Sea of Shadows

Author: Kelley Armstrong 
Pages: 416
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My Summary: Moria and Ashyn are twins of legend. They are the Seeker and the Keeper, and their job is to protect their section of the kingdom from threats both physical and spiritual. They take their jobs seriously, despite the fact that neither ghost or invader has threatened the safety of the kingdom.

But something felt different about this year's ceremony, and Ashyn knows something has gone seriously wrong when members of her guard begin to disappear. Back in the village, Moria begins to notice that neighbours and friends are disappearing, and the children of the village have all gone. 

As the truth is revealed, Moria and Ashyn set out separately on a journey that will lead them away from the only home they've ever known - and back to each other.

My Thoughts: This was a solid fantasy novel, with an extremely unique premise. I personally enjoyed it immensely. Kelley Armstrong's expertise is apparent in her trademark multi-dimensional characters and top-notch world-building. 

The pacing of this novel was very well done, and the story flowed beautifully. I also really liked the relationship dynamics between the twins and their companions, and the twist and turns of the plot kept me hooked. 

Final Thoughts: All in all, this was one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I recommend this novel to fans of fantasy novels, as well as any fans of Kelley Armstrong's books.

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