Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Series: Age of Legends #1
Published by HarperCollins, Harper Audio on April 8th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 12 hours 31 minutes
Well, I’ve finally read a Kelley Armstrong book! And I really enjoyed it, for the most part. The world building did take a while to connect with me, so the first 15% of Sea of Shadows was slow going. But, once I got into it, I really connected with the characters, the world, and the story.
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.
I think my favorite part, though, was the animal companions. I’m a sucker for books with animal companions, and Kelley Armstrong wrote in the hound – Tova – and wild cat – Daigo really well. They have personalities, are loyal, and there’s a really good explanation for their roles and intelligence.
Once I got into it, the plot was really great. It just took a bit too long to be evident – the world building and the confusion of the main characters left me in the dark as to where Sea Of Shadows was going longer than I’d traditionally like. Based on how it ended, though, the next book will take off running and we won’t have that problem again.
The narration was solid too. Performed by Jennifer Ikeda, the different male and female characters had a variety of believable voices and personality. I particularly liked the way she was able to make the twins – Moria and Ashyn – sound similar and yet infused with their very different personalities.
I don’t think I would have grabbed Sea of Shadows on my own, since its a little different than my go-to YA Fantasy, but now that I’ve started it, I’m glad and look forward to continuing.
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