Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan, but when faced with her brother's betrayal, and driven by a growing love for her brother's friend Fiske, she attempts to unite the two clans. - (Baker & Taylor)
Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan, until, faced with her brother's betrayal and driven by a growing love for her brother's friend Fiske, she attempts to unite the two clans. - (Baker & Taylor)
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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.
“THIS IS A GRIPPING STORY, RICHLY TOLD.” —Renée Ahdieh, New York Times bestselling author of Flame in the Mist
"FIERCE, VIVID, AND VIOLENTLY BEAUTIFUL.” —Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
“A STUNNING DEBUT” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
“BLEAK BEAUTIFUL AND DEADLY” —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader
“WHOLLY UNIQUE AND INSTANTLY ADDICTIVE” —Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
“HEARTRENDING, HEART-MENDING” —Kayla Olson, bestselling author of Sandcastle Empire
- (McMillan Palgrave
Every five years, the Aska and the Riki are at war, battling out the old blood feud between the two clans. Thus, war and battle are all Eelyn has ever known, until one day she sees her brother on the battlefield, fighting for the opposing side—her brother who was supposed to be dead. Soon she is captured by the Riki, and to make it back to her Aska clan, she has to survive the winter with the Riki. Young's brutal, emotional debut is set in a land that is as unforgiving as its people. The strongest aspect of Young's work is the world building; she packs it with details that viscerally pull the reader into Eelyn's world. Young has also populated this world with complicated characters who evolve as readers get to know them. Even better, the theme at the core of the story—overcoming prejudice and unifying to fight a greater threat—resonates with current real-world issues. With its gorgeous prose and epic battle scenes, fantasy lovers will be easily satisfied. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews
In a brutal ancient Nordicesque world, seventeen-year-old warrior Eelyn's brother is dead. Or so she thinks, until she finds him on the battlefield fighting for their clan's sworn enemies. Despite a somewhat formulaic plot--in which the two rival clans confront a common enemy and realize they are more alike than they are different--the visceral battles and touching family love make for an engaging historical fantasy. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 9 Up—Eelyn was born an Aska warrior. She was raised to fight the Riki clan beyond any shadow of a doubt. Her brother was her fighting partner until that fateful day when he was lost. She will never forgive herself. This fighting season she refuses to lose another partner, but ends up losing something else entirely—her values. She finds herself a slave of her enemies, but are they so different from her clan as she has always been told? When another enemy clan, the Herja, threaten both the Aska and Riki clans they must come together and fight or both clans will be lost forever. Young has woven a Viking tale of blood, gore, and love that keeps the pages turning. The author has taken Norse mythology and made it accessible to young adults. The characters are all fully developed, and teens will be rooting for them to succeed. With a little bit of a love story, there is enough action, blood, and gore to engage reluctant readers. A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive.VERDICT A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.—Rena Gibson, Ralph Ellison Library, Oklahoma City
Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.