Seeker (Seeker Series #1)

Seeker (Seeker Series #1)

by Arwen Elys Dayton


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“Katniss and Tris would approve.” —

“This book will not disappoint.” —
“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.” —SLJ
A genre-bending sci-fi/fantasy about a group of teens who are trained to kill and marked to die.
   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.

More praise for Seeker, book one in the Seeker series:
“[A] genre-blending sci-fi, fantasy…[with] action-packed scenes.”—Booklist
“In this powerful beginning to a complex family saga . . . Dayton excels at creating memorable characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“Secrets, danger, and romance meet in this unforgettable epic fantasy.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Unbreakable
A tightly woven, action-packed story of survival and adventure, Seeker is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.” —Tahereh Mafi, author of the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385744089
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Arwen Elys Dayton's Seeker Series , #1
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 452,984
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Arwen Elys Dayton spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland.
   Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.

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SEEKER 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. SEEKER is EPIC--a truly imaginative and entertaining YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi novel. Talk about some serious world building and a fascinating mix of genres. There was a little bit of everything going on here: high fantasy, science fiction, maybe even steampunk...? I'm in awe. Arwen Elys Dayton, you made it work girl! I normally don't care for novels with more than one or two narrators, but it was fun to see 4 very different and surprisingly empathetic voices to move the story along. The lines between good and evil were blurred--I felt myself rooting for Quin, John, Shinobu, Maud... everyone except Briac (obvi). Although, having gotten to know the author's voice... maybe there's something more interesting lurking in his backstory for future reads? I sort of hope not because I feel like there always has to be a big bad... I'm a fan of one truly evil villain. Briac is a total evil dick. Not a spoiler... Anyway... Arwen Elys Dayton is one to watch. Perfect for fans of Graceling. Not so sure I'd go so far as to compare it to Hunger Games or Game of Thrones... come on marketing people. Those are two very different books and audiences. But yes, there were elements in this story that would appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Also not sure what's up with the mixed reviews--but at least it's starting conversations. Highly recommend giving this one a shot!
absolutartist1_Cate More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.** --------------------------------- Quin, John, and Shinobu - three young, idealistic individuals with intertwined lives. All have been training for several years to become revered Seekers - people who right wrongs for society. But, all is not as it seems and they are in for some eye-opening experiences. There are several twists and turns to this story that may surprise - and even shock you. I loved how the story is told from the points of view of several of the characters which helps give some insight into the decisions and actions of those characters that you might not otherwise get. I tend to read paranormal/urban fantasy almost exclusively at this point so this book was a change of pace for me. Overall the storyline and telling of it are well-crafted, and could be read by most 11-13 year olds without much issue.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Seeker' is the fascinating first book in a poignant new young adult fantasy series. The story follows our three main characters - Quin, John, and Shinobu - as the end of their Seeker training approaches and the decision of their worthiness to join the ranks of the other Seekers. Quin and Shinobu are ready to finally take the oath they've been working towards almost their entire lives. John, who came to the estate later in his life, hasn't had as much training or experience - and he doesn't get chosen to join. The day of the oath that will make officially make her a Seeker is the most important day in Quin's life. She will finally join the ranks, inherit her legacy, and fight for those who are weak or have been wronged in some way. At least that's what Quin believes - until she actually takes the oath. Everything turns upside down in Quin's world after she pledges to be a Seeker - and not in a good way. It turns out that her entire life - what a Seeker actually does, her family, and even the boy she's been in love with for years - aren't what she thought they were. Now that Quin knows all the secrets that have been hidden from her - there's no turning back or running away. She's taken the oath and is now a Seeker - no matter what. First of all, I have to get this off my chest before I can even think about doing my review of the book. There has been a ton of hype over this book for months now, which is great. The description sounded original and interesting, which made me want to read it. Since the beginning of the book's campaign, there have been lots of comparisons between it and other various books, movies, and TV shows. I, personally, don't read any of these statements - or any other reviews of the book - before I have had a chance to read it myself. I don't want to be influenced by what other people think or judge the book based on a comparison to a different bestseller. I believe it's unfair to the author and the story itself, because it's already beginning to get judged before the cover has even opened. If it doesn't compare enough or match up to whatever comparison is made - that tends to lead to disappointed reactions and negative reviews. I fully believe in giving every book it's own chance - to read it without any prejudice or expectations. Any other way is cheating yourself and the book out of something that may have been spectacular if given the chance. I'm not quite sure why I went on