Sea Of Shadows: Age Of Legends

Hardcover | April 8, 2014

byKelley Armstrong

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The first book of a bold and hugely anticipated new YA trilogy by the phenomenal Kelley Armstrong. 
   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.

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The first book of a bold and hugely anticipated new YA trilogy by the phenomenal Kelley Armstrong.    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 da...

KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of the New York Times-bestselling books The Summoning, The Awakening, The Reckoning, and The Gathering, The Rising, as well as the internationally acclaimed Women of the Otherworld series. Armstrong lives in rural Ontario with her husband and three children. Visit her at

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.4 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Trilogy, "The Age of Legends" So I stumbled across Kelley Armstrong's "Darkest Powers Trilogy", which I thoroughly enjoyed more than I expected, making it my favorite trilogy. I then tried her "Darkness Rising Series" which I never enjoyed, causing me to be hesitant on buying this book. Boy am I glad I did!! The Age of Legends series is now my favorite Trilogy. In Sea of Shadows, Ashyn and Moria deal with the aftermath of something terrible, and make their way to an unknown city searching for help. "The Age of Legends" series is based around two twin sister's (Ashyn and Moria) who have magical powers but not your typical powers. Both girls are given a "blood-beast" at birth to help them along their adventures. Each Blood beast is actually the spirit of a warrior who died honorably in the past and is there to protect and guide them.. Moria and Ashyn endure a terrible tragedy which forces them into a forbidden land in which they stumble across several mythical creatures. Along their journey they are accompanied by certain individuals who change their lives forever. These individuals make appearances in all 3 books as the plot twist and turns into an ending that leaves you breathless and wanting more. If you love fantasy, magic, romance, war and adventure you should try reading "The Age of Legends" Series. First book is the Sea of Shadows, second book is Empire of Night and the third is Forest of Ruin. (I should also note the setting is not contemporary which is partly why I love it, and for paperback it was a big size with easy to read font making it ideal for nighttime readers who use book lights/flashlights in bed.)
Date published: 2016-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect blend of horror and fantasy The perfect blend of horror and fantasy. I didn't realize this was the first book in a trilogy when I picked it up- but I'm glad because I really want more of these characters. Armstrong has done a wonderful job of creating a mythical psuedo Japan, with lots of visual details. The characters are interesting and compelling, Ashyn and Moria are perfect. This story ends with a cliff hanger, so be warned, you'll be ordering book two.
Date published: 2015-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from begining of another other worldly series I like the story line, and enjoy stories that take place in another time, place or world. I have read a lot of her books and can 't wait for the one that comes out 2016
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sea of shadows Really love the way kelley armstrong write. You love all her characters, an hate that the story ends. Woderful story. Buying the next book now!!
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected!! I bought this novel awhile ago, and it's been sitting on my shelf since I read some poor reviews, but I'm really glad I decided to pick it up! It's a lot grimmer than Armstrong's Summoning and Gathering series, which I really enjoyed. As some others mentioned, the twins aren't as strong and level-headed as I would have liked, but it suited their characters for them not to be, and the mistakes that they made defiantly made the story more believable. The twins have contrasting personalities, and I loved how it showed both of their perspectives; as soon as as I started to feel bad for Ashyn(being the less-noticed twin), it would switch to Moria's perspective and I would like her all over again. The only negative thing I have to complain about is that I was a little annoyed at the beginning of the book when Ashyn was too timid to speak up; but she eventually gets better.! I really do recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a mature supernatural romance; there's quite a bit of violence, and the story has the same dark undertone as the Throne of Glass series. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I did :)
