Ond Eldr. Breathe Fire.
Title: Sky In The Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Publisher: Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: April 24, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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.
I seriously am in LOVE with this book. It was such a fast read and it flowed sooooo smoothly. Adrienne Young can WRITE. I also cannot believe this book was passed up by other publishers because you guys missed out! Well done Wednesday Books, well DONE.
I cannot wait for you all to read Sky In The Deep because of the relationships! I loved how it focused on the relationship between brother and sister. It was so well written and truly delved into the complicated relationships within families. ALSO CAN WE PLEASE PUT OUR HANDS UP FOR THE BLOOD! This book does not shy away from the carnage that would have occurred in the Viking era and stayed true to history. I want more from the author, so much more. This is a standalone but I know she’ll rock it with whatever she chooses to write about next. Check out the Q&A below with the author!
Q&A WITH ADRIENNE YOUNG
1. What inspired SKY IN THE DEEP? How did the idea and Eelyn come to you? Do you have any
favorite Viking stories?
The sibling betrayal was definitely the first inspiration for this story. I was driving in the pouring rain on
this country road and that first scene just hit me – Eelyn, seeing her brother on the battlefield after
thinking that he was dead for five years. I pulled over on the side of the road and scribbled a million
notes on an old envelope. I was immediately hooked to the idea and I wanted to know what had
happened. I started writing that first chapter and I just never stopped.
2. What type of research did you do for your characters and world-building? What languages did
you study to implement the languages that the Aska and the Riki speak? What was the strangest
thing you had to research for this book?
I did a ton of research for this story. I actually really love to research things so it was a lot of fun. A lot of
it was stuff like clothing, landscape, weapons, food, etc. But I did a lot of research into Norse mythology
as well to build a foundation for this world. The language used is Old Norse, but it’s a dead language so
studying it was really difficult. There is a lot of controversy about it among scholars and there’s no real
way to fully understand it, so I just did my best based on my own investigation. I’m definitely not an
expert! The weirdest thing I had to research was how to tear out someone’s eyeball. Yuck.
3. What was your writing process like for SKY IN THE DEEP?
Complete and utter obsession. When I draft, I get really buried in the world and I don’t really come up
for air until I get to the end. I write as much as I can and limit my intake of other influencers that could
mess with my mindset. I don’t watch TV or movies or listen to music that’s not on my playlist, and I kind
of don’t have a social life until it’s done.
4. What was your hardest scene to write? What was the easiest?
I really didn’t struggle to get this story on the page the way I have with other books so I really don’t
know what the hardest scene to write was. But the easiest was the first chapter. I wrote it so fast and it
just clicked in so perfectly.
5. Which of your characters are you the most like? Who was your favorite to write?
Eelyn! We have so much in common and she really inspires me. But I think Halvard was the most fun to
write. I really, really love him.
6. Do you have a soundtrack for SKY IN THE DEEP? Can you share a couple songs? What would
Eelyn’s favorite song be?
Yes! Music plays a HUGE role in my writing process and I have a playlist for every
7. What would your viking name be?
Olga Thirstblood. Hahaha I have no idea.
8. If you were a viking what would be your weapon of choice?
The axe! I think it is such a cool weapon and you can use it in so many ways.
Guys, I want my name to be Olga Thirstblood too! Hahaha, that cracked me up! If you’re going to buy a book this month it has to be Sky In The Deep!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of
history and travel and a shameless addiction to coffee. When she’s not writing, you can find her
on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, sipping wine over long dinners, or
disappearing into her favorite art museums. She lives with her documentary filmmaker husband
and their four little wildlings beneath the West Coast sun.