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Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus's black market empire to captain her own trading vessel--and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can. But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets--not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus's black market empire to captain her own trading vessel--and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can. But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets--not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free. Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.


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Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus's black market empire to captain her own trading vessel--and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can. But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets--not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus's black market empire to captain her own trading vessel--and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can. But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets--not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free. Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

30 review for Imprison the Sky

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tova

    DO I SEE MY HUSBAND KAIROS'S NAME IS THYNE SYNOPSIS???? *SCREAMS* I NEED THIS BOOK SO BADLYYYYYY.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Is it possible to love a sequel more than the first book when you don't remember much of the first book? Because, if so, I LOVE THIS BOOK EVEN MORE! Imprison the Sky was just. . . well, amazing. It's been long enough since I read Reign the Earth (and also read over 100 books in between) that I can't make a direct comparison to the first book but, really, I don't need to. This sequel This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Is it possible to love a sequel more than the first book when you don't remember much of the first book? Because, if so, I LOVE THIS BOOK EVEN MORE! Imprison the Sky was just. . . well, amazing. It's been long enough since I read Reign the Earth (and also read over 100 books in between) that I can't make a direct comparison to the first book but, really, I don't need to. This sequel stands all on its own and while the story connects with the first book in the last 25% or so, the rest of the book is its own entity. Following Aspasia (Asp), Imprison the Sky sets sail with her and her teenage crew of freed slaves trading goods and trying to fight the system in whatever way they can. This book deals heavily with slavery and if that is a triggering topic for you, then this might not be the book for you as it's prominent throughout. Asp and her crew are charged with transporting slaves to Asp's "boss," Cyrus, a true villainess if I ever saw one. She holds Asp in her grip, threatening to find and hurt the one thing Asp wants more than anything else: her family. Oh my goodness, the THEMES in this book. Gaughen really presses the idea of family and the lengths you'll go to in order to protect them. I loved that at the heart of it, Asp just wanted her family back. This wasn't a high seas epic adventure, though it had lots of action and seafaring fun. It wasn't a romance despite having one of my new favorite ships. It was a story about Asp, a girl who had to grow up too fast trying to make it in a cruel world.  Look, I just really liked Asp as a protagonist. I liked Shalia too in Reign the Earth but something about this book was just so engaging and so exciting to read. I think there was more action to start with but Gaughen didn't let the emotional growth of the characters sputter out for the sake of a sword battle. Everything (and everyone) felt genuine, like I could meet these characters. You know, if it weren't for the whole fantasy/fictional world bit. And the SHIP. No, not the actual ship. My new favorite ship. Asp and Kairos. You might recall Kairos from the previous book, one of Shalia's brothers (which I had to initially look up because I did forget. . . ). Both he and Asp are emotionally scarred and it shows. Every action reflected their goals and current emotional state so well. I never felt like I was being told anything, it was always shown through decisions and words and internal thoughts. That goes for all the characters, but with these two especially, I felt like this made their relationship really strong and believable. Kairos isn't Asp's first relationship and you meet some of her past significant others which only strengthens everything with Kairos. For those looking for rep, Asp is bi (based on the relationships presented, though nothing is officially stated in the story). (view spoiler)[And what I loved even more was the clear consent for sex, with a reversal of the usual "virgin girl and experienced guy" situation. Both aspects were wonderfully refreshing and even though there's only one scene, I don't see it enough and I remembered it. (hide spoiler)] Now, where does Imprison the Sky fit in with the rest of the series? I'm going to assume that we're getting at least one more book, maybe 2 more (one for each element). This book falls after Reign the Earth but the two books don't connect plot-wise until the last quarter so you go for the bulk of this book without knowing what's really going on with Shalia. Which, after I got into Imprison the Sky, I was totally fine with, but it did feel a bit weird once the characters met because there was that disconnect. It didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book by any means and if you read them back to back I think it'll work a bit better, but just keep that in mind. I'll be curious who leads the next book (assuming the trend continues) and which element will be the most prominent. All in all, I think Imprison the Sky is a smash hit and just as good (if not better) than the first book. If you haven't started the Elementae series, now is an EXCELLENT time and if you have, I think you'll love this swashbuckling sequel! Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'

