Twice Dead / The Necromancer’s Song #1

Individual Rating: 4.0/5

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I received an Advanced Readers Copy from Net Galley in an exchange for an honest review.


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.


I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I have to admit, it took me about 20% to really get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it! It took me a little longer than usual to read, but it was a nice medium between feeling the need to finish it before doing anything else and being so bored you don’t want to pick it up again. I sat happily in the middle, able to read a bit each day or whenever I had free time. I usually have to finish a book when I pick it up, so this was a nice change.

I loved Naya. She was kickass, and didn’t really take shit from anyone. She was practical, idealistic, and realistic, as well. When she came to a conflict, she thought it out and actually was able to make some pretty rational decisions. The romance wasn’t overwhelming, it was just enough, and I really enjoyed Corten as a character.

I liked the world this story set up, and how it was interwoven with the time period and the wars that were happening. I thought it was well written and interesting, and I felt pretty excited to see what was going to happen next the entire time. I’m really excited to see what this author does for the next book, and hopefully I’ll read that one soon! Another plus to this book, and what really drew me in, was how much I loved the cover. It’s beautiful!

I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about necromancer’s, wraiths, or other undead people trying to fit in with the living humans. It has a good amount of action, with some very exciting villains.



Other Information:

Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen

Release Date: September 18, 2018

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Author: Caitlin Seal

Synopsis: Goodreads

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