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Twice Dead

(The Necromancer's Song #1)

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She's struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she's become an abomination--a wraith, a
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Charlesbridge Teen
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Lara (Bookish_turtle)
This book is only just over 300 pages, which I thought was a good length. I am glad that it wasn't longer because then it definitely would have dragged!

I loved the romance in this book, it was really well done and Corten is my absolute FAVE! It was not super rushed, though I wouldn't call it slow burn either. It found a good middle ground which I thought was really good!

Naya was a character I grew to love more as the book progressed. At the start of the book I was dubious, but having finished I
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Twice Dead follows the story of Naya, the daughter of a sea captain who suddenly finds herself dead. But that isn’t the end of her story. Resurrected, she becomes a spy - and set on a mission to save her country. Embroiled in politics, romance and murder, Naya must decide if she can betray the man she’s grown to love to save her country.

I was drawn to this initially because the plot sounded really unique for a YA, and I was intrig
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: give-aways, netgalley
I had a very hard time relating to these characters. I usually really enjoy all forms of YA books, this one just wasn’t for me. The world building seemed slow and I never felt any urgency in the storyline.

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for an advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
This book had so much potential...unfortunately...the author concentrated too much on things I didn't care about and this just made for one boring, BORING read...RTC

Received an ARC via Netgalley for an honest review

✨Brithanie Faith✨
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

ARC provided by NetGalley and Charlesbridge Teen in exchange for an honest review.

"Only a fool shuts her eyes to something because she is afraid."

Twice Dead is the story of Naya, a sea merchant captains daughter who, unwillingly, finds herself becoming a member of the undead. Bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse, Naya is thrust into a world full of kidnapping, political plots, and murder.


❇️I thought the concept of this was very unique. It wasn't like anything I've
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up
G to PG rated book- language, deaths and fighting
The book starts out with Naya a young girl trying to win the acceptance of her father sets off on a errand for him that leads to her death and resurrection. She is attacked at the door of her destination and falls to the ground When she wakes she finds herself in a strange place with strange people and her clothes are gone. She is told she's undead, a wraith and it to used to help save them all. Ah but things aren't that easy she mu
What makes a person a person? Is it their soul? In a world where necromancers can “sing” a person back to life, Caitlin Seal takes us into the world she has created with TWICE DEAD, a tale of intrigue, betrayal and political machinations as one girl must struggle to discover who she can trust, as well as who can trust her.

Naya thought she was on a merchant’s mission for her father when she is murdered. The land of Ceramor practices necromancy, something abhorred in her land, but Naya awakens to
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
The necromancers were really interesting, with the idea that one would be able to carve runes into bones to make undead. Because of this, and the description that was given for the book, I had high hopes. And for the most part, the story was fairly good. Am I glad I read it? Yes. Was I hoping for more? Definitely. 

I wanted more world building, which I felt like we barely got. There could have been so much more when Naya is first exploring the land of Ceramor, or even relating it back to Talmir,
shady boots
DNF at 40%

My first DNF of the year. Eh, it was only a matter of time before a book bored me to the point of non-completion.

It's not that this was bad, really, it was just so boring for me. You know you have to stop reading a book when every page feels like a chore. The reason I got back into reading was to find original and intriguing YA books that pushed the boundaries, but this one just wasn't doing anything new or interesting. The world-building and mythos didn't interest me, I had absolutely
Faith M ✨
I received this eARC from Charlesbridge Teen on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

Obligatory Summary

Naya Garth is a Talmiran, and like all good Talmirans, she despises the undead—walking corpses and wraiths—who live freely in neighboring Ceramor. Years ago the Mad King tried to use an army of undead to win a deadly war, and ever since he was taken down, the Powers have controlled Ceramor with the Treaty of Lith Lor.

When Naya g
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I expected! The world building is really cool. I like the idea of resurrecting through a particular bone, and the ethics of what makes a person a person and what is a soul. I also liked that there were some nice twists at the end and also, what makes a family. Sometimes Naya, the MC, was hard to like and identify with, as I'm not very fond of characters that just plunge headfirst into danger without thinking, but that didn't stop me from reading. I will definitely be int ...more
Fizah(Books tales by me)
It is so boring, the writing was flat for me and characters also didn't work.
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Advance reading copy generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Twice Dead sounded so interesting: necromancers, wraiths and espionage!? Sign me up! Unfortunately, I was incredibly disappointed by the end. To the point that all I wanted to do was finish it and felt a weight lifted off my shoulders when I did. It took me almost two weeks to finish reading this book - which is absolutely unheard of for me.

There were aspects that I did like. I enjoyed the s
Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
free copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This was the second time that I attempted to read this book. Last time I was in a reading slump, and I forced myself through 20% before I stopped reading. This time, I powered through.

I enjoyed the premise of this book, and despite what a lot of people have been saying, I did enjoy the political aspect in this book. However, I saw the twist coming from a mile away. From the moment Naya woke up as an undead, I knew wha
Xandra Nelsen
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC on netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Twice Dead is the first installment in Caitlin Seal’s new series titled The Necromancer’s Song. Because this is a review for a book that has not yet been released, it will be spoiler and plot free. I was first drawn to the cover of this book, and although I usually tend to avoid paranormal fantasy, the description proved too tempting to pass up.

Let’s start with Naya – the main protagonist whom the story follows through her transitio
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-releases, arc, fantasy, ya

dark sea coast town full of wraiths and necromancers? this book honestly sounded so interesting to me and for the first half I did enjoy it more or less.

