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Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends Trilogy) by Kelley Armstrong

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List Price: £7.69


Paperback: 432 Pages.

Published: 03 March 2015 by HarperCollins

Edition: Reprint

ISBN: 0062071254

EAN: 9780062071255

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.


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Anne

Didn't quite work for me

This is a fantasy novel featuring twins Moira and Ashlyn who have a special role in their village because of their empathy with the spirits of the dead. They have been trained from birth to perform these roles but in this first year of undertaking them on their own strange things happen followed by a massacre in their village and the disappearance of their children. The twins are separated and have to find allies as they travel through the forest to the capital city to look for help.

This is a very serious fantasy novel which is totally predictable. I am aware that it is a Young Adult novel and that I no longer fit in that category but even so the plot developments are well signposted and rather obvious. The twins seem amazingly ignorant of life and their country and local environment despite having been raised to serve them in a special way - they become very dependent on the young men they meet along the way to help them out of difficulties and explain things to them. I really didn't get the feeling of power from the women at all despite their role. I also thought that they seemed to have very little grasp of human nature or ability to discern deception when it is startlingly obvious to the reader what is going on.

This is the story of two young women coming into their power, adrift in a strange world they don't understand, having to depend on people they don't completely trust and pursuing a quest that only they really think is serious. Given what I know of the twins from this book they are going to have to get more independent and become more aware otherwise I can't see them achieving their goal. I am not sure that I am engaged enough to read the next book in the series to see what happens.

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