Sky's End

Sky's End

by Lesley Young




A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe's future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth's new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command's top pilots and her only family, who's been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition's fierce, and she's already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

Even the station's most respected officer, Lt. Damian King, probably can't help Cassiel pass the second time around-so why is he so interested in her progress? If only one of her freaky déjà vu visions would offer an answer instead of mysterious messages like hide.

When Cassiel's manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all.

Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother-even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or'ic, the cold-as-steel Thell'eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.

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ISBN-13: 9781619352384
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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Sky's End 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
Holy stars! Space travel has never been so HOT! If, like me, you’re not a huge fan of sci-fi, this is one book you cannot miss. It will change your opinion of the genre. Not only was all the sci-fi, space jargon easily pronounceable, but the aliens encountered in this story are a far cry from the tiny, green men with large heads and oversized eyes. They are drop dead gorgeous with smoking bods, and any warm blooded, human woman would easily forget their allegiance to their fellow earthlings with these guys around. Well almost any woman. Thankfully, Cassiel is determined, kickass, and she doesn’t allow her attraction for these other beings blind her. In the beginning of the story, Cass is painted as a bit of a weak character. She’s not a great cadet, and struggles through the ESE tests, but she’s driven by her love for her brother, and the mere fact that she joined ESE on a hunch shows how strong she really is. She also has a really awesome but strange gift, one she’s always tried to hide, except from Daz, and I was excited to see her in action with it. When her first mission reveals so much more about her than anyone would have ever expected, she really came into her own, and her character continued to develop with each hurdle she faced. Her relationship with King is very new, but I liked Cassiel’s loyalty, not only to King, but to ESE – even though they were a shady organization. There were a few moments when that loyalty seemed to wane in the presence of Or’ic and she actually seemed to be enjoying her time with the Thelléons, but then she’d remember why she was with them and it would bring her back to reality. This didn’t mean there was nothing between Cassiel and Or’ic. The sexual tension was off the charts and it was obvious there was a mutual attraction, one that wasn’t the result of the high levels of pheromones present. Or’ic was so sincere when he approached Cassiel after the Candidacy that my heart broke for him. Even though his way of thinking and feeling is so very different from the human way, he was really trying to connect with her in the best way possible. I think it was just a little too late. This story was well paced but I did feel it lost some of its momentum towards the end. It did end on a high note though and I cannot wait to see where this story will go. I only hope it involves more Or’ic. This book is filled with adventure, mystery and romance. It is sexy and exciting. Simply put…it is METATABULOUS!!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins ESE (Earth Space Exploration) in hopes of finding her brother, Daz Winters, one of Command's top pilots who's been reported MIA. Unfortunately, life is tough as a female space cadet and she's already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once. When she fails the second time, ESE’s spy arm SOSA (Special Ops Space Agency) proposes a way for Cassiel to remain in the academy by recruiting her for a dangerous mission. Cassiel sees it as an opportunity to turn her luck around and find her brother as well. Little does she know that she may not be prepared for what she’s about to discover. Sky’s End is Book One of Cassiel Winters series by Lesley Young. Cassiel is a likable character right away. She is the rookie that readers will root for and matures as the story progresses, although some of her naivety still remains. There are some scenes that I find disturbing, especially some uncomfortable sexual scenes involving Cassiel. I do love the well-thought plot though; it is the main strength of the story. The action scenes are heart-pounding and exciting, as well as vividly portrayed. I find Lesley Young’s world building flawless and excellent. On the other hand, I’m not particularly interested in the love triangle between Cassiel, King and the Prime. Also, a more polished editing could be done. All things considered, Sky’s End is undeniably a great science fiction tale, despite the minor flaws.