Friday, February 6, 2015

Book Review: Seeker

Title - Seeker
Author - Arwen Elys Dayton
Series - Seeker #1
Genre - YA Fantasy
Published February 10th 2015
Publisher Delacorte Books
Format - Kindle Review Copy

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.

I received the Seeker in return for an honest review from the publisher via Netgalley. Quin knew she was going to be a seeker her whole life and at eight she started training to be a seeker. While Quin and Shinobu take their oaths as seekers John is kicked out and sent back to his grandfather.  Growing up Quin always saw the seeker as an honorable future but after taking her oath it’s not what she expected and now she’s locked in.  After her first night Quin plans to leave but instead she sticks around because that’s what is expected.

When John shows up intent on claiming the athame which belongs to his family things go horribly wrong from Quin’s home burning to the ground to Shinobu’s father being shot with a disruptor. Fleeing from the only home she’s known with her mother and Shinobu she leaves her father with the Dreads running from John Quin uses the athame to travel to Hong Kong but before they can travel though the doorway she’s hit by a stray bullet from John. Given the chance to forget the past Quin takes in embarking on a new life without the past to get in the way. Shinobu also takes off on his own but while Quin becomes a healer he falls deeper and deeper into the dark world of opium. Will they be able to live their lives free of John who is desperate to get his hands on the athame or will Quin be forced to remember her past she desperately wants to forget.

I like Quin she’s a character who has a good heart but let the fact that she’s spent her whole life following her father lead her down the wrong path. She’s a kick ass character which is one of the qualities I love in a heroine. I wasn’t sure about John in the story he has a tragic past which kind of explains why he is so intent on getting the athame. I’m torn on Shinobu as a potential for Quin because they are cousins but 3rd by marriage I think but there is a potential romance blossoming between them even though she was prior in love with John before she became a seeker. We also get an insight into Maud who is the young dread who I really liked her addition to the novel.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy of the Seeker it’s one of my most anticipated novels of 2015. My partner in Crime Stormi over at Books,Movies, Reviews agreed to buddy read this one with me.  Seeker is a mix of high fantasy with modern futuristic elements. The story starts out in Scotland than moves to Hong Kong even London in the near future with flying cars floating ships and one of a kind weapons. The author has created this unique little world where are characters live, it’s interesting to see the modern day features like a cell phone in Hong Kong but in Scotland they live on a estate without electricity. The overall concept for Seeker is an interesting one that I found captivating right from the start I wanted to know more about the Seekers. However I don’t think it was executed smoothly we have moment where I felt like something was missing and other parts are skipped to come back in a flashback. Overall I enjoyed the novel the characters are great with their own individual stories all woven and intersecting together. It did feel like a slower read and I found myself struggling because it is disjoined but after the last 50% I finished in one afternoon. Basically I loved the story but wish it was a little smoother and plan to read the next one because I want to know what will happen next. 


  1. Yep, you sure liked this one much more than I did. You made it even sound better than I thought it Glad you liked it on to the next one! :)

  2. I enjoyed Seeker! I loved Maud!! She was the best character! I liked Quin as a heroine. I hope John redeems himself in the next book! I was saddened by Shinobu's addiction to drugs. I'm excited for the next book because I want to see what's going on with that secret Seeker book. (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

    1. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who enjoyed this one. I agree Maud was great. I wasn't a fan of the addiction either for poor Shinobu. I'm excited to see what happens next!