Title: Twice Dead
(The Necromancer’s Song)
Author: Caitlin Seal
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen
Published: September 18th, 2018
Naya, the daughter of a sea merchant captain, nervously undertakes her first solo trading mission in the necromancer-friendly country bordering her homeland of Talmir. Unfortunately, she never even makes it to the meeting. She’s struck down in the streets of Ceramor. Murdered.
But death is not the end for Naya. She awakens to realize she’s become an abomination–a wraith, a ghostly creature bound by runes to the bones of her former corpse. She’s been resurrected in order to become a spy for her country. Reluctantly, she assumes the face and persona of a servant girl named Blue.
She never intended to become embroiled in political plots, kidnapping, and murder. Or to fall in love with the young man and former necromancer she is destined to betray.
Twice Dead is a captivating novel full of necromancy, young love and lies, lies and more lies. I absolutely adored this novel. It has everything that high fantasy readers will love with kings and different ‘countries’ at peace with a treaty…but peace can’t last forever. It also has the likes of the paranormal genre as everything revolves around necromancy by the means of runes, which is taken to a civilized level.
The story follows Naya who is loyal to her home and the views that they hold dear. She’s sent to another part of the world to help her father’s cause. What she didn’t know was the extent of her loyalties was determined by her death. And all at once she becomes something she’s grown up to fear and hate. She’s at battle with herself to figure out who she is, if she’s still who she was before she was resurrected into a wraith.
She becomes the embassy’s weapon by becoming a spy that can change her face, see hidden protective runes and sense people through ather. She did as they told her and thought the people that live in this necromantic town were the bad people.
She was placed as a servant named Blue for the necromancer that resurrected her, Lucia. But Lucia didn’t trust Naya just as much as Naya didn’t trust her. And when it came to learning things Lucia couldn’t help entirely. That’s when Corten comes into view. Lucia’s previous apprentice. His apprenticeship ended when he died and become a wraith. “The dead can’t sing the souls back.”
Lucia demands that Naya doesn’t go back to Corten and that she should read the books to learn how to live as a wraith. But Naya doesn’t listen and keeps going back to him under the guise as Blue.
Things all crash down around her when Naya finds out the true intentions of the man that was supposed to be on her side. A war was coming, and all of the walking dead and necromancers are in trouble. She has to pick a side. Is she Naya or Blue?
The plot line of Twice Dead is very intriguing and kept my attention the whole way through. From hidden intentions of wanting war to the development of young love. The main message that revolves around Naya is being alive when you’re dead. It also is a battle to find out who you are and learning trust. More than one character’s story is all about growth and that learning to live while your dead theory.
The characters are both relatable and have very realistic emotions as well as actions. There’s isn’t a lot of romance in the novel, but there is definitely a tinge of it, so if you need romance in a novel this may not be your cup of tea, but if you love a slow burn than you should give this book a try.
The adventure continues for Naya as she tries to save the ones she cares about and stop a war from occurring.
*I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher and author through Netgalley.