Parents' Guide to

Sky in the Deep

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intense, bloody Viking warrior tale with female hero.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

age 14+

Great, Clean Book

This was a very entertaining book. If you're looking for a quick but exciting read, then definitely pick this book up. But this book is heavy on violence (but since it's about two warring Viking tribes that is expected.) There are a couple of kisses (one being quite passionate), and the main character gets a few leering looks from men. Thankfully, there is absolutely no language in this book! (Why can't more books be like this?) For the brutality described in this book, I think it would be best for 14+.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

This absorbing Viking warrior story keeps the war beat drumming, the axes swinging, and the romantic tension building at a fierce pace. There's an epic feel (and an epic body count!) without an epic novel page count -- Sky in the Deep clocks in at a mere 335 pages.

Eeyln is the right conflicted character to carry Sky in the Deep to a deeper level. She struggles against her fate at first, but her eyes slowly open to what has to change in herself and her culture in order to survive. As readers root for Eeyln to find empathy for the Riki and even grow to love one of her enemies, they're rooting for all of humanity to evolve. Overall, this is a very strong debut novel from Adrienne Young.

Book Details

  • Author: Adrienne Young
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Publication date: April 24, 2018
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: May 22, 2018

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