Seeker (Seeker #1) – Arwen Elys Dayton
Title: Seeker (Seeker #1)
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Page Number: 448
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.
3 out of 5 stars
Quin lives on an estate in Scotland with her mother, Fiona, and her father, Briac. Her parents train her, in many ways, to become a Seeker. Seekers help keep balance in the world, keep people safe, and can travel with the power of the athame. Quin’s boyfriend, John, and half-third-cousin, Shinobu, train alongside her. The three are trying their hardest to become Seekers, but John is falling slightly behind. Quin and Shinobu take their oath to become full Seekers, then they go through the ceremony and receive their mark distinguishing them as a Seeker. The next thing they know, they are transported There. Twist the dials on the athame to match certain coordinates, hit the athame together with the lightning rod, and open up access to There. Quin and Shinobu do their first mission as Seekers and come back filled with trauma. The cousins don’t understand why they had to do what they did. Why did they need to go There? Will they ever feel the same again?
I got this book for review from NetGalley and even though it expired, I still decided to read it because it sounded really interesting. This book started out in what felt like a fantasy world, but in reality it was happening now-ish or a little in the future. It felt odd that it was happening now. It could have been clearer distinguished as to what time it was happening, but I got used to it. There was a lot going on in this book. Some of the things seemed pretty random at the time of reading it, but the loose ends were kind of tied up by the end. This was a very long book, but I thought it was alright. At the beginning I loved it because I thought it was fantasy, but then it just got a little weird. Some of the scenes with Shinobu and Quin were just too perfect and sassy that I had to put the iPad down for a couple seconds and reminisce in the adorable relationship. This was a multiple POV book and I don’t usually like having multiple personalities to follow, but this one wasn’t bad or distracting. At the beginning it was a little hard to tell the difference between Shinobu and John, but by about 20% through I felt like I knew who was who.
Quin, Shinobu, and John were the main characters of this book, but by the end Shinobu was my favorite. I found myself looking forward to the chapters from his point of view the most. He’s a really strong character, but he’s also broken. He was quirky and a little weird, but weird characters are always the best to read about. Quin and Shinobu were totally adorable. Team Quinobu.
Who Would I Be?:
Even though Shinobu was my favorite character, I will go with Quin. She got to spend a whole lot of time with Shinobu, and they’re perfect together. I can’t wait to see where the second book takes them!