My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong was a completely captivating novel. I’m always really intrigued by unique worlds, quests, and teens with gifts/powers. This book promised all three.
Moria and Ashyn are twin sisters, the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood. They must “quiet the enraged souls of the damned,” the souls of the criminals who have been exiled to the Forest of the Dead. This year, the Seeking ritual is interrupted by sinister events and Moria and Ashyn are separated. Journeying to find each other and to discover the cause of this evil, both girls must look within themselves to survive.
“Forest of the Dead”? That’s all it took to convince me I’d be a fan. The fantastical creatures the girls encounter in this wasteland absolutely terrified me. I turned pages like a fiend.
The story alternates between Moria and Ashyn’s perspectives. Both girls have a distinct voice and personality. They have a special relationship, and their loyalty and love for one another is so raw and pure. They’re accompanied in their exploits by “a dashing condemned thief” and a “stubborn imperial guard.” Two romances rather than just one was definitely a plus for me.
This novel also has elements of mystery. The ending of the novel was unpredictable, and completely caught me by surprise. I’m definitely looking forward to book 2.
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