Twice Dead

Twice Dead

Book - 2018
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Daughter of a sea merchant captain, seventeen-year-old Naya Garth is on a trading mission in Ceramor when she is murdered, and resurrected by a necromancer as one of the "undead," bound to her former body by mysterious magic runes, an abomination in her homeland of Talmir--she has been effectively recruited as a spy for Talmir, and soon finds herself embroiled in politics, kidnapping, and murder, and facing the truth that she can never go home again.
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2018]
ISBN: 9781580898072
Branch Call Number: TEEN F SEA
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 24 cm


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Twice Dead is a fantasy book about a girl named Naya Garth, who is the daughter of a sea merchant captain. In the beginning of the book, she and her father have traveled on a boat to a foreign city to do business. Naya was to go into the city and get a contract signed by herself, but she ends up being murdered, and is resurrected by necromancy. From this, she finds out that her father is actually a spy for her homeland, and she has been chosen to also be a spy. The book continues the story with a sense of adventure and mystery, as more details about the world in the book are revealed through what Naya discovers. She begins to learn more about her new form, but also has her suspicions about her situation as a spy. I liked the character development as a lot of personality was revealed from how and what the characters spoke. I highly recommend this book because it has a lot of detail and kept me wanting to know more. - Sam -------------------------

The debut novel of a novice writer, and so far, it shows clearly in the writing. Twice Dead is Caitlin Seal’s debut novel and the first in her series of books, but is not on sale until September 18, so there may be changes and corrections made to the final book. From what I have read of the advance reading copy, there might need to be quite a few changes to improve the writing. The premise of the novel is intriguing, set in a fantasy world where the dead walk among the living through necromancy, a practice outlawed by the hometown of Naya, a young girl resurrected by the very same practice she once despised back home. The novel deals with her struggles of getting used to her form, discrimination from those who are less than open-minded towards the undead, and the pain of losing something she once loved, knowing she’ll never be able to be alive again. The setting and premise are quite interesting and sucks in the reader immediately from the synopsis, but the characters feel undeveloped, especially Naya. We know not much about her background except that she was her father’s apprentice, sailing the seas and trading in foreign lands. The story has the potential to become better in the later books however this one seems a little lackluster for an author’s debut.
This book is great. I really like it. It has magic elements, which I like, and the author writes this story well. It is about a girl named Naya Garth who wants to be a merchant and she is on Ceramor to run a errand for her father, but is killed. Reincarnated by a necromancer, she is turned into a spy for her own country, however she learns some dark secrets that may lead to war if nothing is done about it. I liked everything about this book, the story, plot, magic, action and the way it was written. I didn’t dislike anything about this book. The quality was very good. The plot, irony, conflict, dynamic characters, humour, imagery and setting was goo. Foreshadowing and symbolism could have been better. Fans of magic and conflict based books will like this book. I highly recommend it. - Anonymous


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