Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher and then bought my own copy. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: Twice Dead
Author: Caitlin Seal
Book Series: The Necromancer’s Song Book 1
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen
Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, violence, gore, death)
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Overall, this was a good book. It’s your typical ya fantasy but with a dead twist. I liked their inclusion of wraiths, as I haven’t seen that before in books and because I just fought one in my monster of the week campaign, so it’s nice to see a nice wraith. I liked the plot and the characters were also fun.
However, I did wish that the book had more world building and detail. I also felt that the book heavily leaned into the romance aspect and not so much the action bits. Also, I do have a concern about the use of a wraith. Lore wise wraiths are basically revenge spirits from once alive evil beings, so it confused me greatly to see a sweet character be a wraith but I think more lore in this book would have combatted that. Also, they don’t normally retain their bodies from what I know of them, that’s more of a wight in lore sense.
Verdict: A decent start to a series but needs some work.