Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Release date: April 8, 2014
Published by: HarperCollins
Source: Digital ARC/Edelweiss
Author links: Site | Twitter | Facebook

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.

With all the heart-stopping romance and action that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and set in an unforgettably rich and dangerous world, this first epic book in the Age of Legends trilogy will appeal to Kelley Armstrong's legions of fans around the world and win her many new ones.


If I had to choose one word to describe this story, it would be intense. From the moment Ashyn first steps foot into the Forest of the Dead the action is non-stop, the obstacles are never-ending and the twists and turns keep coming. Whether they are escaping their captors, battling creatures of legend or simply searching to find one another, there is never a dull moment for sisters Ashyn and Moria.

The story is told from both sister's point of view, alternating between the two at various times. I enjoyed getting to know them individually and seeing the differences in their personalities. I thought Moria was a bit more interesting because she was spirited, brave, and confrontational at times. But both protagonists were enjoyable.

While this story is in the young adult category, it's still very dark with plenty of deaths and violence. I can't even begin to count the number of times that a life was lost or blood was shed. It's a part of what made this story so intense. You never knew who was going to make it out alive. And there were so many different ways that it could happen...the talons or razor sharp teeth of a Shadow Stalker, the claws of a giant bird, the deadly venom of an oversized worm or simply a knife in the back. Danger lurked around every corner.

The only reason I'm not giving this story a 5 star rating is because there were some scenes that felt like fillers and didn't seem to add to the direction or advancement of the story. It was a bit lengthy at 400+ pages when it didn't need to be.

The world Armstrong has created is magical, deadly, and wildly imaginative with vividly described characters and landscapes. It's yet another of her series that I'm adding to the must-follow list.


Jessica Haluska said...

Man . . . you're one of the only people that have liked this, but we like a lot of the same YA fantasy-type books, so now I'm forced to reconsider the automatic NOPE I had assigned to it. I'll still probably wait until the series is finished before starting, but it's back on the watchlist now. Great review, Cat!

Jessica @ Rabid Reads

Addicted2Heroines said...

Thanks, Jessica! I'm typically outside the norm when it comes to my taste in young adult books, so I wasn't surprised to see the 2 star reviews for this. I'm usually the one giving 2 stars or DNF to YA books that everyone else is raving about. I like my stories dark and this has a lot of dark elements.

LilyElement said...

I got excited about this one then forgot it came out *headdesk* thanks for the reminder! :)

Addicted2Heroines said...

Ha! I do that occasionally too ;-)

Bookworm Brandee said...

I'm glad to see you liked this. I am a huge Armstrong fan so I was excited about this one - and then the reviews have been 'meh'. I'm definitely going to pick it up though. Thanks for the great review!

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