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Sea of Shadows

(Age of Legends #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  12,209 ratings  ·  1,499 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, 406 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of 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 brea
Mar 12, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
i read 200 pages and was bored the whole time. the main character is also boring and annoying and i disliked her. i was also bored. the male character was also boring. oh and i was also bored.

honestly, buddy reads are not made for sana and i. we were able to read one book, which was heartless by marissa meyer, and we both loved it and became trash for jest who is the male lead and love interest of the main character, so we wanted to keep trying it out. then we tried carve the mark, and it didn't
BR with my #1 Jest trash. Honestly BR's hate us.

Well DNF @ pg 53

It's just so boring??? And slow???? And failed at trying to keep me interested??? I literally cannot try to read this no matter how much I force myself. Also, Maggie read up to pg 200 and told me it's really boring.

I'll probably come back to this book in 50 years, but DNF for now.
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
Frankie Lovely
EASY 5 stars!

Ahhh! Omg so so so so good

Amazing fantasy, amazing characters and world building and relationships and AHHH!

A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Kelley Armstrong always writes in a way that keeps the plot moving. Being an impatient person, I always need something to grip my attention, so this one really held it. I wasn't at all bored. Little did I know this book was about the supernatural. In this case, spirits and ghosts and even The Forest of the Dead. I pretty much devoured this from the get go, and the ending gave me enough closure to know there will be another book
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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
The Quick-Fantasy, mythical creatures, spirits, back stabbing, fighting and love's first kiss.

Audiobook- excellent narration

Twin sisters have a very special purpose in this world of magic and spirits. One is The Keeper one The Seeker, they find the angry spirits in the forest and send them to peace. At 16 they are young but not without skills, skills that they will need when the stories they believed to be just tales start to some true. Their village their family and their beliefs will all chan
Ashley Daviau
Dec 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I actually managed to finally finish this book! After over two years of sitting on my TBR pile, I thought it was time I read it. But after finishing it, I'm realizing that there's a reason I never picked it up. And that reason is that it is terrible and my subconscious knew it all along. All kidding aside, this book really was an absolute chore to read and terribly boring. The characters and story just fell totally flat and left me bored to tears, not to mention that it took fuck ...more
Rashika (is tired)
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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
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-addiction
Review found at:

I finished reading this book, back in December of 2014. I didn’t realize I hadn’t written a review on it, until a Goodreads follower mentioned it. Then I forgot to write it and I am just not getting to it. Yes here is my confession. But I remember the book because it was that good and here is my review!

This is an amazing story of two VERY different twin sisters with opposite personalities, they are a perfect fit to each other and share a deep bond that is s
Wendy Darling
Hm, this sounds intriguing.

Thank goodness we've shaken the dust off from that Darkest Powers spinoff.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-releases
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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
Kathryn Ford
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Sea of Shadows is an epic fantasy book, yay! It makes me so happy to see more and more epic fantasy books by female authors. This book had everything that makes an epic fantasy book great in it, mystery, travelling, monsters, magic etc. It also had a good dose of blood and gore, and we all know by now how much I enjoy that! There was also an element of true horror in this book, that gave me the chills and that kept me up a few nights.

One bad thing about t
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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✶Rachelle✶ by: Frankie Lovely
Shelves: fantasy
4 stars

This book was a solid 3 stars until the What a way to end a book! Makes me want to grab the next one now.....oh how I hate library hold waits =(

Ashyn and Moria are the Seeker and Keeper (respectively) of the Forest of the Dead. After a horrific attack on their village, they set off to find out who is responsible....and also discover other secrets along the way.

This was a journey book. The main characters and their sidekicks spend about 80% of the book travelling. Normally I d
I was reading two vastly different Kelley Armstrong books at the same time. Kelley is spectacular at writing to a particular audience, and this one felt a bit too young for me at times.

My biggest complaint about this book is the confusion in the beginning between the narration of Moira and Aslyn and their confusion, making me confused about what was going on and then it became hard to connect with the story.

I enjoyed the book as ti developed and will definitely continue on with the series, but i
Aneta Bak
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
"I have survived."

Sea of Shadows is a rich story, with two beautiful heroines, a charming thief, and a dangerous warrior. This series is filled with twists and turns around every corner, and dangerous creatures that were believed to be stories to scare the children.

Moria and Ashyn are two beautiful twin sisters, with golden-red hair and a Hound and Wildcat accompanying them by their side. But in their world, being twins comes with a strange power. Moria is the Keeper, and Ashyn is the seeker,
Dasha ~Made of bad materials, yet well put together~
Holy good God. This book is so boring, bland and just plain AWFUL that I have to sell it.

Update I've had the book for sale for about six months now, and no one has wanted to take it off my hands, so I'll either donate it or just let it sit on my shelf for my lifetime. I mean, if no one wanted to buy the book for half price, then I think that says a lot about the book. Hell, I don't even want to write a review on this book. It has wasted enough of my time.

Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 has the Cover!!!! Yay!!!!!! *happy dance* xD xD xD

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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 ancestors. B

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, i

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
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2015
Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of the village of Edgewood. Their duty is to protect their village from undead spirits and send the astray to rest. Ashyn, for the first time is entering alone into the forest, searching for bodies of the damned, when everything goes wrong. The hunting party she is accompanied with, is being picked off one by one, disappearing or being killed off by unexplained dark shadows.
And while trying to investigate the matter she is confront
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I really need to stop picking up high fantasy books because as much as I always want to love them, I very rarely ever do and I so wish I could say I loved this.

I enjoyed the writing and the characters but again as so often happens with me and high fantasy, I just had a really hard time connecting to the world or characters.

I always want to love them and be a part of their world, I just never can be.

This really isn't the fault of the writer because I like Armstrong's work, I have read a few of h
Mar 09, 2013 marked it as to-read
This is Kelley's new YA series! Yay!!!! I can't wait! I NEED THIS NOW!!
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Nicole's Book Diaries
Rating: 1.5 stars

This started out strong for me then went on a downward spiral.

I loved the world building in the beginning. I love the setting of a dangerous and mysterious forest with vengeful spirits. I loved the idea of Keepers and Seekers. There's also the added bonus of them being twins which sold the whole Keeper and Seeker roles to me even more. I also enjoyed the added creepy and eerie factor of the setting

Then all of that was thrown out the window...

I'm sorry but I couldn't stand the gi
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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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