The one thing I really liked was the description of the powers that Naya had and how the energy that she had to draw worked, I felt like that was fully explained. And if this book was more focused on this aspect, perhaps it would’ve been better? But instead it is so heavily focused on politics in the kingdom. honestly I thought the polit
Anastasia シ
*a copy was provided by NetGalley*
I enjoyed this more than I expected! I was just drawn in right away~ The plot is just so unique and intriguing that I didn’t want to put it down!
The world building is really cool.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys paranormal fantasy! I cant wait to read the rest of this series when it comes out! I'm excited!
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twice Dead is a great debut YA fantasy novel set in a world where necromancy is commonplace and political intrigue abounds! This was a very enjoyable read that is appropriate for younger teens and gives some thought to death and the morality of bringing people back. Naya has grown up in a country that vehemently opposes the use of necromancy, viewing the undead as evil monstrosities. When she embarks on her first mission in Ceramor (where the undead are an integral part of society) she is unexpe ...more
Lili  Marcus
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Naya Garth was just a simple merchant’s daughter until she found herself awaken from the dead. Murdered while having her first trade mission in a Necromancer-friendly country, Ceramor, her father’s friend, Ambassador Valn, took it to himself to save Naya by letting a Necromancer to perform a resurrection. When Naya woke up, she was horrified at the idea of what the Necromancer did. As a Talmiran, she was raised to detest Necromancer’s power. The dead should be left dead. Worse, Naya isn’t just o ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In this book, the world building and the concept behind the wraiths and necromancers was something I don't see often in books.  I was interested in this book from the cover and I was not let down. I was excited about the idea of this book and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with in the next book.  Naya is our heroine was not a bad character for me but I feel I would like to know more about her. The story overall was a good read for me. *This book was given to me for free at my reque ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, fantasy, arcs
**2.5 but rounding up**

This is probably one of the more unique books I’ve read recently in terms of world building and the concept of necromancers using this particular ideology, but other than that this book is pretty predictable making it somewhat fall flat as it works it’s way through the plot.

“Twice Dead” tells the story of Naya a young girl who is sent on a mission by her father in a city where the dead walk among the living and if that wasn’t bad enough her simple task goes awry when she
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
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I was drawn to this book by the cover. Twice Dead has turned out to be one of the most unique novels I've read. I really enjoyed the world building and the concept behind the wraiths and necromancers. I was drawn into this book and the ending left me in shock. I look forward to reading the next book! I really don't want to spoil anything else because this book will be out in 5ish months but you can't miss this one.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1018
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

Naya is the daughter of a sea captain who suddenly finds herself not only dead but resurrected and a spy who must thread through politics, secrets and ever discover romance. There is quite the background story here and while I did expect the characters to be more realistic, the plot was engaging and quite interesting.
McKenzie Allyshia
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
After reading the synopsis for this book, I had pretty high hopes. I found Twice Dead to be an interesting read for the most part. Not to mention, I rather enjoyed learning about the influence of necromancy, the undead, and wraiths. The scribing on the bones and singing were neat touches! I really felt that this book had a lot of potential! Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me.

Naya, the main character, was not very strong lead character. A lot of her actions, as well as the reactions to
2.5 Stars

When I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I mean, the cover is just beautiful and it intrigued me. I had to know more. So when I read the synopsis, that sealed it for me. I had to pick up this book and see what adventure would lie ahead for me.

Twice Dead is a unique and refreshing story. I haven't read very many YA books that deal with Necromancy. So, I was really intrigued by this one and couldn't wait to see what direction this story was going to go. I
Darque  Dreamer
Twice Dead seemed to have so much potential to be dark, exciting, and unique, but it fell a little short for me. I enjoyed some of the world building involving necromancy, wraiths, the undead, and reapers, but it seemed like the excitement kind of stopped there. The pacing was slow to moderate. The world building fell a little flat, and the character development just wasn’t there.

I really wanted to love this book. I mean, it wasn’t boring enough to make me stop reading it, but it wasn’t intrigui
Aug 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya-fiction, read-2018
First off, thanks to #NetGalley and Charlesbridge Teen for the opportunity to read this one. That said, this book just was not my thing. I enjoy YA and paranormal, whether YA or adult, but this one did not do it for me. I'm not sure what I expected with this book, but whatever it was, this wasn't it. The wraiths, betrayals, etc....didn't hold my interest for more than a few minutes at a time. I skimmed parts because it just wasn't interesting. Wish I had liked it better, and judging from most of ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yet another mediocre debut for 2019. While Twice Dead was fabulously original, I just felt the world, characters, and plot weren't properly fleshed out. I really wish it had been a better writer behind the idea, or maybe if Seal had a bit more experience under her belt before putting this together, as I have no doubt that it could have been amazing. But with what we had, it just wasn't.

Age: 12+
Warnings: Murder, death, and questions about what life really is. I think there was also like one kiss
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley, ya
From the description, this book seemed like the kind of jam I'd hunker down and demolish in one YA-gobbling frenzy. Strong female heroine? Check. Paranormal world/themes? Check. Action and political intrigue? Check. Romance? Check.

In reality... this book was one resounding "meh". At the outset, I was hooked. Our main character Naya "waking up" dead after spending her life being taught to despise and fear the resurrected was such a neat concept. But I found that things only went downhill after t
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Twice Dead caught my attention as I was looking at upcoming books due to a super interesting concept. Naya is murdered and resurrected by a necromancer. She isn't just someone brought back to life, but a wraith. One that has very strong powers. She gets tangled up and becomes a spy to assist her country of birth. Sounds great, I'm in!

My excitement was quickly tempered due to Naya herself pretty quickly after she w
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