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
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.
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 anymore..what..so 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!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Winter COYER