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Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  4,811 ratings  ·  873 reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I got them all killed. I was supposed to protect them, and I was underground, entertaining a convict, throwing daggers at a wall.

This book was not terrible, but is boring. In short, here is why I did not like it:

1. It was incredibly slow. The action was stretched out tighter than a pair of size-2 leggings on Kim Kardashian's ever-growing ass. That whole "the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known" thing in the blurb? Don't hold your breath
Emily May
It's official: I prefer Kelley Armstrong so so much more when she's writing for adults. I appreciate that this book won't actually be released for another six months and I wouldn't usually post a review so far in advance, but Sea of Shadows was so meh that I doubt I'll be able to remember anything I want to say if I wait any longer.

Compared to other paranormal/urban fantasy authors, Armstrong's pacing is generally on the slow side. This is not necessarily a bad thing. I thought it worked wonderf
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This is my fourth book by Kelley Armstrong. I read her spin-off to the Darkest Power Trilogy in 2012 and long forgot what her novels are like. What I do remember is that I didn’t enjoy the series. (And back then, I seemed to love everything I read so that was definitely an odd one.) Looks like my feelings towards her books are unaltered.

I don’t recall the last time when it has taken me almost 2 weeks to finish a YA novel. Sure, for classics or non-fiction bo
Aug 28, 2014 Melodramaticfool marked it as discouraged-due-to-reviews
Ooooh this seems promising!! Nrragh. Cover! It's awesome! But I can't exactly figure out what it is...

Rashika (is tired)
This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Actual Rating 2.5


This book can be summed up in one word. Boring. It was so painfully boring that I, who claims to be a night owl, went to bed early. I just couldn’t bother anymore. I made it to the end and I was happy that it was over. The thing about this book is that it doesn’t really have any other major flaws, it just didn’t click with me and I feel like it’s definitely a case of ‘it’s me not you’ when it comes to this book.

This is
Wendy Darling
Hm, this sounds intriguing.

Thank goodness we've shaken the dust off from that Darkest Powers spinoff.
This is such a dark and suspenseful book!

This is a fantasy book that has all kinds of crazy stuff. It follows two female characters who are twins, Moria and Ashyn. Ashyn is the "Seeker" of their village and Moria is the "Keeper." These titles are held in high regard by the people because it means they are in connection with the spirits and they protect the people from The Forest of the Dead. I won't get into all of the details, but it's the kind of world that has elements that are difficult to e
Hmmm. Tricky, thats what this is. Keeping this a review and not a rant may be harder than it usually is.

This book was almost a chore to get through. For one, it was probably 150 pages too long. It was slow and repetitive and I really had to force my way through a ton of it.

On the other hand, I liked Ronan a lot. Other than that the characters were annoying,stupid, and predictable. Why I liked Ronan? Because he's the only one that has a handful of braincells. He's a criminal that was thrown into
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Poor plotting & character development make for lackluster read

Kelley Armstrong is a household name among those who love urban fantasy, both young adult and adult, and I was excited about the opportunity to read and review the first book in her newest YA series, Age of Legends. While Sea of Shadows provided the same easy writing style that Armstrong's other books have, it had very little of the worldbuilding, character development, and plotting that her best works contain. Because of this,
Jul 17, 2013 Sophia(DomBird) marked it as to-read
This is Kelley's new YA series! Yay!!!! I can't wait! I NEED THIS NOW!!
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: It’s easy to immerse yourself in this action-packed, exciting novel.

Opening Sentence: After three days of tramping across endless lava fields, Ronan quickened his steps at the sight of the forest.

The Review:

Sea of Shadows tells the story of Moria and Ashyn, twins, trained since they were young to be seeker and keeper of Edgewood. In this tiny village, the keeper and seeker keep the angry spirits at bay and keep a connection to their ancestor
Sea of Shadows had an intriguing premise and potential to be a fascinating series.

Two sisters, each with their own powers are sent into a wasteland filled with evil and monsters of long ago. The sisters, Moria and Ashyn, are separated and must face their own set of perils until they reunite and discover the treachery behind the devastation of their town. Each sister has a companion, that helps them along the way. As their journey progresses, they learn more about life and themselves. When they t

It is somewhat hard to describe the plot of this novel because in my opinion there did not seem to be much of one until the last ten percent of the novel. This book was a disappointing read, I actually like this author but Sea of Shadows just doesn't hit the mark.

I did like the some of the characters in the novel and the dialogue was okay but the story moved so slowly. It felt like nothing was happening. I do feel like this series has potential, but in the extremely competitive young adult genre


Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

This book. It's not the worst book I've ever read, but it's kind of a mess, and my head hurt so much trying to piece it all together that I sadly had to throw in the towel.