  3. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Full spoiler free review: Second books in a series can be pretty hit or miss. I’m happy to say that this was a gem among seconds! I enjoyed Reign the Earth, but a few elements (hehe pun intended) fell a little flat for me. The characters definitely had my heart, and at first, I was a little confused when I realized the second book is written from the POV of a different female lead. My confusion quickly turned to love, as Aspasia is one of my new favorite characters of all time. Often times, autho Full spoiler free review: Second books in a series can be pretty hit or miss. I’m happy to say that this was a gem among seconds! I enjoyed Reign the Earth, but a few elements (hehe pun intended) fell a little flat for me. The characters definitely had my heart, and at first, I was a little confused when I realized the second book is written from the POV of a different female lead. My confusion quickly turned to love, as Aspasia is one of my new favorite characters of all time. Often times, authors portray “strong female characters” as bland, sassy, and able to kill you with their pinky. While occasionally these characters can be enjoyable, Gaugen uses the “strong female character” title perfectly. Aspasia was powerful, but she was also emotional, deep, and conflicted. This was not annoying, but endearing. She made the hard calls and suffered for it. She is such a motivational, strong female lead. Even though the POV shifts from books one to two, the characters aren’t gone. I loved how the characters from books one and two interacted and came together to build a complete story. I think my favorite thing about this book is the setting. Aspasia is the captain of a ship and a lover of the sea, and the setting is so heavily built on family and love. I adored the atmosphere of this story, and it was just so captivating. Another beautiful thing about this book is the easy diversity it offers. Sometimes, diversity feels forced by an author. The diversity in this book is not like that, it is so easy and natural. It doesn’t feel added in just to appeal to minorities, it just is. I LOVE that. I am exceptionally grateful to have received a copy of this ARC at bookcon. A special shoutout to the sweet Bloomsbury worker who handed me this book. Thank you very much for putting up with my excited dance and uncontrollable excitement. I started the book five minutes later, and have been obsessed ever since. This book comes out in January! So if you haven’t already, read Reign the Earth, and get ready to unleash a storm. Original short review after finishing Imprison the Sky: Full review to come I promise. But right now it is 1 am and I need sleep. I really like reign the earth, but dang it this book blew the first out of the water. (pun intended) So lucky to have gotten a copy of this at BookCon, and I highly recommend you read reign the earth to get prepared for this beauty.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andi (Andi's ABCs)

    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If I thought I loved Reign the Earth it was nothing compared to the love I ended up having for Imprison the Sky. A.C. Gaughen came back to this world and took it up a notch. The complexity to Aspasia endeared her to me from the start. She was doing something that wasn’t 100% moral to the naked eye but she was doi This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If I thought I loved Reign the Earth it was nothing compared to the love I ended up having for Imprison the Sky. A.C. Gaughen came back to this world and took it up a notch. The complexity to Aspasia endeared her to me from the start. She was doing something that wasn’t 100% moral to the naked eye but she was doing what she could to not cross a line she couldn’t get back from, all while trying to find/save her family. I felt a lot of emotion reading this book as I got to know Asp and her crew and the good she had in her. And the love interest was top notch! Just another book I loved so much I can’t manage to find the words to describe. All I know is I desperately want to read about the other two elements!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I liked book one, Reign the Earth, but I didn't really love it, so I went into this one with a little hesitation. So imagine my happiness when I really, really liked it! The Things I Liked: •Aspasia and her crew are awesome. I was worried when I realized that this was from Aspasia's POV, because the characters were my favorite part of the first book. But I needn't have! Aspasia is a fab You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight I liked book one, Reign the Earth, but I didn't really love it, so I went into this one with a little hesitation. So imagine my happiness when I really, really liked it! The Things I Liked: •Aspasia and her crew are awesome. I was worried when I realized that this was from Aspasia's POV, because the characters were my favorite part of the first book. But I needn't have! Aspasia is a fabulous character, and her story was one I loved reading. Her story and her life circumstances are quite different from Saskia's in Reign the Earth, but both women are passionate and care deeply about the people around them without being too similar. And while Saskia has a deep love for her blood-related family, Aspasia has created her own family on her ship (and yes, still is deeply concerned for her blood-family). I loved the nuances of all the relationships of the crew, too. Felt incredibly authentic for them to have such different and deep bonds. Also, none of them is perfect. Including (especially?) Aspasia. Which only makes her more interesting, as flaws can. •There is romance, and yes I love it. A ship on a ship, YAY, I love when puns work out. Even telling you who the ship involves would be a spoiler, so that's all I'll say. But I am here for every last bit of it, and I think you'll see why. •The plot just seemed so much more engaging! I mean, you're dealing with some really tough issues here- Aspasia has to balance out her survival with capturing (and in some cases, freeing) slaves for goodness sake. It's... a lot. But it also provides for a lot of really compelling scenes and a lot of gray morality. I mean- I think we can all agree that capturing slaves is awful, but when the motives are an attempt to free at least some of them... well, you see what I am saying, there's a lot of thought provoking stuff to ponder. •Obviously, there are feels! Lots of them, as you can imagine! Which is why I love when a book really makes you think, makes you wonder what you'd do, etc. It just pulls at the heartstrings. The Things I Didn't: •Maybe this is a little picky, but I did want to know what happened (in more detail!) to book one's group! I mean, we did get a some update, but since I was pretty invested in them, I'd have liked to gotten a bit more closure in that respect. Though I have seen some reviews mentioning a third book? So Idk maybe I am confused and it's a trilogy, in which case... guess you can go ahead and disregard this point, but at the time of reviewing, this is listed as a two book series, so. •I did see some of the plot points coming. It didn't totally mess up my enjoyment of the book, but it's worth noting that I guessed some of the stuff pretty quickly. Bottom Line: A very strong sequel, with a group of characters that somehow beats out their (very formidable) predecessors, all while amping up the action tenfold.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Goicea

