The Abyss Surrounds Us & The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

About The Abyss Surrounds Us

 Book Cover of The Abyss Surrounds UsCas has fought pirates her entire life. But can she survive living among them?

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

About The Edge of the Abyss

Book Cover of The Edge of the AbyssThree weeks have passed since Cassandra Leung pledged her allegiance to 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 even bigger problems when she discovers Boa is not the only a monster swimming free.

Other Reckoners illegally sold to pirates have escaped their captors and are taking the NeoPacific by storm, attacking ships at random and ruining the ocean ecosystem. As a Reckoner trainer, Cas might be the only one who can stop them. But how can she take up arms against the creatures she used to care for and protect?

Will Cas embrace the murky morals that life as a pirate brings or perish in the dark waters of the NeoPacific? The exciting sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us


I’ve forgotten who tweeted out this series at the time. It was obviously a positive enough comment that I bought a copy of The Abyss Surrounds Us for my Kindle straight away! Then, I was enjoying it so much, even before I’d finished I was requesting a review copy of The Edge of the Abyss.

I was completely drawn into the world of The Abyss Surrounds Us and it’s sequel The Edge of the Abyss. No small part of this is our main character Cas and her love interest Swift. With whom there are some fantastic interactions.

I like the fact that while Cas starts off a fine upstanding citizen. As the story develops, her morals do become a bit ambiguous, without tipping over to the other side. She has to ask tough questions of herself, and act accordingly if she stands a chance of saving the day.

In fact, all the characters are multi-faceted and more than their initial ‘roles’ might suggest.

Bit by bit, Cas becomes a full part of Santa Elana’s crew, making real friends with the crew. I loved the world of the Neo-Pacific and relationship between Reckoners and the sea monsters they bond with. Go, Bao!

The action is also fantastic. There are full blown sea battles aplenty to drive the reader through the story. Leaving them breathless, with little chance to take a breather!


A really fun, duology, Packed with great characters, pirates and sea monsters!

My copy of The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie was provided by the publisher for review purposes.