Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows

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Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author, takes an exciting new direction with this big, breathtaking blend of fantasy, romance, horror, and pulse-pounding action, perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones.

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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 41mm | 476g
  • English
  • 0062071246
  • 9780062071248
  • 530,707

Back cover copy

They hear the spirits.
They must obey.

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.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a captivating new series that blends elements of fantasy and horror with the pulse-pounding action and romance that have earned her a devoted readership worldwide.
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Review quote

"Armstrong smoothly switches from her customary modern paranormal setting to a high-fantasy adventure. Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout." -- Kirkus Reviews

"We loved the dark fantasy and smoldering romance in this story of identical twins with very different personalities. A tale of heroes, filled with mythological creatures, valor and self-sacrifice--fans of high fantasies will happily slip into this action-packed and exciting tale." -- Justine Magazine

"A fascinating mythical world filled with danger, monsters, and betrayal at every turn. Fantasy fans will enjoy the complex world." -- School Library Journal
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Rating details

12,982 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 26% (3,425)
4 37% (4,795)
3 26% (3,314)
2 8% (1,084)
1 3% (364)

Our customer reviews

Kelley Armstrong is an author whose books I read and loved so I was definitely excited for The Sea of Shadows. But when the pre-release reviews started coming in I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive. But once I started this YA fantasy novel there was no doubt that Armstrong still has "it". The elements of suspense, mythology, action and romance make The Sea of Shadows one hell of a page turner. The novel opens in the village of Edgewood, home to Ashyn and Moira. The twin sisters play the role of the Seeker and Keeper who protect the village from the Forest of the Dead. The sisters and their animal companions are revered because of the role they play in protecting Edgewood. The story is told from the alternating POVs of Ashyn and Moira. Both the twins have a distinct voice - Moira's crass and feisty personality and Ashyn's quiet strength and sensitiveness added color to the narration. The love interests, Gavril and Ronan drew me into the stories with their enigma and it was delightful to watch them fall in love with the twins. The banter between Gavril and Moira had me smiling and brought such much needed humor to this otherwise grim story. Armstrong does not hold back with the description of all the blood and gore that comes with writing an action packed fantasy novel so The Sea of Shadows is not for the faint-hearted. And for readers who have an appetite for fantasy and mythology, there are plenty of mythological creatures, mercenaries, bandits and sorcery to keep you on your toes. I have to admit that at the beginning I found the pacing to be far too slow however, as the story progresses it picks up and pulls me reader in. The political intrigue, death, betrayal and the secrets between the characters will propel the reader through the pages. Something that I loved seeing is the relationship between the twins. Despite their very pronounced differences, the twins have each others back and their ability to understand each other was admirable. I'd definitely love to see more of this kind of sibling relationship in YA. Thankfully there was no information dumping instead the set up of the world is revealed slowly through out the book. However, I felt that the world building in The Sea of Shadows was weaker when compared to Kelley Armstrong's previous works. Given that this is the first time that Armstrong is dabbling in high fantasy, I have to say that The Sea of Shadows is a solid start. The Sea of Shadows had me hooked and there is so much potential for this trilogy so I'm definitely looking forward to the more
by Nuzaifa Hussain
Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and the Seeker of the Forest of the Dead, the place where the worst criminals are exiled. It is their job to lay the souls left wandering the forest to rest. Something evil is lurking and the girls need to leave their home to warn the emperor. Although twins, Moria and Ashym, have two very different personalities, making the story all the more interesting. The main and support characters are well done with behaviors very appropriate to the story. There are many paranormal and fantasy elements that are an integral part of the story. They were seamlessly entwined into the novel. Sea of Shadows is a fresh story that kept me on the edge of my seat. Kelley Armstrong created a unique and interesting world in the Age of Legends Series. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. The ending left me awestruck and wanting more. Complimentary copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest more
by Diane Lynch
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