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Imprison the Sky

(The Elementae #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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 abilit
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by Bloomsbury
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Jul 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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Second books in a series can be pretty hit or miss. I’m happy to say that this was a gem among seconds! I enjoyed Reign the Earth, but a few elements (hehe pun intended) fell a little flat for me. The characters definitely had my heart, and at first, I was a little confused when I realized the second book is written from the POV of a different female lead.

My confusion quickly turned to love, as Aspasia is one of my new favorite characters of all time. Often times, autho
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. If I thought I loved Reign the Earth it was nothing compared to the love I ended up having for Imprison the Sky. A.C. Gaughen came back to this world and took it up a notch. The complexity to Aspasia endeared her to me from the start. She was doing something that wasn’t 100% moral to the naked eye but s
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I liked book one, Reign the Earth, but I didn't really love it, so I went into this one with a little hesitation. So imagine my happiness when I really, really liked it!

The Things I Liked:

•Aspasia and her crew are awesome. I was worried when I realized that this was from Aspasia's POV, because the characters were my favorite part of the first book. But I needn't have! Aspasia is a
Sheila Goicea
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1) Reign The Earth: ★★★★★

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley. Thank you!

DNF at 40%

Content Warning: Slavery, Oppression
”Hope is a cruel thing,” I told him honestly. Hope gave me power, but it was also to blame for every pain I’d ever felt.

After loving the first installment in this series, Reign The Earth, I was very disappointed to call this a DNF. While DNFing more for
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
This was a very different story to Reign The Earth - there was a lot more seafaring and the primary discourse here revolves around a slaver who is freeing women and children from slavery. The stories do end up intersecting but only very slightly. It has a slow moving plot and is more character driven than action-oriented, and because of that I found myself slightly bored halfway through.

Aspasia is a slave herself, but she is given a relative freedom by slave trader Cyrus just because she deliver
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The sea doesn't give any number of damns about your station or rank or wealth. She bows to no man.

2.5 stars
After Reign the Earth I was absolutely curious to know how Shalia's story continues. Imagine my surprise when I started this book and found Asp waiting for me as the new MC. This ruined the first half of the book for me which is how long it took me to get over the effing disappointment.
The writing, the plot, the characters: all great. But I hate it when a series switches MCs when their
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2019-read
I thought I loved Shalia, but then I met Aspasia, or Asp as most of her crew calls her. Asp is an incredibly powerful Air elementae and the captain of a damn pirate ship. PIRATE SHIP!!! Asp is also not a stranger to the horrors of slavery, on both sides of it. She truly makes a lot of tough decisions within this book, most for the sake of her family/crew's safety. Aspasia was quite a refreshingly gray character compared to some of the goody-two shoes I've been reading about lately lmao.

In Impri
Beatrice in Bookland
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We will go there together, and rewrite a path in the stars."

1. Reign the earth ★★★★★

It was good, but definitely not as much as Reign the earth.
I remember the first volume taking my heart and never giving it back (blame Shalia and her amazingness). I read it last summer and I still find myself thinking about it sometimes. Unfortunately, I'm sure that Imprison the sky will not stay with me for that long. I'm already forgetting some plot points.
Sep 19, 2019 added it
Today I am going to give a short, brief, to-the-point, blurb of Imprison the Sky.

This story takes place in a mythical world where some people called Elementae have special powers. Aspasia, also know as Asp, is an Elementae who can control the water and the wind. She is owned by a powerful and wealthy owner, Cyrus. Asp once lost her family into the slave dealing place and she has never seen them again. Asp sends the type of slaves Cyrus wants to her, and in turn, Asp can captain her flying ship w
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-rating
Aspasia is no hero. But she is a freed slave who decided no other child or women would ever be enslaved again. Captain of her ship and just trying to get by with a cruel master and mission of personal stakes.

The crew. The family. It’s just so damned heartwarming. Family isn’t just about blood to these people but it’s the people who take care of you for no other reason than they love you.

Kai is so damned wonderful 😍! I loved him in the first book and he only seems to get better in the second. Th
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
I wasn't sure what to expect but while Imprison the Sky was a very different book from Reign the Earth, I absolutely loved it! This is a companion novel that follows some of the side characters that we met in book 1, eventually intersecting with Shalia's story from Reign the Earth. It could be read as a standalone, but you will get more from it if you read Reign first.

Imprison follows Aspasia, the salty (and bisexual!) young captain of a ship that trades in slaves and other valuables. Herself a
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Received at BookCon and binge read the day after. 4.5 stars


Awesome magic system? Check.
Amazing characters + growth? Check
ANGSTY!? Check. :)

I ADORED it and I'm actually disappointing that I've read it because now I have to wait until 2020 for the sequel.
Minni Mouse
I kinda strongly dislike pirate seafaring books, so this one and me were doomed from the start. Reign the Earth was a five star book for me, but that's probably as far as I'll enjoy the series.

Kairos, you sweetheart.

I sighed too and put the mug down, and stood, shaking the pants out. Kairos’s eyes watched me until I picked up the pants, and then his eyes dropped immediately, and a moment later he turned around.

I laughed, pulling the pants on and tucking my shirt into them. “It’
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-2018, 2018
4.5 stars

This was brilliant. I need the next book.


Full review can be found here:

If there was one new series that blew me away in 2018 it was The Elementae series. I am usually weary of fantasy books because I can get lost in everything but it surpassed my expectations. I was hooked! That also meant I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second book in the series. But there is always a slight fear with second books because they often fall f
Cassie | Lost In Tomes
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
From the moment I first met the sky pirates in Reign The Earth I knew I needed more of them. So I was thrilled when I found out we were getting companion novel all about Aspasia and her crew!

Gaughen has a unique talent for portraying raw, emotionally complex characters. Like with Reign the Earth (RTE) the character development was my favorite part of this story.Aspasia is a real pineapple of a character; prickly on the outside but soft, tangy and sweet on the inside. She's a stark contrast to
Phoebe Dyer
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO GOOD! I loved it even more than I loved Reign the Earth. The characters in this one are so layered and well-developed and the pacing is excellent! More people need to read this series because it's AMAZING and ORIGINAL and I LOVE IT! ...more
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
"Slaves no longer, here we became the masters."
Okay, I'm just going to go out and say it, A.C. kills it at writing a deliciously diverse fantasy world. Every single one of her characters intrigues me to no end and I wanted more, more, more of what they had to offer.
I am still reeling from the first book so I was beyond terrified to pick this sequel up, which is why I I'm cutting it so close to release day with this review. I wasn't eve
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the publisher for my honest review.

This is the second book in the Elementae series and it follows a different character Aspasia, who we saw briefly in the first book. Normally a switch in POV to a new character annoys me in a series but I quite enjoyed it. I think that because the whole world of the Elementae is so complex it was good for the story to see a different perspective and the characters from Reign the Earth were cleverly intertwined in this plot.

Honestly I
Bright Star
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
“We see all the dark places in the world, and we still stand up. We still fight.”

This series continues to amaze me.
I LOVED Reign the Earth, it was one of the best books I've ever read, and I couldn't imagine the sequel could live up to it. How wrong I was. Imprison the Sky was another masterpiece. We have a new strong female character, a new story, a new challenge, and I fell in love with this book from the first page. The icing on the cake was the appearance of Shalia, Galen and all the other c
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I am really enjoying this series!
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since it had been so long since I had read Reign the Earth, I was a little worried that I would find it difficult to delve back into this world. I was a bit confused when I started reading because, until Kairos arrives a few chapters in, none of the characters from Reign the Earth make an appearance. Luckily, Imprison the Sky ultimately does a great job of introducing this new cast of characters while also reminding the reader of the events of the first book.

Although it took me a while to warm
Rosa Peláez Viñuela
I did not like this book at all and that’s really sad because I loved Reign the Earth and Imprison the Sky was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019. I guess that the fact that I had high expectations for this book did not help.

Imprison the Sky lacks of all the things I liked about Reign the Earth. In this sequela, that it is an stand alone book related to the first one on the series, we meet Aspasia, a slaver who also is the captain of her own ship and works enslaving more men. I did not
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a bit afraid of reading this book because I saw a few negative reviews and I honestly thought it wouldn’t be as interesting as the first volume. Oh boy was I wrong!
I can probably say that I enjoyed this one even more, maybe due to the fact that I LOVE STORIES SET ON SHIPS! I’m all about crews, pirates and all this stuff and “Imprison the sky” gave me exactly what I was looking for.
What I appreciated the most is that it felt like a totally different book, as I hoped it would. Aspasia is a
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
I really enjoyed this, not quite as much as Reign the Earth, but still a solid sequel. I was slightly confused at the beginning, but that might have been because I was distracted by Billie Eilish's new album. (On a side note, I am obsessed with ilomilo). This does have some LGBT+ representation, although I wish it expanded on it a bit more. ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Just found out that the series isn’t continuing. I’ll never get to read the last two books in the series, so many theories unfinished. I’m absolutely heart broken. I wish A.C Gaughen could self publish the rest of the series. Reign the Earth is one of my favourite books of all time and it’s heartbreaking to see that their story’s won’t wrap up.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, library
This book came to me through Book Expo. Solid writing, like the first story. This story introduces new character with a new narrator with different goals and challenges elsewhere in Orbis Elementa. A terrific sequel to Reign The Earth. Would recommend.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

It feels like ages since I read the first The Elementae book by A.C. Gaughen, Reign the Earth and diving into the second installment, Imprison the Sky, was a little more difficult than I thought it would be. Mostly because we center around new characters, although, Aspasia did make an appearance in the first book, I just don’t remember it all that well, so to me it f
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