Monday, June 2, 2014

Sea of Shadows

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Today’s post is on Sea of Shadows by Kelly Armstrong. It is 406 pages long and is published by Harper. It is the first in her Age of Legends series. The cover is dark with red in a vague phoenix form. The intended reader is young adult but the story is so well written that I think adults who like fantasy with a touch of horror should enjoy this novel. There is no sex, lots of violence, and some mild language in this novel. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- They hear the Spirits. They must obey.
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashlyn 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, they sisters must journey to find each other, sending them far from the only home they’ve ever know. 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.

Review- This is a fast paced novel with interesting characters and a good setting. I love the Asian setting and favoring in this novel. With castes, words, and religious actions the favoring is not subtle but good. With the plot happening in a very little time there is little time explaining the side character’s personal thoughts that leave something to be desired. One of the character’s I would like to have some head time with is Gavril. He does not believe in spirits or anything like that. I want to know why. He should but he does not and no reason is given. With the thief he would not know anything about the spirits because he is so low and young in the world. The girls are strong and I look forward to exploring what they are going to do now. With evil magic, court secrets, and everything else Ashlyn and Moria have quite the mountains to climb.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.