ARC Review + #Bookpics: Seeker (Seeker, #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton
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Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker #1
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers on 2/10/2015
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA
Source: ARC From Publisher, NetGalley
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About the Book:
Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.
Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.
Seeker is the first book in a new series by Arwen Elys Dayton. Advertised towards fans of The Hunger Games and A Song of Ice and Fire, Seeker is a unique fantasy novel, one that shows a promising start to a new series. I, myself, still have not read The Hunger Games or A Song of Fire and Ice, so I can’t say if the book will actually appeal to fans of either of those series’, but I certainly enjoyed it for the most part.
Quin Kincaid has trained her whole life to become a Seeker, along with her third cousin Shinobu, and John, the man she loves. However, the night Quin takes her oath, she discovers that being a Seeker is not at all what she thought it would be, and the people she trusts the most are the people she should be trusting the least.
Starting with the things I liked about this particular novel, the concept was something I hadn’t really heard of before. Seekers use an athame, in combination with a lightning rod to travel to any specific set of coordinates they wish. In their travels, they are to help those who have been wronged and to help out people who may be weak and in need. I enjoyed the plot of the novel and I was really excited to find out what it is these Seekers do.
Another thing I enjoyed was the characters. The novel is told from four different perspectives: Quin, John, Shinobu, and Maud, the Young Dread. I think multiperspectival novels are really interesting when they’re done well and confusing when they’re done poorly. This one was done well, and it was nice getting so many different takes on what was going on. I think my favorite person to hear from was Maud, who doesn’t become a narrator until part two of the book, I believe.
Some things that I didn’t like as much… It was very difficult for me to pin down a time period for this book. When I’m reading, I want a set date in my mind, or at least a general idea. I started the novel thinking it took place somewhere in the medieval times, but at one point in the book, a cell phone is mentioned, as well as electricity, so it must be a lot more modern than I had originally thought. So, that was really confusing and took away some of the enjoyment out of the read.
Another issue I had was the fact that the novel felt really slow. And it made me sad, because by all accounts, it shouldn’t have felt slow at all. It isn’t as though things weren’t happening. There was definitely a lot of action going on; it just took a while to get through.
Also, Quin as a character I didn’t care for so much. I liked her a lot at the beginning of the novel, and then after that I just had a hard time with her as the lead. I was much more interested in the other side characters than I was in Quin.
All of this being said, however, I would still give Seeker 4 out of 5 controllers. It’s a unique concept with an interesting plot, and it is still just the first in the series, so I’m interested to see what happens next.