From Sky to Sky (No Less Days, #2)
Zac Wilson can’t die. Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him. Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are? The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help. . .from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.

From Sky to Sky (No Less Days, #2) Details

TitleFrom Sky to Sky (No Less Days, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2020
PublisherBarbour Publishing
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GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Fantasy

From Sky to Sky (No Less Days, #2) Review

  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    I feel as though I cant even begin to tell you how much I love this series, because as soon as I try to put voice to my thoughts, they all gush up at once and get jammed in my throat. Or fingers, as the case may be! My number one tip is to read NO LESS DAYS before this one. This is a series that is essential to read in order for maximum impact. Other than that, its perhaps best if I try to separate my thoughts into distinct categories.Firstly, the premisea group of previously unconnected people I feel as though I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this series, because as soon as I try to put voice to my thoughts, they all gush up at once and get jammed in my throat. Or fingers, as the case may be! My number one tip is to read NO LESS DAYS before this one. This is a series that is essential to read in order for maximum impact. Other than that, it’s perhaps best if I try to separate my thoughts into distinct categories.Firstly, the premise—a group of previously unconnected people who acquired immortality when they were injected with a special healing serum at some point during the 19th Century. It’s not so much the premise itself as what the author does with this premise that makes this series so compelling. It’s led me to consider life and death, justice and mercy, human frailty and human resilience from a completely new perspective. And I mean COMPLETELY new. I guarantee this series will have you considering questions you’ve never asked yourself before. Unfortunately I can’t say any more than that for fear of spoilers!Secondly, the characters. Okay, even just saying “the characters” has the whole gush-jammed-in-my-throat thing happening again because oh my goodness I love these characters. I love their complexity; I love their humanness; I love their idiosyncrasies; and in Zac’s case (since this is his book), I love how deeply he feels things. His personal struggle in this story was deeply affecting, and I actually had to remind myself to breathe at those times when he was gasping for breath himself, so deeply immersed was I in his character. My heart ached for this prodigal son, and yet amidst his own pain, he has such compassion for others. But it’s not even just the individual characters that I love. It’s the dynamic between this whole group—which again, I can’t elaborate on much due to spoilers. They’re joined by a unique commonality, and yet they are so very different from each other, each strained in their own ways by their immortality and their circumstances. I simply can’t get enough of them. They’re enigmatic, startling, and endearing, and I can’t wait to take the next part of their journey with them.This is a must-read series for the thinking Christian—bold, unique, and compelling.I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    For endorsement:From Sky to Sky proves yet again that Stevens does not merely write books rather experiences that engage the heart and mind. Visionary and compelling, yet always extremely readable, Stevens continues her tradition of thought provoking speculative fiction. With a philosopher's eye, she weaves deft characterization, unparalleled atmosphere and characters whose journeys I would follow to the ends of the earth in a challenging, beautifully rendered way.
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    This is a series where you definitely want to read book 1 first. Bonus:Book 1 is amazing so why wouldnt you want to read it? First off, this series will get you to think. The mystery will keep you turning the pages and the characters will make you invested. Unlike any series Ive read before. This is a series where you definitely want to read book 1 first. Bonus:Book 1 is amazing so why wouldn’t you want to read it? First off, this series will get you to think. The mystery will keep you turning the pages and the characters will make you invested. Unlike any series I’ve read before.
