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Twice Dead: 1 Hardcover – 15 September 2018
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- Publisher : CHARLESBRIDGE CHILDREN (15 September 2018)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1580898076
- ISBN-13 : 978-1580898072
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 3.07 x 23.65 cm
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From the Publisher
Greetings, dear reader.
Let me tell you a secret. I was a very late learner when it came to reading. For years, I struggled with written words. I couldn’t see the point in fighting to decipher squiggles on a page when there were so many more exciting things to explore in the world. I wish I could tell you about the moment that changed. But all I remember is the stark divide between when books were something I avoided and when they became my favorite obsession.
After my transformation into a proud bookworm, fantasy quickly became my favorite genre. I love the wonder of exploring new worlds and ideas. As I grew up, I wanted to give something back to the community that led me on so many adventures. Twice Dead sprang from that desire, and from an attempt to blend my love of ghost stories with my love of fantasy.
It’s a funny thing, sending a book out into the world. For so long this story existed only in my own head, and now here it is in your hands. I hope you enjoy it.
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There were many sailing references to be found in this book, and you didn't have to be a sailor to understand them which was good.
I also liked that there were runes to bind a person's spirit to their body once they were dead. It's probably the first time that I've read where that needs to happen for a spirit to stay bound. Plus the carvings in wraith's bones was an interesting thing to read about.
One thing I didn't like was only a small thing, but for some reason in the things I see or read recently there seems to be a mad king for one reason or another so I felt kind of meh about that when I saw that come up.
Corten seemed pretty nice though and I think I probably liked him more than I liked Naya. Plus I loved that Lucia and Alejandra were together and made me like Lucia a little more than I already did - I don't know why that's the reasoning, but I know it helped.
The reason behind Naya being able to do things that other wraiths can't was an interesting twist and I liked that point quite a bit.
By the time the glass bird that Corten had made was brought up towards the end, I had pretty much forgotten about it - whoops!
Overall, I definitely loved the story though and I was very into it. There were time that I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to find out what happened next. That cliffhanger has me stuck though and now I seriously want to find out what happens next!
Top reviews from other countries
Having been told all of her life that the undead are evil abominations Naya suddenly finds herself among their number. After that nothing is certain and she is left to sort the truth from lies before it is too late to save those that she loves.
Told form Naya's point of view and the writing has a good balance between details to set the scene and action to keep things moving. (To be honest I'm surprised this is the author's first book.) These details leave you, the jaded reader, to infer what is likely (but not always) going on before Naya herself is aware of it. It is easy to be drawn into the world created in this story; it is rich and diverse. As Naya learns the ins and outs of her new home so too do you making it easier to sympathize with and understand her choices.
I hope the second in the series is as good. (I'm inclined to think if you liked the first in the Green Rider series you would also enjoy this story- strong female character who isn't quite content with the hand fate has dealt her but making the best of it. Rich world building and good story telling. [I'm not as fond of the remainder of the Green Rider series.])
Anyway, the rest of the story is like a spy/political intrigue story, and I really liked this about it. The story and politics- the world building,with war looming between Ceramor and Tamir were well done.
I did feel very disappointed with the last 15-20 pages or so of the book. I didn't feel the ending was tied up well enough, and it felt like these last few pages were full of a trip Naya took that was really only serving to set up the next book in what I'm sure will be a series
The book has a good bit of violence, no particularly bad language that I noticed, fantasy occult ritual, and some discussion of homosexuality. as there's a committed lesbian couple in the book, who worry over each other and kiss once. I did find it odd that Ceramor was fine with necromancy but no homosexuality while Tamir seemed uptight about nudity and everything else in the book, but homosexuality was widely accepted and certainly fine if the couple married. Anyway, I'm taking one star off for the boring start and the frustrating ending. I look forward to the next book int the series though, so it gets a solid 4.
The characters were likeable, but not lovable. They could have all gotten killed off and I wouldn’t lose any sleep. Granted, I am middle aged, but I still like a good story. This book is being promoted as Children’s, not YA. As someone who loves Harry Potter, I feel that the book should have been promoted as YA and added more depth in the plot. The main character, Naya, was flighty and impulsive at points and that is something I don’t feel should be promoted to young girls. Naya does get stronger at the end only to get impulsive again. I did like that there were unforeseen legal consequences to her actions, only to have them washed away for another book.