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.
Yeah, another great YA book from Kelley Armstrong! I know I loved both her adult books, and her YA, so yeah, another book, one that starts off a new series, how can I not love it? Especially with that beautiful cover!
I loved this world, of magic, that's mostly faded, but seems to be coming back, in the form of old stories and fables, more specifically, creatures in those stories and fables. Which is something of a mixed bag. On one hand, these are new creatures, and they are tough to deal with. On the other, since there's stories about the, it means that a) they probably were there before, but died out or something and b) those stories might have ways to fight these creatures. Mixed bag.
Absolutely loved the dual narrative of twin sisters Ashyn and Moria, with their bonded creatures, who've been training all their lives for this, something that should almost feel routine. But their first solo time out, things happen. People die. And even worse things happen. So the girls go travel to the capital to tell someone in charge, so they can do something about it. But it's not quite that easy to get there.
There was romance for both girls, and yeah, I really enjoyed it, and adding to the back and forth who was narrating, and seeing as they were apart for the majority of the book, yeah, that added to some of the tension, because yeah, this is basically a book of 2 different groups going from point a to point b, and the troubles they get to along the way.
I really enjoyed this book, and with the twist at the end, I really can't wait for the next book!
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Age of Legends #1
Read: December 22nd, 2013
Reason Why: Love Kelley Armstrong's writing, and it's a Historical Fiction 2013 Book!
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Expected Publication: April 8th 2014