“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 one of those books that you can’t help but read in a day. Straight away you are thrown into a battle between rival tribes and you instantly hope the main character will prevail. You can really connect with her warrior driven values.
There are lots of twists and revelations throughout the book, a few you can see coming from a mile away but some really throw you for a loop. The author brilliantly focuses on the characters over action at times and you can’t help falling for them.
Overall a very well written debut novel by Adrienne Young, here’s hoping her next books are just as gripping.