    See this full review along with others on my blog at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com 1) Reign The Earth: ★★★★★ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. Thank you! DNF at 40% Content Warning: Slavery, Oppression ”Hope is a cruel thing,” I told him honestly. Hope gave me power, but it was also to blame for every pain I’d ever felt. After loving the first installment in this series, Reign The Earth, I was very disappointed to call this a DNF. While DNFing more for pe See this full review along with others on my blog at: foalsfictionandfiligree.com 1) Reign The Earth: ★★★★★ I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. Thank you! DNF at 40% Content Warning: Slavery, Oppression ”Hope is a cruel thing,” I told him honestly. Hope gave me power, but it was also to blame for every pain I’d ever felt. After loving the first installment in this series, Reign The Earth, I was very disappointed to call this a DNF. While DNFing more for personal preference, I also had a really difficult time liking the characters. If anything, this book has made me realize how much I don’t like the “squad” stuff that’s so popular right now. Obviously, this book is it’s own book. I didn’t like how disconnected it felt from Reign The Earth. I’ve read in others reviews that the two books don’t really come together until the end. Either way, my journey ends here as I would rather follow Shalia’s character than the very different Aspasia. Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review. My Blog ¦ Bookstagram ¦ Twitter ¦ Pinterest ¦ Facebook

  7. 4 out of 5

    rachel

    #1) Reign the Earth ★★★★☆

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    "We will go there together, and rewrite a path in the stars." 1. Reign the earth ★★★★★ It was good, but definitely not as much as Reign the earth. I remember the first volume taking my heart and never giving it back (blame Shalia and her amazingness). I read it last summer and I still find myself thinking about it sometimes. Unfortunately, I'm sure that Imprison the sky will not stay with me for that long. I'm already forgetting some plot points.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 Stars rounded up These books are just so well written. Filled with wonderfully complex characters, emotions and a building brutal war that will span nations. I was a little sad at first to miss Shalia, as this is a companion/sequel. But I quickly grew to love this new narrator and how she fits into the overall series. IMPRISON THE SKY introduces new narrator Aspasia (she and her floating ship were briefly introduced in the last book), a powerful wind elementae who is the captain of a ship of 4.5 Stars rounded up These books are just so well written. Filled with wonderfully complex characters, emotions and a building brutal war that will span nations. I was a little sad at first to miss Shalia, as this is a companion/sequel. But I quickly grew to love this new narrator and how she fits into the overall series. IMPRISON THE SKY introduces new narrator Aspasia (she and her floating ship were briefly introduced in the last book), a powerful wind elementae who is the captain of a ship of children. They travel the seas and skies collecting goods for trade for a powerful dealer named Cyrus. On their missions, Asp and her crew do some things that are very good but also complex morally, and I enjoyed the questions this book asks about right and wrong and what it means for someone when lines get blurred and one cannot come without the other. I loved the found family Asp has created out of her crew and the ways she’s fought to ensure they and their loved ones are cared for and safe. While Shalia’s worldview was incredibly narrow at first, Asp has been sailing all over the world for years and in this book we are shown a much broader perspective on what is going on beyond the Trifectate, and how this brewing war with Calix and what is happening to Elementae is much bigger than what we saw in the last installment. I enjoyed getting to know the other nations in this world and beginning to see how they will play a role in future books. I loved the way this story expands the world, though it does take quite a while to bring this particular tale back around to the one that Shalia began telling. As as I’d just read her story before this one, I was antsy at times to get back to what she and others were doing. That said, we do get to enjoy the presence of a favorite character from the last book, and I was thrilled when (view spoiler)[ Kairos (hide spoiler)] appears here. I think those who read the first book can guess who the love interest here. It’s a bit of a surprise when he showed up, and I loved watching him and Asp get to know each other and fall for each other. They are well matched, and I love that he knows exactly when to push her and when to back off. Although I never care so much about dwelling on past relationships, and this book was a little too angsty for my taste in a few parts (nothing current is happening with anyone else during the book, tho), it was clear to see the differences between Asp’s relationship with this new person and anything she tried in the past. This book is brutal and very emotional in places. What these characters are trying to accomplish is not easy or simple and there have been and will be many casualties along the way. They have a long way to go before their ultimate mission is complete and I’m eager for what’s next (I believe 2 more books are planned). I’m also so curious about who will be the next heroine - and love interest - that we will follow. I have an idea of one of them at least. Love Triangle Factor: None Cliffhanger Scale: Low/Medium - another heroine’s Story is complete but this story has a long way to go and a lot more danger to come.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zoeanne Jarrells

