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The Skylark's Sacrifice

(The Skylark Saga #2)

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Robin Arianhod is on the run. Trapped behind enemy lines, her only choice is to lose herself in the sprawling capital of Klonn. But hiding in the shadows is a disservice to the rocket pack she escaped with, and to the man she once considered foe. Instead, she’ll enact his plan, harness the incredible power of the pack, and stop the war from the inside.

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Shelley
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult / Steampunk
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

The Skylark's Sacrifice is the second installment in author J.M. Frey's The Skylark Saga. As a summary, Captain Robin Adrianhod grew up in the shadows of a decade-long war which tore her people from their homes and left them with little money and struggling to survive. As a Saskwyan flight mechanic with uncanny luck, she found herself as the first Sealie promoted to pilot of her own aeroplane after encountering the dreaded
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Tina
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you again to Netgalley and the publisher who allowed me to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Skylark's Sacrifice. Holy cow J.M. Frey what are you doing to me. Making me read WAYYYYY past my bedtime then crushing my heart. This book was a wild rollercoaster of emotion for me. I’m pretty sure I hit the extreme end every emotion in this book. I again stayed up way too late reading Then after I finished I STILL couldn't fall asleep because I was still thinking about that e
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Alexandra
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I had high hopes for the sequel and J.M. Frey didn't disappoint! In the sequel of her new duology Frey explores character development in a war-torn world with enemies in every corner, battles and forbidden romance.

As Robin tries to gain new allies, she will discover that despite the cultural differences, people on the both sides don't wish for the war anymore. I surely didn't expect T
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Amanda
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, ya
The Skylark's Sacrifice had been languishing around the top of my to-read list since September last year. Life got in the way and I kept putting off starting it between a big move, a new job, a busy schedule, and very little time/energy when I wanted to be able to give this book my full attention and enjoy it. I really should have started it sooner because wow was it ever good. I liked the first book in the saga, The Skylark's Song, quite a lot and was excited to read the follow up. Let me tell ...more
Andrea
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Trigger warnings: violence, character death, political plotting, war and war-induced climate and ways of living, mentions of racism/segregation, past incarceration.

I had high expectations for this book after how the first one ended, but at the same time I was half-invaded with that feeling of procrastination you get when you feel that things aren’t going to go your way. But nonetheless, I persisted an
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Ani - Ani Reads
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest review.

The Skylark's Sacrifice picks up exactly where the first book left off. Robin just fled the palace of the enemy country, Klonn, taking Klonn's most important weapon with her. After being alone for a while, with nowhere to go and nothing to do, she encounters a rebel group that has the same goal as Robin: to stop the war between Saskwya and Klonn. But to do so effectively, she must put her trust in others. Will Robin be able to
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Lennie  (lennie_reads)
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, e-book
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Dianna
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the Skylark in the first book of the Skylark Saga and I had high expectations for this story and J.M. Frey did not disappoint. Frey created a vivid world that made me feel wholly part of the story. She brought her characters to life with her words and made their emotions become my own. I often found myself gasping for breaths as I eagerly awaited to find out what was going to happen next. Frey managed to fill my heart with joy and love for these amazing characters and then sh ...more
Hollyann
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy

This one was even better than the first! Now that we've spent time with Robin and the Coyote, we really get to see them shine together. Their first meeting in this book is breathtaking, and it just keeps getting better.

I always love a good ensemble cast, so the addition of Rosa and Thorne rounded it all out.

Not to mention the ending. Often I think "wouldn't it be gutsy if the author did that" and they almost never do. This time, Frey made the gutsy choice and it m
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Megan Rivera
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the sequel to this series. As Robin now finds herself embroiled in the machinations of a mysterious underground rebellion. As the action and mysterious story continues. An overall great book
Madelon
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
on to the second, it is like reading one book. In other words, everything I said in my review of THE SKYLARK'S SONG applies here as well. The books are well written and the story well told.

Creativity abounds in everything I've read by J. M. Frey including her use of 'colorful' language. The word "omens" is used in the same way you and I might say damn or drat, but my favorite is "rudding coal-bag." These, and other (clean by our standards) expletives are strung throughout the duology.

