- Series: Seeker (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385744072
- ISBN-13: 978-0385744072
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 309 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Arwen Elys Dayton is the author of the Seeker series: Seeker, Traveler, Disruptor, and the e-novella The Young Dread. She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its islands, and many ruined castles in Scotland.
Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on West Coast of the United States. You can visit her and learn more about the Seeker series at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram
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Frankly, I don't know what genre this book falls under. Its actually almost in a genre of the author's own making. I can't think of anything it's similar to. The story line is very unique. There is absolutely nothing I've read recently that is like it. I like that because a lot of books out there today are rather formulaic. Seeker is not.
It is fast paced and full of action. You won't be bored at all. It will at times pull on your heart strings. Quinn is in the unfortunate position of having to figure out who her real friends are despite family ties. She has to make several tough choices. My favorite character is Maud. I'm proud of the decisions she made at the end. There are many twists and turns and I'm definitely on board to read book 2 because I do absolutely want to know what happens.
I do recommend you read Seeker. Read it with a willingness to experience something different, something outside the box! Enjoy!
It is great.
The plot is fresh and exciting. You can't really figure out if this is Earth of the future, past, or alternate timeline. I really, really loved that. There were aspects from the fantasy and sci-fi genres blending in a way to made my heart oh-so-happy. Oh, and just touch of steampunk.
There is a coming of age for three protagonists; and we are involved with all three growth plots. The chapters were evenly divided and made sense where each left off with the timeline and how they connected together. Gritty reality exists in each story line that really makes this series stand out from your over redundant YA novels filling the shelves right now. No spoilers here, but seriously, the way that each character handles the trauma in their life--woah! It was so easy to connect with these characters and their life struggles even if you have never experienced such hardships because of Dayton's realistic writing. If you have ever been in any of their shoes, then you will connect even deeper.
There is a love story that is so realistic I want to shake the author's hand, or envelop her in a really big hug. You will get moments of mushy-gushy if you are a sap. But, if you are a cynic, then you will really appreciate the relationship development and most likely turn into a sap.
So many great things to say, but I'll stop now before I write my own book.
Quin, Shinobu, and John are being trained by Quin's father and Shinobu's father to be Seekers. They are taught that they will be righting wrongs and ending injustice once they have finished their brutal training and taken their oaths. John is an outsider because he is from another Seeker family and because he didn't begin his training until he was twelve. Quin and John are falling in love despite parental disapproval. Shinobu has loved Quin since they were young but Quin sees him as a cousin and not a love interest.
Maud is the real outsider. She is known as the Young Dread. Dread's are observers who are supposed to keep the Seekers on the right path. While she admires the Old Dread who picked her to train, she hates the Middle Dread because she sees that he is corrupt. He also abuses her. Maud looks to be about fifteen but was born in the 1400s. Periods of time in the There have stretched her life.
Things take a turn for the unexpected when Quin and Shinobu go on their first mission and find that they are just killers who kill for gain. Their noble calling isn't real. This traumatizes both of them but they are too used to obeying Quin's father to leave. John had been sent home after failing to be made a Seeker. But John has revenge on his mind.
This story travels from Scotland to Hong Kong to London as the kids try to come to terms with their lives. They all use different ways. Shinobu turns to drugs and Quin has her past buried when she almost dies. She is learning to be a healer as her way of making up for being a killer. John is determined to regain the athame that was stolen from his family and determined to learn to use it. He will do any evil thing to regain control of it. It is the athames that allow the Seekers to enter the There and to travel to different places. Each family has one. The Dreads also have their own athame.
This was a fascinating story. I especially liked the way each of them dealt with the consequences of their actions.