Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen is in stores today, and if you haven’t yet discovered this gorgeous and lush fantasy world, now is the perfect time to dive in.
The saga began with Reign the Earth (one of my favorite books of 2018), and continues now with the focus shifting to a new character and a new elemental power (although trust me, answers to the cliffhanger ending of Reign the Earth abound):
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.
I confess, I was a little leery at first of changing focus — I really loved the characters at the heart of Reign the Earth, and I wanted to follow their story directly. But I quickly fell in love with Aspasia and her crew, and as soon as I saw the tendrils of their story reconnecting with what happened at the end of Reign the Earth, I. Was. So. Hooked.
Imprison the Sky was another fantastic adventure in a lush, fantasy world — filled with engaging and charming characters, a gentle but sensual love story, and the continuation of an on-going fight for a better world.
I loved learning more about this world, getting to know these characters, and seeing how this new story connects back to Reign the Earth. Plus, you can start to see bigger pieces being set-up for the continuation of the series — and I, for one, can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Imprison the Sky is available now.