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Review: Twice Dead (The Necromancer’s Song #1) by Caitlin Seal

Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.

But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.

She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.


My Review

When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I mean, the cover is just beautiful and it intrigued me. I had to know more. So when I read the synopsis, that sealed it for me. I had to pick up this book and see what adventure would lie ahead for me.

Twice Dead is a unique and refreshing story. I haven’t read very many YA books that deal with Necromancy. So, I was really intrigued by this one and couldn’t wait to see what direction this story was going to go. I think this story started off well and had some great potential, however somewhere along the line, it just fell flat. This story focused a lot and I mean a lot on character development, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I just found myself struggling to connect with them. And since there was so much focus on the character development, I feel like the plot ended up suffering because of it. I needed more. I need more background. I needed more actual plot. I needed to see the story move in some direction.

I had kind of a like/hate relationship with this story. The plot was really interesting and I loved how unique it was. But, it just wasn’t enough for me. As I said before, I do think this story has potential, but in the end, I just needed more. Even though this story didn’t work for me, I’m still glad to have given it a try.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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