Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends Series #1)

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends Series #1)

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by Kelley Armstrong
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/28/2014
This promising first book in Armstrong's Age of Legends fantasy series introduces a sinister empire populated by spirits, anthropomorphic animals, and preternaturally talented humans. Chosen in a brutal ritual as infants and assigned to control the spirits that haunt the land, twin sisters Ashyn and Moria are the Seeker and Keeper of Edgewood. Their village borders the Forest of the Dead, where the Empire sends its criminals to die; venturing into the woods to purify the dead, the girls are separated by a nefarious paranormal force. When Moria and her wildcat, Daigo, find the inhabitants of Edgewood slaughtered, their children missing, and mercenaries on the march, she and Gavril Kitsune, an aristocratic warrior of a disgraced family, trek across the Wastes to find Ashyn and warn the Empire. While the narrative is at times overstuffed, resulting in sluggish pacing in the first half of the book, the antagonistic romance between the girls and their unlikely companions is sweetly tantalizing. A startling betrayal provides momentum for a sequel. Ages 13–up. Agent: Helen Heller Agency, Inc. (Apr.)
Justine Magazine
“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.”
School Library Journal
06/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Twins are exceedingly rare and often destined for brutal death in the Empire. Luckily, 17-year-old Moria and Ashyn have sacred powers and are revered instead. Fierce, knife-wielding Moria, along with the help of her spirit beast (a large catlike creature named Daigo), is the "Keeper"—guardian of the village of Edgewood. Quiet and peaceful Ashyn, with her mystical canine Tova, assists the spirits of the dead in her role as "Seeker." The girls are still in training when Edgewood is invaded by an army of the undead. They get separated, leaving Moria paired with Gavril (a surly but attractive young guard) and Ashyn with Ronan (a prisoner sentenced to exile in the bordering Forest of the Dead). The vicious zombielike shadow stalkers kill nearly every adult in the village, turning them into undead creatures like themselves—including the sisters' father. As Ashyn and Moira continue their separate but long and dangerous treks through "the Wastes" to the nearest village of Fairview, their journeys are wrought with terrifying and legendary beasts; their loyalties are constantly tested. The first book in a series, Armstrong's tale offers a fascinating mythical world filled with danger, monsters, and betrayal at every turn. The bulk of the narrative includes quests and emerging relationships—the most exciting of which is that between Moria and Gavril. But the more subtly developed relationships—such as the bond between the sisters and the relationship they share with their respective spirit animals—are just as intriguing. Fantasy fans will enjoy the complex world but the ending may feel too abrupt considering the time spent reading this long tale.—Tara Kehoe, New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Ashyn and Moria, 16, may defy tradition at every turn, beginning with their shared birth and continuing with their unauthorized weapons training, but they intend to fulfill their roles as Seeker and Keeper for the small town of Edgewood. With execution outlawed in the empire, guards regularly maroon exiles in the Forest of the Dead; the Seeker retrieves their corpses and lays their angry spirits to rest while the Keeper protects the village during the Seeking. But when Ashyn enters the forest and finds a few survivors, she also discovers monstrous creatures straight out of Moria's favorite legends. After a long—and vividly described—massacre, Ashyn and Moria flee Edgewood, trek across treacherous wastes and seek an audience with the emperor, accompanied by con man Ronan, scorned warrior Gavril Kitsune, and the girls' bonded animal companions, Daigo, a wildcat, and Tova, a Hound of the Immortals. Armstrong (The Rising, 2013, etc.) smoothly switches from her customary modern paranormal setting to a high-fantasy adventure, but she still favors relationship drama and reversals of fortune. Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062071262
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Age of Legends Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
12,224
File size:
945 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Sea of Shadows 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall Sea Of Shadows was a breathtaking journey of magic, mystery, suspense, creepiness and danger. I loved every single aspect of this book! When I was reading it it took my breath away!! The separate journeys the girls make were dangerous and deadly and the way the author described things was so creepy. She has a way with words that make you apart of the book. Its an action packed, edge of your seat book and Kelley Armstrong has created a dark and dangerous world but one I cant wait to jump back into. This is a must read and all I can say is bring on book 2!!!  I loved both Gavril and Ranon. Gavril is surly and strong but you know deep down he has feelings for Moira. Ranon is more open with his feelings for Ashyn and I loved seeing both friendships progress. Moira is more practical in her approach to romance, she sees it more logically. To her a kiss is just a kiss and it doesn't have to lead to anything, whereas Ashyn is a romantic at heart. I truly liked the idea. It’s very high fantasy with twin sisters who are completely different, but share the task of protecting their villiage, because they are the seeker and the keeper. I didn’t finish the book, but from the halfway point, I’m still not clear what those titles mean. I understand that they ward of spirits and do rituals to protect the land while connecting to their spiritual pets. Great story.     
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong 4 of 5 stars 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 review.  