I've heard that Armstrong's other books were very readable, but my biggest problem with Sea of Shadows is that it's not. The action is always so unclear that I struggled to comprehend the basic actions that were being described to me. I couldn't see what was going on, and i didn't know w
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
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I have never been more thankful that I'm patient with books than when I finished reading Sea of Shadows. The first seventy pages were such a struggle to get through as I was getting more questions than answers - although, looking back now, I think I was just distracted then - and I actually almost DNF-ed this book, but once I got past that and the action truly kicked in, oh lord.

I'm asleep, she thought. Or I've gone mad. Moria's tales have come to l
Angie on Books
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The Good:
The bond between the two sisters was wonderful. It was a relationship that I wish I had with my sister. I don't doubt that my sister and I would journey miles to find each other but these sisters couldn't be separated before this incident.

There was a sense of hope, even when faced with dire circumstances, which made me continue to read. On the flipside, and this is going to sound contradictory, the overwhelming
This is a DNF (did not finish) review. I'm not going to rate the book, however this book wasn't for me. Let me just preface this by saying that I loved Ms. Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series immensely and she is one of my favorite authors. I just could not get into this book. I was bored.

Others may have different results.

Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins for a review copy of this book.
May 05, 2014 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of YA fantasy, those looking for good kickass heroines
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/coming-of-age with elements of horror
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: People looking for a good cross-genre YA book with a real kicker of a heroine
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, killing, threats of sexual assault, accusations of child molestation

My Thoughts: This was a really good book. I did something I haven't done for ages, and that was to sit and read almost the entire book in one sitting. I did not want to put it down! I've been a fan of this author
Y. C.
I got this book through the FirstReads program. Thanks RHC. Once again, I'm trying to decipher my illegible notes.

So, Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors out there, mostly because she writes diverse and still bad ass female characters. When reading her books, my standards are quite high. Like the CN Tower in terms of buildings high. So far, I'm finding that her YA books are just not at the same level as her adult fiction.

Granted, the audience is different, and this is a review, not

Sea of Shadows is a new Young Adult fantasy book by Kelley Armstrong. It is the first book in the Age of Legends series.

The story follows twins Moria and Ashyn (they are the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood). The story is told in third person narration. Although unlike most dual POV books they don't alternate chapters.

Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I am not a huge fan of the fantasy genre. But because she wrote Sea of Shadows I knew that I wanted to read it.

The book is quite sl
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Book One of the Age of Legends series
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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
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Ms. Armstrong is a winner for me. This new series is a must read for those who love quests. Moria and Ashyn are twins chosen to be the Keeper and Seeker. This is a position which can be highly dangerous. For the most part they have a straightforward job. This year, things take a turn which goes from bad to worse. Even though these two girls are in their mid-teens, make no mistakes, this is no YA drama lama book. What I enjoyed most in this story is the darkness. This isn't a sweet fantasy with u ...more
I found this book confusing. The last 25% was good, but that's not enough to redeem the rest of the book. Switching between the sisters, Moria and Ashyn, the chapters were hard to follow. The ending was awesome though, and I finally felt like I was reading a good fantasy novel. I just wish the pacing was better, and that we got to the good parts faster. I felt most of the beginning was pointless.

a copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion*
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This is my first book from Kelley Armstrong. I know right? It’s a shame that this is my first book from her. Sea of Shadows is definitely a keeper. It’s creepy, daunting and action-filled. A must read for paranormal and action lovers.

The story is about the twins with big responsibility. Each must protect their village from the dark forces of the forest. Along the way, the girls also must find their strengths and to conquer their weaknesses in order to defeat evil.
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This book was extremely disappointing. I was expecting a lot more from this book. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and I thought they were all kind of bland. I did not like any of the romances either. The plot was also really slow and boring at times. Nothing that happened ever surprised me, because it was all pretty predictable.The only thing I liked was the fantasy aspect of this book, which is why I am giving this book a 3 instead of a 2. I didn't hate this book, but I definitel
Shannon (leaninglights)
Mar 18, 2015 Shannon (leaninglights) marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf
Hate to do it, but I'm DNFing this one. I keep trying to convince myself I can read it but it's just too creepy for me. I can see a lot of people enjoying it though! I got about 120 pages in, but I can't see myself finishing it. *sigh*
Didn't realize I didn't have this marked, but I got a copy in the mail a few weeks ago and it's Kelley Armstrong, so, yeah. Definitely in the to-read pile. ^_^
Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff
•Once again Kelley delivers a fast paced (midway through), exciting story filled with unique characters and fabulous world building. The women is a born storyteller
•Honestly people just might pick it up for the positively stunning cover - will be proud to have this one in my collection
•Kelley has created an exceptionally unique world, that while fantastical, still has a feel of something real
•Well developed characters
•Snappy and snarky dialogue that made me laugh
•Enjoyed the relati
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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Other Books in the Series

Age of Legends (3 books)
  • Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2)
  • Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3)
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, #1) The Awakening (Darkest Powers, #2) The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3) Bitten (Women of the Otherworld #1) The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)

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