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DNF’d | Book Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker was confusing and disappointing…

Book Review: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

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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


“The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.

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.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Oh, it’s sad that you didn’t like it! I really enjoyed this one… I think it was like Schotland, London and Hong Kong -not quite sure though.

    Well, we can’t like everything of course so it’s normal. I hope you enjoy your next read more! 😀

  • Kara Young Dickinson

    I love that you give such honest reviews. I may still try this because I loved Resurrection. No one can like every book and you always give your reasoning. Even my sister will not like some of my recommendations because everyone has different tastes, even sisters who are best friends.

  • I just got this from Netgalley as a filler because I have nothing to read right now…/blatantly turns gaze away from her stack of TBR. I’ve only finished a few chapters and really REALLY wish I had known that it had the rotating POV. I have a really hard time getting into books like this, especially if the POV is of a males perspective. I have a hard time getting into books that are from a males POV unless I am already committed (IE: it’s the second or third book in a series). I am going to try still, but I dunno if I will finish it either. =/

  • Oh I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one. I just got the ARC, but haven’t started reading it yet.