Review & #Giveaway : Seeker (Riders #2) by Veronica Rossi | Blog Tour
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Seeker by Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #2
Published by: Tor Teen on May 16, 2017
Genres: YA, Fantasy
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About the Book:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .
When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.
Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.
Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.
Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.
Seeker by Veronica Rossi is a stellar departure from her previous fantasy trilogy, Under the Never Sky. While Under the Never Sky took us to vast regions of another time and became (in my book) a YA classic, Seeker is rooted in the present with a group of teens whose destinies are tied to the divine. Biblical mythology aside, Seeker takes us on a fantastic journey to realms unknown in search of redemption, friends, and of course, saving humanity.
While I didn’t read Riders (which I must do now) Seeker remained an enjoyable read. At first, the context of the story was a little hard to follow given these characters had so much obvious history and emotions toward each other. However, by chapter five I was hooked and had to know what in the world was going on, and why these emotions were there. Discovering how they came together and their purpose brought me a tremendous amount of joy while reading. I loved their interactions, learning about their hopes and fears, and watching them come together as a team to save one of their own.
This story is told from the alternating POV’s of Daryn and Gideon. For me, it was hard in the beginning to pictures these, well the entire group of Riders, as teenagers. Rossi wrote them so well none of them spoke to me as teenagers. I pictured them as somewhere around their early 20’s. I think this is due to the fact that between the events in book 1 and book 2 there was a tremendous amount of character growth, growth which plays out in the second book. Gideon was my absolute favorite. His voice was strong, sarcastic in some parts, and often had me wanting to shake in him the first half. But, I loved him. Daryn too. I loved their bond and their genuine friendship and watching them grow, individually and together. As I’ve always said, Rossi has a way of creating characters that are so relatable you want to reach through the pages and hold them. They instantly become your friends and no matter what, you want to see them succeed.
And how can I review this novel without mentioning the horses! OMG the horses! EEEK! The way these horses were portrayed they became as important to me as the characters themselves. Their mystical, magical, and simply divine (pun intended). But I won’t spoil that for you, you’ll have to discover their awesomeness for yourself!
Overall, Seeker is a novel I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys present-day fantasies with strong character and mission that are otherworldly. I do suggest though to start with Riders and then dive nose first into Seeker. Once you get going with the story, you won’t want to stop.
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