Monday, May 11, 2015

Seeker

Seeker is a YA futuristic fantasy novel by Arwen Elys Dayton.

After years of training, Quin Kinkaid and her two fellow trainees, Shinobu and John, they are finally ready to take the Oath that will officially make them Seekers – protectors of the weak and wronged.

Yet – once the Oath is taken, Quin finds the truth is much darker.

After centuries of nobility, the life of a Seeker now is not what it once was. Everything has changed.

Nothing is what she thought – her family, the boy she loves, the life she’s been preparing for since a little girl.

And it’s too late.

Seeker looked kind of cool and interesting, so I went ahead and put it ahead of some other books on my shelf. Sadly, that was not a correct choice.

First off, trying to get a handle on the period we are in is very difficult – I finally landed on some sort of futuristic world with a medieval Scottish highlands vibe. Sort of odd.

Seeker starts with an action sequence featuring an oily weapon that can change shape at will – different, but not enough so to grab me the way it was meant to.

Very quickly we get descriptive passages on all three of the main characters – Quin, Shinobu and John – and get a fast understanding of their relationship to each other. We’ve got some love triangles, unrequited feelings and a forbidden affair. Also, we have multiple instances of adults in their lives giving rather ominous warnings about the Oath – urging them to not go through with it, to think of other options for their lives.

Sometimes all of this can work. Depending on the plot, writing and charisma of the characters I could totally get into all of this and ignore some cliché alarms. Unfortunately, nothing was good enough for me in Seeker to do so…

Honestly, I don’t have a good handle on what I just read. The plot itself is very obscure – and not in a brainy way, more in a way that nothing is explained or understood by the reader. I guess you’re just supposed to go along on the action and suspense ride – problem is that I feel no suspense when I don’t know what is happening.

It’s too bad but I was just never into Seeker at all. And I tried – I really did.

In the end, I kind of felt like shrugging. The direction of the romance went to, in my opinion, a weird place. Quin was never a heroine for me – she seemed a bit weak-willed. And the plot… well, what WAS it?

In the end, Seeker was billed far higher than what I got – it certainly did not feel like a mash-up of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones to me!

However, as always, this is only MY opinion. Clearly, there are many who enjoyed Seeker! Read it for yourself and feel free to share your thoughts!

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