    Received at BookCon and binge read the day after. 4.5 stars GUYS THIS BOOK DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! Awesome magic system? Check. Amazing characters + growth? Check ANGSTY!? Check. :) I ADORED it and I'm actually disappointing that I've read it because now I have to wait until 2020 for the sequel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    I wasn't sure what to expect but while Imprison the Sky was a very different book from Reign the Earth, I absolutely loved it! This is a companion novel that follows some of the side characters that we met in book 1, eventually intersecting with Shalia's story from Reign the Earth. It could be read as a standalone, but you will get more from it if you read Reign first. Imprison follows Aspasia, the salty (and bisexual!) young captain of a ship that trades in slaves and other valuables. Herself a I wasn't sure what to expect but while Imprison the Sky was a very different book from Reign the Earth, I absolutely loved it! This is a companion novel that follows some of the side characters that we met in book 1, eventually intersecting with Shalia's story from Reign the Earth. It could be read as a standalone, but you will get more from it if you read Reign first. Imprison follows Aspasia, the salty (and bisexual!) young captain of a ship that trades in slaves and other valuables. Herself a slave of sorts, Aspasia is a complex character existing in the grays of morality with a surprising degree of self-awareness. Ultimately, this is a story about the power of hope, even in the face of great darkness. I should say that I am not typically a fan of books set on ships. Often I find that they spend a lot of time describing the ship, the process of sailing, and battles at sea which I find to be quite dull. (and at the expense of character development and plot!) This book is decidedly NOT that way. Aspasia is a fully fleshed character, descriptions of the ship and seafaring are kept to a reasonable level, there is plenty of plot and political machinations, and we get further exploration of the magic system introduced in Reign. I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to reading on in the series. Imprison also shows surprising depth in the way it handles romantic relationships- considering the different ways relationships can end and the value of relationships that were never meant to last. One source of conflict in the story is the deteriorating relationship between Aspasia and Bast (her former lover and current crewmate) as he struggles with heartbreak from a relationship where his love was unrequited. Meanwhile Kairos (a side character from Reign) comes onto the scene and I am totally here for his slowly developing relationship with Aspasia. This book leans a little bit to the character-driven side (which I absolutely love) but I think it offers enough action and plot that it will appeal to a wide range of readers. I think this is one of the most underrated YA fantasy series right now and I hope more people pick it up! I received an early copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    4.5 stars This was brilliant. I need the next book. ------------ Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... If there was one new series that blew me away in 2018 it was The Elementae series. I am usually weary of fantasy books because I can get lost in everything but it surpassed my expectations. I was hooked! That also meant I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. But there is always a slight fear with second books because they often fall f 4.5 stars This was brilliant. I need the next book. ------------ Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... If there was one new series that blew me away in 2018 it was The Elementae series. I am usually weary of fantasy books because I can get lost in everything but it surpassed my expectations. I was hooked! That also meant I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. But there is always a slight fear with second books because they often fall flat. They can either be just a filler-type story or they can be outstanding. I am happy to say this was not just a filler book. This was not an empty nothing story that simply helped the reader pass time until the final book. This was breath-taking in every aspect. Not only was this a strong character driven story, it required a strong world building – Gaughen knocked both of those out of the park. The actual plot and story cannot be overlooked either. This author is a master of her craft. I’m will always be in awe of her talent. Let me expand my comments. While the first book focused on the raw and gritty tale of Shalia, this story focused on the story of Aspasia, a strong female that was stolen from her family when she was very young and forced into a horrific life. She learned from a young age to do what takes to survive. She has two things that she plays close to her vest: her private mission to find her siblings and to keep her Elementae gift a secret. Aspasia was so fierce and stunning that I could not get enough of her. I wanted wanted to jump into the story and fight the battle with her. Consider me the president of her fan club because I was here for her story. I am not going to spoil anything by saying who the other characters are and how they all fit into the grand story. What I will tell you is that you will squeal with delight when you find out who has a major role. As mentioned before, the world and setting were absolutely crucial to the story. It blew my mind how Gaughen made it seem that life aboard a ship was so natural. Not only was this set mainly aboard a ship, it gave major focus to how important family is to any character. And by “family” I mean those that are blood and those that are not. It was all brilliantly written and I soaked up every word like a sponge. I am not able to finish this review without talking about the diversity found within the pages. I have read some books lately that talked about having diverse characters and they felt forced. That did not happen in this story. Everything felt just so natural and it was refreshing to read. I guess you can tell by now how much I loved this book. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I am extremely grateful to the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I screamed when I got the book and devoured it once I started reading. Here is my one complaint – I have to wait so long for the next book! If this is not already on your TBR it should be. You don’t want to miss what happens next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe Dyer

    This book is SO GOOD! I loved it even more than I loved Reign the Earth. The characters in this one are so layered and well-developed and the pacing is excellent! More people need to read this series because it's AMAZING and ORIGINAL and I LOVE IT!

