Age of Legends Trilogy
By: Kelley Armstrong
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Genre: High Fantasy
Sea of Shadows
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.
Empire of Night
Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, they are all but prisoners in court, forced to watch and wait while the Emperor decides whether to help the children of Edgewood, who remain hostages of the treacherous Alvar Kitsune.
But when the emperor finally sends the girls on a mission to rescue the children – accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of men – the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. With lies and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on every bit of influence and power they possess to unite their people and avert an all-out war
Forest of Ruin
The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril—at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar’s life. Meanwhile, reunited with her long-lost grandfather, Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favor.
But with lies and betrayal lurking around every corner, Ashyn and Moria will have to decide once and for all where their allegiances are. And it may not be where their hearts would lead them…
This review will be spoiler free
I read this series ages ago already and I have been meaning to write a review of it ever since, but as life goes other books kept distracting me! Finally I managed to sit down and write this, and because I was afraid if I only did book 1, it would be another year before I got to book 2, I decided to do them all at once. This series is a nice high fantasy that isn’t too complex. For some reason it was very forgettable though, I often find myself surprised when I find them in my shelf. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy reading them, they were just more fluffy, filled with a lot of classic YA fantasy tropes. None of the twists really took me by surprise and that made an otherwise enjoyable story a little bland.
I really can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about these books that made me give them only 3 stars. There is just something missing from the story that it really needed. There was some cute romance and interesting magic, and the world building really wasn’t bad. Yes, it could have been bit more unique or complex but overall they were decently written books.
If you are looking for fantasy books that are lighter and and could maybe even serve as an introduction into high fantasy than I think these books are a great place to start! There are some dynamic female characters and interesting plot developments with a satisfying ending. However, don’t go into this series expecting something on the level of Harry Potter or Game of Thrones.
Have you read any of these books? let me know your thoughts in the comments!