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NellieTests
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Skylark's Song, there was a small surprise with the whole storyline. A good change, giving the book a different direction to its predecessor. Overall a great book with many plot twists to keep you turning the pages, all the way to the end. Recommended.

Review by 14-year-old reader.
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Mikko Azul
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Skylark's Sacrifice is a bittersweet story that explores the conflicts of gender and race equality in a masterful way that doesn't preach. Frey outlines the issues that we face today, watching through Robin's eyes, how she navigates being a folk hero and icon while simultaneously originating from their world's oppressed people. Robin forges tumultuous relationships in her efforts to save their world from themselves and ultimately faces a heart-wrenching choice. Her sacrifice is unspeakable, maki ...more
Tamara
*I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I am having an extremely difficult time rating this book. On the one hand, I loved it . . . until it was 90% done. And then I hated it. Although there are quite a few books that I haven't liked, it is rare that I am so profoundly disappointed and angry about the way a book ends. I remember reading Ann Patchett's Bel Canto in college and literally throwing the book across the room once I finished it. Veroni
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Sifa Poulton
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It has not affected my opinions.

THE SKYLARK'S SACRIFICE is a book that was fun and quick to read, but - on reflection - was not a great story. The more I reflect and write this review, the more holes I find in the book. I did enjoy reading it (it comes under the "a good waste of time" category for me), but it's not a stellar example of consistent, logical plotting.

The main thing that frustrated me about thi
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Deborah Ross
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Skylark's Song (The Skylark Saga, Book 1), by J.M. Frey (REUTS Publications) and The Skylark's Sacrifice (The Skylark Saga, Book 2), by J.M. Frey

These two are really a single story, broken into two. After a great social and environmental collapse, two neighboring nations endure decades of war fought mostly in the air. Gliders from Saskywa take on motorized Klonnish airships, while the populations in each descend further into poverty. This is especially true for the indentured Saskywan underc
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Anna Tan
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW. If you started reading Skylark’s Song, you HAVE to read Skylark’s Sacrifice right to its heart-wrenching ending. I mean, I don’t see how you can stop.

Robin Arianhod is free. She can’t return home, but she’s doing what she can to bring the Klonn down by sabotaging their supplies and causing chaos from within their own borders. Her enigmatic captor is dead… or is he? Robin nearly gets captured, Coyote nearly dies saving her, and so she bolts to the only safe refuge she can think of—with the
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Max Hansford
Well, it started off promising. A lot of action was packed into the first hundred pages, and I thought it would be as good as the first, but then it quickly went downhill. The relationship between Robin and the Coyote was so rushed it didn't feel real. Then, it takes 70% of the book for Robin to finally, actually come up with a plan. And then, the plan was so obvious it made no sense that she hadn't thought of it earlier. Like, uh duh!! And then, everyone thought it was the most hilarious and ri ...more
Max Hansford
Well, it started off promising. A lot of action was packed into the first hundred pages, and I thought it would be as good as the first, but then it quickly went downhill. The relationship between Robin and the Coyote was so rushed it didn't feel real. Then, it takes 70% of the book for Robin to finally, actually come up with a plan. And then, the plan was so obvious it made no sense that she hadn't thought of it earlier. Like, uh duh!! And then, everyone thought it was the most hilarious and ri ...more
Christi
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an action packed sequel that answered all of the questions. And yet, part of me wishes I could go back to the first book where everything was simple.

Skylark/Robin maintains her strength and determination despite the challenges thrown at her. With the aid of her device, she continues her effort to affect the Klonn/Benne war.

The story still remains clean and still full of espionage. I do have to admit that I was disappointed by the author’s ending choices. I would have preferred a diffe
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S Tondra
The Skylark’s Sacrifice has some action spots and some slow spots. I was finding myself annoyed with Robin through most of the book. She was too stubborn and so much waffling about how she felt about the Coyote/Wolf that it was off putting. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending I really find myself on middle ground of finding this book as ok and liking it to it is going to get 3 stars.


I was provided with an electronic ARC through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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