Description from Goodreads:
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.
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong has 406 pages and was published in 2014 by Harper Collins.
Sea of Shadows is the story of two sisters who must protect society from dark spirits. But, when the residents of their little town are slaughtered, they must figure out a way to save the children from this evil menace.
This book is creepy. To me, it had a distinct M. Night Shyamalan feel to it. It is not as fast a read as most Armstrong readers are used to. However, it is still a well-written book. The plot is well-developed and the characters are strong. Moria is a capable, determined female protagonist while Ashyn is a little less in-your-face. Ronan and Gavril are quirky yet likable male characters.
The one thing that bothered me about this book was that a couple of scenes seemed repetitive (specifically wandering around rooms).
Other than that, I found Sea of Shadows to be a good read. Without a doubt, it is a creepy book.
Recommended for fans of dark fantasy.
Rating: 4 Plot Monster Spiders
“Curiosity is what lets a young mind grow and keeps an old mind young.”
― Kelley Armstrong,
“Yes, I know you consider it a waste of time under the circumstances, but we have time to waste.”
― Kelley Armstrong,
MDW original review. Source: Library.