Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 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 finished reading this book, back in December of 2014. I didn’t realize I hadn’t written a review on it, until a Goodreads follower mentioned it. Then I forgot to write it and I am just not getting to it. Yes here is my confession. But I remember the book because it was that good and here is my review!
This is an amazing story of two VERY different twin sisters with opposite personalities, they are a perfect fit to each other and share a deep bond that is sweet. I loved them both.
First we’ve got Moria who is fierce but at the same time almost uncontrollable in the point that she lacks patience. I really liked her quick tongue that sometimes got her into trouble and her talent with weapons.
Then you’ve got Ashyn who is quiet, thoughtful and almost considered “weaker” when in reality she isn’t. She is just the softer of the two.
With angry spirits and deadly ancient monsters that are wrecking havoc and death, both Moria and Ashlyn have to discover why this is happening and how to save those who have survived such slaughter.
The character development throughout this story was awesome. Because we see both sisters pull from each other and ended up both growing and I loved it.
I really enjoyed the romance in this book. I really enjoyed how Gavril constantly pushed and questioned Moria. Then I really also enjoyed the humor brought into this story by Ranon who was Ashyn’s love interest. They both were just great and I really enjoyed the slow moving aspect of this story which Kelley Armstrong does so well at and I appreciate a good story not drenched in romance. Keeps some of the mystery.
Overall I LOVED this story, I love the creepy, gory, craziness and uniqueness of this story.
Sexual Content: mild (some kissing)
Violence: moderate/heavy (monsters destroying villages and leaving behind carnage not too graphic)
Language: mild/none (that I recall)