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Sigh. So it's come to this. A one star review. One of the things that I detest almost as bad as our boys tattling. To be completely honest, I didn't get it. Not that I didn't understand the book, oh ... I understood. I just didn't ... GET IT. You know? There were quite a few things that just irritated me. The book isn't all bad ... it does have some stuff going for it! And this isn't me being condescending or facetious or anything ... but it was written well ... the grammar wasn't bad and sometimes just that can turn me off of a book. But it wasn't an issue with Sky's End. And the cover was interesting. Those were really the only high points for me. Here's the deal. I think that I am the completely wrong demographic for this book. Apparently, I don't read enough science fiction books for me to appreciate this book fully. And that's okay. Sometimes you have to take a chance with a new book, author or genre ... if you don't, then you'll never know what you might be missing out on. I don't really know where to start on my issues with the book, so I'm just going to dive in ... one of the first things you will notice when you pick this book up is that there are TONS of items that you don't know what they are. I really expected that, for the most part. This book is about the future, so obviously, there will be things that are "yet to be invented" in our world which will play a part in the futuristic book. But it was a new item quite frequently AND it had the little trademark symbol after the word. It's a new item. Got it. It's got a trademark. Got it. After the first few pages, it became immensely irritating. My thing was, every time you read another book and it says COKE, you don't see the trademark symbol after it. It just isn't necessary. I'm going to hit on the other items very quickly, no need to draw this out. The "teen vernacular" was annoying also. I think that it really narrowed the window of people who would enjoy the book with all of those teen-inspired words - words that will be really dated within a few years. Oh, and there's cursing ... including the f-word. This doesn't bother me because I don't talk like a lady and I use that word far too often. For too many f-ing things. Just joking ... kinda. But some parents don't want their children reading that kind of language and so the cautionary note needs to be put out there. And lastly, this book is written in first person. Which is really great. It's really not all that common (at least in the books that I read) and it lets you get a different perspective than normal on what is happening in the book. BUT. The italics became annoying. Italics were used to signify the little voice in her head ... at least that's how it read. But not everything in her head was in italics, so the whole practice during the book was more of a distraction and hindrance than a strength of the book. I'm definitely in the minority on my views of the book. There are a lot of people that really enjoyed it, so just forget everything that I said and go grab it and see what you think. I think I may lay off of alien books for now ...
Readergirl_Revus More than 1 year ago
I've never really been a fan of Sci-Fi type stories, but lately, I've read a couple that have gotten me into them a little bit more. So I was excited about this, and I really loved the concept behind the story. A space Academy, galaxy travel, and aliens that are humanoid just seemed really interesting to me, and for the most part, the book delivered. As far as the setting goes, this story was very rich in detail, very vivid. I felt like I could picture myself there. The author did a fabulous job with the world-building in general to the point where it felt real, but I didn't find myself drowning in the details either. It was just right. The characters were intriguing, although there were a couple things about them disappointed me slightly. First, Cassiel irritated me quite often. I liked her character, but she just seemed to make some really stupid choices that either a) made no sense, or b) she thoughtlessly did with no idea of the consequences. And these decisions often had a bad ripple effect. There were times that I really wanted to tell her to calm down and think her way through before jumping headlong into a decision so spontaneously. For the most part, however, I liked her. I really loved the Horde characters, even though they are the "aliens", and I most especially loved the Prime. He was a great character. I know this is going to be love triangle... I can't just see it, but I'm already firmly on the side of the Prime. I just have a little trouble with King. He came across to me as a little stale, and I don't feel like I have an emotional connection to him, so there's nothing that invested me in him. All in all, the book didn't really knock me out, but it interested me enough that I am going to want to pick up the next one, just to see who Cassiel ends up with. The book had a lot of pluses, mainly the Horde characters, the story concept, and the rich setting. Worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my, FIVE STARS! Anyways, like I said, this book is bad-a**. Seriously. Bad-freaking-a**. The heroine, Cassiel Winters, is one kick-a**, don't-f**k-with-me chic. And on that note: beware profanity. Not that it bothers me any; I curse like a d*mn sailor myself. If I have offended you though in this review, you probably don't want to read the book. Just saying. But anyways, it is the extreme future and Cassiel is a human, you know, the kind from Earth?, in a universe, or multiverse, whatever, that is host to many species. Well, she is actually a little more than human. She is a hot commodity, really.  However, Cassiel wants nothing more than to stay aboard her ship and continue her training with ESE (Earth Space Exploration) and catch the occasional glimpse of her missing brother's hunky bestie, King. Well, that and find her missing brother. But it seems the powers that be at ESE have their own agenda, and that includes her. But whatever, Cassiel doesn't care. She goes. Willingly. Does their bidding. Puts her life in danger. Goes to another ship of known dangerous inhabitants. (Didn't I say she was kick-a**?) And there she finds another type of being. The Thell'eon. And, oh my stars, are they supernova hot. And they want her.  The story that unravels is action-packed, thrilling, and even included some romance. A love triangle, in fact. Although the book lost an infinitesimal bit of its otherwise perfect score for me when the romance just kind of fell off into the cosmos for a while. That really frustrated me. I also would have liked some evidence of either, or both, of the love interests' dismay upon "losing" Cassiel. The type where they are tearing rooms apart in agony and jumping down their friends' throats because they just cannot think straight with her gone. I know the book is told from her POV, but I still feel there are ways to work these kinds of, albeit cliche, moments in.  