Saturday, March 24, 2018

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal - OPTIONAL

Seal, Caitlin Twice Dead, 336 pages.  Charlesbridge, SEPTEMBER 2018.  $18.  Language: PG (10 swears); Mature Content:  G; Violence: PG (death, battle)

Naya has been trying to find a place for herself at her father’s side, helping him with his contacts at the various ports he visits in his sailing adventures.  She is running an important errand for him at their latest port, when she is struck down and killed.  When she regains consciousness, she has become a wraith – a spirit given form through necromancy.  Necromancy is anathema in Naya’s own country, but her it is common place.  As she tries to come to terms with her new existence, her father’s contact has a spying job for her.  Everything is a confusing, but she has a huge learning curve and if she doesn’t figure this out, her option will permanent death.

As much as I enjoyed following Naya’s story, I caught myself about 2/3rds of the way through wondering – what’s the point?  The book is mostly character development – well-written character development – without a plot to hang it on.  Well, there is some plot, but it is served up in little bits, which makes it feel unimportant.  I am thinking there will a second book – hopefully it will be a better balance of plot and character.

MS, HS – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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