I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
Upon having this book accepted for me to review on Netgalley, I jumped for joy! The Seeker sounds amazing, looks amazing and just happens to be published by one of my favorites, Random House. What could possible be better than that? Did The Seeker live up to my freaked out excitement?
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.-goodreads summary
Basically, Quin has waited all her life to be a Seeker, until she becomes one. The day she takes her Oath, her world is shattered.
Yes and no, however, don’t fret. The Seeker is really good, with a bit of a bumpy start for me.
The beginning starts the reader off with a lot of questions, really big questions making you wonder if you read the whole chapter or skipped sections. Don’t worry, in time (sometimes a few chapters, other times longer) all will be answered, with occasional mind blowing conclusions. I had a problem with this because it was, at times, frustrating not knowing if you skipped something, or if it would be later revealed. Despite this, I kept reading and the questions are answered and what may feel like loose ends are fixed. Except there is a second book so there is more to learn!
The only other problem I had with The Seeker was the time period. The book starts in Scotland and travels to Hong Kong, among other places. In the beginning, the book seemed to be placed in the past, but as I kept reading, I kept scratching my head. So here is my guess, this book takes place in a distant future not exactly the same as our earth. There is an element of magic, and an amazing invention called the Whipsword, etc.
The Whipsword… the coolest thing invented in a book I’ve ever read? I think so, but if not, hey it comes pretty close! Arwen Elys Dayton did a great job introducing new, and magical sounding ideas to The Seeker, which kept my interest.
Having different locations throughout the book was also a plus, because we rarely get Young Adult books not set in America (or so it seems.) Reading about a character from Scotland, or Hong Kong, or with Japanese decent was a bit, if not, a lot of diversity and a huge breath of fresh air. Same goes for the characters, who were also diverse in both personalities and appearances.
In The Seeker, the chapters rotate between Maud, Shinobu, John and Quin. We get a glimpse into each characters motives and very different lifestyles. By far, I adored Maud’s character and story, I am hoping (fingers crossed) we may get a better look at her life before and during training to become known as The Young Dread :)! Quin, John and Shinobu however are the main characters, who are still very interesting to read about.
The plot was really great, only problem were the plot holes as mentioned above. Hopefully, in the sequel The Traveler, we will get a better idea at what The Dreads, and The Seekers are supposed to do because after reading the whole book, I am still a bit puzzled as to what they are and what they mean to society.
Overall, The Seeker was very enjoyable. Even with the confusing beginning, the amazing writing style, magical idea and very well written characters make up for what ever else it may lack. I recommend The Seeker to those who like a fantasy, adventure read 🙂
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