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Should've Read It Sooner! I can't believe I've had Kelley Armstrong's Sea of Shadows sitting on my TBR bookshelf for almost a year and didn't read it. After feeling some disappointment with the Darkness Rising trilogy, I think I was a little hesitant to read her new Age of Legends series, which is why I never rushed into reading it. I randomly began reading Sea of Shadows on a whim, and was instantly enthralled by the dark, fantastical world Kelley Armstrong had envisioned. Inspired by Japanese mythology, Sea of Shadows combines horror, adventure, and a hint of romance in my favourite kind of way. As the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn have trained all their lives in the sacred rites to pacify and communicate with spirits. Every year, they lead a ceremony into the Forest of the Dead, a haunted forest where vengeful spirits reside and their kingdom's worst criminals are exiled to their deaths. But this year, something has gone terribly wrong. Ancient, legendary creatures that have almost faded from memory have suddenly been awakened and now threaten their entire kingdom. Separated for the first time, Moria and Ashyn must journey across a barren wasteland with unlikely companions to reunite once again and warn their emperor of this unprecedented threat. Impulsive, fearless Moria finds herself traveling with Gavril Kitsune, a stoic imperial guard who's shadowed by his father's legacy. Ashyn, more nurturing and quiet in personality than her sister, travels with a mysterious thief named Ronan, unsure of his motivations and if she can implicitly trust him. Danger awaits the twins at every turn, for mercenaries and bandits would dearly love to capture the valuable Keeper and Seeker. Vivid details completely bring the terrifying and grotesque creatures to life. There's a very cinematic feel to Sea of Shadows that I've never quite experienced while reading Kelley Armstrong's YA novels in the past. And this novel is such an adrenaline rush! Each of the chapters end on a very climatic note, so there was no way I could set the book down until I could learn what would happen next. The stakes are high, and Moria and Ashyn can't afford to break down in grief, not when their people desperately need them. After absolutely falling in love with Kelley Armstrong's Sea of Shadows, I will not be making the same mistake of waiting to read Empire of Night, the second book in the trilogy! Sea of Shadows is a thrilling and pulse-pounding introduction to the Age of Legends series, and if you haven't read the novel yet, then I highly recommend you quickly remedy this, especially if you're a fan of the YA high fantasy genre!
Date published: 2015-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS BOOK this book is absolutely amazing! Very captivating, and Ashyn and Ronan are my otp, lol :)) I have since read The Empire Of Night, and it is amazing as well. I suggest it too if you enjoy this first book!
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sea of Shadows Only the second series by Kelley Armstrong that I've picked up and it's quite different than what I expected. The dialogue is impeccable, but I was unable to be as consumed by the plot as I had originally wanted. Ashyn and Moria are so incredibly different being twins, but both drastic differences in character generously lend themselves to the storyline. For the first book in the series, I found it was easy to put down and come back to later at times; this is the only reason I docked one star. My intrigue peaked a lot more in the last five chapters when the twist unfolded and now I can't wait to start in on Empire of Night.
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Reading! Kelley Armstrong has found a niche in story telling that moves away from the other world series with this novel . Her character are well developed and each event they live is amazing ;) im glad a sequel is being made as it ends tooo abruptly !
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sea of Shadows Great read like to continue with this series.This book keeps you in suspense the whole way thru and when the book is done you want to keep on reading but there is no more.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waiting on the next... Good Read, definitely waiting on the next book. Only drawback was some parts moved a bit slowly for my taste. For some reason I can not help but think that this isn't entirely a new world, but rather a twist in the expansion of the Kitsune tales in the Otherworld series and anthologies?
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start to an awesome new series! I read Sea of Shadows around three weeks ago and it’s still hard writing the review. This book was just SO GOOD! The book revolves around Ashyn and Moria, a pair of twin sisters that have duties as The Seeker and The Keeper. The Seeker, Ashyn, is responsible for going into the Forest of the Dead and calming the spirits that roam free while The Keeper, Moria, protects her. In the book, this is a very sacred ritual and it must be done properly but when a terrible tragedy occurs, they have to travel far from home and to places they’ve never gone before to fix it. Epic, right?! I honestly loved the world-building. It was unique and not too complex which was easy to follow along with. The writing was just done exceptionally and I could really visualize what was happening. The plot was easy to understand as well and I actually knew what was happening which I sometimes can’t do with fantasy novels. There were a lot of plot twists and stuff I didn’t see coming but I have to say that the beginning of Sea of Shadows was terribly slow. It takes a while to get really into it but it is so worth it! IN addition, there are so many fantasy elements in the story. There are old myths that are interesting to read and the creatures in the novel are just epic! I also enjoyed reading about The Seeking process and more about the twins’ life as a Seeker and Keeper. The world-building was just fascinating! The characters in Sea of Shadows are as awesome as the world-building. I liked that Moria and Ashyn had their own personalities and weren’t just more than a pair of identical twins (which happens often).I loved that Moria was kick-ass while Ashyn was a little more naive and innocent. It was interesting to see how two people so different could care for each other so much. The secondary characters in the novel were equally great. Ronan was a little devious but I loved reading about him as well and Gavril was annoying (at first) but I quickly warmed up to him. And that brings me to the romance. While the romance is not heavily emphasized, I shipped so many characters together and GAHHH I was finding everything adorable! Overall, I really enjoyed Sea of Shadows. The beginning of the novel was a little slow and I did have to warm up to some of the secondary characters but I really enjoyed the novel. The main characters were awesome and I just adored the fantasy elements! I highly recommend Sea of Shadows if you are looking for a great new fantasy series!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book It was cool kelly armstrong at her best cant wait for the next to see what happens . I wouldnt mind having diago as a pet lol
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!!! I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and this book did not disappoint! This drew me in and I couldn't stop reading! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy story
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sea of Shadows A departure from what we have come to expect, but the writer has a wonderful imagination and there is still a whole lot of crazy monsters sure to make your kids have nightmares. How do you pronounce the girls names. It seems like I only get it right when they call each other by the nick name RYA and Shy . I love Ronan. Love him.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong I have loved all of her books but this one is too different from the others and long. It just seems to go on and on.
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sea of shadows I was confused with the plot at times and in comparison to her other books, I can't say that it ranks up there with my favorites. Its worth reading but I expected more out of the story.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book I just couldn't put down! I have been nearly falling asleep for hours now but just couldn't stop reading! Such an awesome book with twists you don't see coming! Another wonderful book written by an outstanding author!
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowza Lloovvee it. It's a new world. With steong growing wome . Some interesting men. And a whole lot of intrigue. Read up.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart racing! I'm a sixteen year old female and am a fan of Kelly Armstrong's books. This book is slow at times but when it picks up you can't put it down! With romance, an interesting take on the supernatural theme, and an unexpected twist near the end, once you finish this book you'll be racing to find the sequel.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sea of Shadows The story will definitely hold ur interest but I need more what happened to Ronan and Gavril. Will there war? Is Gavril involved or did he just know who the seal belonged to even when he said that he didn't? So many questions would so like to know how it will be played out.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sea of Shadows I could not stop reading this one!!! It is written in Kelly Armstrong's style, fast paced, readable, with lots of twists and turns. Can't wait for the next in the series.
Date published: 2014-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shadow Stalkers in the Forest of the Dead Indigo's three star rating says it's Average but for me, I thought it was a good start to this trilogy and I really liked it (especially the world she built!). Firstly, this is my first YA book by Kelley and it’s just as great as one of her Adult books that I’m a fan of. I first saw Bitten on a “vampire fiction” table at Coles and the black cover with blood splattered on it is was brought me into Kelley’s work. I picked up Sea of Shadows first because, also being her student in UofT’s 2013 Summer Writing School: Dark Fantasy class, she showed us the process of book publishing and showed us the proof the jacket to Sea of Shadows. Needless to say, when Indigo offered in the beginning of the new year half off certain preorders, I couldn’t resist getting a copy and reading her YA. This especially being my first since it seems very different from the Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogy’s which I heard were great and wanted to start a new one with her like I did with Omens in Cainsville. Thrilling and gruesome, the only difference from her adult books are the character’s ages. There really is not much a difference between what she writes for adults and YA