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Twins are rare and when they are born they usually become Keeper and Seeker. The Keepers job is to keep the spirits from entering the village and the Seekers job is to go into the Forest Of The Dead and put the spirits to rest. Moira is the Keeper and Ashyn is the Seeker. Every year the Seeker has to go into the Forest to quiet the spirits and this year is Ashyns first year doing it by herself. At the start everything goes as planned but when her companions start disappearing things start to go wrong. In the forest Ashyn meets Ranon, a criminal sent to die there. He may be her only hope of getting out alive. OK, this was just amazing!!! From the very first page this book had me hooked. Moira was a kick ass character. She was strong, stubborn, an amazing fighter and could throw a knife a hairs breath away from you. She was fierce and loyal but also kind and always looked out for her sister. Ahsyn on the other hand is quite and meek. In other words the total opposite of Moira. I loved how different both were, even though they are twins, but yet they make a complete whole. They each make the best of each other and are fiercely loyal to each other. I loved both Gavril and Ranon. Gavril is surly and strong but you know deep down he has feelings for Moira. Ranon is more open with his feelings for Ashyn and I loved seeing both friendships progress. Moira is more practical in her approach to romance, she sees it more logically. To her a kiss is just a kiss and it doesn't have to lead to anything, whereas Ashyn is a romantic at heart. The whole lore of Sea Of Shadows was unique and fascinating. The Seeker and Keepers have animals bonded to them that help them on their journeys. There is 3 pairs of these twins in the kingdom and its Ashyn and Moiras job to be at the Forest Of The Dead. This is where criminals are sent and left to die. These spirits often become vengeful which is why a Keeper and Seeker need to be there. If a spirit becomes vengeful they can become Shadow Stalkers. These spirits can then reanimate the dead and they become like zombies. We also have giant worm like things, giant Thunder Birds, warlocks and mercenaries. I absolutely loved the mythology. Overall Sea Of Shadows was a breathtaking journey of magic, mystery, suspense, creepiness and danger. I loved every single aspect of this book! When I was reading it it took my breath away!! The separate journeys the girls make were dangerous and deadly and the way the author described things was so creepy. She has a way with words that make you apart of the book. Its an action packed, edge of your seat book and Kelley Armstrong has created a dark and dangerous world but one I cant wait to jump back into. This is a must read and all I can say is bring on book 2!!!
toreadisdivine More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the idea of a Seeker and a Keeper and the topic of spirits in the woods and all of that fantasy stuff. I love fantasy. This is not a secret. It’s pretty darn easy to hook me onto a book with simply the mention of spirits and hunters and dragons and other fantasy type stuff. And the cover is beautiful. Did I mention that I’m a sucker for good covers? The story in SEA OF SHADOWS is intriguing and very easy to get hooked on. I love the dark beginning – the prologue is so good. It leaves you super curious for the rest of the book, and the introduction to the Keeper and Seeker from someone else’s point of view is a great hook. I love the monsters and the dangers and the gritty adventure that the main cast has to wade through, as well as the sort of unknown threat that lingers throughout the book. The foreshadowing is so well done that when I did get to the parts that were foreshadowed, I literally said “OH. That’s so clever!” The ending as well catches you and throws you a bone, only to dangle it just in front of your nose where you can’t actually reach it. Wonderful. I can’t wait to see how the series develops. I really liked the changing of the points of view between sisters. Their voices are so different, and their views on different situations couldn’t be more different. The switches are effective and well placed so that the action doesn’t lull in any place. There are so many cliffhangers that I had to read faster just to keep from bursting with the need to know how it turned out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next book.
Liz2 More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the otherworldly series....so I chose this new book based on the fact that I loved this author. I found this book to be a very boring read, I just could not get into it:( I have 100 pages left and I am not going to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has an intresting plot line, a hint of romance, and the besst set of characters I have ever met!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Kelley Armstrong's books before and have loved here characters and world building but she has taken a different route with this book in terms of time period. While it never says when it was taken place it is easily understood that it is back in the day unlike her modern time books like The Summoning. I love these time period books and found that Armstrong was able to pull it off. Some twin based books can come off as cheesey, overdone, or just plain cliche, where the twins in the story not only look exactly alike but they also seem to have the same personality, same emotions, and feelings with eachother. I was VERY happy to see Armstrong do the opposite by giving them each their own personalities so each of them can have their own ways to react to their situations. Being a identical twin myself, I know how some people assume that if we look alike then we must act alike as well, that it would seem impossible for either of us to like and do different things apart from eachother. I think Kelley Armstrong portrayed her charecters well in this fast paced, adventure story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Can't wait for the next one
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in The Age of Legends trilogy. I am a fan of Armstrong. I fell in love with her stories, when I started reading Bitten, book one of her Otherworld series. So when I love or like an author, I usually give their new work. I was not disappointed. This story reads pretty fast. This installment has a lot of action, with some twists in it, and characters that one enjoys following. I just wish the world they inhabited was richer. One gets glimpses on how things are run in the society but I wish for bit more on the society and some of the history pertaining to the twins power, and how that came to be. Perhaps, in one of the other parts of this trilogy? Otherwise, the tale is an enjoyable read from start to finish. A wonderful fantasy read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit hesitant to buy this book because its a bit different than what I normally read. However, I am glad I bought it. It's a good read, page turner. Now am off to read the second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down!
Angelofbooks More than 1 year ago
Was so glad to get my hands on this book finally. I loved the basis of the story, although I think there could have been just a little more world building. At times it seemed the story skipped ahead. This is a first in this series so I am not going to totally judge this series by the first one. Eagerly awaiting the second one to fall into my hands sometime soon.
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I bought this book because I loved the author's Otherworld series and figured I would give it a try. I am so happy that I did! I thought the story was smart and the characters were well developed. The book is fantastic for teens as well as those of us beyond our teen years. I have already read the second book in this series and am now, not so patiently, waiting for the third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks awesome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the plot and characters
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first started reading this book i wasnt really that into it. Most likely because this was the first book i have read in a long time and whenever i dont read for a while its hard for me to get into it. Im also very picky when it comes to books. But anyways, i continued to read it and as i got to understand and got to know the characters, i started to enjoy this book. I love the teasing romance between two of the character's (no spoilers (: ) and the storyline was pretty good. I was unwaware this was a part of a triology though so i was surprised when i finished it this afternoon. But also slightly relieved that there is more for me to read :) All in all i enjoyed the first book of this trilogy.
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