350 pages of pure viking awesomeness! Sky in the deep is set in a richly crafted world, and follows Eelyn as she is captured by a rival clan and discovers her believed-to-be-dead brother is alive and living with her enemies. While there's plenty of action, the book shines in its emotionality and the well developed characters that leap off the page. The writing is as beautiful as the cover and by the time you finish, it will seem as if you didn't just read about a village nestled in the mountains--but that you stood in its forests and waded in its streams.
Miller brings to life one of the most powerful women of antiquity in a blending of myths that is absolutely spellbinding. Circe is mentioned throughout a number of myths, but Miller collects these small chapters of other peoples stories and weaves hem into a tale of want, betrayal, love, and power. Lovers of mythology will find this a must read, and those without much knowledge of antiquity will still find in Circe a determined and relatable hero. I really enjoyed the different perspectives that this story brought to well-well worn tales, like the Odyssey and the Iliad. I alternated between the audio book and hardback, and really enjoyed the audio book. Perdita Weeks really brings Circe to life in her narration. And i found that listening to the audio book helped a lot with knowing how to pronounce many of the Greek names I was unfamiliar with.
Reading this was kind of like being sat around a campfire and being told a story. Gaiman does a fantastic job of presenting the stories in a way that was funny and entrancing. As a fan of Rick Riordan, I really enjoyed reading the myths that informed much of the Magnus Chase books, and found Gaiman's presentation reminiscent of Riordan's in a way that felt perfectly aged up. Its a great introduction to Norse mythology that is far more accessible than the Eddas.
In a city where violence literally breeds monsters, Kate and August find themselves heirs to divided halves of the city. There's human Kate, desperate to prove she can be as ruthless as her father, and August, a soul-eating monster desperately trying to be human. Inexplicably drawn to one another, an assassination attempt has them both running for their lives.
Meggie and her father share a deep love of books, but her father has a mysterious habit of moving them around as if they're running away from something -- when her father finds a book Meggie finally learns why -- her father can bring book characters to life, and they've come looking for him.