by Arwen Elys Dayton
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Print Length: 448 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
The night Quin Kincaid
takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire
life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu
and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand
for light in a shadowy world. And she'll be with the boy she
loves--who's also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her
Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her
family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she
And now it's too late to walk away.
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Cast off your belief in things you can touch, taste, see or feel, use your young adult mind, where everything is possible and you do not need to be spoon-fed every single page.Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is an epic fantasy tale that sprinkles a little sci-fi and steampunk into the mix of dimension travel, time travel and the ever-present battle between good, evil and even the questionable intent!
Three young warriors have trained to be Seekers, protectors of humanity against evil. John, a talented warrior, skilled, strong, alone in the world, Quin, the daughter of the powerful, yet dark leader, and her ½ 3rd cousin, Shinobu, all make up a close knit trio as skilled trainees ready to take their oath as a Seeker. They also make up a loosely knit romantic triangle that will cause pain to all three.
An ancient artifact is in the hands of Quin’s father, who covets power over kindness, brutality over love and much to Quin’s horror, has been keeping his distorted view of Seekers buried deep, until the time for Oath taking arrives. For reasons as yet unknown, the most skilled of the three, John is not allowed to take his oath and from here, the story begins in earnest as the battle for control of the ancient artifact begins that will transcend dimensions, time and place, all while turning allies into deadly foes. Has John turned his back on all they have been taught or will the truths he reveals make for a type of outlaw justice and retribution that he will seek? Who is the true enemy? Who are the Dreads and what is their connection to the Seekers?
What better way to help a young reader learn the joy of imagination, than by giving them a tale that is not instant gratification, but a journey to a final end that cannot be seen? Ms. Dayton has given great attention to her characters, leaving just even unknown to allow her readers to come to their own conclusions about them. Her world has moment so tremendous world building and moments of more vague scenes, but each comes alive by building on previous ones in the reader’s mind. Not weighing heavily on the romantic triangle as a spotlight, but more as an emotional pull, these teens felt real, confused, afraid, yet determined to finish what has been started. Will they? What land will they go to next? Will the power of the artifact prove too unpredictable?
Epic tales change up pacing; they build their world in teasing bites, the slower pacing helps to grasp the enormity of the situation going on. The rapid-fire pacing invokes action, danger and intrigue, all the elements of a good tale! Epic fantasy from start to finish!
I received an ARC edition from Random House Children's Books in exchange for my honest review.