Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

I was super duper lucky when I got to take the entire Seeker trilogy home on my last day of internship back in May. I planned on reading it sometime in May or June, but obviously that didn’t happen. When I sat down to brainstorm posts for October, I suddenly thought of Seeker. Somehow I associate Scotland with Autumn so I thought why not review it now? I don’t usually review Dutch books, but for Seeker I made an exception. I hope you enjoy my spoiler free review!

“She was a Seeker now, marked for life. She had thought this brand would be an eblem of pride, but now it meant something entirely different. She was damned.”

My Review

Woah, woah, woah. Seeker was such an unexpected surprise! I’d seen this book in shops so many times and I must’ve read the synopsis a billion times! But… I was never interested enough to get it. Like I said before, I got the entire trilogy at the end of my internship and I was really glad to finally pick it up! It took me a while, but I’m so, so glad I finally did because it was so epic!

Arwen Elys Dayton has crafted an amazing story. Her writing was really good. Although I read a translation, it really showed Arwen’s writing skills. I love how the story was divided into four parts. The ‘normal’ part one to three and an ‘Intermezzo’ which took place in the past and felt a little bit like an origin story. It was told from four different perspectives and I liked them all. It didn’t bother me one bit that the present was interrupted by the past for a bit, and the alternating perspectives of the characters was a nice change. It wasn’t annoying in the slightest. It was actually very cleverly done, especially in the end. During the finale, the chapters were short, making sure all main characters gave a little perspective on the matter. I absolutely loved it!

The book took place over the span of about two years, which made it possible too see the characters develop. Character development in books is one of my favourite things, and Seeker is actually such a good example of the fact that development doesn’t always mean it’s getting better. I really liked Quin, John and Shinobu. In the beginning, they’re friends and they’re together. Their families are entwined but also quite messed up. Certain events drift them apart and through that split, you can see how complex their relationships are and how they changed as individuals.

I’m not sure what I expected from Seeker, it was something along the lines of an historical-ish fantasy. Boy, was I wrong! I was so pleasantly surprised with the present day setting. The biggest surprise for me, though, was the technology! Where I thought it was a historical, it was actually present day, sometimes even a little futuristic. Also, it was much darker than I thought it’d be! There was violence and murder and really. really bad stuff going on. The synopsis suggests everything changes when Quin takes her Oath and that it’s ‘too late to walk way.’ But I never suspected it’d be like this! It was a nice surprise and I really liked it.

My Rating

Although I wouldn’t consider Seeker to be a favourite book, I can’t give it any less than 5/5! I see no faults in the story and I genuinely think the book was written perfectly.

About Seeker

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.

“Katniss and Tris would approve.” —
“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.” —SLJ

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Have you read Seeker? What did you think?

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