Sky In the Deep (Sky in the Deep #1)
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 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.
Excerpt taken from the book flap.
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Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
A young woman serves ale at a celebration.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
A man runs his finger up a young woman’s inner leg, and implies he’s taking her to rape her.
A man makes very vague threats to a young woman about being his prisoner.
A man grabs a young woman around her hips, saying he needs something from her (vaguely implies rape). He hits her across the face, sending her into the wall. She hits him in the face with a jar and runs but he grabs her, knocking her down then drags her to the forest. He ties her up, hands above her head, face into a tree. He cuts off her clothes with a knife. She’s naked from the waist up. The man leaves her.
A man and young woman kiss. She grabs him again and passionately kisses him.
A man and young woman kiss. He kisses her on her shoulder and she groans. She opens his shirt and puts her hands on his chest. Then she takes it off. He takes her top off. “Gave herself to him.” No more info. Another night he sneaks into her blanket and snuggles with her, kissing her when he leaves.
A young woman and man lay down together and tangle up their legs to sleep. She kisses his ear and forehead. Later they kiss.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
The opening scene is in line, prepping for a battle over the ridge. Swords and axes are used. A young woman sinks her sword into a man’s side, he screams and her friend cuts off his head, blood spraying. An axe flies into a man’s chest, blood bubbling out of his mouth, then they remove the axe to use again. A man sinks his sword into a man’s gut, then into another’s face. A young woman slices men’s knees as she runs by. A man squeezes her, cutting off her air, she bites him until blood. She’s cut in the arm, a man is covered in other’s blood. A young woman drags her knife across a woman’s throat.
A young woman remembers the night of her mother’s death. A group of warriors attacked at night. They hung the body of one of the attackers from a tree. His bones are still there.
A young woman kills a goat as a sacrifice. She drags a knife along its neck, it’s warm blood pours over her hands and it struggles as she holds it. Later an owl is sacrificed.
In a battle, a young woman swings and plunges her sword until she hears it scrape against bone. She fights with another young woman, killing multiple others. A man digs his thumb into her wound making her scream then chokes her till she passes out. She is taken prisoner.
Arrows are shot and one lands in a young woman’s shoulder.
A young woman is slapped and threatened. Then she fights as men place a hot, metal collar around her neck. She is sold as a slave.
A young woman holds a knife to a man’s throat and wants to feel his blood ooze out but she is intercepted.
While holding an axe to a young woman’s throat, a man threatens to kill her and her father.
A man threatens another man, takes an axe and returns with blood on him.
Sounds of people screaming are heard. There is an attack. A young woman teaches a young boy where to strike a sword on someone’s body. An enemy enters, there is a fight with swords and axes. An axe goes through two men, a sword plunged into a chest and through. Blood pours from his mouth. Two more people are killed with a sword, another with a knife. A young boy is taken. Blades kill many more. The young boy has a broken nose with blood pouring and he’s being dragged behind a horse. One prisoner is dead being dragged while two struggle to keep up. Prisoners are typically sacrificed. Two people slit others throats, blood spurting. A young woman throws a knife, killing a man, she attacks another, knocking him out.
A young woman stabs a man’s thigh. Again. Then she twists the blade. She straddles him and presses her thumb deep into his eye, popping out his eyeball and holds it. She slashed his arm with a knife. A group drag the man to a place to be tortured.
Frozen bodies are found on a mountain trail. There was an attack in another village, most inhabitants are dead or injured. Two people care for their wounded, including children. At another village, the majority have died from an attack.
A couple talk about their first kills at 11 and 12. One slit a man’s throat.
A young woman shoots an arrow at a man, then swings her ax. He chokes her against a wall.
A young woman tries to kill a man with an axe. The man chokes her. Two young women punch each other’s faces.
2 people slice their palms and make a blood oath.
A battle is starting, the lookouts have been cut down. Axes and swords are poised. A young woman goes into a tent of sleeping people and slits a throat, the woman writhing. Others did the same, multiple times. There is a short battle, then a chase, she stabs a woman in the gut, blood spurting. Arrows are shot, battle lines charge, a woman slits a throat, a young woman hits a man’s hip with an axe, a woman’s back with the axe, then she is sliced in the side with a knife. A young woman crushes a man’s head. Knives are thrown, killing people. A young woman is choked and held under water.
The bodies of the surviving enemies are hung in the trees.
Potentially Intense Themes
After a battle, a young woman closes the eyes on a dead woman.
A young woman remembers her brother’s death in battle, blood pooling around him, insides spilling out, lying in a trench, eyes staring.
A young woman who is a prisoner debates multiple ways to kill herself.
There are a few tense moments when two people come face to face with a bear.
A young woman imagines her father’s body being burned after death. His beard burning, his skin blackened.
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