Series: Age of Legends, #1
Published by HarperCollins on April 8, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult
Pages: 416 pages
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kristina
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.
Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.
Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
SEA OF SHADOWS is an action packed and kind of spooky departure from what I am used to with Kelley Armstrong's writing. I really enjoyed the concept of a society that must keep angry spirits at bay with the help of specially born twins. Aside from dealing with the angry spirits there are some very creepy monsters that come about during Moria and Ashyns' travels throughout the forest. SEA OF SHADOWS is haunting and the spirits and monsters hiding out in a very dark forest definitely helps set the dark tone of this book. Its starts off very slow but its worth it to stick with it past the first few chapters to get to the faster action moments and dozens of twists and turs that happen.
The twins were interesting and had their own very separate personalities that fit well with their own status as either the Seeker or Keeper. Even their spiritual animals were pretty cool with a hound for the Seeker and an wildcat for the Keeper. The jobs of the Seeker and Keeper tie into protecting the city from the angry spirits and is actually a really intriguing aspect of the story especially when we learn just what each girl can do in her capacity as the Seeker or Keeper. While I enjoyed seeing Moira and Ashyn go on their own seperate journey for a bit I did get confused about who was narrating at times. The quick switches in narration didn't help either since I would start to get involved in a scene only to be pulled away from it in a few paragraphs.
Aside from the confusion in which sister I was reading at times I really enjoyed SEA OF SHADOWS and am looking forward to what comes next in this series.Series Titles: