Title: Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Release Date/Publisher: April 8th 2014 by HarperCollins
Finished: January 9th 2014
Pages: 416-ARC eBook-review from Edelweiss
1. Sea of Shadows
Synopsis from 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.
What I Thought
I received an advanced copy of this online for review.
I am so used to Kelley’s paranormal series’ that this one took me a little getting used to. I’m so glad she wanted to explore a different genre and try it out though. I did like this book and I’m excited to keep reading the series.
However there were only a few little things that kept the rating lower. The beginning part was a bit slow for me. I guess when I go into fantasy I want the good stuff to start early, but I understand that in a new series the main plot needs to be built. I also wish the description of the Seeker and Keeper were a bit more clear at the beginning, but ultimately after a while I understood what they were and their duties. This could be different in the final print version, but I’m not sure since it’s not out as I write this.
I loved the idea behind twins being born with the power to hear the spirits, and of course the big hound and wildcat that accompanied them. I so want a big wildcat now, like Daigo. There were also mythical monsters and shadows and all sorts of dark things as the story got going. The reason why certain things were happening confused me a bit at first and I kept wondering what was going on, but it made more sense near the end of the book.
The characters were enjoyable, I liked both Moria and Ashyn and their guy friends too. There’s just a touch of possible romance in the background, but his book really focuses on the mission at hand for the sisters more than anything which was a good balance.
I think it’s a good start to a new fantasy series, and I will definitely be reading the following installments to see what happens.