Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong – Age of Legends #1 (EPUB)
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.
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.
Sea of Shadows
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.