Friday, February 13, 2015

Book review - Seeker

Title: Seeker
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Genre: fantasy
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Summary: Quin has been training to become a seeker since early childhood. Taking her oath will be the culmination of all her training, achieving her destiny. She sees it as her chance to do some good in the world. When she takes the oath, though, she discovers that being a seeker isn't at all what she expected. She and her friends, John and Shinobu, see their entire world torn apart in a moment. What can life hold for them now?

My Opinion: In a series it's necessary to parcel out information in bits and pieces in order to keep the tension at the appropriate level. As this is the first in a series, we learn about the nature of being a Seeker very slowly. Sometimes too slowly. There were moments while I was reading this book that I was so fed up with the level of confusion and withheld information that I nearly gave up on it. And the plot is a little messy. We're back and forth in time and location so much that I nearly lost track of what was going on. The characters are all over the map emotionally. They're inconsistent. It's a rocky start to a series that even the excellent premise may not be enough to save.

Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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