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The riders want to rescue Bas but they need Daryn. Daryn wants to rescue Bas but thinks the riders are angry at what happened. And, neither Gideon nor Daryn can stop thinking about one another.
Unlike Riders that told the story from Gideon’s POV, Seeker is divided into the first person narrative of both Gideon and Daryn which does work. However, there were a few times I had to look at the name of the chapter to remember who was speaking. While Gideon’s voice may be flippant with episodes driven by anger and Daryn’s more angsty, they both share a similar sense of humor.
Even though Marcus and Jode are part of the story, Bas is a major presence that overshadows the two riders. I would have loved to hear Marcus’ inner voice. Throughout the book, various items from Daryn and riders’ separate lives pop up; some explained, others not, all mean something to the owner. When Marcus sees a blanket that is from his past, there is a story, but we don’t get to hear it. His voice isn’t part of the narration. Neither is Jode’s, but I think Marcus would have a more interesting tale to tell. The horses, however, make for awesome major characters—their personalities and connections with the riders are powerful and lively.
The story moves fast and is full of twists, some expected, others not. I wish this book had the surprise twist that Riders had. That was a good “whoa, never saw that coming.” There are monsters with sharp fangs and claws in the Rift and the place is full of mind mucks. The writing in Seeker is spot on when it comes to inner voice and horses. We feel the pain and anger and fear and love within Gideon and Daryn and we know when one of the horses is irked or hurt or stomping mad. The themes throughout the book revolve around family and instinct and Rossi writes them well.
My only regret is that this is the end of the duology. There is so much more to explore with this group, especially after what Daryn learned about herself in the Rift, that the last chapter is almost a letdown. I want more of this story, more of Marcus’ voice, more of the danger that a handful of young adults can get into, I want more riders…
A perfect set up of a catch-22 that Rossi provides us is that the Riders, Jode, Gideon, and Marcus are desperate to save Bas. However, they need Daryn's help. Frustratingly enough, Daryn is doing all she can to avoid them because she believes they blame her for Bas' captivity. Throughout the book, it made me feel so helpless as a reader to see how much Daryn and Gideon thought of each other, but were not able to come to a place early on to reconcile their feelings about the events of book one.
The dual POV first person narrative between Gideon and Daryn was spectacular. While there were a few moments that it was hard to differentiate the two due to their similar take on humor, Daryn's perspective had more angst than Gideon's. His was more driven by constant episodes of anger. The fault I have with this installment is the lack of air time that Jode and Marcus get. They seem very secondary compared to their roles in Riders. Bas has a bigger role than they do in this installment and you tend to forget about them when Bas is mentioned. I was so engulfed with Bas' plight that it was hard to focus on the other two riders. Jode was never my favorite, however Marcus intrigued me. It would have been cool to hear more from him and even have a POV of him. Without going into too many details, while in the rift the riders begin to see items from their past pop up. They don't know how or why until later on, but it was a great addition to the story. It made the story feel ominous and foreboding. It was also a nice touch on Rossi's part with adding those things to build on each character. Some are explained, and some aren't. Whether it's important or not, I believe Rossi left it up to the reader. These items that pop up each have a story, but it's infuriating at times not to know Marcus' and Jode's. Since Marcus is one of my favorite characters from the series, his story of the item that pops up would have been quite the telling tale I'm sure.
The truly compelling and unique aspect of the book, or should I say this duology, are the fiesty and often comical personalities of the horses. The connections they have with their rider is powerful and vibrate. Shadow of course is my favorite. I believe it's hard as a writer to make an animal have a personality like a human. We all know that they do have one, but somtimes it's hard to convey through writing. The fact that the horses are just as important as their human counterparts, makes it even more significant to do their scenes justice. Rossi rises to the ocassion for the second time around, and continues their dynamic personalities and builds on those interactions with eachother and their human riders.
Seeker is a fast-paced addition, chock full of plot twists. While it doesn't have the same kind of plot twist that Riders left, that's in part due to this being a duology and not a trilogy. This was a great installment but I can't help but feel an urge of wanting. I want another book, more of Marcus and his story, and in light of all that Daryn learned about herself in the rift, I feel like we need another book. The last chapter wasn't enough to give me closure, which is a gripe for me. Other than that, this story was compelling enough, full of interesting dialogue, and had intricate fantastical creatures. Seek out Riders, an epic debut to this duology before diving into Seeker. There's something for everyone in this book.
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Seeker is a good sequel, yet I didn’t like it as much as Riders.Read more
*First off, I want to thank Tor Teen for sending me a finished copy of Seeker to read early but it doesn’t influence this review.Read more
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