters.
  • The family dynamics in this one are absolutely great, I’m pretty sure all of them would die for each other *heart eyes*
  • The action scenes were A+, 10/10 would recommend. It would just make you want to get an axe and hit things or maybe not??? Kids, don’t do it at home. 
  • slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers trope
  • I also loved the gods and their story and how that impacted the tribes, it was really cool.


Vegr yfir fjor. Honor above life.” 


Things I Disliked 

  • While I really liked the romance, at times it felt a bit underwhelming because the love interest wasn’t around a lot and we didn’t get many scenes with them before they kiss. I wasn’t confused when they kissed or something because I was expecting it, I just wanted more interactions between them before it happened, you know. Because they went from disliking each other to somehow standing each other to ‘we have a deep connection, I can just feel it, you know it, I know it’ and yeah, it felt a bit rushed. Most probably because there were other things going on, a little more important, but still you understand where I’m coming from.
  • It has a slow start, but if you stick with the book, you’ll most probably enjoy it!
  • I feel like this book would have been better if it was a duology because there are lots of things happening and sometimes the development of many characters suffered because of action scenes or other plot-lines that were going on.


All in all, I would recommend this book to everyone who’s interested in Vikings and loves YA lit or who loves action-packed novels and strong heroines.

Thanks to Wednesday Books for offering me an e-ARC of this book, this hadn’t influenced my review, nor my rating! 


Have you read Sky in the Deep? What did you think about it?

Are you excited about the companion novel coming up next year? What character would you want to see more of?


22 thoughts on “Book Review : Sky in the Deep

    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Cora! ❤
      I can absolutely see why it's one of your favorites books, it was really amazing and Eelyn was a great, strong heroine, she literary shined through the whole book!

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  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I’m really glad you enjoyed this book, and I 100% agree with your positives as well especially when it comes to the relationship Eelyn has with her brother. It’s definitely complex and there’s a lot of guilt and betrayal and negative feelings but it just made the relationship so much more interesting to read, and it was well written which is always a plus! 😀
    Also yes I love slow-burn enemies to lovers relationships, they’re a weakness of mine! 🙂
    Great review, and again I’m glad you enjoyed this book.

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    • Marta says:

      I’m happy you enjoyed Sky in the Deep as well, Beth! ❤
      I really thought their relationship was very complex and well nuanced by the author, she handled it so well and realistically.
      Same, slow-burn romance and the enemies-to-lovers trope are like instant favorites to me, I'll never dislike them.
      Thank you very much! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much! ❤
      I hope you get to it soon because it's really good, especially if you're ever looking for something fast-paced and filled with action!


  2. Bridget says:

    Well I can’t say I’ve ever read a Vikings centered book before. I do enjoy when different religions are included in a book — it makes a story so much more engaging! I’ll definitely have to check this out 🙂

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  3. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    I honestly love that the romance is so underwhelming, if that makes sense? I think it really makes me crave for it more and more and then when it happens it’s just so satisfying I basically melt. Although there is definitely a fine line between building up to perfection and losing the spark after too long a wait. Hopefully, it’ll be the former for me!
    I get your absolute obsession with Vikings, I adore that historical period too. And absolutely spot on on loyalty and fighting for what you believe in/belong to – we could definitely learn a thing or two from that (minus the violence, rape, etc)
    Amazing review, I’m so looking forward to this one! ❤️

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    • Marta says:

      Ah, yes!!! I love those romances as well because angst and tension and will-they-won’t-they keeps me going. But here, in my opinion, there weren’t enough interactions between them. It felt a lot like so many things happened off page including their attraction/love for each other building up 😢
      Yay, so happy you like this period as well, I agree with you that there were indeed lots of bad stuff happening then. But also some hugely positive things like their loyalty, dedication and the equality between men and women ❤


      • Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

        I see what you mean, that definitely happens sometimes and it’s just ugh so frustrating!! Is it so hard to write a good slow burn romance these days? 🙄
        Yes that’s right! There’s good and bad in every historical period, and we should always retain the good and learn from the bad 😊


  4. Kat @ Novels & Waffles says:

    I have this on my TBR list. I have seen some mixed reviews, but I’m glad to hear that it held up pretty solidly with you. I’ve never read any books about Vikings, so this should be a new experience!
    Also, I loved that you used cute little viking ships as the paragraph breaks 🙂

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    • Marta says:

      I think it depends a lot on your expectations and mood, really ❤ If you’re getting in expecting beautiful writing, lots of action scenes, viking traditions and a strong heroine, I’d say you can enjoy it a lot. For me, it fell a bit short on the romance aspect and there were many characters that I’d have liked to see developing more.
      Yay, thank you so much! ❤ I always try to find some thematic paragraph breaks for reviews, this time it was possible 😊

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