A Reader Opines: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton @arwenelysdayton #bookreview #fantasy

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Publication: February 10th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Maybe it’s Game of Throne withdrawals, but I’ve been craving a fantasy series with complexities, subtleties and nuances. Seeker intrigued me and so I began a journey with young Quin Kincaid and was pleasantly surprised.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
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.

As with GOT, Seeker is told from multiple points of view. Each character gets a chapter as the story unfolds. It works, but I hope this form of storytelling doesn’t become standard. Arlen Elys Dayton has a knack for world-building. She’s not quite on par with Rowling or Martin, but close.

The characters are all unique and brimming with human emotions that run the spectrum. They are beautifully flawed. Dayton populated this world with people we know, people we could run into on the street and yet with something special at their cores.

Of course, even the best characters need a story and they each have their own. Quin, John and Shinobu dominate the action with their training to become Seekers, their disappointments and struggles. Maud, the Young Dread, is fascinating and her story somehow ties the other characters’ lives together. The secondary characters have their own stories and while we glimpse only small portions of them, we know their impact has been or will be profound.

The plot unfolded in an inconsistent matter. The first part establishes the main characters, their goals and conflicts but then the second part takes us out of the moment, giving us backstory. It all culminates in a third act that is very well written with action and noticeable changes in character. Part of me wants to complain about the siesta in the middle, but it is so important to the story that I’ve come to terms with it.

Overall I enjoyed Seeker and it intrigued me enough to want to read the next installment of the series. We’ll see how long this one sticks with me as it will be a while before Traveler (Seeker #2) is released.

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