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Imprison the Sky based on 0 ratings. 2 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 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.
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 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. 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). Now, where does Imprison the Sky fit in with the rest of the series? I'm assuming that we're getting at least one or two more books. This one falls after Reign the Earth but the two 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 I was fine with, but it did feel a bit weird once the characters met. 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 keep that in mind. All in all, I think Imprison the Sky is a smash hit and just as good (if not better) than the first book!