Review written 5th October 2015
Title: Sea of Shadows
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series status: The 1st book in the Age of Legends series
Publisher: (UK) Atom
Number of pages: 406
(Found on Goodreads)
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.
I found it hard to rate this book.
The entire concept of the book I really enjoyed, with the main characters being the Seeker and Keeper of Edgewood, and the idea behind the spirit world being important here. I loved the explanations to how their world works, and the descriptions of the different places within.
I liked the main characters – Moria and Ashyn – very much, because their personalities were so diverse but also balanced each other out equally. You could definitely tell the difference between which chapters were based around Moria or Ashyn’s thoughts and adventures, with them each having different responses to the problems they faced.
Towards the end I lost interest for a short amount of time, as it became more political and informative, however this didn’t last long at all. The entire story was action packed. I had a small issue with the names of the monsters brought in, as they seemed kind of cringey and sounded unrealistic, however the scenes involving them were great.
The ending was quick paced and left me wanting more, so I am very interested in picking up the next book in the series!
Rated 3.5//5 stars