Review of Seeker

Posted February 12, 2015 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 13 Comments

Review of Seeker

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, YA
Published by Delacorte Press Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin's new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

First Line

It would be nice to make it though alive, Quin thought.

What I thought of this book

I am going to start by saying that I don’t normally rant about a book, but this one was just awful. Please read my post carefully because even if I try to make sure it has no spoilers it might.

When I first picked this up on netgalley it sounded really interesting then I started seeing all the DNFs and I thought surely they were just not giving the book a decent try, but nope it was really just that bad. I buddy read this book with Mandy from The Reading Diaries and it is really the only reason I kept going instead of DNFing it myself.

This book is so confusing and leaves you with so many questions that it is really hard to try and invest our time in it. So I am sorry if I get a little long winded as I rant a bit.

  • The whole time I read this book I never fully figured out what a Seeker was! Are they some sort of knights, assassin’s…WHAT!
  • Never figured out fully what a Dread was, but there was a young one, a middle one and a old one. They oversee the oath taking to be a seeker and they are super strong and really old even the youngest one who looked like a teenager was I believe a couple hundred years old. But what are they? Where did they come from? Why do they oversee seekers?
  • Where did the Athame come from and how does it really work? It hums when you strike it with a lightning rod and then it takes you to there…um okay. That is another thing..WHERE IS THERE? There is some inbetween place you go while making the Athame take you where you want to go, but what the heck is it!
  • There is sort of a love triangle and I say sort of because there really isn’t a lot of romance in this book but there are two guys who like Quin. One of them is a bit of an ick factor for me because he is her distant cousin..although it says that he is not really related cause of a remarriage or something like that but they call each other cousin..I mean tell it like it is..he is related or not..cause eww.
  • I am really not cool with drugs in a YA book but that is really just my preference. There is a lot of opium usage when they are in Hong Kong.
  • What century am I reading about? Part of it sounds medieval as they live in cottages in Scotland, but then they have these weird whipswords that sound either steampunkish or futuristic as it’s a sword that can change into different types of swords. There are airships and talk of modern things, so I am confused?? The book is labeled as Fantasy, Dystopian and even Science Fiction on Goodreads but I didn’t feel much of any of those aspects maybe a little Fantasy other than that I am not sure what genre to label it. 🙁

This book was just so frustrating I had problems with the author leaving things unspoken of until the very end of the book. Like they go into this manor house and when they come out both Quin and Shinobu are sick and terrified. They don’t want to be seekers what happened? You can sort of guess but you dont’ get answers until close to the end and it drove me crazy..same with wanting to know why the athame was so important to John.

So to be honest I am not sure what I read. I just know it to me forever and I felt like I got no where but the book sure was long enough..ugh.

The most interesting part of the whole book was the last ten percent of the book, it was full of good action.

So I really can’t recommend this one to anyone and that is just sad. The one positive thing about this book is the cover. It has a really pretty cover!

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13 responses to “Review of Seeker

  1. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews for it and a lot of disappointment. Great review by the way. You explained what didn’t work for you clearly. You told me all I need to know:)

  2. I actually liked this book, mostly. I think it had good characters building and the world was just enormous. I hated all the traveling though. I didn’t like the love triangle, but we never really figured out what Quin thought about it really. This is part of a series so i imagine that is why all the unanswered questions. I gave it 3 stars. I agreed with most of your points but this was not as bad as some 2 stars books I have read.

    • Stormi

      I read this book with a blogging buddy and though she has some of the same issues I had she still liked it enough to give it a three star review, so there are some that do like it. 🙂

  3. YES! I read and reviewed this for my blog and I agree with everything you said. I thought about marking it DNF, but somehow I muddled my way through it. Ugh, it was so bad. I had no idea what was going on and who was doing what. I don’t get what a Seeker or a Dread is. And I agree with you about the confusion regarding its time period. I was confused the whole time because I didn’t know if this was supposed to be set in the past or the future. Ugh, this was so bad.

  4. Stormi

    I know, right? I really hate ranting and I almost never do so I felt sort of bad but it was my opinion and I think I’m entitled to 🙂

  5. Oh I feel you Stormi. They sent me this awesome arc in a cool box, with a niffy promo. This was my first book of the new year and I tried I really tired but at 130 pages I threw my hands up.

  6. I’m definitely passing on this. Way too many DNFs and low ratings. I hate to finish a book and still not know what I read exactly. Great review – I totally get why this was not good for you!!!

  7. Yeah . . . the author definitely leaves a lot of things implied in this one. I didn’t know whether to feel flattered that she didn’t think we are the idiots so many many other authors who OVER-explain seem to think we are, or to smack her around a bit b/c so much vague, and all in one place. Blah.

  8. Well, bummer. I’ve seen a lot of DNF too and I have this one as well and was so excited to read it because the cover rocks and they synopsis sounded like I would like it. I’ll have to read a few chapters so I at least can say it was a DNF for NG, but I definitely won’t try to push through this one.

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