My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
The worst criminals have always been sent to the Forest of the Dead, where the long winters and dark shadows serve justice, and the twin Keeper and Seeker return to collect and appease their souls in the spring. Moria and Ashyn have done their jobs dutifully for years, but something is different this time. Souls will not be quieted, and creatures that have only populated fairy tales seem to be lurking among the trees.
During a disastrous attempt to perform their duty the twins end up separated from each other, and return home hoping to find each other. Instead, the each arrive at different times to discover their father murdered, their town destroyed. Everyone has been killed except the children – who are missing.
Each girl has their own companions – Moria an imperial guard who has always had more pride than strictly necessary, and Ashyn, a thief, one of the damned who survived the winter in the forest. With their spirit animals and unlikely friends by the sides, each girl sets out to the capital city to report that there is something dark on the horizon, and even they can’t say for sure what.