  14. 4 out of 5

    E L E A N O R (bookishcourtier)

    this is one of my most anticipated releases of 2019! i can't wait.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

    *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review* "Slaves no longer, here we became the masters." Okay, I'm just going to go out and say it, A.C. kills it at writing a deliciously diverse fantasy world. Every single one of her characters intrigues me to no end and I wanted more, more, more of what they had to offer. I am still reeling from the first book so I was beyond terrified to pick this sequel up, which is why I I'm cutting it so close to release day with this review. I wasn't eve *ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review* "Slaves no longer, here we became the masters." Okay, I'm just going to go out and say it, A.C. kills it at writing a deliciously diverse fantasy world. Every single one of her characters intrigues me to no end and I wanted more, more, more of what they had to offer. I am still reeling from the first book so I was beyond terrified to pick this sequel up, which is why I I'm cutting it so close to release day with this review. I wasn't even a page in when my stomachache was already unbearable. I didn't know what to expect so I guarded my heart as hard as I could. Book 1 followed Shalia, who I miss dearly!!!!, while this one followed Aspasia, the captain to an amazing crew and ship. First thing's first, Aspasia is a complete badass and I look up to her. Watching her develop throughout the pages was so intriguing I rarely blinked. Shalia's story is still my favorite so far for so many reasons, one of them being that this novel felt slower in pace for me. Don't get me wrong, a lot of stuff happened that kept me intrigued but I felt like it didn't really get going until the last few chapters. Also, I am a die hard fan of Shalia's romantic story line but it hurts to admit that I wasn't that invested in Aspasia's. It was adorable for sure, but I wasn't attached to their relationship. I loved the characters as individuals but I wouldn't have whatever outcome A.C. would've thrown their way. It lacked something for me but I still can't put my finger on it yet. Circling back to the crew, I loved witnessing their dynamic and loyalty towards each other. Every single one of their interactions melted my heart and I wish I could catch a ride on their ship so I could meet them all in person and recruit them into my circle of friends! What I love the most about these novels is that it really drives home how important families, siblings, are. Whenever an author writes about sibling bonds, they already own me. I'm super close to my siblings in a way I will never be with the rest of my family so novels like these are my weakness. It makes me relate tot he characters in in a deep, personal level so I enjoyed whenever scenes focused on that. A big thing I had an issue with this time around was the fact that there were quite a few events being spoiled throughout the novel. It came to the point that once they came to fruition, I just shrugged them off. This forced me to detach from the story line when all I wanted was to get lost in it. I really wish the continuous foreshadowing would've been a lot more vague, or just cut out completely. Not going to lie, I kind of expected it, but those last few pages packed an immense punch to the gut. It brought tears to my eyes and I am still in denial about it all but I know it's all in vain. My heart aches... and it will continue to do so well after the next book releases. All in all, I can't wait to find out whose POV we will be getting next! I am anticipating book 3 so hard, I can barely breathe! "I figured it was hard to speak when the person who understood you couldn't listen." 3.7/5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jodie- Readthewriteact

    This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review. This is the second book in the Elementae series and it follows a different character Aspasia, who we saw briefly in the first book. Normally a switch in POV to a new character annoys me in a series but I quite enjoyed it. I think that because the whole world of the Elementae is so complex it was good for the story to see a different perspective and the characters from Reign the Earth were cleverly intertwined in this plot. Honestly I This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review. This is the second book in the Elementae series and it follows a different character Aspasia, who we saw briefly in the first book. Normally a switch in POV to a new character annoys me in a series but I quite enjoyed it. I think that because the whole world of the Elementae is so complex it was good for the story to see a different perspective and the characters from Reign the Earth were cleverly intertwined in this plot. Honestly I think that this series could become one of my favourites and I wish that more people would read these book. They do elemental magic, and they do it so well! And this book was all about pirates who can make their ship fly so who wouldn't want to read that. Fools, that's who.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    I am really enjoying this series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    This book came to me through Book Expo. Solid writing, like the first story. This story introduces new character with a new narrator with different goals and challenges elsewhere in Orbis Elementa. A terrific sequel to Reign The Earth. Would recommend.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It feels like ages since I read the first The Elementae book by A.C. Gaughen, Reign the Earth and diving into the second installment, Imprison the Sky, was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. Mostly because we center around new characters, although, Aspasia did make an appearance in the first book, I just don’t remember it all that well, so to me it f I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It feels like ages since I read the first The Elementae book by A.C. Gaughen, Reign the Earth and diving into the second installment, Imprison the Sky, was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. Mostly because we center around new characters, although, Aspasia did make an appearance in the first book, I just don’t remember it all that well, so to me it felt like dealing with a new character outside Shalia’s circle. While I do enjoy having new characters tell their story to some extent, I just felt a little lost with this one. Probably because I didn’t realize that this series would likely move in other directions with other characters and I was just focused on our main one. Aspasia’s story was an interesting one to say the least. She’s basically a pirate and part slave as she’s forced by her owner to go around the seas and countries and acquire more slaves for her to sell. Though Asp has her own set of rules when it comes to all that, she’ll free everyone but only turn in the men and let the women and children free. All the while, she secretly looks for her younger brother and sister who were lost to her when they were children. They were all sold separately that fateful day and she’s never seen them since, but keeps a look out for them. She’s also a wind Elementae which helps with the sailing around the ocean if she can control the breeze. When she acquires a new batch of slaves that she intended to free, one happens to be Kairos, who is Shalia’s brother. Though I can’t recall if he was in the first book, memory problems I tell you, kill! But anyway she’s a pest she can’t seem to get rid of. He’s not accustomed to her way of pirate life and doesn’t really approve of some of her methods, yet he stays. Naturally, a love connection starts to grow between these two. It was slow building, but the attraction was always there. Asp is given one final mission and if she completes it correctly and successfully, she will have earned her freedom. She has to bring in one large batch of slaves to her owner, including women and children this time, but Asp isn’t sure she can do that. Risks will be taken. Deals will be made. There will be betrayals, heartbreak, and deception. There’s a lot that’s about to happen to Asp and her crew. Once again I found myself caught reading a book that I found was a bit slower paced than I would have liked. The story was still engaging for the most part, yet I felt like things dragged a bit. I kept waiting for the high point of action to come and it would, eventually. I’m just starting to wonder if this series is cut out for me. I enjoyed Shalia’s story in the beginning, though I recall that too being a tad on the slow side. Pacing is kind of a big thing for me, though I will admit I’ve read slower paced books that have kept me engaged with the world-building and characters. And while I do like this world and the characters aren’t bad either, I just don’t feel that spark or connection with this series like I had hoped. It’s not a bad read, not at all. I just don’t think this series is cutting out to be one for me, sad as it may be. If you’re looking for a series that’s rich with culture and mythology and heavy dose of magic, this one might just be for you. Two books so far have had a slower pacing to them. Things are happening, they’re just happening at slower rate with a lot of buildup to the highlights. The characters are still deep and engaging and likeable, but sadly I’m not feeling it like I had wanted to. Still a series to check out if you feel so inclined. I would recommend starting at the beginning despite this looking like it might be a series with a new cast of characters each time, they are all connected and details will carry over, which means spoilers will carry over too. Overall Rating 3/5 stars Imprison the Sky releases January 22, 2019

