Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker (Seeker #1)
Author:  Arwen Elys Dayton
Publisher:  Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 448 pages
Expected Publication Date:  February 10, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
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.

I loved this book and here's why:

1. Unpredictable plot. I had no idea what was going to happen and when I thought I did, I was wrong. I don't want to say much more because I don't want to spoil it, but the book spans a few years, there's violence and betrayal, and it's set in a world that is basically like ours, but you would never know it. In the beginning, it seems like it's set in a different world, like a fantasy, but then you get hints that it's sort of like our world (at one point one of the characters is watching a TV, and then the second part, there are futuristic elements). Fascinating and engrossing plot and setting.

2. Character development. The three main characters evolve and change so much in this book, and in unexpected ways. They are also very complex, with shades of gray. No one is innocent, but no one is necessarily evil either. It makes you think about what horrible things you would do if you thought you were doing them for the right reason. Is the villain really a villain?

3. The love story. There are two love stories, but I wouldn't call this a love triangle. So for those of you that are anti-love triangle, don't let the fact that there are two guys and one girl keep you from reading this book. It's complicated. Characters change. A lot of time passes. It's not a matter of two guys like me and I have to choose which one. Not at all. Just when I thought I knew what was happening when it came to the relationships, there was a twist I didn't see coming. So well done.

An amazing read, I can't wait for the next one!

Posted by: Pam


  1. I am glad to hear that you liked this because I have seen so many DNFed reviews out there I was a bit worried about reading this one. :) So hopefully I will like it.


  2. I've been seeing some things about this book lately and I realized that I had no idea what it was about... until now. I love high fantasy stories -- this looks right up my alley! Character development, complex, morally ambiguous characters, good/evil not entirely set, villains who aren't boxed in, a plot full of twists, violence, and betrayal, and a complicated romance? Not crazy about the love triangle, but I definitely believe you when it comes to the actual dynamics and there being a twist ( I think a bunch of authors are doing that these days, to avoid the anti-LT surge). Oooh, Pam, you've made me so excited for this one!

  3. I just wrote my review for this one and I too really enjoyed this book - even though it was not at all what I expected it to be - but I have SO MANY QUESTIONS! But I know exactly what you mean when you say is the villain really a villain because part of me felt like John DID deserve the athame. However, I didn't like the romance flop at the end - not because i didn't like the guy but because it felt too sudden.

  4. This sounds really interesting. I have to admit that I was a bit turned off by this cover, but how intriguing that this is more like our world. I will maybe give this a try if I see it in the library. Great review!