Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Book One in the Age of Legends Series
Published By: Harper Teen (April 8, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars
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.
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 her books and really enjoyed them, which is why I choose to give this one a try, it is simply just me. Something in my brain just doesn't..compute? Relate? Like?
Having said all of that, I don't want to discourage anyone from giving this one a go because like I mentioned above, the writing is well done and there was critical world building involved, this just wasn't the read for me sadly. But I do think and truly believe that those that really like this fantasy will like this.
The world was imaginative and different and unlike anything else I have read in the genre. There were twists and turns in the story I wasn't expecting and some character growth along the way with the sisters (which I really enjoyed the whole concept and idea of the Keeper and Seeker by the way), and that is always crucial to me. I am always all about the growth.
So yeah, this maybe wasn't the read for me but still something I could totally appreciate.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*