Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.
But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong — it seems that the mythical shadow stalkers are not only real, they have been unleashed in the forest, massacring all who enter. Moria and Asyhn are separated, and strike out to solve the mystery of the shadow stalkers, accompanied by Gavril, an imperial guard stationed at Edgewood, and Ronan, an exiled thief.
Their journeys are perilous, full of beasts and enemies just as legendary — and unbelievable — as the shadow stalkers. But when the girls reunite at the imperial court, they find it’s full of secrets and lies, and their true enemy may be closer than they think.
With all the heart-stopping romance and action that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and set in an unforgettably rich world that blends fantasy and horror elements, this first in an epic trilogy marks an exciting new direction for Kelley Armstrong — one that will appeal to her legions of fans and win her many new ones.
Kelley Armstrong (born 1968) is a Canadian writer, primarily of fantasy novels since 2001.
She has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen to date in her Women of the Otherworld series, two in her Cainsville series, six in her Darkest Powers series and one in the Age of Legends series. She has also published two middle-grade fantasy novels in the Blackwell Pages Trilogy, with co-author Melissa Marr. As well, she is the author of three crime novels, the Nadia Stafford trilogy. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories for the Otherworld series, some of which are available free from her website.