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I Belong


Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

SeekerTitle: Seeker

Author: Arwen Elys Dayton

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Seeker (Book #1)

Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 0385744072 (Random House)

ISBN-13: 978-0385744072 (Random House)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

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 thought. And now it’s too late to walk away.

Quick & Dirty: Too much world-building, narrative and alternating points of view made this a depressingly tedious read.

Opening Sentence: It would be nice to make it through alive, Quin thought.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

As this is the first book in the series, I expected a fair amount of world-building but not so much that it bored me, which unfortunately is exactly what this book did. As much as I tried to give it the benefit of doubt, I did not enjoy this read and I can’t imagine myself wanting to read the subsequent books in the Seeker series.

The story is told through the points of views of Quin, John, Shinobu, Maud and I’m sure there were a few others too. I usually like different perspectives to a story but here I felt like I was jumping from one event to another as opposed to the story flowing through but being seen from different angles.

Don’t get me wrong, the characters were interesting enough, there was a teensy bit of humour too but the story was so dull and depressing. From the start there just seemed to be an ominous atmosphere and it really did not improve. Quin has trained her whole life to be a seeker but she has no idea what she has gotten into until there’s too much blood on her hands to wipe off.

“I don’t want to bring you any more trouble,” she whispered, leaning her head nearer to his. “If you get me off the Bridge, you’ll be rid of me. I promise.”
“I’ve been trying to get rid of you a long while,” he told her, looking away. “You won’t stay gone.”

Quin appeared to be a strong enough girl to begin with, but her depression after she’s committed her seeker assignments and then her eagerness to have her memory erased so she can start a new life was pure cowardice. Adding to that, her ridiculous obsession with John was pathetic. How could she possibly believe she was in love with him when he had been keeping humongous secrets from her the entire time?

John irritated me with his quest to avenge his family but I can see why he might be mentally disturbed since as a child he witnesses his mother being tortured and killed. That kind of thing must have had addled his brain, which semi-explains his craziness and the way he justifies killing people for the greater good.

The only characters I did like were Shinobu and Master Tan, probably because they’re the only ones that added a bit of humour to the story. The book would have been far easier to read if there were more chapters with them around.

“You make a good punching bag, Sea Bass,” Shinobu told him as he pulled the big fellow to his feet. “But she’s not my girlfriend.”
“Whatever you say, Barracuda. I’m always getting into knife fights for girls who are just good friends.”
“She’s my cousin-third cousin. Well, half third cousin.”
Brian groaned deeply as he managed to get fully upright. “What’s a third cousin?”
“It’s a… barely related kind of person, Sea Bass, who still thinks of herself as your relative.”
“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.”

Overall, I was not impressed and I don’t imagine wanting to continue this series.

Notable Scene:

Silence fell between them, until the Young Dread finally dared to ask, “Were you a great mind, Master?”

A real smile crossed his face. “You don’t ask if I am a great mind, child? Because I speak gibberish now? Let me tell you-I once thought I was a great mind.”

“And now?”

“Now it does not matter. Great minds are not what’s wanted. Only good hearts. Good hearts choose wisely.”

“How does one find a good heart?”

“It is luck, child. Always luck. With you, I have been very lucky.”

Seeker Series:

  1. 1. Seeker

2. Traveler (January 12, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: Delacorte Press/Random House provided me with a copy of Seeker. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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