Kelley Armstrong has created an exciting fantasy world in Sea of Shadows. The first couple of chapters lagged a bit but by midway through the book I was completely hooked.
The twins are strong female characters with very different strengths. Moira is tough, brave and bold- a character that will be loved by girls who admired Merida the most out of the Disney princesses. Not that this is novel is Disney-esk. In fact, it’s often grotesque with gruesome death, scary monsters, and suspense.
Ashyn is intelligent and sweet, although a tad too naive for her age. She lives in her powerful sister’s shadow but isn’t spiteful about it.
The action is well done. Mythical beasts that are a nightmarish cross between fairy tale creatures and monsters from a horror movie.
The only thing that disappointed me was that the novel does not stand alone. I’m happy it’s a series because I want to experience more of this strange world and the wonderful characters in it, but I don’t like that it’s a cliffhanger. It would be great to have a series where everything was connected but each book left you with a sense of completion.
I think the undertones of class struggle and prejudice will be explored further in the sequel.