Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Publication Date: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Received: E-copy from Random House Children’s via NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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 really enjoyed Seeker! This Sci-Fi/Fantasy is the first book of at least two in the series. There is a lot going on in this first book. The story is told from the POV of four different people, Quin, Shinobu, John, and Maud, each with a back story, leading to an explosive ending!
Quin, Shinobu, and John are training to be Seekers. Seekers are supposed to seek the truth, fight against evil. It's an honor that is passed down through generations. But Quin’s father, a Seeker himself, has become nothing more than an assassin.
Maud is a Young Dread. Dreads are a stealth like people, quick and quiet. They have the knowledge to stretch their lives out, making them much older than they appear. They are there to watch the Seekers. They are not to interfere with them, but there is a corruption among them too.
Quin can’t wait to become a Seeker! She’s been training for this her whole life. When her training is complete, and she is finally a Seeker, she learns what she thinks is a noble cause is something entirely different. When the chance to escape presents itself, Quin and Shinobu take it and head to Hong Kong. Injured during the escape, a Healer not only heals Quin's body, but also helps her forget her past. Until her past catches up with her, and she is forced to remember what she is…a Seeker.
Arwen Elys Dayton paints a vivid picture of castle ruins in Scotland, busy Hong Kong streets and seedy opium dens, and the skyline of London. With a medieval feel in Scotland to a modern Hong Kong and London, Seeker has a mixture of textures throughout it.
I have to say, all the back stories of the four main characters did slow Seeker down a bit, but I do feel it was necessary. And it all comes together to make a spectacular ending and a lead into the next book, Traveler, which I for one can’t wait to read!
FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC e-copy of the story from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.
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I hear this is going to be made into a movie. I think it would be good!