Title: Twice Dead
Author: Caitlin Seal
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen
Notable Notables: Complex politics and characters; LGBTQ side characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of political thrillers with a dash of magic thrown in
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal is a slow-building political thriller masked as a fantasy story–and I mean that in a very complimentary way. This book wasn’t what I expected, and I ended up liking it better for it. Honestly, I’m very much side-eyeing the unflattering reviews and the amounts of DNFs I’m seeing for it.
When Naya is sent on a delivery for her merchant father, she is mysteriously killed and resurrected as a wraith, an undead being who doesn’t require food or sleep and who can change her form at will. The land of Ceramor is rife with necromancers and the undead thanks to a treaty that legalizes it, something that Naya and her fellow citizens of Talmir reject as being evil. It’s unheard of for a Talmiran to be resurrected, and now Naya has to struggle with accepting her newfound existence. At the same time, Talmiran Ambassador Valn entreats Naya for a special purpose: she must use her powers as a wraith to protect her homeland and spy on necromantic sympathizers who are bent on starting another war. However, all is not what it seems, and the closer Naya gets to discovering the truth, the less she’s certain where her loyalties lie.