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  • Tamara
    January 1, 1970
    Sky to Sky is the second book in the No Less Days Series. I really enjoyed getting to know Zac who was a minor character in the first book in the series. In this book, we are introduced to some other longevities, Cady, Finn, and Rachel. Actually, Finn is in the first book, but we arent really introduced to him as much as we are in Sky to Sky. Zac is struggling with a lot in which this book goes into detail, and one of them is his relationship with God, and what happens to Colm in the previous Sky to Sky is the second book in the No Less Days Series. I really enjoyed getting to know Zac who was a minor character in the first book in the series. In this book, we are introduced to some other longevities, Cady, Finn, and Rachel. Actually, Finn is in the first book, but we aren’t really introduced to him as much as we are in Sky to Sky. Zac is struggling with a lot in which this book goes into detail, and one of them is his relationship with God, and what happens to Colm in the previous book. Zac is still living in Harbor Vale, Michigan, and still getting to know David, another longevite and Tiana, David’s girlfriend and employee at his bookstore. Some of the themes that I noticed in Sky to Sky were having a community of people who advocate for you and support was definitely something that was looked at through the lens of Zac being a longevite. It shows him having to admit he needed help with his anxiety (panic attacks), or at least admit it was a problem. It shows that we all need a community that would support one another through forgiveness and fellowship. I really got to like the character of Zac, he was shown in a favorable way and I was able to relate to him in ways I did not in the first book. If you want to really enjoy reading this book, and you will enjoy it; if you read the first book. It goes a long way to explain some of the characters and well you’ll like Sky to Sky that much more!My gratitude to Shiloh Run Press, Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for this copy of the eBook. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    From Sky to Sky is book Two in a series written by Amanda G. Stevens. I did not realize it was a part of a series at first and there were a few times where I felt like I was a few steps behind in the beginning. But a third of the way into the book, the plot takes off and it doesn't seem like I missed too much by not reading the first book. Christian Sci-Fi is a new genre for me, and I am very surprised at how much I liked this book. One of the main characters, Zac Wilson is a well known From Sky to Sky is book Two in a series written by Amanda G. Stevens. I did not realize it was a part of a series at first and there were a few times where I felt like I was a few steps behind in the beginning. But a third of the way into the book, the plot takes off and it doesn't seem like I missed too much by not reading the first book. Christian Sci-Fi is a new genre for me, and I am very surprised at how much I liked this book. One of the main characters, Zac Wilson is a well known celebrity for his adventurous stunts. He also seems like a genuine person but is baffled by his friend, David's faith in God. Zac seems conflicted between unbelief and longing for that same level of faith and commitment.That conflict continues into the plot developing between Zac, David and the two new friends they have the ability to never age just like they do. The four of them are trying to research the past to figure out why they are so different and what is killing them...is it a person or something else?I like the book so much more than I thought I would. Not only does it have a good plot, but it deals with big issues like our mortality, how we live our lives, faith, redemption, forgiveness, love and so much more. I love the character development, especially in Zac. The first person narrative is perfect for this book. Can not wait to go back and read the first one, then comes the wait for book number three!I received an advanced digital copy of From Sky to Sky and wish to thank NetGalley, author Amanda G. Stevens and publisher Barbour Publishing, Inc.! As always, my opinions are my own.
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  • Bonnie DeMoss
    January 1, 1970
    From Sky to Sky is the second in the No Less Days series by Amanda G. Stevens. It is about a group of people who seem young, but are over 100 years old. All of them were given a serum in the early 1900s that froze them at their current age. Having not read the first book, I was a little lost in the beginning. The reader will definitely benefit from reading the first book (No Less Days). Zach is struggling to deal with the loss of a friend who completely betrayed him and seems to be in danger of From Sky to Sky is the second in the No Less Days series by Amanda G. Stevens. It is about a group of people who seem young, but are over 100 years old. All of them were given a serum in the early 1900s that froze them at their current age. Having not read the first book, I was a little lost in the beginning. The reader will definitely benefit from reading the first book (No Less Days). Zach is struggling to deal with the loss of a friend who completely betrayed him and seems to be in danger of losing other friends fast. He has turned his back on God because he felt God let him down. He is also dealing with debilitating claustrophobia. New people come into his life as well, and they all try to stop a killer. This is an inspirational series and talks about being angry with God, and how God is always there to forgive. I feel it was a little slow and rambling at times. However, some of that would have been mitigated if I had read the first book, so I will still give this four stars.If you enjoy books with Christian themes and a little science fiction and immortality, you will like this book.I received a free advance review copy of this book from the Barbour Publishing via Netgalley. My opinions are voluntary.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "Silence in company didn't hold the weight and mass of silence alone."I highly recommend that you read No Less Days first before reading From Sky to Sky. The first book sets the premise and some of the characters in place so that you're not confused by how things pick up at the beginning of this story. The journey of the "elderfolk" or "longevites" continues through third person limited perspective of Zac Wilson who was introduced during the first book. David Galloway who indoctrinated the "Silence in company didn't hold the weight and mass of silence alone."I highly recommend that you read No Less Days first before reading From Sky to Sky. The first book sets the premise and some of the characters in place so that you're not confused by how things pick up at the beginning of this story. The journey of the "elderfolk" or "longevites" continues through third person limited perspective of Zac Wilson who was introduced during the first book. David Galloway who indoctrinated the readers into the plight of the "longevites" in No Less Days also plays a prominent role in this book. The plot has twists and turns that takes the reader to places unexpected, as the author beautifully melds lyrical prose, intense and raw emotions, redemption and God's unrelenting love with a hefty dose of speculative/sci-fi and wonderfully complex, layered characters.Zac is an unforgettable character. Impulsive, passionate, vivid, and full of life, he sees and acts with emotion and has an extra sense of empathy that allows him to bond with people but also becomes his Achilles' heel. Zac meets other longevites that he longs to enfold into his family but tragic circumstances, misunderstandings, and century-old fears become obstacles in their relationships. I really enjoyed getting to know Zac, just like I did getting to know David. His struggle against the injustices of the world, his struggle against God Himself and his past pain, and his PTSD are real, tangible, and extremely relatable. Though this book answered questions that were left at the end of the first book, it ended without a definitive conclusion.....so I'm thinking there is a third book in the series? If you enjoy a well-written book that is somewhat outside-the-box, you will totally love this book. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    I happened upon this book on NG, requested it, got approved, started reading it and realized I had to read the first one in order to understand this one (the publisher should have noted that).I'd call this genre contemporary speculative Christian. It's a very interesting premise, a group of people who were treated in the late 1860s /70s with a special serum that cures fatal injuries and keeps them young. They can't die a normal death. The first book is about David and his discovery of Zac and I happened upon this book on NG, requested it, got approved, started reading it and realized I had to read the first one in order to understand this one (the publisher should have noted that).I'd call this genre contemporary speculative Christian. It's a very interesting premise, a group of people who were treated in the late 1860s /70s with a special serum that cures fatal injuries and keeps them young. They can't die a normal death. The first book is about David and his discovery of Zac and the others (Moira, Simon and Colm) after so, so many years alone. The second book is about Zac, the aftermath of what happened in book one, and his return to God. Although these are definitely not the genre I like to read, I enjoyed this and the first, and I'm looking forward to more. Whose story will it be next?I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting story.
  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! I picks up right where No Less Days left off. I love how Amanda G. Stevens wasnt afraid to write about such a broken character. She had a great message about not hiding your brokenness. I really enjoyed seeing more of these characters. It seems like this one ended with the possibility of another book. I sure hope there is more!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I really enjoyed this book! I picks up right where No Less Days left off. I love how Amanda G. Stevens wasn’t afraid to write about such a broken character. She had a great message about not hiding your brokenness. I really enjoyed seeing more of these characters. It seems like this one ended with the possibility of another book. I sure hope there is more!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Terry Conrad
    January 1, 1970
    The first thing I would say is I feel it's a must to read book 1 in this series before this book. I preordered book 1 as soon as I saw the synopsis and who wrote it. A story about a small group of people who can't die or age. Well, there's one way they can die, but I won't say anything else about that. As in No Less Days, this author's writing is outstanding. She gives the characters such depth. I felt I was along side them during the story. This book is mostly Zac's story and told from his The first thing I would say is I feel it's a must to read book 1 in this series before this book. I preordered book 1 as soon as I saw the synopsis and who wrote it. A story about a small group of people who can't die or age. Well, there's one way they can die, but I won't say anything else about that. As in No Less Days, this author's writing is outstanding. She gives the characters such depth. I felt I was along side them during the story. This book is mostly Zac's story and told from his perspective. The book was excellent. Not just the story but Zac's return to the Lord. A relationship with our Savior is very important to this Author, so I appreciate her writing even more. My negative with this book is the same as book 1. Too much dialogue and not enough action. It wasn't boring just every day conversation about their lives. Some of it was important to read. This may be my problem as all other Speculative Christian Fiction I have read has had a lot of action. After I ordered and read book 1, I said I wouldn't read book 2. I couldn't help myself. I had to find out what was happening. Will I order book 3? Absolutely. I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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  • Karis
    January 1, 1970
    Its rare I finish a book thinking wow, can I re-read that right now, but twice now Amanda G. Stevens has produced that effect for me with her No Less Days series. This series is such a unique blend of speculative fiction and suspense saturated by Gods love story toward mankind throughout time set against a beautiful backdrop of Michigan beauty all woven together to create an irresistible story. I cant recommend highly enough; this series truly is special and not typical of any other in its It’s rare I finish a book thinking wow, can I re-read that right now, but twice now Amanda G. Stevens has produced that effect for me with her No Less Days series. This series is such a unique blend of speculative fiction and suspense saturated by God’s love story toward mankind throughout time set against a beautiful backdrop of Michigan beauty all woven together to create an irresistible story. I can’t recommend highly enough; this series truly is special and not typical of any other in its genre, and I doubt you’ll regret picking it up.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: From Sky to Sky (No Less Days Series #2)Author: Amanda G. StevensPages: 320Year: 2020Publisher: Shiloh Run PressMy rating: 4 out of 5 stars.Amanda G. Stevens provides yet again a tale that weaves themes of faith into a story with suspense. I really was hooked with the first book, No Less Days. The main lead in that book was named David. While it isnt necessary to read No Less Days before this book, I found it helpful to know what happened before this story started. When I opened the book, Title: From Sky to Sky (No Less Days Series #2)Author: Amanda G. StevensPages: 320Year: 2020Publisher: Shiloh Run PressMy rating: 4 out of 5 stars.Amanda G. Stevens provides yet again a tale that weaves themes of faith into a story with suspense. I really was hooked with the first book, No Less Days. The main lead in that book was named David. While it isn’t necessary to read No Less Days before this book, I found it helpful to know what happened before this story started. When I opened the book, it took me but seconds to remember the previous plot and story because this one seems to pick up where the other one left off.In From Sky to Sky, the focus is on Zac who has been given a serum that causes his body to rejuvenate. Zac has walked away from God. He wants to confront problems he sees with justice; yet, deep inside he knows he isn’t getting what he deserves. Zac has friendships with a few mortals, but his world is rocked when he realizes another longevite has committed crimes that Zac didn’t realize were occurring, but to him those actions require payment and answers.Readers will be entertained while also thinking about some of the questions the author presents via fiction. I am not usually a sci-fi or speculative fiction kind of reader, but I do enjoy Amanda’s books. I believe the reason others would enjoy them is that there are characters, situations and problems in the book people will relate to. While this is a work of fiction, the personalities and spiritual wrestling matches that happen in the plot seem as if they are drawn from real people living with real wrestling moments of the soul. Grab a copy, enjoy the tale and then share with family and friends while waiting to see what Amanda shares next!Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    No Less Days and From Sky to Sky by Amanda Stevens are both intriguing books considered to be speculative fiction. This is a different sort of series from anything I have read before and I truly enjoyed it. I liked the way the author gave each character a unique personality and I like how they all fit together. I also like that there are meeting up at a used bookstore. The books also draw in to the story aspects of social media and other tidbits of what is clearly life in today's world while No Less Days and From Sky to Sky by Amanda Stevens are both intriguing books considered to be speculative fiction. This is a different sort of series from anything I have read before and I truly enjoyed it. I liked the way the author gave each character a unique personality and I like how they all fit together. I also like that there are meeting up at a used bookstore. The books also draw in to the story aspects of social media and other tidbits of what is clearly life in today's world while bringing in the way these people have had to learn, grow and adapt through the many years of their lives. Some have done it better than others--as would be true to life. I think the author is doing a great job with this series. The books kept my interest. The characters also make me think about how I am living my life as a Christian today. How would I feel if I were living like these characters--through multiple generations and watching others die? l like the questions at the back of the book because these would be great books for a book club to discuss together. I think you could have some interesting discussions. Stevens weaves the characters' faith and lack of faith within the book so it easily seems to be part of the story. I would encourage you to give it a try if you are hesitating because it isn't your usual genre. It isn't mine either but I am liking it a lot. I was encouraged to start with the first book, No Less Days, by another reader and I would encourage you to do the same.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    Turns out this is a hard one for me to rate and review. There is a small handful of people that are longevites- they are immortal. Because of a special serum given them when younger (in the 1800's) they have the opportunity to live forever. Not all of them are happy about this. When some of these individuals start to die, the rest take it upon themselves to find out what happened. This is a story of loss, love, and finding the way back to faith. I felt like I was slogging through the first half Turns out this is a hard one for me to rate and review. There is a small handful of people that are longevites- they are immortal. Because of a special serum given them when younger (in the 1800's) they have the opportunity to live forever. Not all of them are happy about this. When some of these individuals start to die, the rest take it upon themselves to find out what happened. This is a story of loss, love, and finding the way back to faith. I felt like I was slogging through the first half of the book. I didn't connect to the characters, I had a bit of a hard time figuring out what was going on... it was rough. It probably wasn't until the very end of the book that I started to have the desire to find out what was going to happen with the characters. It wasn't too preachy, which I appreciate. At the same time, the bible and prayer references almost felt forced. But while it was clunky, it didn't bother me that they were there. The book discussion questions at the end were good, and I almost wanted to discuss this book with a group of people and get their take on it. For the actual book- I would maybe give 2 stars. For the thoughts I had about what it would be like to know I would live forever... I'll round up to 3 stars. Thank you NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for an ARC for my honest review.
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  • Jaycee Weaver
    January 1, 1970
    In this stunning follow on to No Less Days, the story continues through Zacs point of view. The complex plot unfolds piece by piece, revealing new characters and adding to the longevite family in unexpected ways. I am absolutely enthralled by this concept. Ms. Stevens masterful use of language, intricate weaving of faith elements, and vivid exploration of the impossible make this an exquisite work of speculative fiction art. Truly brilliant.I did receive a complimentary copy via NetGalley, In this stunning follow on to No Less Days, the story continues through Zac’s point of view. The complex plot unfolds piece by piece, revealing new characters and adding to the longevite family in unexpected ways. I am absolutely enthralled by this concept. Ms. Steven’s masterful use of language, intricate weaving of faith elements, and vivid exploration of the impossible make this an exquisite work of speculative fiction art. Truly brilliant.I did receive a complimentary copy via NetGalley, though all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Having not read the first book in this serious, I felt like I came in the middle of the story. It felt like something was missing for me, but I kept reading and it turned out to be a good read. There were a few twists and turns that kept the story lively and interesting. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read the others book first. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.#FromSkytoSky #NetGalley
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  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    No Less Days, the first book in the series, was one of my favourite reads of 2019. I loved how Stevens grappled with the notion of immortality and how faith in God 'works' when one is a longevite. I would suggest reading No Less Days before venturing into this one.From Sky to Sky is Zac Wilson's story. We knew it would be because Stevens tells us at the end of No Less Days. We had met Zac in that story. He was a little crazy being a daredevil, impetuous but at the same time extraordinarily No Less Days, the first book in the series, was one of my favourite reads of 2019. I loved how Stevens grappled with the notion of immortality and how faith in God 'works' when one is a longevite. I would suggest reading No Less Days before venturing into this one.From Sky to Sky is Zac Wilson's story. We knew it would be because Stevens tells us at the end of No Less Days. We had met Zac in that story. He was a little crazy being a daredevil, impetuous but at the same time extraordinarily generous and kind. I wasn't sure if I liked him or not but was excited to read his story to discover more about him.This second story starts slowly. I understand the reviews that really struggled getting into it as I did. There was very little in the way of action, the pace was slow and there was a lot of dialogue about the humdrum of life. I was fearful that this was a second story 'bomb' after a highly impactful first one in the series. But I persevered. And am so pleased I did. It's not so much that the action picked up. It did a little, but it's more that we see something in Zac that is quite extraordinary. He has this gift for feeling the emotions of others. He's off the scale as regards the empathy scale. And it was fascinating to watch especially once he re-connected with God because Zac engaged God in what he was feeling in others. It's hard to share too much about the story without giving away spoilers but the story starts with a small 'family' of longevites: Zac, David and Simon, the latter who lives in another state. And Tiana, David's girlfriend, but mortal, was included in this family. Cady and Finn arrive abruptly out of nowhere (which we see in the first story) and Zac insists he wants them to join the 'family'. And there are others. Much of the second half of the story is about the 'others.'I found by the end I was a big fan of Zac Wilson. His heart was huge. Yes, it made him do dumb things every now and then and made him a little impetuous but there is such goodness in him. He displays the heart of Jesus.I like that Stevens doesn't shy away from demonstrating faith in real terms but also is happy for her characters to discuss it and dialogue with God. We need more of that in Christian fiction so readers can see examples of what a mature relationship with God looks like.This is quality speculative fiction that keeps the reader thinking. I haven't rated it as a '5' simply because of my struggle in the first half of the story.I received an early ebook copy of From Sky to Sky from the publisher via NetGalley with no expectations of a positive review.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    The more I read from Amanda G. Stevens, the more I want to read from this author. Its been almost two years waiting on the sequel to No Less Days (and if you havent read that title yet, why not? Go get it right now so you can immediately dive into From Sky to Sky) but this story was so worth the wait.While this book is told entirely from daredevil/stuntman Zacs point of view, Steven digs down into each of the main characters. From David and Tiana (who we met in book one) to Cady and Rachel (who The more I read from Amanda G. Stevens, the more I want to read from this author. It’s been almost two years waiting on the sequel to No Less Days (and if you haven’t read that title yet, why not? Go get it right now so you can immediately dive into From Sky to Sky) but this story was so worth the wait.While this book is told entirely from daredevil/stuntman Zac’s point of view, Steven digs down into each of the main characters. From David and Tiana (who we met in book one) to Cady and Rachel (who are new to the series). From Zac’s empathy and the facades he wears to Cady’s love for her family and anger at what happened to them (no spoilers, you must read the book) to friendships, the loyalty of friends and family, and the sharing of burdens, Stevens creates memorable characters who stick with me.The faith within the pages if firm, each person at different places in their relationship with God, yet not overpowering. The title of this book fits in so many ways. The sky remains the same through the years these immortals have lived, it’s a tangible reminder of God’s love for us that stretches farther than we can see, it’s the thing that grounds Zac when he’s at his lowest points in life, and it’s something that can always be seen, no matter where you are in the world.This is one of those stories that sticks with you long after the final page is turned, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed this isn’t the last we see of this group of longevities (don’t know what that is? Read this series) because there are stories that remain to be told: Simon and what’s up with Moira?Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Barry
    January 1, 1970
    The protagonist of this story is introduced as Zac Wilson. The story is told in the third person, and told in the modern day so the characters make frequent use of smartphones, text messaging and social media. Zac is a people person and a YouTube celebrity. He has a secret shared by a close knit group of friends with the same secret.The main characters in the book are longevites or Elder folk who have a seemingly immortal existence and who heal quickly from any fatal wound but otherwise are The protagonist of this story is introduced as Zac Wilson. The story is told in the third person, and told in the modern day so the characters make frequent use of smartphones, text messaging and social media. Zac is a “people person” and a “YouTube” celebrity. He has a secret shared by a close knit group of friends with the same secret.The main characters in the book are “longevites” or “Elder folk” who have a seemingly immortal existence and who heal quickly from any fatal wound but otherwise are vulnerable to minor injuries like other humans. This community of long lived persons work together to solve the mystery of two of their members who have gone missing.The story explores ideas of guilt, grace, forgiveness and reconciliation. This is Christian speculative fiction, some of the best I’ve read. Amanda G. Stevens does an excellent job with the dialog of all the characters in the story. I haven’t yet read the prequel to this novel “No Less Days” and this book is fine as a stand alone read. I have already added the other works of this author to my reading list.I enjoy stories that allow us to think differently about time. (At the onset of my reading, I was curious as to whether the author would cause the characters to search for such a legendary figure as Prester John or Ponce de Leon’s “fountain of youth” as an explanation of the origin of timeless ones. However despite the absence of that element I liked the story as written). The characters are well-drawn. The Christian theme is subtle and not preachy. I would encourage others to read this book because of the interesting story and engaging characters.
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  • Tonya
    January 1, 1970
    From Sky to Sky is book Two in a series written by Amanda G. Stevens. I did not realize it was a part of a series at first and there were a few times where I felt like I was a few steps behind in the beginning. But a third of the way into the book, the plot takes off and it doesn't seem like I missed too much by not reading the first book. Christian Sci-Fi is a new genre for me, and I am very surprised at how much I liked this book. One of the main characters, Zac Wilson is a well known From Sky to Sky is book Two in a series written by Amanda G. Stevens. I did not realize it was a part of a series at first and there were a few times where I felt like I was a few steps behind in the beginning. But a third of the way into the book, the plot takes off and it doesn't seem like I missed too much by not reading the first book. Christian Sci-Fi is a new genre for me, and I am very surprised at how much I liked this book. One of the main characters, Zac Wilson is a well known celebrity for his adventurous stunts. He also seems like a genuine person but is baffled by his friend, David's faith in God. Zac seems conflicted between unbelief and longing for that same level of faith and commitment.That conflict continues into the plot developing between Zac, David and the two new friends they have the ability to never age just like they do. The four of them are trying to research the past to figure out why they are so different and what is killing them...is it a person or something else?I like the book so much more than I thought I would. Not only does it have a good plot, but it deals with big issues like our mortality, how we live our lives, faith, redemption, forgiveness, love and so much more. I love the character development, especially in Zac. The first person narrative is perfect for this book. Can not wait to go back and read the first one, then comes the wait for book number three!I received an advanced digital copy of From Sky to Sky and wish to thank NetGalley, author Amanda G. Stevens and publisher Barbour Publishing, Inc.! As always, my opinions are my own.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in a speculative fiction series. You will have had to read the first one to make any sense of this one. There was not enough back story to make this novel very readable without having read No Less Days. (I have read and reviewed that book as well.) I had read the first book but it was so long ago I was a bit lost at the beginning.The framework of the series is that a doctor developed a serum in the mid-nineteenth century that, when administered to someone, allowed them to This is the second book in a speculative fiction series. You will have had to read the first one to make any sense of this one. There was not enough back story to make this novel very readable without having read No Less Days. (I have read and reviewed that book as well.) I had read the first book but it was so long ago I was a bit lost at the beginning.The framework of the series is that a doctor developed a serum in the mid-nineteenth century that, when administered to someone, allowed them to heal from any mortal wound. So the main characters in this book are around 150 years old. Most are Christians but at least one is not.I really had difficulty liking Zac, the main character. For having lived a century and a half, he seemed terribly immature and too emotionally reactive. He makes stupid assumptions, wanting to act on them before he has even half the important details.Stevens' writing style was difficult for me to follow. She consistently provides incomplete sentences and choppy dialogue. I reread some sentences and never did understand was they were supposed to represent. That writing style reminds me of Ronie Kendig. And the plot in this novel is long and moves slowly. Much of the text consists of Zac's ruminations. I skipped some paragraphs, skimming until I sensed the plot moving again.The most interesting aspect of the novel is immortality. If you knew you would not die, what chances would you take? Would you mourn not growing old with a spouse? What good could you do if you knew you had a century or more to work?This is a book for readers who like speculative fiction with a clear Christian message.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Bonnie DeMoss
    January 1, 1970
    From Sky to Sky is the second in the No Less Days series by Amanda G. Stevens. It is about a group of people who seem young, but are over 100 years old. All of them were given a serum in the early 1900s that froze them at their current age. Having not read the first book, I was a little lost in the beginning. The reader will definitely benefit from reading the first book (No Less Days). Zach is struggling to deal with the loss of a friend who completely betrayed him and seems to be in danger of From Sky to Sky is the second in the No Less Days series by Amanda G. Stevens. It is about a group of people who seem young, but are over 100 years old. All of them were given a serum in the early 1900s that froze them at their current age. Having not read the first book, I was a little lost in the beginning. The reader will definitely benefit from reading the first book (No Less Days). Zach is struggling to deal with the loss of a friend who completely betrayed him and seems to be in danger of losing other friends fast. He has turned his back on God because he felt God let him down. He is also dealing with debilitating claustrophobia. New people come into his life as well, and they all try to stop a killer. This is an inspirational series and talks about being angry with God, and how God is always there to forgive. I feel it was a little slow and rambling at times. However, some of that would have been mitigated if I had read the first book, so I will still give this four stars.If you enjoy books with Christian themes and a little science fiction and immortality, you will like this book.I received a free advance review copy of this book from the Barbour Publishing via Netgalley. My opinions are voluntary.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    There is something about Amanda G. Stevens ability to capture my attention. Her stories don't usually have a lot of high octane suspense that I graviate toward, but she has the ability to capture my attention and beg me to keep flipping pages. Her stories have deep theological questions that majority of humanity wrestle with and allows the characters to deal with them in a realistic way. I really enjoyed the plot in From Sky to Sky. I couldn't wait to keep reading, so I finished the story in one There is something about Amanda G. Stevens ability to capture my attention. Her stories don't usually have a lot of high octane suspense that I graviate toward, but she has the ability to capture my attention and beg me to keep flipping pages. Her stories have deep theological questions that majority of humanity wrestle with and allows the characters to deal with them in a realistic way. I really enjoyed the plot in From Sky to Sky. I couldn't wait to keep reading, so I finished the story in one day.I honestly stayed up way to late reading this story. It begged to be devoured. I really can't wait to see what Stevens does with the next installment. Overall, From Sky to Sky is a unique, well-written, and woven story filled with remarkale characters who have heart and are looking for the meaning to their long lives. I believe fans of James Rubart should pick up this series and enjoy them. I sure do.I received a complimentary copy of From Sky to Sky by Amanda G. Stevens from Barbor Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I say this every time, but every new book Amanda Stevens writes is better than the last. Her characterizations get deeper with ever book, and Zac is quite a characterdemanding attention in the most loving of ways. All his strengths and weaknesses are complex and vivid. As much as I love David, Im never disappointed that Zac has stolen the story. David is still very present and important, though. I appreciate that Stevens digs more out of the characters we already know as she brings brand new I say this every time, but every new book Amanda Stevens writes is better than the last. Her characterizations get deeper with ever book, and Zac is quite a character—demanding attention in the most loving of ways. All his strengths and weaknesses are complex and vivid. As much as I love David, I’m never disappointed that Zac has stolen the story. David is still very present and important, though. I appreciate that Stevens digs more out of the characters we already know as she brings brand new characters to life (including the “guy with a Billy-the-Kid gun.”) I really am impressed with how much work she gets done in one book. Her Biblical themes seem to present themselves so naturally within her characters, I feel like I am being spiritually fed without being preached at. As always, redemption is a strong theme. Her story also puts on display the loving faithfulness that God has toward His children, no matter how long and far they stray. The story also shows how important it is for His children to reach out to one another—to take turns treading water to help each other stay afloat.