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jun

    this book took my breath away. Its packed with fast paced action, adventures, emotional scenes that will bring you to your knees, bawling and most of all elemental badassery! The protagonist, Aspasia, is a complexly layered character yet her drive and motivation is quite simple that it makes it easy to connect to her storyline. “You may control air, but you have veins of solid steel” Now I'm all for flawed characters but Aspasia's charm is not that she's imperfect, it's that she acknowledge it an this book took my breath away. Its packed with fast paced action, adventures, emotional scenes that will bring you to your knees, bawling and most of all elemental badassery! The protagonist, Aspasia, is a complexly layered character yet her drive and motivation is quite simple that it makes it easy to connect to her storyline. “You may control air, but you have veins of solid steel” Now I'm all for flawed characters but Aspasia's charm is not that she's imperfect, it's that she acknowledge it and grows from what she lacks. She uses her strength and her weaknesses well both as a shield and a weapon. She's one of those morally grey character that knows the world isn't split into good and evil. Good people can have blood on their hands too. What I love about her is her spirit to fight and keep moving on even when she's at her lowest point, her ability to HOPE continuously even though it could be a cruel beautiful thing at times. “Damned, difficult, joyful, beautiful hope" This book reminds me yet again how strong hope and family is. Though blood doesn't define family, it reminded me how powerful familial love is, the book definitely made me want to stop everything and give my sister a big long hug. The romance and sexual tension that is in this book is something that I didn't expect. Surprisingly I find myself enjoying and looking forward to Kairos and Asp's interaction. "Art is the language of hope.” This book has so much loss and dark and yet its also filled with so much light and hope. Wars, rebellions, slavery, deaths... so much ugliness could turn sour quickly and yet this book makes me want to fight. It fills me up with hope for a better future. A future worth fighting for. And maybe that's why I'm in love with this book. So excited for book 3 now!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    I didn't have time to re-read Reign the Earth before I read this one, and having just finished, I am a bit indecisive as to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe both. It seemed problematic when I started Imprison the Sky because I felt like I remembered nothing and had no idea who anyone was. Then as I got into the story (it sucked me in completely regardless!) I remembered bits from RtE and realized I would have mostly been clueless anyway. Which is when I switched my opinion on t I didn't have time to re-read Reign the Earth before I read this one, and having just finished, I am a bit indecisive as to whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe both. It seemed problematic when I started Imprison the Sky because I felt like I remembered nothing and had no idea who anyone was. Then as I got into the story (it sucked me in completely regardless!) I remembered bits from RtE and realized I would have mostly been clueless anyway. Which is when I switched my opinion on the re-read issue. If I had re-read I would have been clamoring for a direct continuation of Shalia's story. And this was not that. Reading almost as a companion novel rather than a sequel (I still haven't read the blurb, I didn't need to, I knew I wanted to read it - so maybe that is what it is supposed to be.) It did however forward the overall story arc in the end. Anyway, wanting/missing Shalia and Galen would have been a disservice to this wonderful, enthralling, couldn't put down adventure. I have a thing for spunky seafaring heroines (like Sherwood Smith and Alex Lidell write) and this was just perfect. Complimented by A.C. Gaughen's characteristic grit. (Oh how her heroes/heroines suffer!) So here I am urging you to read this book (even if you haven't read Reign the Earth) and already dying for the next one. (Though I imagine that will be companion like as well. So now I know better.)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Minni Mouse

