Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong Review

Title: Sea of Shadows
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Series: Age of Legends, book one
Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Despite original worldbuilding and an original premise, Sea of Shadows fell short for me--serious pacing issues really bogged this book down, much to my disappointment.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Twins Ashyn and Moira are the Seeker and Keeper of Edgewood, home of the Forest of the Dead. They have been trained since childhood: their job is to appease the angry, restless spirits that haunt the dark woods beyond their village. But on the night that the girls must do the ancient spiritual rites alone, they find their lives shattered: Their entire village has been brutally slaughtered by creatures who live in the darkness. Led on a journey to find help, the girls find that their lives may be in danger.. And even they cannot save everyone..

What I enjoyed:
-I really liked the premise of the novel, it was dark and original
-The worldbuilding of this novel really worked, too--the vast Empire and its complex workings, a world so much different from our own
-Moira and Ashyn, two twins who as different from one another as night and day, but as close as two sisters can be
-There were a lot of bloody, violent, dark spots that had me cringing, but I liked them anyway
-Gavril in particular--he was a deeply layered character and I enjoyed him
-The way the novel ended

What could've been better:
-There were definitely some serious pacing issues in this book--it seemed to have trouble keeping good pace and it almost ruined the book for me altogether
-I really feel like the first two thirds of the book were just the girls journeying, with nothing significant really happening until the last hundred pages of the novel

I really, really wanted to love Sea of Shadows, but it just didn't work for me. Next on deck: Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters!

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