readers except for the erotic sexual scenes a reader could find in the adult ones :) That has been cut out obviously and wouldn’t work in the storyline since it is also the primary reason as to why she began writing YA. Ashyn and Moria narrate this story through the third-person and though they are separated in the beginning of the book, I wondered if the two would actually meet together again. Sure enough they do eventually and Sea of Shadows I believe is more built on the world building on the Forest of the Dead that has been demolished by these otherworld creates Kelley created, Shadow Stalkers. The village is in ruins, the children are kidnapped and held in hostage, and their father is dead (or is he, I suspect?). This book was a great read and will have you guessing what’s going to happen next and knowing you have x amount of pages left, there’s still more that won’t be told in Sea of Shadows alone but, in the upcoming sequel “Empire of Night” next April. I’m quite looking forward to it and seeing what else Kelley will do in this world and hope to see an expectation I have. I won’t tell it here because it’s spoiling and I think will ruin the premise of the story.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sea of shadows Very hard to get I yo. Loved all previous Kelley Armstrong books. Better at the end. Wait to see with next book
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kelley Armstrong Has Done It Again =_= Every single time I pick up a Kelley Armstrong book, I am always left devastated and horribly disappointed and I always vowed not to ever pick up another of her books ever again. Of course, I broke that promise and here I am, reading Sea of Shadows, her latest new novel that is the first in a trilogy... at least I think it is. I've read mixed reviews about this one, and I absolutely didn't know what to expect because it had such an intriguing summary that captivated me. Medieval-paranormal books sound so interesting, and here is a book from Kelley Armstrong featuring the exact idea. This sounded very Game-Of-Thrones-like. You know, there are hunters and fighters and all that, and then there's the paranormal/supernatural aspect of it that just "supposedly blows you away." As I crept into the novel, I found myself doubting the positive thoughts that had originally blew me away and grabbed me into reading this book. So here we have two twins who's mother originally had to keep the whole "twin-secret" away from the public because it's forbidden. The twins are Ashyn and Moira. They have to travel the secret forest, blah, bah, blah and are accompanied by others who might be keeping a secret, we know the story. I hated the characters so much. Is it just me... or was Kelley Armstrong trying to get away with the whole "opposite personalities" thing here? Nope, it's not just me. Ashyn and Moira were so annoying, I hated both of their POVs and I only liked Ronan from all the characters and I wished that the book would have stayed with his POV because the prologue really took me in, and then the rest of the book eventually threw me out. Get out of my head, you hideous characters, and don't ever come back, you hear me? -_- The plot was hideous destructively disgusting. I felt like there was NO sense in this at all and the same things were happening over and over again, and I felt like I was waiting for something happen. (Nothing did, by the way.) I was just sitting there with my mouth open when I dropped the book with 100 pages left. It made me so angry, and I just couldn't bear to think about it or pick it up ever again. I find that Kelley Armstrong's books always have the same problems over and over again, I'm so stupid for giving her a chance again. I found that I'm too nice of a person when judging what books to read. :) *snickers* Dislikes: -about everything -the characters -the boring plot with no sense at all -all the author's books -setting Likes: -Ronan -the idea/concept -almost nothing Here, I'm giving you a favour: don't pick this book up. Just don't.
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I'm really conflicted about this one. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the actual story the Armstrong put forth. The world building was done nicely, and I always love a good high fantasy. I loved the idea of twins as the protagonists and dual perspectives between them. I loved the idea of them having the ability to deal with spirits directly, and for them to have powers. On the other hand, it wasn't executed very well. The dual perspective was in the end a hinderance for me, as I loved Moria, but was severely bored by Ashyn. Their point of view chapters were also longer than alternating back and forth with each chapter. They each had several chapters worth of time. While I would normally love that, as it would give me time to get used to the characters individual voices more, I basically just tried to get through Ashyn's as quickly as possible so that I could get back to Moria. I think if Armstrong had done the alternating chapters back to back, it would have been a quicker read but as it was I lost interest during certain parts. While Moria is the Keeper of the Forest, she is supposed to be somewhat of the protector I guess. But she literally did nothing. Ahsyn is the Seeker, and seeks out the dead within the forest to lay their souls to rest, and while she did do something, I was expecting way more out of both of the girls. There didn't seem to be anything extraordinary about them, other than their occasional whisperings with some spirits. I also didn't connect with the romances at all. Neither girls' leading guys were interesting, nor did they have any sort of chemistry. BUT, I did really like the mythology that Armstrong created for her world. It was fresh and interesting, and there were some really really cool creatures to go along with it. My favourite part of this entire book were the bond-beasts the girls have had since they were born. Moria, as the Keeper has a big cat named Daigo, that I imagined as a leopard. Ashyn, as the Seeker had a hound named Tova, which I imagined as a huge wolf. These animals had so much loyalty and love in them and they had a ton of personality as well! It really made me want one of my own. Overall, I wasn't completely taken away by Sea of Shadows, but I do think I will continue on with this series when the next book comes out, as I think this was an okay introduction to what could be a really interesting series.
