empires of the night (Kelley Armstrong)
Another fantastic young fantasy book by Kelley Armstrong. This is the sequel to her book sea of shadows. I loved every moment. It was another quick read where the time flew by. It was wonderful to revisit the twins, Moria and Ashyn. They are both growing up and learning to deal with circumstances alone.
One of my favorite aspects of these girls is that when dealing with the heartache and hopefulness of young love, they handle the situations a lot better than many of the young girls I have known, myself included sadly. When love lets them down, they do not belittle themselves for failing or lessen their self esteem. They hurt and grieve and handle the situation with aplomb. Moria is the sister who is more practical about love and sex. Ashyn is the romantic who wants the fairytale.
I also liked the juxtaposition of the two girls in that aspect. While love and sex are not taken lightly in the book, it is also more realistic than the average book for teens. Moria and Ashyn are not permitted to marry because of their positions as Keeper and Seeker. That does not mean that they are not allowed to love and take lovers. Though each girl deals with the idea differently, I am glad to see that girls are not shamed for desiring and wanting meaningful relationships and love. It is a trend in young adult books with which I agree.
The other two items that stand out in this book for me were a new secondary character and the ending. The new secondary character is a woman named Guin. I will not state more than her story is poignant and lovely. Read it for yourself. And the ending was another fun one. While not as shocking as the in the first book, the ending was another great cliff hanger. The third book, Forest of Ruin comes out on April 5, 2016. It is going to be a long wait.
Amazon has this to say about the sequel:
The heart-stopping sequel to the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows, which Kirkus Reviews called “a standout.” Blending fantasy, romance, danger, and action, Kelley Armstrong sends readers on a thrilling journey through an unforgettable world, perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones.
Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least they were.
Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the captured children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. And with treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, the girls are running out of places to turn.
With all the pulse-pounding action and romance that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, this second book in the Age of Legends trilogy will appeal to Kelley Armstrong’s legions of fans around the world and win her many new ones.
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