Sunday, February 1, 2015

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

According to Publishers Weekly, “In this powerful beginning to a complex family saga...Dayton excels at creating memorable characters.”
SEEKER is billed as a Young Adult fantasy novel. And while the characters are memorable and the family saga complex, there is something off.

What I loved: 
The relationship between Quin, John and Shinobu. This book reminded me nothing of the Hunger Games or Divergent, but at times I did find myself thinking it reminded me a bit of Clockwork Princess with the love triangle.
The little physics class about traveling between dimensions was fun.
The deceptions and family secrets intriguing, but not as intriguing as Maud’s character.

What I didn’t like: 
Wait, what’s a Seeker and what are they seeking? And why did Quin suddenly become this magnificent healer for 18 months and then we never revisit that power and it was never hinted at in the first place?

Parts of this book are great, but there’s something missing and the 18 month span in Hong Kong seems out of place in a book like this. It’s a good fantasy read, but lacking in the world building. Maybe book 2 will bring it all together, but the story didn’t draw me in enough to feel like I have to read the next one.

3/5 Stars

**I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley for review**

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