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy + Two Great Sisters = Great! I was intrigued by the idea of a Seeker and a Keeper and the topic of spirits in the woods and all of that fantasy stuff. I love fantasy. This is not a secret. It’s pretty darn easy to hook me onto a book with simply the mention of spirits and hunters and dragons and other fantasy type stuff. And the cover is beautiful. Did I mention that I’m a sucker for good covers? The story in SEA OF SHADOWS is intriguing and very easy to get hooked on. I love the dark beginning - the prologue is so good. It leaves you super curious for the rest of the book, and the introduction to the Keeper and Seeker from someone else’s point of view is a great hook. I love the monsters and the dangers and the gritty adventure that the main cast has to wade through, as well as the sort of unknown threat that lingers throughout the book. The foreshadowing is so well done that when I did get to the parts that were foreshadowed, I literally said “OH. That’s so clever!” The ending as well catches you and throws you a bone, only to dangle it just in front of your nose where you can’t actually reach it. Wonderful. I can’t wait to see how the series develops. I really liked the changing of the points of view between sisters. Their voices are so different, and their views on different situations couldn’t be more different. The switches are effective and well placed so that the action doesn’t lull in any place. There are so many cliffhangers that I had to read faster just to keep from bursting with the need to know how it turned out!
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Stunning Story I started reading an ARC of the first book in her Age of Legends trilogy entitled Sea of Shadows due to be released in April. One of the privileges of being a book seller. I have to say that this story enthralled me. The Grammys were on and I was watching them but I couldn't put this book down for any length of time. I finished it early the next day and am now feeling bereft. Kelley has a tendency to do this phenomenally horrible thing to us where she draws us deeply into the story and then leaves us dangling from the cliff. That's right all you Kelley fans, Sea of Shadows will leave you wanting more! Sea of Shadows tells the story of twin sisters Ashyn and Moria who are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Born to perform the rites of the spirits and protect their village they converse with the Spirits. But on the annual trip into the Forest of the Dead something goes terribly wrong and the girls lives are irrevocably changed forever. Separated during a disaster in their village and tricked into going in different directions they are forced to leave their village for the first time in their lives. The girls each set out with only their bonded Immortal pets, one with a taciturn imperial guard and the other with a condemned thief that survived the Exile. Their journey takes them across a once deserted wasteland that is now filled with monsters from old legends. They must cross the Wastelands to warn the Emperor. One thing I really enjoyed about this book are the legendary creatures they must fight. The journey they must travel sort of reminds me of one of my all-time favourite movies.... The Princess Bride. I am not saying the two are exactly alike just that this story has the same epic romantic quest feel and the humour as the movie does. I dare you to tell me that the rodent they meet doesn't make you think of R.O.U.S's. My one issue was the vast amount of characters you are introduced to almost immediately. I got so confused that I thought the guy with the eye tattoo (Orbec) was the guard (Gavril) who ends up travelling with Moria. I might suggest that this is one of those books that needs a Table of Characters. I give this story 5 out of 5 Reads. If you are looking for a great Fantasy read I highly recommend this one!
Date published: 2014-01-29

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“[Sea of Shadows] shows all the signs of an amazing novel . . . a new favourite.” —The Guardian“Armstrong . . . smoothly switches from her customary modern paranormal setting to a high-fantasy adventure, but she still favors relationship drama and reversals of fortune. Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read.” —Kirkus“A prolific paranormal and urban fantasy author, Armstrong’s dark and violent new Age of Legends series will again intrigue and delight young adult readers looking for more than vampires and wizards. . . . Imaginative, surprising, and deliciously creepy, Sea of Shadows is horror at its finest—suggesting, but never fully depicting, the menace that lies just beneath the surface.” —Readerly