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The Edge of the Abyss

(The Abyss Surrounds Us #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,370 ratings  ·  379 reviews
Three weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to the ruthless pirate-queen Santa Elena and set free Bao, the sea monster Reckoner she’d been forced to train. The days as a pirate trainee are long and grueling, but it’s not the physical pain that Cas dreads most. It’s being forced to work with Swift, the pirate girl who broke her heart.

But Cas has ev
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Published April 18th 2017 by Flux
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Sep 03, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my second book. THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US was a book about getting right with the world. THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS, in contrast, is a book about getting right with yourself. It's got more monsters, more pirates, more salty pirate language, and way more "equal footing" than the first book. I had a great time writing it, and I hope you have a great time reading it.

P.S. If you want to get a jump start on the first three chapters of the book, click HERE.
prag ♻
fuckING HELL who am i what has the book done

i swear if i don't find myself a swift kent in the next three years i'm becoming a pirate it was obviously a good decision for cas

Somewhere along the way, Swift slips her hand in mine. Somewhere farther along the way, I stop minding that it’s there.

Why You Should Read This Book:
lesbian pirates
● swift jumps into the sea forgetting her mission forgetting the maneating beast inside because cas almost died
● even though they were fighting
● even th
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to emma by: Elle (ellexamines)
4.5 stars.

I didn’t think a series about badass lesbian pirates and terrifyingly deadly sea monsters could possibly get any better, but somehow Emily Skrutskie took all of my expectations after The Abyss Surrounds Us and smashed them into pieces with the force of a giant terrapoid.


The Edge of the Abyss had all of the moral ambiguity, pirate intrigue, character development, action, and wlw feels that I needed AND THEN SOME. It picks up three weeks after the end of the first book, as Cas is adjusti
Elle (ellexamines)
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any fans of book one
“Eighteen, jackass. You can't spell my name, you don't know how old I am—”
“You absolutely can't talk when you didn't even know my last name until a week ago.”

Five stars for my favorite pair of girlfriends. If you want to see some actual thoughts on this series, I’d try my review of book one. This review is going to be a bit of a fangirling mess.


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I LOVE CAS. She’s a clever, witty, morally ambiguous main character. Cas’ partial villain arc is so important to me. I love
✨    jay   ✨
Somewhere along the way, Swift slips her hand in mine. Somewhere farther along the way, I stop minding that it’s there.

I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH while I didn't love this book as much as book one I still really enjoyed it. This series has sea monsters, pirates, moral ambiguity, action and one of the cutest f/f couples ever which makes it honestly one of my favourite YA duologies ever.

For me this book wasn't as good as book one for a few reasons. I felt at times it strayed a little from the
DNF @47%

The first book was much better than this. What the fuck even was this? I'm so mad because I really liked the first book and then I get this boring shit. The plot is so dull and lame, honestly it isn't holding my interest and I really don't care what's happening anymore. I found myself skimming through this and just wanting to get this over with, but lols I dnf instead.

Swift and Cas are still my OTP and Santa Elena can marry me.
The only disappointing thing about this book is that it's the last one. Not just because I would've liked to read much more, but because the ending proposed the beginning of a whole new story so perfectly that I'm sad we won't be able to read about it. Emily Skrutskie is already working on another badass-looking book, though, so I guess I'll survive.

You could say I had very high expectations for this book, and the biggest ones were in regards to the romance. TASU was all about Cas and Swift wait
You have to understand that when I think of a really good YA Fantasy duology, this is immediately the one that comes to my mind.

In a few words, this story can be described as two lesbian pirates taking over the world with their sea monster. At least that’s how I describe this duology every single time someone asks me what it’s about.

This story was definitely action-packed, even more than The Abyss Surrounds Us, it was action after action, and I never found myself thinking ‘Okay that’s nice, but
Lex Kent
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: f-f, futuristic, ya-or-na
I did think this was slightly better than book 1. I didn't get almost angry at this book, like I did the first. Unfortunately, I still I didn't feel the magic I was hoping for, but overall it was an okay read.

I felt like this book was almost too short. There were a few major things that never got resolved. And besides some monster battles, not much happened. Again, this book had pirates, but I still had trouble telling most of them apart. I really wish the secondary characters had been more defi
better than the first book, that's for sure, but idk i didn't feel it enough i guess

but it was good and gay so here are my four stars


this is my unofficial start of #sapphicathon bc im not sure I'll be able to actually participate but i want to be here in spirit

also this is a br w a paws wielding torturer
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

YESsssssssssssssssss SO GOOD
Chelsies Reading Escape
I really wanted to love this book. Even after my issues with the first book I had high hopes the sequel would make up for those issues. I was happy that her brother called her out on the Stockholm syndrom but sadly nothing really came of it. Just like the first book the plot was interesting but I wanted more world building. A lot of the characters were still annoying but at least I got to see more of the trainees developpement. I love pirates and sea monsters but I didnt like how the main charac ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm adding this duology to my list of blessings. What an epic adventure 🌈 ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
Solid sequel and conclusion to the duology about our favorite queer pirate ladies and sea monsters!

