Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)
by Kelley Armstrong
From NetGalley: 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.
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
This book isn't out for another few weeks, but there are so many books releasing in April that I need to get a head start! I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong, both of her adult and YA books, so I was excited to start her latest YA series. You know when you read a Kelley Armstrong book you're going to get something supernatural, some interesting myth, and a whole lot of creepy, and I look forward to it!
This book is a bit different from the others I've read, in that they've all been set in the modern world. This one is set in a fictional kingdom, where two sisters find themselves among the only survivors of a terrible tragedy, and must try to warn the emperor of what is coming. They must rely on their instincts to decide who to trust, how to stay safe, and what the best course of action is when faced with obstacles.
No Kelley Armstrong story would be complete without some mythical creatures popping up, and the ones in this book are pretty gross, I have to admit.
Still, I found this particular book to be a departure from her regular style, and it took me a while to get into it. In some ways, explaining the kingdom and the way things work there took away from what this author does best, which is to create strong female characters who must rely on their own strength and instincts for survival. I didn't come to truly care for one of the sisters until closer to the end of the story. I found the last third of the book redeemed the slow start, picking up on the pace and the action.
It's never a waste of time to read a book by Kelley Armstrong, and I really think that this series has some great potential. Some fans may be surprised at the different style of this book, but it's worth following through until the end.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher.