​Book review: Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

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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.

Ginny’s thoughts: I don’t think I read the same book everyone else did. I say this, because I browsed through the reviews on Goodreads and there are a veritable butt-ton of did-not-finish ratings. Why? I found the story highly enjoyable. And I’d really like to counter the points made in some of those reviews, but that’s not really what a review should be about. Plus their entitled to their own opinions even if I don’t agree.

And I don’t agree.

But that’s the last I’ll say on that… probably.

Seeker starts out with Quin training with these weird weapons (whipswords) that can basically become anything. With her are her “cousin” of sorts, Shinobu and her man candy, John. Pretty much from the get go you can tell something isn’t right in the world of the Seekers, but you’re not sure what. And I love that in a book. I love feeling unsettled right along with the characters and knowing that something is going to go dreadfully wrong, but you simply don’t have all the information to stop it. No one does, except Old Dread and maybe Briarc and Middle Dread.

But, of course, they aren’t talking.

Instead, you get to see the world through the eyes of John, Quin, Shin, and Maud. Kids who are trying to deal with some serious shit and doing a rather poor job of it. But by the end, which sneaks up on you faster than you’d imagine, things have turned out alright. Somehow. By luck I suspect. As long as you don’t credit (spoiler removed) or (spoiler removed) and finally (spoiler removed).

But hey! At least (spoiler removed)!!

I know that’s vague, thanks to all the spoilers I had to remove, but at the end I was left aching, desperate for more. If you enjoy your fantasy a little bit steam punk and without all the answers given to you on a silver platter with a healthy dose of “fuck, my parents did not prepare me for life” than give Seeker a shot.

A review copy was provided via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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