Series: Seeker #1
Published by Delacorte Press on February 10, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Steam-Punk, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ The book opens in Scotland, which I love. The setting is a bit steampunkish, half modern, half old fashioned.
~ I assumed from the synopsis that this book would be all about Quin, but she’s only one of the many pov’s we get in this first book. This works good for me as I like multiple narrations.
~ If this book had hair, that hair would be big and full of secrets. John is hiding secrets from Quin, Briac is hiding secrets from everyone, Alistair is hiding secrets from Shinobu, Shinobu is hiding his burning love for Quin… it’s a tangled web.
~ In the beginning, the trio are training to become Seekers, which they believe to be the most noble of careers. They believe that Seekers are special guardians. They have no real idea what the job entails, but learn to fight. It’s clear that Briac is training John because he has to, not because he wants to, and this shows in the final test he gives the trio.
~ Even though John comes across as immature and shallow, everything he’s doing is to honor his dead mother, Catherine. He tries to do the right thing, but his youth and immaturity makes a mess of things. Despite all these things, I still wanted him to succeed in getting back what was taken from his family.
~ You know how you read a word you’ve never come across before and then you see it pop up everywhere? Well, that’s the word athame. The first time I really remember seeing it written is Anna Dressed in Blood (although I think I heard the term prior to seeing it in print), and athames are the daggers that the Seekers use.
~ John’s grandfather, Gavin, owns an airship called the Traveler. What makes it even more special is that it’s a place where Seekers can’t go (they use their athames to travel pretty much anywhere in the word).
~ Eventually the action switches to Hong Kong, where Quin is learning to help heal from Master Tan, and Shinobu is hanging out in opium dens.
~ Quin’s memories are gone, but she eventually remembers some sweet childhood memories with Shinobu, and their relationship dynamic begins to shift.
~ Meanwhile the Young Dread is dealing with the dangerous situation of being on Middle Dread’s shiz list, and her chapters were among my favorite.
~ Because this is the first book in the series, it felt a little slow at times. I loved the mix of fantasy, warrior, steampunk, but I didn’t connect as much with the characters as I wanted to. Shinobu is funny and sweet, but I was definitely more interested in John and Young Dread’s story- more interested even in the older generation’s story. Overall, it was a good start to an ambitious feeling YA fantasy series.
Quin- born and raised to be a Seeker by her dominating father, in love with John.
Shinobu- distant (very distant, he insists) cousin and best friend to Quin. Also training to be a Seeker under Quin’s father.
John- Quin’s boyfriend, and Seeker trainer, he’s desperate to restore his family’s fame and fortune.
Briac- Quin’s father and all around jerk.
Alistair- Shinobu’s father, helps train the Seekers along with Briac.
Gavin- John’s grandfather, not particularly competent.
Young Dread- the Dreads kind of watch over the Seekers, and eventually she narrates part of the book, but I won’t spoil her name. 😉 She’s a bad ass though.
Middle Dread- currently in charge of the Young Dread, has some secrets involving Briac.
Fiona- Quin’s mother, likes to drink.
Master Tan- a healer in Hong Kong.
There were a couple of moments- probably John’s memories of finding his dying mom were the most intense scenes.
I also really liked the ability to take memories from people, which was a power of Master Tan. I’m kind of obsessed by the idea that so much of who we are is because of our memories, so any book that explores that tends to interest me.
Stop the Clock:
Seeker was a decent read- it didn’t blow me away, but I loved the uncovering of mysteries and lies, and liked the setting. I think as the series continues I’ll grow more attached to the characters, and I think I’ll most likely keep on reading.
Seeker gets a Midnight Book rating of: