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Reckoners & Hellbeasts: A Guide

Reckoners & Hellbeasts: A Guide

The Edge of the Abyss is one of our most anticipated releases of 2017. (If you haven’t checked out our review, you can read that now!) Between the action-packed storyline, the swoony romance, and the excellent worldbuilding, it’s hard to pick what’s the best part of the book.

Wait. No. It’s not. The best part would be the giant sea monsters.

Author Emily Skrutskie has shared with us some extra details on the giant sea monsters of The Edge of the Abyss. And we can’t be more excited about it.

Following is a list of some of the Reckoners and Hellbeasts that appear in The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of The Abyss. The ratings ascribed to them are carefully researched and highly scientific.


  • Bao:
    • Type: Terrapoid
    • Age: <1 year
    • Companion ship: The Minnow
    • Rating: 7/10. Little shit, but a loveable lug. Has only eaten one person, who kind of had it coming. Needs further training to round out his potential
  • Durga:
    • Type: Terrapoid
    • Age: 12 years
    • Companion ship: The Nereid
    • Rating: 10/10. Perfect and pure. Excellent ship sinker, stalwart companion, will fight to the death to protect the boat she loves.
  • Uli:
    • Type: Serpentoid
    • Age: 7 years (and not a year older)
    • Companion ship: The Briar Rose
    • Rating: 3/10. Alas, poor Uli, we hardly knew ye. Points for having a sick-ass skull that makes for a sick-ass figurehead.
  • Ophelia:
    • Type: Ichthyoid
    • Age: 1 year
    • Companion ship: The Jewel of Blue
    • Rating: 6/10. A very strong, sort of shrimpy baby shark monster who is Trying Her Best.


  • NeoAntarctic Cetoid:
    • Type: Cetoid
    • Age: ??????
    • Companion ship: ??????
    • Rating: 7/10. Relentless whale monster of my heart. Metal as FUCK.
  • Christmas Day Cephalopoid:
    • Type: Cephalopoid
    • Age: ??????
    • Companion ship: ??????
    • Rating: 11/10. A pure, innocent creature. A being of light that deserves better than this dark and brutal world.
  • The Simioid:
    • Type: Simioid
    • Age: ??????
    • Companion ship: ??????
    • Rating: -1000000000/10. NO. FUCK SEA MONKEYS.

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie will be available at your local independent bookstore on April 18, 2017. You can also preorder a copy on Indiebound.

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Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She holds a BA in Performing and Media Arts from Cornell University, where she studied an outrageous and demanding combination of film, computer science, and game design. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. She can be found online at @skrutskie on Twitter, or on her website,
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