Seeker was confusing and disappointing…
Book Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Title & Author: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Dystopia
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Series: Seeker #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
How I Got the Book: ARC via publisher
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.”
Did Not Finish
I haven’t done this in awhile, but – full disclosure – I did not finish Seeker.
I read approximately 40 percent of the book (thanks for the stats, Kindle!) and decided to stop. So just keep in mind that this review does not offer a full view of the book, as I did not reach the end.
Fist things first, why did I DNF Seeker?
1. During the entire 40 percent of the book I read, a main plot point, i.e. what a “Seeker” is, is not explained. The point, purpose and history of being a Seeker is barely hinted at. As this is in the title of the book and is presumably an important part of the series, I found this extremely annoying.
2. Point 1, repeated. Another huge event happens in the book that causes SERIOUS fallout and it isn’t described in any detail at all. Again, frustrating as a reader trying to piece things together. Throw us a bone!!
3. Despite the action, nothing happens. There are several fighting scenes, but the story felt so slow and uneventful. I honestly struggled to get to even 40 percent.
Other things you might care about:
- There’s a 3 person rotating POV
- Revenge and secrets are afoot
- The setting (to as far as I read) was Scotland during modern times
The plot was shaky, the world-building weak and the story bland. So many low-level basic questions remain unanswered, which instead of adding to the mystery only add to a reader’s frustration. I recommend passing on Seeker and reading The Falconer or The Burning Sky instead for great action-based magic adventures.