It’s Friday and time for a Friday memes of Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted @ Rose City Reader, First Lines Fridays @ Wandering Words, The Friday 56 hosted @Freda’s Voice. So the idea for this post is to share with you a few first lines from a book that I have decided to feature today, and to share a snippet from page 56 or in case of eBook a sneak peek 56% into the book. Let’s not keep you waiting and look at today’s featured book.
As this is the last week in behind the book readalong for Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young then I decided to feature this emotional viking inspired YA fantasy romance story.
The first lines of the book
I looked down the row of Aska hunched against each other, ducking behind the muddy hill. The fog sat on the field like a veil, but we could hear it. The blades of swords and axes brushing against armor vests. Quick footsteps in sucking mud. My heart beat almost in rhythm with the sounds, pulling one breath in and letting it touch another before I let it go.
I can actually see the fog and the hill, wet grass and mud. Then some big, bulky and bearded men with swords and axes waiting for the enemy to come closer, so the bloody and ruthless battle can start. However, in-between those battle worn men are also young girls and boys ready for the fight. I can actually hear the swords scraping metal and some battle drums playing in my head.
I don’t know whether it’s because this is a reread, but I can clearly see and hear this scene in my head, which feels quite amazing and exciting. These first lines makes me thinks that a bloody battle with sword and ax wielding action is ahead.
I screamed, trashing, but they were too strong. The luminous metal ring moved closer as I kicked, but my bare feet only slid on the icy ground. Another Riki took hold of my shoulders and I was pinned, completely powerless. I grunted and spit as the blacksmith slowly spread the still-hot collar with the tongs and carefully positioned it around my neck. I kicked again, this time finding a leg, and slipped. My skin sizzled as the metal touched me and I sucked in a chocked breath, freezing.
This was such an emotional scene, where at some point a few tears streaked down my cheeks. I found this book even more emotional, and liked it even more the second time around. It was on my TOP 30 reads of 2019, and I guess it will claim a spot on 2020 list as well.
Title: Sky in the Deep
Author: Adrienne Young
Series: (Sky in the Deep #1)
Publication Year: 2018
Format: paperback (borrowed from library)
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My Rating: 4.25 stars
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.
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart.
Thanks for stopping by! This was a captivating and emotionally powerful story full off action, family love, bromance, self-discovery, and slow-burning romance.
Have you read Sky in the Deep? What were your thoughts? (P.S. I have already read Warrior of the Wild, and planning to read Norse Mythology. So do you have any other viking inspired book recommendations for me?)
Lady of Bookland