Sea of Shadows - Kelley Armstrong
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.
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I was really excited to get my hands on this book. Anything that Kelley Armstrong writes I tend to treat as gold dust! I'm a massive fangirl for all things Armstrong, so I had no doubt that this book was going to blow me away. The only problem is, I ended the book expecting more. It was really good, don't get me wrong, but there was something about it that I couldn't love. I couldn't find Armstrong's voice in the midst of this new world and I found myself hoping for the return of her form. Sadly, it didn't come, and I think it was that loss of voice that had me rate this book lower than the usual 5* that she earns.
Another part of the problem was, I think I definitely prefer Armstrong writing for adults. Her Women of the Otherworld, Nadia Stafford and Omens novels blow me away every time. Other than a few personal problems, the book was really good. It was original and completely captivating; exactly what I was expecting from an Armstrong book! I was really excited to see how this new world developed, and I really loved the concept of Seeker and Keeper. The absolute contrasting personalities between the twins, Ashyn and Moria is brilliant to read. Their personalities are constantly supporting each other in the areas that the other lacks.
Sea of Shadows ends on a cliffhanger and I'm already searching out the release date of the next book! Exploring the fantasy genre is a new thing for Armstrong, at least as far as I'm aware. She usually deals in the paranormal genre, but I really enjoyed her latest book. It was exciting and enthralling. I just wish that this week had been a little less busy so that I had more time to read! I'm looking forward to seeing how this world develops in the next book - it's a book unlike any I've read before. This concept isn't one that I've come across and I'm really looking forward to seeing where Armstrong takes Ashyn and Moria next.