Also, because the romance just kind of dropped off the face of whatever chunk of rock or metal they were on, I even thought an entirely separate love interest was going to be introduced at one point. And I was actually diggin' it, until his character became a bit less prominent and I realized I must have read it wrong. But the book was so freaking good, I still could not put it down, despite my frustrations. I mean, seriously, I read it in one day. It was so action-packed and intense. And I don't mean it was chock-full of fight scenes or chase scenes, because even the everyday things were somehow more edgy and thrilling. I mean, hell, they carried around gamma ray guns (I would pee my pants if someone threatened to shoot me with those high frequency, smaller-than-the-nucleus-of-an-atom-EM-waves) and they flew clear across the cosmos in a matter of hours and days. Never mind their impossibly-faster-than-light velocity. It's science fiction, people, get over it.  There was almost always a lot going on. But, even if there wasn't, Cassiel's voice, her narration, was so provocative, it was beyond entertaining. I loved her take-no-bullsh*t attitude about everything. She was a very, very well-written, believable, and personable character. And the book itself was exceptionally well-written. It was not written in your typical style, either. It had a bit of stream of consciousness thrown in there and resultantly felt more realistic. It also had a really great vocabulary. More than once I was holding my finger on a word so my Kindle could show me the definition. 
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
'Sky's End' is a intricately woven futuristic novel about a girl who searches for her missing brother. Every science fiction novel should (to me at least) have adventure, action and possibly a little romance as well and 'Sky's End' had this in abundance. There was new technology, several alien types and even new worlds to explore on the journey through this book. Right from the first page there was that feeling that I was about to start on a great adventure and I was right. The characters held a certain charm and I really enjoyed the relationships between Cassiel, King and Or'ic. The characters all display traits of bravery and vulnerability. I would like to say that I connected with them, but I couldn't. Part of the reason for that was because of the way the book was written. There was a lot of info-dumping in this novel. Large sections of text where it was explaining the worlds and how something came about. I guess you could say there was more 'telling' then 'showing'. I know it was kind of the back story, but it felt like it was too much.  That being said though the story line was what captivated me with this book. I fell in love with the story. The pace of this book was fast and there was no chance of getting bored with this book at all. Also, it was clear to see that a lot of thought had gone into this book and the setting was easily believable. I also enjoyed the light romance and have even picked a 'team' to be on. It also has a Young/New Adult feel to it. Some parts felt Young Adult, other felt New Adult. I think it was a genre crossover actually. 'Sky's End' is not a clean novel sex wise. Those parts were small, but I did wonder if the scenes were going to lead into full blown sex scenes. They didn't, but I had to mention this because I know some readers prefer clean novels. If you're okay with sex scenes, and they are pretty minor, you won't mind this book. Also, there are some scenes that may offend some readers. There are scenes of male/female violence and Cassiel is objectified by some of the male characters. I think this was more to display that Cassiel was living in a 'man's' world. All in all, I did enjoy this novel and I am definitely excited for the sequel if there is one. I really want to see what happens next with Cassiel, King and Or'ic and to learn more about the world Lesley Young has created. I would recommend this book to sci-fi lovers who don't mind a little bit of romance.   Book review done by Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great summer read! I devoured this book over the course of a weekend and was rooting for Cassiel all the way (making it hard to put down). This cinematic story has everything: action, suspense and, yes, romance. But at the center of it all is this spirited, fierce, flawed, funny heroine who I won't soon forget. Let's hope enough people discover this book so that Cassiel can someday be brought to life on the silver screen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a reader I love a finely crafted alternate world.  I can buy into pretty much anything as long as it's a rich landscape.  Sky's End has done this along with amazingly strong character development, and intense moments of action.  I loved this story and can't wait for book two.   Can't wait for book two!!!
marissacurnutte More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big sci-fi reader, but no matter your level of interest in that particular genre you should pick this book up. It truly transcends through sci-fi, romance, adventure and self-discovery. That might seem like a heck of a lot to fit into one novel, but this author does it really well. The main character Cass tells her story in first-person, present-tense and it's an excellent choice for this series. Cass is a well developed character, not at all like many books where a character is so annoying in the beginning and then you grow to like them. The science in the book is based on actual research and real findings, which makes it all the more interesting!