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Quin Kincaid is about to take the Oath to become a Seeker. It’s what she has dreamed of for most of her 15 years --- defending the weak, upholding justice and helping the needy. Doing right. And then, she learns that everything she’s been told is wrong.

That night, Quin discovers that the honored tradition of her family has become nothing more than a desecration of everything they stand for --- everything Quin thought they stood for. What do you do when the conception of your world is shattered? What do you do when you learn it’s all a lie?

Quin’s cousin Shinobu has also been devastated by the realization, but Quin’s longtime love interest, John, isn’t. John desperately wants to become a Seeker --- at any cost. And now as Seekers, Quin and Shinobu have the knowledge John wants. Two broken teens who have lost their whole identities are caught up in a power struggle spanning centuries, one forged and broken by family ties and set against the rich tapestry of old and new cultures. Because while they’d rather forget everything, Quin and Shinobu are Seekers now --- and that is a powerful, dangerous thing.

Arwen Elys Dayton has spun a fast-paced and page-turning novel that mixes genres expertly. 

Arwen Elys Dayton has spun a fast-paced and page-turning novel that mixes genres expertly.SEEKER focuses not only on the action-adventure plotline, but also on characters’ development. All of the main characters are very real and have multiple faults, although I t thought their flaws may have had too strong of an effect --- I didn’t particularly like any character or really cheer for one. They were relatable, but more because of their foibles and fears than the just-as-human capacity for good and love.

There is no lack of drama and action to keep the story moving. Dayton keeps readers guessing as the plotline twists and turns. At first, the combination of old and new cultures can be confusing, but you have to trust the author and go along with the story. Her ideas are fascinating and well worth the wait. The world-building is complex and well-done, with many interesting and fantastical elements that spark the imagination.Particularly, I appreciated how the Dreads played changing roles throughout the novel.

From Japan’s Victoria Harbor to scenes in ancient Scotland, the saga that is SEEKER is masterful in its setting. Scottish lore blends with ancient healing practices, which blends with enough combat to interest even the most strictly “action stories only” reader. While these disparate places and times may have clashed at the hands of another author, Dayton uses them to form a detailed and lovely story.SEEKER has something for everyone --- drama, conflict, grief, magic, mystery and a dash of romance. In these combinations, Dayton proves the mettle of her tale… and it’s one that begs for a sequel.

Reviewed by Mary M., Teen Board Member on February 6, 2015

(Seeker #1)
by Arwen Elys Dayton

  • Publication Date: February 10, 2015
  • Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0385744072
  • ISBN-13: 9780385744072