Details: 416pp, Doubleday Canada hardcover
Series: Age of Legends, book 1
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My thoughts: I need to preface this review by saying that this book started off really well for me. It wasn’t until about halfway through that I began whispering “why the crap are these things happening” which slowly progressed to me think-shouting the same thing.
THE WRITING STYLE. Holy moly, is the writing whole worlds better than Darkness Rising. I don’t know how or why, but it is and it very much excited me.
The general idea of the story. I love that this is a high-fantasy world.
The fast action. I liked that the story jumped into action. For me, this made the beginning very fast-paced.
Though there was a lot of action, we’re thrust into it without any pretense…nor are we given one by the end of the book. This would be why I begin thinking (which progressed to think-shouting) “WHY THE CRAP IS THIS HAPPENING”.
Minimal world-building. If it’s a fantasy world, we need world building! Are the characters traveling over wide open plains, over rocks and boulders? Or are they having to muck through a plain we can’t even see properly because there is a dense gray fog? I need to know!
The characters. I started out liking the characters, but after awhile I started getting confused with who was who. That points out that none of the characters were very well-defined.
I wanted to like this book so badly, and at first I did. But my frustrations outweighed the positives in this case. 5/10