To be a Seeker was an honorable dream.  To right wrongs, defend the innocent and protect the defenseless that was what this is all about — isn’t it?
SeekerTitle:  Seeker
Author:  Arwen Elys Dayton
Genre: Fantasy
Published:  February 10, 2015
Source:  NetGalley

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.

*I received an e-ARC of Seeker from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange
for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.

Can you imagine at the age of 8 to have your future mapped out for you?  To know what you will do, must do at such an early age?  And by the age of 15 be fully trained to .. change the future?

Read on for my thoughts on Seeker.  No true spoilers, promise.

Seeker begins on a estate, in the beautiful, sprawling hills of Scotland.  Quin, Shinobu and John are facing another training session in their quest to become Seekers.  But this session is different, more intense as though it was their last chance to prove themselves to their instructor, Quin’s father.  He is vicious in his demands on them and one cannot give what is demanded.

By the end of the session two will know that their journey to become Seekers will be attained this very night – the other will know disappointment.

The drive to become Seekers is all these three children, young, very young adults have known.  The legacy of changing destiny by fighting evil, thwarting history, righting wrongs and saving the innocent is a worthy life.

And it might have been just that – once.  But on the night of their initiation, the new Seekers discover exactly what is required of them in their new lives.  There is no honor in what they have just done.  No innocents were saved.  Destiny has been changed but at what price.

Now their only desire is to escape their destiny – or is it too late for them as well.

…and from this tease onward you really need to read the book for yourself.  To say more would, in my opinion, give away far too much.

By the end of Seeker there were characters that I simply loathed, and perhaps that is a gentle word for the emotions toward several of them.  Disappointment in the path of another character who will become a carbon copy of that which they despise.

The telling of the story wasn’t always smooth.  I would have rather had some background at the beginning of the story.  To place flashbacks to all of the characters lives in a middle section didn’t give me answers to questions I needed at the start – it only frustrated me. (that is a purely personal reaction, it was obviously the author’s intent to space it this way, it just didn’t work well for me)

The ending is fast paced.  It answers some questions.  And since this appears to be the starting of a series – it also leaves some questions vaguely answered in order to continue the telling of these Seeker’s lives.

I liked Seeker.  I will read another book in this storyline to see where the characters are going in their development.  It won’t be on the top of the list, buy it the moment it comes out though.  Because although I’d like to know more of the story, how Quin grows is the only reason I would want to follow a series based on the first novel.  Her heartbreak over discovering what being a Seeker truly involved would be enough to want to know more of her story.

Seeker is available at Amazon in Audio, Hardcover and on Kindle.