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Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

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 was really interested in Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen because I found myself quickly in love with Reign the Earth. Imprison the Sky is the companion novel to Reign the Earth. Each book in the series is going to be told by a different female narrator. I really like that Gaughen has created each of these narrators as very strong characters. These events take place after the first book. The narrator of Imprison the Sky is Aspasia and we originally met her about halfway through Reign the Earth when she assisted Shalia. 

Aspasia has not had an easy life. She wants the best for people but she realizes that she can only do what she can. Being separated from her family, causes Aspasia to constantly be on the look out for them. Due to her constant searching she ended up as a slave for a ruthless slaver that is constantly requiring Aspasia to deliver more slaves. Aspasia fights against her slaver Cyrus as much as possible. While she delivers men as slaves, Aspasia finds a home and protection for the women and children.

I really enjoyed the crew and family that Aspasia created for herself. This is a great mix of characters and I love how she interacts with each of them. I think Gaughen did a wonderful job with this book. All the characters are easy to love and connect too. You couldn't help but route for the romance in this book. All I wanted the entire time was for Aspasia to be happy.

Reign the Earth was one of my favorite books last year and I was really excited to get my hands on Imprison the Sky. This was such a great book. It did not disappoint at all. I can't wait to see what A.C. Gaughen brings us next.

Thank you Bloomsbury for the copy for review.

About the Author:

A. C. GAUGHEN is the author of the Scarlet Trilogy (Scarlet, Lady Thief and Lion Heart) and the Elementae, which will start with REIGN THE EARTH in January 2018. She serves on the board for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.

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