a small rant there, but it's been frustrating me how a lot of the books being released lately are compared to other well-known books or series - and then the reader is highly disappointed by what they read, because they don't think it was anything like said book or series. My philosophy is to not read any other reviews of the book and try to avoid all the hype about it until after I've finished reading it and have formed my own opinions. I believe that every book deserves at least that and it's unfair to do or think otherwise. This book was definitely an original blend of genres - specifically fantasy, action, adventure, and romance - with an incredibly detailed setting and completely realistic characters. There are technically three main characters in the book - Quin, John, and Shinobu - but Quin, in my opinion, is the dedicated main character. She's a fantastic female lead for the book. She's smart, a great fighter, devoted and loving daughter and friend, and is incredibly dedicated to becoming a Seeker so she can help those who need it. I easily related with her from the very beginning of the book and only got to know her character better throughout the story. John and Shinobu play important parts in the novel as well - in their own specific ways. The plot was highly unique and I loved learning all about the Seekers as well as the world that Quin and the others live in. The author uses vivid imagery and detailed descriptions of everything in the book - from the setting and the characters to each situation and even the dialogue. I felt like I slipped into this world from the first pages of the story and didn't come back out until I was finished. Because the plot contains twists, deceptions, and lies - it was pretty fast paced and kept me eagerly reading to see what would happen next. The smaller story lines that are threaded into the main plot intertwine nicely to create an honestly unique novel. A lot happens in the book, but since I don't do spoilers in my reviews, I'll just say that a ton of stuff happens - things you don't see coming and others that knock you on your butt. There is a great amount of character growth throughout the story, especially for Quin. She has to mature very quickly in order to survive and to keep one step ahead of the rest. I loved watching her grow from a young teen in love and training for her dream of being a Seeker to having the truth shoved in her face and learning how to deal with it all - while remaining true to what she believes in. There were some slow parts in the story, but they were filled with backstory, details, and ways of getting to know and understand the characters and circumstances - so they served a purpose and weren't just to bore the reader. I'm glad that this is just the beginning of the series, because there's so much more to be told and a million ways to go with the story. I can't wait to find out where the author will take the plot and to find out what happens next. I definitely recommend this book to fans of fantasy, high fantasy, and action/adventure novels - along with readers who are looking for something different to try. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Cast off your belief in things you can touch, taste, see or feel, use your young adult mind, where everything is possible and you do not need to be spoon-fed every single page.Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton is an epic fantasy tale that sprinkles a little sci-fi and steampunk into the mix of dimension travel, time travel and the ever-present battle between good, evil and even the questionable intent! Three young warriors have trained to be Seekers, protectors of humanity against evil. John, a talented warrior, skilled, strong, alone in the world, Quin, the daughter of the powerful, yet dark leader, and her ½ 3rd cousin, Shinobu, all make up a close knit trio as skilled trainees ready to take their oath as a Seeker. They also make up a loosely knit romantic triangle that will cause pain to all three. An ancient artifact is in the hands of Quin’s father, who covets power over kindness, brutality over love and much to Quin’s horror, has been keeping his distorted view of Seekers buried deep, until the time for Oath taking arrives. For reasons as yet unknown, the most skilled of the three, John is not allowed to take his oath and from here, the story begins in earnest as the battle for control of the ancient artifact begins that will transcend dimensions, time and place, all while turning allies into deadly foes. Has John turned his back on all they have been taught or will the truths he reveals make for a type of outlaw justice and retribution that he will seek? Who is the true enemy? Who are the Dreads and what is their connection to the Seekers? What better way to help a young reader learn the joy of imagination, than by giving them a tale that is not instant gratification, but a journey to a final end that cannot be seen? Ms. Dayton has given great attention to her characters, leaving just even unknown to allow her readers to come to their own conclusions about them. Her world has moment so tremendous world building and moments of more vague scenes, but each comes alive by building on previous ones in the reader’s mind. Not weighing heavily on the romantic triangle as a spotlight, but more as an emotional pull, these teens felt real, confused, afraid, yet determined to finish what has been started. Will they? What land will they go to next? Will the power of the artifact prove too unpredictable? Epic tales change up pacing; they build their world in teasing bites, the slower pacing helps to grasp the enormity of the situation going on. The rapid-fire pacing invokes action, danger and intrigue, all the elements of a good tale! Epic fantasy from start to finish!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I I read that this book is already being turned into a movie and I can totally see why. The author writes very visually. I felt completely “present” in each of the locations in the book, which included Scotland, Hong Kong and London—all futuristic versions. This is quite a tale, and woven well with several main characters. I highly recommend it.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton Book One of the Seeker series Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series. 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. What I Liked: I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting by the time I got around to reading this book. I heard various things from other bloggers that deterred me a bit, not from reading the book altogether, but from reading it sooner. As with all of my review books, I have every intention of reading and reviewing those I request and/or receive. I was pleasantly surprised when I enjoyed this book, after putting it off (unnecessarily, in the end). Quin and her companions John and Shinobu are so close to taking their Oaths to become Seekers. Quin and Shinobu are ready - their fathers trained them well for this. Quin's father, Briac Kincaid, and Shinobu's father Alistair McBain, are ruthless Seekers, training them hard. John is somewhat of an outcast - sent to train with Briac at an "old" age (twelve, versus eight). Briac does not allow John to take his Oath, claiming he is not yet ready. But Quin and Shinobu take their Oaths... and discover that the idea of a Seeker is quite different from the actual life of one.  Quin is fifteen at the start of the book, and sixteen by the book's end. There are several parts to this book. Quin, Shinobu, and John are close to taking their Oaths. Quin and Shinobu take their Oaths, but Briac does not allow John to do so. John is sent back to his grandfather. But John is on a mission to recover something of his family - something that Briac has. So John comes back to the mission and attacks Briac. Shinobu and Quin escape, but Quin is shot, wounded. Shinobu takes her to Hong Kong, where Quin is healed, but loses all of her memories. Shinobu leaves her with Fiona, Quin's mother. Months pass... and then John reappears. Shinobu goes back to Quin, one way or another. And Quin slowly starts regaining memories. The first half of the book seemed a bit slow. This was everything before Quin loses her memory. Usually, I'm not a fan of books which feature a protagonist losing his/her memory, especially for so long (usually, the character gets their memory back), but I think it worked well as a plot device in this book. The first half really set up the world and conflict in the book, but it was a bit slow. Just a note. I thought it was interesting and kind of cool how the author withheld things from the reader, until the end of the book. This book is written in third person, but there are many different perspectives featured. Quin, Shinobu, John, and another character are featured. But the book is completely in third person. So the author CAN withhold information. An important part of the Oath ceremony thing is not revealed until later in the story, for example. I was so curious as to what happened, and when it was finally revealed, I was like OHHH. Makes sense. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the story. Despite the initial lag, I couldn't find myself putting this one down. I told myself I'd only have time to read half of the book on one day, and the other half the next day. But I ended up reading the entire book when I started it. Always a good sign. I liked Quin. She is a great fighter and totally meant to be a Seeker. In the beginning, she (and Shinobu) follow their fathers blindly. John is working under his own agenda, so he always knew better. Quin runs, hides behind her shield of no memories, but eventually becomes a determined warrior. Shinobu is similar - he runs, hides behind the lure of drugs, but eventually, fights back. Johns is an... intriguing character. Like I said, we get his (and several other characters') perspectives. He may come across as the story's "villain", given the synopsis, but if you look at his motives, his intentions are true. He wants to restore his family's honor - what's wrong with that? I really sympathized with John, though I questioned his ways about doing things. Okay, okay, the romance. John has been in love with Quin since they met. Quin has been in love with John since they met. Childhood love is beautiful, but if there is one thing that I've learned, from YA books, it's that if there is love in the beginning of the series, there will almost always be another love interest introduced. Shinobu has always been there, and has always loved Quin, but she never paid him much attention. But they're running from John, and then Shinobu leaves her memory-less. Confusing, eh? Quin doesn't remember anyone, but comes to know that John is not really a good guy, and Shinobu is trying to help her. So, love triangle verdict: yes. Yes, this book (and probably, the entire series) has a love triangle. It's not bothering me so much at the moment, because the lines have been drawn (especially after reading the very last paragraph of the book), but I can see how the author COULD potentially mix things up. Anyway, the romance wasn't the whole story. The romance isn't a driving factor in this book... maybe for John, but not really. I really enjoyed the story, the world, the high stakes that Dayton has created. I'm excited to read book two, Traveler! What I Did Not Like: See what I said above, about the love triangle. It's there. It exists. I don't like love triangles at all, but this one isn't bothering me too much at the moment. I actually like all three protagonists (Quin, Shinobu, John), despite one of them being the "villain" in the book, and one of them being a total drug addict. But... love triangle. Grrr. I think this will come later in the series, but I wanted more in terms of the Seeker business. There was a lot going on in this book, and I hope that the true nature and duty of a Seeker is exposed more in book two. Would I Recommend It: Despite the love triangle, I liked this book a lot. I can see why it has so much attention surrounding it, especially with the movie deal occurring before the first book is published. I'd recommend this one to epic fantasy readers who don't mind a more sophisticated kind of fantasy story. I'd almost say that this book resembled an adult fantasy fiction novel more than YA, but the age level is YA. Rating: 4 stars. So glad I decided to read this one - and so glad I ended up enjoying the book! I'll definitely be catching the next book in the series, Traveler. And I'll be watching the movie, whenever it is available in theaters!
