Title: Sea of Shadows
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends
Publication Date: April 08th, 2014
Synopsis: Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.
But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong.
Review: I enjoyed this book a lot. I had trouble putting it down even when I could barely keep my eyes open. Armstrong has built an interesting world and overall we have great world building. I think the only thing I really found lacking and wanted more information about was the Seeker and Keeper, and what all their roles entitle and what is expected of them. They are the main characters of the story and I do not really feel that their roles were clearly explained, other than what we saw.
There is a good deal of action in this book but it definitely has the feel that a lot of what happened was more in setup for the next books than necessary for this one. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it did make it feel like there was a slight flow problem.
I enjoyed Ashyn and Moira more when they were apart than when they were together. When they were together they bothered me, a lot. Ashyn seemed to become shyer, more self-conscious when Moira was around and when her twin was not around she seemed to grow more into her own and seemed like a much stronger person. Moria is super overprotective of Ashyn and it bordered on smothering. She is the better fighter but it would have been smarter of her to get her sister involved in training and learning to fight because she cannot always be there to protect her and Ashyn needs to know how to protect herself. Moria acted like she was Ashyn’s bodyguard, is that something that was part of the Keeper’s job? This is where more information on the Seeker and Keeper could have done something to lessen my annoyance over the overprotectiveness. I think both of the girls have their strengths and weaknesses and they should learn that they balance each other out, they would be a lot more formidable that way.
Overall, I think this was a solid start to what looks to be a great series. I cannot wait for the next book to come out, I am dying to read it.
Recommendation: Buy it