Live Author Event - NYT Bestselling Author Marc J. Gregson ("Sky's End")

  • Posted on: 7 February 2024
  • By: TanyaMills

Headshot of author Marc J. Gregson          Cover of Marc Gregson's YA fantasy "Sky's End"



Plummet into a kill-or-be-killed competition where a scrappy underdog hell-bent on revenge must claw his way to the top in this thrilling YA fantasy debut


Exiled to live as a Low, sixteen-year-old Conrad refuses to become heir to his murderous uncle. But Meritocracy is a harsh and unforgiving rule on the floating island of Holmstead, and when his ailing mother is killed by monstrous gorgantauns, Conrad cuts a deal to save the only family he has left. To rescue his sister from his uncle's clutches, Conrad must enter the Selection of the Twelve Trades.


Hunter, the deadliest of all the Trades, gains a fresh recruit with Conrad. Now he must endure vigorous training, manipulative peers, and the Gauntlet—a brutal final test that yields riches and status to whichever skyship crew kills the most gorgantauns. Forced to serve in the lowest of stations and unseen by all, Conrad overhears whispers of rebellion in the dark. Conrad had never known anything existed below the toxic black clouds of the Skylands . . . until now.


Grab your copy of Book One of the Above the Black trilogy today! This fast-paced series is reminiscent of Attack on Titan and will appeal to fans of Pierce Brown. It's a great pick for those who love action-adventure.



Review Quotes:
★ "Action-packed, mysterious and satisfying, Sky's End is a great read for anyone who loves fantasy and dystopian fiction."-- BookPage, Starred Review

★ "This debut YA fantasy has an intricate class-based dystopia, teeth-clenching and gory battle scenes, complex and well-developed characters with constantly evolving relationships, found family, loyalty, and a hint of romance. First in an upcoming trilogy, this book is highly recommended to readers who love fantasy and dystopia." --Booklist, Starred Review

★ "A thrilling and brilliantly realized series opener; readers will clamor for the next installment." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Mutinous machinations and improbable alliances distinguish this rousing trilogy opener, and snarky banter and sophisticated character arcs lend dimension to the intersectionally diverse cast." --Publishers Weekly



Marc J Gregson is a New York Times bestselling author. He attended the University of Utah where he graduated cum laude and received his Bachelor of Arts in English teaching. Marc’s pursuit of learning has led him into the classroom, where he teaches middle school English. He believes in the power of words and that stories can unite people from all origins. Sky’s End is his first novel for teens. 


He is hard at work on Among Serpents, the sequel to Sky's End. Among Serpents will arrive in Spring 2025. The final book in the trilogy, Downfall will arrive in Spring 2026.




Event address: 
94 West Tabernacle Street
St. George, UT 84770-4087
Sky's End (Above the Black) By Marc J. Gregson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682635766
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Peachtree Teen - January 2nd, 2024