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I had a hard time really getting into this read, at times I felt a bit lost, but what a concept living forever, longevities. Maybe starting with the second book in this case is not a good idea.I did like the concept of trying to help a child, but could not imagine outliving all of my children.What a plot, you can survive a fall that would kill anyone else, you feel pain, but in a couple of days you are your old self, tongue in cheek on the old.This book is a Christian Sci-Fi and we have immortal I had a hard time really getting into this read, at times I felt a bit lost, but what a concept living forever, longevities. Maybe starting with the second book in this case is not a good idea.I did like the concept of trying to help a child, but could not imagine outliving all of my children.What a plot, you can survive a fall that would kill anyone else, you feel pain, but in a couple of days you are your old self, tongue in cheek on the “old”.This book is a Christian Sci-Fi and we have immortal people, but what if they become mortal? For me I loved the idea here, but I was missing something!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series.I love the beauty of the language.I love the concepts expressed in that language.I love the depth of reality in the characters, in how they face their struggles.I love how (most) of the characters help each other in their struggles. (I'm looking at you, Moira.)I. Just. Love. This. Series. . .. . .And I. Want. MORE!!!!!!!!
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  • Garland Public Library
    January 1, 1970
    Really good book! The character's were well done and the fact that some of the characters were basically immortal made it interesting and a unique plot.
  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good! It hooks you on the first page and keeps you reading to see what happens next. To really get the most out of this book I recommend you read No Less Days first. It has twist and turns and makes you stop and think. If you like Christian sci-fi, you don't want to miss this book! I enjoyed every minute spent reading this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing, Inc Shiloh Run Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Carrie Tripp
    January 1, 1970
    My ThoughtsSuggested Beverage Pairing: Milky Way LatteCharacterizationThe main character in this book is Zac. The story is told from Zacs point of view. As an empath, Zac takes on the feelings of everyone around him. He forms bonds to others much more quickly than the average person. At the beginning of the book, Zac doesnt even discuss the idea of God. Not even when his family, really just friends, try to talk to him about his relationship with God.There are several other characters in this My ThoughtsSuggested Beverage Pairing: Milky Way LatteCharacterizationThe main character in this book is Zac. The story is told from Zac’s point of view. As an empath, Zac takes on the feelings of everyone around him. He forms bonds to others much more quickly than the average person. At the beginning of the book, Zac doesn’t even discuss the idea of God. Not even when his family, really just friends, try to talk to him about his relationship with God.There are several other characters in this book. Very few do we get to know in depth, although we learn many details about their human emotions and desires despite the fact that they’re not really humans.Each character has very different flaws and personalities. I struggled to form a reader/character bond with any one character in this book. I’m not an empath, so I didn’t really make a connection with the main character. The supporting characters didn’t take lead enough for me to form a deep bond with any one of them. There were some individuals in the book who never truly made an appearance, due to death or separation. It could be that one of them would have been my character.The PlotI had read 51% of this book before I could say that I understood who the characters were and what the plot of the book was. This is because From Sky to Sky is the second book in a series. When I agreed to review this book, no where did it say it was a sequel. Perhaps this shouldn’t be a big deal, but in the case of From Sky to Sky, it is not a standalone book.The characters in this book are longevites–they don’t die. Think vampires but without the coffin, garlic, crosses, or strong aversion to light. Nor can they share their immortality. They seem to envy mortals. Some of them have a strong faith and worship God continually. Others, not so much.Once I had a clue what was going on, it became a mystery story interwoven with strong faith overtones. There is no doubt this book is Christian fiction, even though it also qualifies as science fiction. So, I’ll term it Christian Science Fiction.If you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll like this book. Possibly even love it. I’m not a sci-fi fan, but was intrigued to see what Christian Science Fiction would be like. That’s why I chose this book. Curiosity. I wish I had read the first book first.This book is not romance. It is not a feel good, happily-ever-after kind of novel. It is a contemporary fiction book that delves deep into the human sin condition from many angles. It also reminds us that God is always only one call away.The parallel drawn between Zac and the prodigal son was on point. Not only will God take us back, but He’ll run to us.I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions included in this review are mine and mine alone. #FromSkytoSky #NetGalley
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