Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton


Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

Published Year: 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
Subtitle: Okay, but not Good

"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. "

I'll be honest -- I was both intrigued and scared to start this book. I love assassins and having characters who are just so physically awesome. But I knew from the beginning this book was going to dive into the emotional aspects of being an assassin. I knew it would be dark and heavy and I was both excited and scared.

Because of this, I kept picking the book up and putting it down. It moved both fast and slow through the first parts of the book. I found myself still scared but unable to stop moving forward. I had to know! I just had to know everything.

AED split this book into three parts, the main plotline was in parts one and three. Part two was a compilation of flashbacks. It was a really interesting way to split the story. It definitely increased the anticipation because I kept having to wait for the answers. But I'm not entirely sure it helped the plot. I would've appreciated a more intermittent sprinkling of the flashbacks, finding things out piecemeal rather than a weird information dump that didn't make sense until all at once.

I enjoyed Quin and Shinobu and Maud the best for sure. They struggled, they made bad decisions and good decisions, they had specific motivations. They were both smart and stupid. I disagreed with some of the others and for most of the book, I was lost on who to pull for. I hate not knowing who to root for. AED successfully put each character into a sucky and underdog state (except for that one awful one, you'll know which one) where I wanted to root for him/her. I did eventually go with my gut and my faves pulled through in the end. But it was so painful, so very very painful.

Also, the whipsword seems awesome. I want a weapon that will melt and reform into any weapon I imagine/need. Talk about the perfect assassin's blade! I really wanted to know more about this, and AED even had a little ping in there about it, but it was pretty much forgotten in the grand scheme of things.

I felt like I was swimming through this book, trying to pull the random pieces of information together. It was well done and well written, but I definitely did not enjoy the experience of reading it. The story had me invested and hoping and hating, but now that I'm done, I feel just as lost as before. I'm murky on my feelings for this one guys, but AT LEAST MY SHIP SAILED. I was rooting for these two to be together and one thing after another kept getting in the freaking way, until finally FINALLY, they acknowledged it.

2.5 out of 5 stars.