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Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song)

Review

Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song)

In Caitlin Seal’s TWICE DEAD, Naya is a sea merchant’s daughter who has the opportunity to prove herself to her father by undertaking a solo mission in the country that borders her home country of Talmir.

"Naya was such a great character to follow and readers were really able to feel her pain....The plot was so unique and I loved the wraith concept."

Naya never completes her mission, however, and is struck down soon after stepping foot in the country that is home to so many necromancers. These necromancers are capable of resurrecting humans after they die into a ghostlike state known as a wraith. Naya, her father and many Talmirans are wary of necromancers and wraiths, and so after Naya is attacked and brought back as a wraith, she struggles to come to terms with her new way of living. To make life more complicated, Naya is recruited as a spy and finds herself caught in a scheme that involved murder, lying and kidnapping. While she deals with the political drama she finds herself caught in, Naya also develops romantic feelings for a fellow wraith all while lying to him about her true identity.

TWICE DEAD has a cover and concept that to me was very reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s work. The book itself is not that long and I was able to fly through it in a few days. Naya was such a great character to follow and readers were really able to feel her pain as she was lying to people she was starting to care about. The plot was so unique and I loved the wraith concept. While the wraiths are “technically” ghosts, I never felt like any of the characters were anything but living. I am very curious about this world that Caitlin Seal has created and I have so many questions! A majority of them were probably answered in the book itself, but I might have missed them. For instance, do wraiths look exactly like humans do? How hard is it for wraiths to blend in with humans?

As with many fantasy books that I have enjoyed this summer, I find myself wanting a novella, guidebook, or prequel of some sort that answers all my questions and gives me background information as a whole on wraiths and necromancers. While I am not much into politics as I just get confused, I would love to also see more on the politics of the countries in this world. How did Talmir get to this state of being so fearful of necromancers and wraiths? How did necromancers and wraiths come to be?

Clearly, I have so many questions about this book and the world Seal has created, and I’m excited to see what the next book brings. The first book concludes with a satisfactory ending that at the same time sets up the next book perfectly. The ending leaves readers with a pretty good idea of what the main plot of the next book will be and leaves them eager to find out how the situation eventually resolves. I would recommend this book to all fantasy lovers, especially those that love when ghost stories involving necromancy and politics come together. I am so excited to read about the next adventure that awaits Naya and where her forever involvement in the politics of her home and adopted country take her.

Reviewed by on September 25, 2018

Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song)
by Caitlin Seal