2018 releases · fantasy · YA

Three Warriors, Two Clans and One Painfully Mediocre Book: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Image result for sky in the deep“Vegr yfir fjor.” Honor above life.” 

I am sure all of you have heard of Sky in the Deep. It’s one of the buzziest YA releases of the year and it’s one of those that I was apprehensive to pick up. It gave me a lot of The Last Namsara vibes, and I really disliked that book. But I ended up getting a copy of it in an Owlcrate box, and I always get excited about Owlcrate boxes and books featured in them. Moreover, this has been getting so many positive reviews (and for people whose blogs I ADORE) so I figured I was bound to like it. But I did not.

Sky in the Deep follows Eelyn who has been taught her whole life that The Riki are the enemy to her own clan, Aska. They are at war with each other for centuries and Eelyn lives for the fight. However, one day, on the battlefield she sees her brother who died five years ago. That sets her on a path that will change the destinies of the two clans forever.

worldbuildingI expected this to be a Fantasy book. It really isn’t. This has a certain Viking vibe and it works as a historical fiction. There’s nothing fantastical about the book actually. The author spends zero page time on world building. I got no sense of the setting. The most we get is an explanation that one of the clans live on the mountain and the other lives on the fjords. It just has no real substance and it isn’t really grounded in anything. It’s just a backdrop that isn’t really fleshed out. I like my Fantasy settings (or any settings for that matter) to have a real sense of place, and this really did not have that. So I had a hard time surpassing that.

charactersI felt nothing for these characters. I could not tell you more than one character trait for each of the characters. Like Eelyn is angry and Fiske is quiet and Iri is determined but it never goes beyond. I feel like books like these aren’t for me because they aren’t introspective enough. I can’t get a real feel for the characters since they never turn inward and when I can’t understand the characters I can’t like them and then I can’t like the book. I just did not find anything original about these characters. They could have been plucked from any YA book and I could not tell them apart from a line up of mediocre characters.

formulaicMy biggest issue with this book is that it’s painfully formulaic. It has forbidden love and two clans at war who GUESS WHAT are actually pretty similar (stupidly similar, like they could have had different traditions, we could still play the “we are all people” card). I could tell what would happen next on each and every page. It’s painfully predictable and follows the same old, stale formula – Eelyn gets captured, she hates The Riki, but starts spending time with them, realizes that they aren’t too bad, falls in love with the enemy, has to explain that to everyone and then they live happily ever after. BORING.

blandNone of the relationships felt authentic or like they developed in an organic way. Fiske and Eelyn have zero real conversations before they start “feeling tingly and shuddering” around each other. Iri and Eelyn’s relationship is based on meek flashbacks into their childhood and doesn’t have any grounding in current events. And that goes for everything. The characters are hollow and thus their relationships are bland.

verdictIt’s not that this book is bad. It’s decently written and I did manage to finish it. It’s just that it’s so painfully mediocre that I wanted to fling it across the room on numerous occasion. So I would not recommend this one.

Final verdict: 2.5 stars 


As with previous reviews, here’s a three word summary of this book, in case you get bored with the actual review:

Formulaic, Mediocre and Bland

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23 thoughts on “Three Warriors, Two Clans and One Painfully Mediocre Book: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

  1. i love this review so muchhh!! u just saved me from committing to this book, there’s nothing worse than mediocre tropes, etc. , especially when it comes to characters. c:

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  2. Awe…I’m sorry you didn’t like it love. I still greatly adore it, but I get what you’re saying regarding the world building; I wanted more of the world and more of the two clans coming together (which is why i didn’t give it a full 5 star rating). Even though I placed it under Fantasy, it still didn’t feel like it (though it’s technically placed under it…). It’s a weird genre vibe, which is why I also thought it was more historical fiction (ish). Well, at least we both can agree that Emma Mills is wonderful ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Ahhh I wad gutted about not liking this one, especially since I know you liked it so much. And yeah, I think I went into it expecting something different, which always sets up the book for failure unfortunately. I am still glad you loved it! And YES, we still agree on that!

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  3. Aww, I’m sorry you didn’t love this one! I loved it, but at the same time, you made really good points – especially about the world-building, I would have liked more of that. Do you think you’ll check out the companion novel when it releases, or pass?

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    1. I know, me too, especially since I read your review and loved it! But oh well. I had no idea a companion was coming out! I wouldn’t really be opposed to reading it, but I would wait for the reviews so I can see what to expect! 😊


  4. I’d been hearing that this book was pretty bland, but I was hoping it wouldn’t be true. However, a few of my most trusted bloggers recently have said the same thing (that it’s painfully mediocre), so I feel like I should take it off my TBR at this point. *sighs* I was so hoping it would hold some potential, but like you say, characters and their relationships are the most important thing, and if they weren’t compelling, I know nothing’s going to save it.

    Great review! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this! 🙂

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  5. Well this is a brutally honest review! Sorry it did not work for you! And you get Owlcrates??? OMG the shipping is so expensive that I didn’t get one so far!

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  6. I love this review so much! I’d been debating whether to read this book or not, because it didn’t really interest me, but it has been getting so much buzz! This review just helped me decide not to read it; sounds like it’s everything I dislike in YA books.

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