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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-67198-9
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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


The Good Stuff
  • Once again Kelley delivers a fast paced (midway through), exciting story filled with unique characters and fabulous world building. The women is a born storyteller
  • Honestly people just might pick it up for the positively stunning cover - will be proud to have this one in my collection
  • Kelley has created an exceptionally unique world, that while fantastical, still has a feel of something real
  • Well developed characters
  • Snappy and snarky dialogue that made me laugh
  • Enjoyed the relationship between the sisters - very realistic (well they are nicer to each other than my two kids) and they have such a wonderful bond - even when they are snapping at each other
  • Excellent cliff-hanger - now um - when does the next book come out (damn this book isn't even for sale yet)
  • I'm intrigued by the emperor's bastard son, me thinks he will become more involved as the story develops
  • Totally creepy - reminded me at times of the white walkers from the Game of Thrones mixed with a little Japanese mythology - fascinating
  • Strong kick ass female characters and the male love interests are different (a little angsty like in most YA fiction, but not overly so) and you can see the attraction the girls have for them
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I struggled a little bit near the beginning of the story and was a tad confused but I kept going because I knew Kelley wouldn't disappoint
  • Remember I am a 43 yr old women who never had two boys like her so take the next comment with that in mind. I have a bad feeling there may be a love triangle involved (Not yet, jest have a nagging suspicion) And Kelley if you don't do that I will love you forever ; )
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Curiosity is what lets a young mind grow and keeps an old mind young."

"It was an old joke that emperors bred like rabbits because, like the rodents, so few of their offspring survived. It would not be nearly as amusing an analogy if you were one of those young rabbits."

"People made up those stories because it's what they wanted from their world. A place where goodness, kindness, and honor were rewarded."

4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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