It’s hard to believe that Sky in the Deep is Young’s debut novel. Having read a few of her books, it feels it could have been published at any time among them.
I’m starting to believe Young could write about anything. I’ve seen contemporary on an island filled with old magic, high fantasy pirates, and now we’ve got Vikings. Her strength comes from placing you so deeply into a world that everything else feels natural. And with Sky in the Deep, the world she describes is vivid, violent, and filled with stark beauty.
I’m not totally sold on the romance and how quickly things fell together in the end, but you can’t deny the accuracy with which Young has portrayed family. It’s complicated normally, let alone with rival clans and death around every corner. I like that for most of Sky in the Deep, it’s messy, and the characters are allowed to have more than one feeling about everything that happens. The complexity this lends to the relationships and, therefore, to the overall narrative made Sky in the Deep a compelling read.