Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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They hear the spirits.
They must obey.
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.
From number-one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong comes a captivating new series that blends elements of fantasy and horror with the pulse-pounding action and romance that have earned her a devoted following worldwide.
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|Audible.com Release Date||April 08, 2014|
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Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017
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Ashyn and Moria are the Seeker and the Keeper of the Forest of the Dead. It's a rare thing, having twins. So the girls are treated as special. This year Ashyn is to go into the forest and basically help the dead move on. Their village sends traitors and the like into the forest to die basically. But if after the time, the traitors or whoever are still alive, they are given a pardon for their crimes. But surviving the forest is near impossible.
It's not long before Ashyn has finished her task and returns home. Moria, was not allowed to go because she is the Keeper and it's not her job. She's a bit sullen over the matter, but doesn't hold any resentment towards her sister. But she comes back with a boy her age, Ronan. Instead of just setting him free, the village locks him up. Strange things happened to Ashyn and the people she traveled with. Many of them simply disappeared. And that night, the village is attacked by shadow stalkers.
And this is where our story really begins to take off. Moria and Ashyn are separated for the majority of the opening. Ashyn travels with Ronan and Moria travels with Gavril--a guard from the village. He and Moria are constantly arguing with one another. The two are too much alike and they butt heads constantly. While Ashyn and Ronan are pretty much the opposite. Ronan has his own story to tell, but I feel like we didn't get all of it. We got a little of his background story, but I feel like there's still more to come. In a sense, the guys of this novel are some of the most mysterious characters.
The four encounter some monsters along the way of their separate journeys and when the sisters are finally reunited, it's only to be set with an even more dangerous task. This story is far from over, in fact, the ending is really only the beginning of the rest of the series. It definitely sets us up for what's sure to be an extraordinary series!
Moria and Ashyn were definitely different from one another. Moria was more the aggressive sort whereas Ashyn is the sweet and almost timid kind. I also enjoyed Gavril and Ronan, perhaps more Ronan. He was a bit easier to understand his character. Gavril was a harder sort to read. He wasn't quite standoffish, he's just very secretive. I also enjoyed the girls' animal companions! Moria travels with a wildcat named Diago and Ashyn has a wolfhound named Tova. These two are definitely animals, but their loyalty to the girls was endearing. Plus, they are extraordinary animals too, not your average ones either!
The pacing to this one was pretty good. It's told in third person point of view, ranging chapters/sections between Moria and Ashyn. There were a few moments were I felt the pace started to lag a bit, but then there was usually an exciting scene soon to follow, so all in all, it was a pretty good read! And I look forward to seeing where the rest of this adventure takes us!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars
Sea of Shadows stars two twin girls, Moria and Ashyn who have been destined since birth to be Keeper and Seeker of their town. They each have an animal companion as well. The story alternates between their perspectives in third person. Something horrible happens that separates them near the beginning of the story, after Ashyn's trek into the Forest of the Dead, and during their journey back together, sinister and fantastical things continue to happen. Will they find their way back together and piece together what has happened to their town?
I thought this book was well written, and honestly, I've liked it better than the other books I've read by Armstrong. Her craft has definitely improved. Of the two girls, I liked Moria more, because Ashyn comes off a little too dainty and hesitant, and just plain naive. I guess I was a bit surprised at that because you'd think that Moria would have educated her a bit better! I liked their animal companions, and the two love interests were passable. The pace was a bit slow for me, but the writing and plot were solid and kept me going. I'm definitely going to pick up the next installment as I'd like to see where she's taking this.
Overall, a solid start to a fantasy with some intriguing characters and plot points.
I give Sea Of Shadows 4 stars for its thrilling read.
I would recommend this book to Fantasy Fans.
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With Kelley's Otherworld series at an end, she's introducing some new stuff. No new adult series as yet but this is her new YA/New Adult series (I don't know the difference between the two - genres aren't my strong point). Moria and Ashyn are both very different and likeable in their own ways.
Moria is strong and kick ass, she's not afraid to stand her ground and will fight anything to protect her family and her town. Ashyn is quiet and calm, the complete opposite of Moria and that's why they work so well together. They counter each other and are better for it.
I love Kelley's writing as anyone who has read my reviews before will know but sadly this one fell a bit short with me, I still liked it and will continue with the series but it was quite slow going and hard to pick up once it was put down - which is very unlike all Kelley books for me. I usually find them unputdownable. I would still recommend this to any YA Fantasy fans but if you're a Kelley fan it is quite unlike her other books so don't go into this expecting another Darkest Powers or Darkness Rising.
I found myself going to bed early just to read the story, the characters were entertaining and you found yourself wanting to join them on their adventure.
Another excellent book by this author and I can't wait for the next one.