Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows by Kelley ArmstrongSea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Published by DoubleDay Canada on April 8th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, YA
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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.

I read Sea of Shadows around three weeks ago and it’s still hard writing the review. This book was just SO GOOD! The book revolves around Ashyn and Moria, a pair of twin sisters that have duties as The Seeker and The Keeper. The Seeker, Ashyn, is responsible for going into the Forest of the Dead and calming the spirits that roam free while The Keeper, Moria, protects her. In the book, this is a very sacred ritual and it must be done properly but when a terrible tragedy occurs, they have to travel far from home and to places they’ve never gone before to fix it. Epic, right?!

I honestly loved the world-building. It was unique and not too complex which was easy to follow along with. The writing was just done exceptionally and I could really visualize what was happening. The plot was easy to understand as well and I actually knew what was happening which I sometimes can’t do with fantasy novels. There were a lot of plot twists and stuff I didn’t see coming but I have to say that the beginning of Sea of Shadows was terribly slow. It takes a while to get really into it but it is so worth it! IN addition, there are so many fantasy elements in the story. There are old myths that are interesting to read and the creatures in the novel are just epic! I also enjoyed reading about The Seeking process and more about the twins’ life as a Seeker and Keeper. The world-building was just fascinating!

The characters in Sea of Shadows are as awesome as the world-building. I liked that Moria and Ashyn had their own personalities and weren’t just more than a pair of identical twins (which happens often).I loved that Moria was kick-ass while Ashyn was a little more naive and innocent. It was interesting to see how two people so different could care for each other so much. The secondary characters in the novel were equally great. Ronan was a little devious but I loved reading about him as well and Gavril was annoying (at first) but I quickly warmed up to him. And that brings me to the romance. While the romance is not heavily emphasized, I shipped so many characters together and GAHHH I was finding everything adorable!

Overall, I really enjoyed Sea of Shadows. The beginning of the novel was a little slow and I did have to warm up to some of the secondary characters but I really enjoyed the novel. The main characters were awesome and I just adored the fantasy elements! I highly recommend Sea of Shadows if you are looking for a great new fantasy series!

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Shelly Z is a reader, writer and blogger. She works for Adventures in YA Publishing, a 101 best site for writers selected by Writer’s Digest, and is a blogger at Read.Sleep.Repeat. She rants as much as she reads. You can find her on twitter at @shellysrambles.

6 thoughts on “Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

  1. Bec @ Ransom Reads

    Yay! I’m so glad this is good! I love all of Kelley Armstrong’s other stuff, but that’s more urban fantasy so I wasn’t sure how her writing would translate into something like that. Good to know it’s still amazing!!

    You’ve made me even more excited for Sea of Shadows now 😀
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  2. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    Ah, this one sounds so good! I’ve only read one Kelley Armstrong book before and it was so-so, so I was a bit worried about this one. I’m glad to hear that the world building was great and that the characters were enjoyable. Great review Shelley.
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  3. Kelly

    I’m a big Kelley Armstrong fan, but I haven’t read any of her YA stuff, surprisingly! This sounds like the one that will make me do it though – I love the sounds of that mythology!
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  4. Pamela D

    Yea! I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one. This book definitely sounds like an interesting read.
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  5. Faye

    This book sounds super interesting!! Thanks for the great review!

    I also love the way you have your reading challenges displayed. I’m heading over to get details on them now.
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  6. Pili

    I added this book to my TBR list as soon as I read the summary and it’s great to hear that it got 5 stars from you, Shelly! I don’t mind slow beginning as long as the final experience of the book is a good one, and it seems like it really is the case with this one!
    Great review!
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