I honestly don't understand why I waited so long to read The Edge of the Abyss. Clearly I've made some poor life choices. The book is fast-paced action-packed exciting story with good plot line and wonderful character developments.

Cas Leung is amazing protagonist. I liked her in the previous book but here she truly shines. Same can be said about Swift.
I love my beautiful sapphic pirates. Their roma
Taylor Knight
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
As much as I enjoyed this book, I didn't know until I was 40% into it that it was a sequel. Totally my fault but I'm surprised how much I liked this book considering I haven't read the first book.

I loved the concept of this book so much. The concept of this book is without a doubt one of the best I've ever read. I love pirates so this book was right up my alley and I loved the fantastical creatures in this book as well. This reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean, which is one of my favorite f
First novel-length book for #sapphicathon and also buddy read with Santa Rin aka pirate fencer who has no time to read but BRs with me anyway

SKDDJDKD what a satisfying ending ❤❤❤

Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't even, I am shook
Full review to come closer to release date :)
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
The end of the previous book left Cas Leung in a dark place. After signing on with the pirate queen Santa Elena, a revelation of Swift's actions before Cas came on board has left their relationship in tatters. As the newest pirate leadership trainee on board Cas is very busy though, so her opportunities for relationship drama are low. Things change though when it becomes apparent that Bao is not the only pirate-born Reckoner free in the Neopacific. The free monsters, dubbed Hellbeasts by the pir ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I really really wanted to love this. Maybe expectations were too high.

There are so many great things about this duology : pirates & sea creatures & sea creature trainers & a brilliant cast of characters. We have women of colour in charge of pirate ships and no one ever questions it. Just like no one ever questions the lesbian relationship. That's what I call positive representation.

I loved Cas and Swift in the 1st book but in this one I almost wanted to punch them. They went from hating each the

Now, before you boycott this series I want you to understand this is a "it's me at fault, not the book" situation. Why? Well, I don't tend to like duologies. Examples include the Wolf by Wolf sequel and the sequel to Six of Crows. I love series but duologies don't hold enough drama for me to want to continue.

In fact, I skimmed a lot of this book. I'm sorry. I know. It's terrible. This book, however, is not terrible. It's got a great story line that jerks at your heart and makes you weep. I am
Ahhhhhhhhh, I love this series!!! These characters own my heart! Can I just flail?! I LOVE CAS AND SWIFT WITH ALL MY HEART!!!


- The plot was fast paced and action packed! And just interesting and good! And exciting! And kept me on the edge of my seat! And why am I writing reviews while half asleep?!

- The sea monsters were COOL! And speaking of sea monsters, BAO!! I LOVE BAO! Bao is a baby sea monster and he's huge and monstrous, and basically the cutes thing EVER. I love Bao. He i
3/4 stars. i don't think this book was as good as the first. honestly, i think the first would have been stronger as a standalone

cass as a main character got on my nerves more in this one. i was expecting SOME development in the way of her realizing the pirates' way of life is a necessity caused by economic inequality so extreme it necessitates a whole city to be built literally on a floating raft, but she just stayed feeling superior despite the evidence literally all around her

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CAS.....SWIFT..........I'M DEAD ...more
Shan( Shans_Shelves) &#x1f49c;
I loved this book. It was a great sequel and a good conclusion.
I will forever love Swift & Cas.
And Bao!!!
Full review soon.
Dakota★Magic in Every Book
This duology is unreasonably wonderful. I
wish there was more or that the books had been longer and more fleshed out. I want more about pretty much every character. An excellent story and a romance that stabbed me in the feels. Highly recommended.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Perfect *-*
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Representation: f/f romance, Asian American MC

my twitter thread and my blog post

I’ll start off by saying that the ending of the first book seemed like a perfect, open conclusion so I was sceptical about this sequel. However, I ended up liking this more than the first book.

The main selling point for this novel was the romance. Skrutskie is excellent at establishing angst in the relationship and keeping the audience on their toes for the remainder of the book to see if they’ll end up toget
If I’m honest with myself, I think The Edge of the Abyss is my second-most-anticipated release of 2017, following only Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer. The Abyss Surrounds Us was an absolute delight, refreshing in its originality, complexity, and casual diversity - at once a rollicking science fiction story, an exploration of moral questions, and a confident assertion that the future holds a place for all people. It also ended on a frankly vicious cliffhanger, and I’ve been longing for its seque ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, faves
WOW everything about this book?? listen i'm not one for angst and shit but this was handled just SO well and its such a natural continuation from tasu that manages to raise the stakes and get me somehow even more invested in the characters than i already was?? which was a LOT let me tell u. nothing is ever easy, or straightforward, or black and white. all i can really say is that i teared up when i got to "the end" and put the book down... i will really truly miss cas and swift and the minnow an ...more
blaire prince
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She holds a B.A. in Performing and Media Arts from Cornell University, where she studied an outrageous and demanding combination of film, computer science, and game design.

She is the author of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US and its sequel, THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS, as wel

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