I received this book for free from Edelweiss, publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Age of Legends #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss, publisher unsolicited
Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.
But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong.
With all the heart-stopping romance and action that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and set in an unforgettably rich and dangerous world, this first epic book in the Age of Legends trilogy will appeal to Kelley Armstrong's legions of fans around the world and win her many new ones.
Kelley Armstrong always writes in a way that keeps the plot moving. Being an impatient person, I always need something to grip my attention, so this one really held it. I wasn’t at all bored. Little did I know this book was about the supernatural. In this case, spirits and ghosts and even The Forest of the Dead. I pretty much devoured this from the get go, and the ending gave me enough closure to know there will be another book, but it also didn’t end on a cliffhanger. I liked how there are two cultures being represented. Even if I thought at first hand it was the Japanese.
I really liked how the two twin sisters were portrayed in the book. Different as night and day, Ashyn and Moira had unique voices and being told from their point of view was exciting. When one sister is kidnapped, and the other is trying hard to rescue her, my heart would leap out. I can’t imagine having your own twin being ripped away from you. But these two were so determined and I admired them for it.
Not only was most of the book a rescue mission, but there was also a lot of action sequences.The pacing is just right, and the characters aren’t as fully developed as I like, but maybe that will change in the next book? The world is highly detailed and I love the crazy beasts and spirits. Armstrong uses animals a lot in her books and I kind of love her sense of magic and imagination to make them something new.
Overall, it was an adventurous and sometimes creepy journey into Kelley Armstrong’s latest YA installment, Sea of Shadows will gain your attention.