BOOK REPORT for Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

Cover Story: Shine Bright

BFF Charm: Eventually

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

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Talky Talk: Past Meets Future

Bonus Factor: Mysteries to Unravel

Bonus/Anti-Bonus Factor: Series Starter

Relationship Status: Holding Back

Seeker

Cover Story:

I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with this cover. The constellation sword, rams heads, and swirly things look like an early computer 3D model; the barren landscape below and tagline above are more than a little foreboding. And yet, I kind of like it? It screams fantasy, and I can rarely resist that.

The Deal:

Quin has spent her entire 15 years of life training to become a Seeker. What, exactly, that means, she’s not quite sure, but her father—who’s also her teacher, and a Seeker himself—tells her they do and stand up for what’s right. But on the night she takes her official oath to become a full-fledged Seeker, she learns what it really means, and it’s nothing like she expected. In some very not so nice ways.

BFF Charm: Eventually

At the start of Seeker, Quin is a naive girl who puts her trust in people who should be worthy of it, but who really, really aren’t. Because of this, she goes a little off the rails for about a third of the book. I can’t really blame her, but I also can’t quite get behind the quality of running from your problems, regardless of their nature. There’s a strong woman behind her fears, and when she realizes that, she’ll be all the better for it.

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

Quin has guys in her life. One’s like family (in fact, he’s her half third cousin or something), the other’s a guy who her father would never approve of. Both of them have their redeeming qualities, and their really terrible ones. There are some smooches, but everything feels very chaste. Were I in her place, I’m not sure I’d pick either of them. (Even if they are as hot as they’re both described.)

Talky Talk: Past Meets Future

In Seeker, Arwen Elys Dayton has created a story that mixes past with future. The mystery surrounding the Seekers and what they do is supposedly thousands of years old. Where Quin trains is equally steeped in history; it’s a compound in Scotland that is also her ancestral home. And yet, the weapons they train with are very futuristic, and other technologies of the day include giant airships that float above the skies of London. It’s an interesting mix, but at times it can be a bit confusing. Even the characters question the various pieces of old and new that come into play. Dayton creates more questions than she gives answers, but the combination is more intriguing than annoying.

Bonus Factor: Mysteries to Unravel

Like I mentioned in Talky Talk, there’s a sense of mystery that runs through Seeker. The novel can be a bit confusing at times, with not knowing exactly what is going on or who the characters are. Certain kernels of knowledge are revealed throughout the book, with more to likely (hopefully?) be revealed in future books. It’s a case of as the main characters learn, so will we, the readers. I appreciate this type of slow-burn worldbuilding.

Bonus/Anti-Bonus Factor: Series Starter

On the one hand, it’s hard to have to wait for the next book. On the other, I’m glad to know there’s more to come, as I really would like to get some answers before all is said and done.

Casting Call:

Adelaide Kane as Quin

I know that Adelaide’s actually Australian, but thanks to Reign we know that she pulls off British well. And seeing as Quin is Scottish, that training would come in handy.

Relationship Status: Holding Back

You had an interesting premise, Book, which made me willing to meet with you. And the stories you told me on our date were intriguing. And yet, there’s so much you’re not telling me. I’m willing to go out a second time, but please try to open up a little more the next time we meet? Otherwise, I’m going to start getting suspicious.

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Mandy lives in Austin, TX, where she's an editor/writer for an educational non-profit by day and a pop culture junkie by night. When she's not ensconced in a book for Forever Young Adult, Mandy can be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.