    I kinda strongly dislike pirate seafaring books, so this one and me were doomed from the start. Reign the Earth was a five star book for me, but that's probably as far as I'll enjoy the series. THE GOOD Kairos, you sweetheart. I sighed too and put the mug down, and stood, shaking the pants out. Kairos’s eyes watched me until I picked up the pants, and then his eyes dropped immediately, and a moment later he turned around. I laughed, pulling the pants on and tucking my shirt into them. “It’s di I kinda strongly dislike pirate seafaring books, so this one and me were doomed from the start. Reign the Earth was a five star book for me, but that's probably as far as I'll enjoy the series. THE GOOD Kairos, you sweetheart. I sighed too and put the mug down, and stood, shaking the pants out. Kairos’s eyes watched me until I picked up the pants, and then his eyes dropped immediately, and a moment later he turned around. I laughed, pulling the pants on and tucking my shirt into them. “It’s difficult to be modest on a ship,” I told his back. “Yes, but it’s not difficult to be respectful,” he answered immediately. THE BAD 1) Had almost zero connection to Aspasia. 2) Aspasia and Bast. “I thought you wanted to be in my life,” I said. “Or allowed to care about me. Did that mean … together?” “Well, I thought last night—” “No,” I told him, standing. “You said all those things and I thought it meant we could be friends.” “Friends who sleep on top of each other?” he asked, like I was stupid. I'm with Bast on this one. FINAL THOUGHTS. Pirates and pirate ships and looting. Up there with my dislike for dragons, paranormal, and urban fantasy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    The whole basis of this book is surrounded by Slavery. I was a little nervous going into reading this book just because I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. But my god did this book step up and deliver all the right checkboxes. Aspasia is one of those morally gray seeming characters at first but she has a heart of gold that will do anything for family. Kairos my sweet child is in this book from book one and has gone through some stuff to end up with Asapsia. This book has a ship full of badass char The whole basis of this book is surrounded by Slavery. I was a little nervous going into reading this book just because I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. But my god did this book step up and deliver all the right checkboxes. Aspasia is one of those morally gray seeming characters at first but she has a heart of gold that will do anything for family. Kairos my sweet child is in this book from book one and has gone through some stuff to end up with Asapsia. This book has a ship full of badass characters and a storyline that will make you not want to put it down. This book dives deeper into the different powers of the elementae and all the different aspects of it. If all that doesn’t sell you on it, we have a main character who is BI. Like YAS. The book was a total 5 stars for me. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The ending devastated me but I need book 3 already 😫 This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    Since it had been so long since I had read Reign the Earth, I was a little worried that I would find it difficult to delve back into this world. I was a bit confused when I started reading because, until Kairos arrives a few chapters in, none of the characters from Reign the Earth make an appearance. Luckily, Imprison the Sky ultimately does a great job of introducing this new cast of characters while also reminding the reader of the events of the first book. Although it took me a while to warm Since it had been so long since I had read Reign the Earth, I was a little worried that I would find it difficult to delve back into this world. I was a bit confused when I started reading because, until Kairos arrives a few chapters in, none of the characters from Reign the Earth make an appearance. Luckily, Imprison the Sky ultimately does a great job of introducing this new cast of characters while also reminding the reader of the events of the first book. Although it took me a while to warm up to her, I grew to love Aspasia just as much as I did Shalia. Aspasia was strong, powerful, and conflicted. Her emotional journey throughout the book was so interesting and I loved that everything felt natural. The romance was sweet, although it progressed a bit quickly toward the end. The other characters didn’t stand out quite as much to me but they were still pretty well developed! I also loved how the concept of family was dealt with in Imprison the Sky. The plot lagged in a few places in the middle but was still interesting enough that I never wanted to put the book down. However, I absolutely flew through the last third, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Imprison the Sky was an interesting book with a lot more depth than your typical YA fantasy. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)

    23/01/2019 Don't you just love it when you live in fucking Narnia apparently so this book will be released in Australia in fucking March??

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed. Looking forward to book 3.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stella (Paper Wings)

    4.5 stars What just happened RTC

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vibur

    THAT COVER IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. After Reign the Earth, I simply cannot wait. Time to get swept up in another whirlwind of feels, yas. Also, can I talk about how precious Shalia was? She was soft, gentle and loving, but at the same time, so fierce, determined and passionate. The perfect example of a heroine who didn't need to kick ass to be kickass. Seriously, I need more of her in Imprison the Sky. Excited to see how the lead in this turns out, though.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alona

    I missed my train stop reading this book. If you liked Children of Blood and Bone, you should read this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Fantasybooksrus

    “Truth be told, I was both things – I was a violent, brutal girl who would do anything to survive, but my power came from hope.” I’d like to start this review with a quick thank you to Bloomsbury publishing – Catriona in particular – for dealing with my persistence in asking for an advanced reader’s copy of Imprison the Sky. I am absolutely in love with this series for though each book follows a different lead character, book one follows Shalia with her power to control the earth and now book “Truth be told, I was both things – I was a violent, brutal girl who would do anything to survive, but my power came from hope.” I’d like to start this review with a quick thank you to Bloomsbury publishing – Catriona in particular – for dealing with my persistence in asking for an advanced reader’s copy of Imprison the Sky. I am absolutely in love with this series for though each book follows a different lead character, book one follows Shalia with her power to control the earth and now book two with Aspasia and her ability to control air, both leads have been robust, powerful women who display their strength, but also their weaknesses, in ways that are incredibly deep and allow the reader to really sympathise with them and understand them. Their flaws are not your typical female lead flaws, they show great resilience throughout the course of their novels but also emphasise how they are in some ways hesitant of what they must do based on the circumstances they are put in. In Imprison the Sky, Aspasia especially epitomised to me what a great female protagonist should be. Cunning, strong-willed and powerful, she is a leader in her own right and earns the trust of her crew in many moments throughout the novel. However, she is also complex, her power comes from her hope, but she is reluctant to let others in, until she meets Kairos. YES, your favourite loveable brother from book one is back, and he is as stunning as ever. Without giving away too much information I did want to mention how much I enjoyed the flirtation and interactions between Kairos and Aspasia as though it was clear they had a romantic connection it wasn’t cheesy and was based on their mutual understanding of each other’s complicated and painful pasts. Also, did I mention Aspasia is bisexual. Most of the time I find in novels that this diverse representation is just thrown in for the heck of it, or it becomes the main characteristic that the writer bases the characters actions on. However not for Aspasia. Her bisexuality is something that comes up throughout the novel every now and again, and in a way does help her in some situations but is not her defining characteristics. She is a strong minded, powerful woman above all else. The story also flowed absolutely beautifully. I didn’t feel like certain aspects were too rushed and was brought along the journey in a way that clearly showed how much time had passed but did not drag on. There was one part towards the end – which I shall discuss in a spoiler section below – that I felt could have been dragged out a little longer but may have been edited for the final published edition. Below I will be going into a few spoilery points I wanted to make about the novel so do not click through if you haven’t read it yet (view spoiler)[ Plot points I wanted to mention that I really enjoyed The way Aspasia and Kairos fell in love and their sex scene: This! This right here is what I call a romance! The fact that Kairos and Aspasia bonded over their love for their families and the trauma they had gone through really made their love story that much sweeter. It wasn’t just based on physical attraction and really allowed us to see the depth of not only Aspasia’s character but Kairos as well. The first time they kissed I was squealing with excitement! However, the moment that had sex was a moment I can only liken to chapter 55 of ACOMAF (ya’ll know what I’m talking about). It was so perfectly written and the fact that Kairos was so nervous, as he was a virgin, and had Aspasia help him just further showed how progressive this novel is. The scene was visual enough to feel the passion of it but not overly descriptive to take away from the pure love of the scene. This quote especially: “There was no Bast or Tanta or the three others who had touched my body in the dark. He may have been the virgin in the room, but I quickly felt like the more naïve one-… I didn’t know how different I would feel, so completely open and cared for and loved, especially when he was awkward and nervous and instead of those feelings being contagious, it was easy to just kiss him and show him how to do it better. I didn’t know you could laugh while your skin burned for the touch of another person.” SQUEAL!! Bast betrayal: Bast betrayal, though did not surprise me after his clear dislike for Kairos when he first arrived on the boat, still made me even more sympathetic to Aspasia. I understood in a way why he could not move past his love for her but the moment on the boat where they are rescuing Gryphon really showed his true colours. When he shot at Aspasia I could not believe it. It was such a defining moment between them that severed any kind of redemption for him, especially considering Kairos took the blow for her instead. Aspasia’s brother, his death and sacrifice: Though in a way, with Kairos’ visions, I sort of saw this coming it was still upsetting and shocking to see Aspasia lose her brother so soon after getting his back and also in the midst of getting her sister back too. I did feel like his death/suicide was a little rushed in the arc so I’m hoping the final copy lengthens out the scene just that little more as I kind of had to read over it again to make sure what I had read was right. Even more upsetting was the fact that he had seen Kairos’ visions and accepted his fate in order to protect the other elementa from the power of his blood. The return of Shalia, Galen, Kata and Rian: This moment almost had me crying. Watching Kairos just launch himself over wall after wall to get back to his siblings was so beautifully done, especially as it was seen through Aspasia’s eyes. I was so glad to see them back, even if it was right at the end, and am so keen to see where the story leads now. (hide spoiler)] Once again, a huge thank you to Bloomsbury publishing for sending me this fantastic series that I have become absolutely obsessed with, as well as a massive thank you to A.C Gaughen for creating such diverse, complicated and deep characters that are so deeply formed that I forget that what I’m reading is fiction. I loved that the story built up the world even further than Reign the Earth and that this series really emphasises the lengths one will go to to save their family. To end I shall leave you with a song that I think, in a way, represents the feelings bouncing between Aspasia and Kairos throughout the novel, as well as one of my favourite quotes. And my begging wish for each and every one of you to continue, or even potentially start, this incredible series. “I will always find you. You can sail over every ocean you can find, but my heart will always want yours. You move the heaven and stars when I’m with you…” Writing on the Wall (cover): Sam Tsui https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrtC3...

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