Holly_Shu More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I couldn't put it down. I loved reading from all the different POV's and the story was very original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
***I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***** Honestly?  I'm a sucker for a good love triangle.  I know it may seem that this is a tired device in YA novels, but Seeker makes it feel so fresh.  The three leads Quin, John and Shinobu change so much in the course of this book that it's no surprise that their relationships change as well.  This is a darker, much more complex YA novel.  A certain character turns to drugs (don't want to spoil anything) to cope with his/her inner struggles to figure out right from wrong.  These are very mature, well written characters who succeed and fail in relatable human experiences.  The different worlds Dayton creates can, at times, be confusing or even frustrating, but if you push through and make it to the end it all comes together to a thoughtful, albeit surprising, conclusion.   
DannyCD More than 1 year ago
exceptional book will stay with you rest of your life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really surprised me. There were amazing twists and curveballs throughout the novel. Just when I thought I knew where this was going, I would be surprised. It's an epic, imaginative, genre mixing YA novel. Very hard to describe, but I loved it. It was cool to have 4 different voices in the novel and the different points of view really kept up the fast paced action. Really excited to read the next book (which I assume and hope is a sequel) from Dayton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. I took this book with me on a weekend vacation and finished the whole thing! My friends kept asking me what genre I was reading, or what the book was about, and I found myself speechless. This is such an imaginative, genre bending epic novel! I hadn't realized there were different storytellers/points of view throughout the book and I think it really helped drive the story forward. I don't want to say too much because there are so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. It really is a breathless, surprising ending. I couldn't put this book down! I highly recommend it.
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Before I was one third into this I could't put it down. As I learned more about each character I needed to keep learning more. Like a drug. The story has you torn with sympathy toward bad people and hating others. I like that the heroin mskes choices that make sense. Can't wait for the sequal in 2016!
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
It’s difficult to categorize “Seeker” because it spans across a wide range of genres.  There are elements of fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, steampunk, and romance all rolled into a unique and compelling read. The world building is amazing from the start, setting up what a reader needs to know while also leaving a lot of questions to be answered at later times.  The plot flows at a consistent pace without lagging.  As with the world itself, the backstory is revealed at a slow pace, leaving readers with only the answers they need and the desire to find out more. The narrative is split between four characters in the rather rare third person limited point-of-view.  It works very well in this situation, and none of the transitions between characters are jarring.  All of them are brought to life in the reader’s mind, full of flaws and individual complexities.  Also, for those who like finding a ship, you will probably find one before chapter 3. I can’t wait for the second in the series and highly recommend “Seeker” for those who enjoy any of the genres listed above.  Due to subject matter, I think it is most suited for those in the eighth grade and up. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book showing strong female characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm on maternity leave and it was a great book to read in between my free time moments!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Quin was fighting a large man she was close to winning. Alistair MacBain was the biggest man Quin knew,and was Quin’s uncle but at the moment that didn’t matter. Seekers did not think when they fought. Quin and Shinoba had started their Seeker training when they were eight and they were both fifteen now. Alistair said they had to prove themselves .John was also training but he was now sixteen but he had got a late start and didn’t start training until he was twelve. Quin is in love with John Quin and Shinoba take the oath and become Seekers. Quin had trained her entire life to do this , it was her destiny,. Quin will be fighting beside her closest friends Shinoba and John and they will protect the weak and those who have been wronged. But being a Seeker wasn’t what Quin thought it would be like. John is not allowed to take the oath yet. So John goes back to his grandfather's. Brais has something John wants. John attacks Braic and Quin and Shinoba escape but Quin has been shot. Quin’s dad wants power more than anything and has an ancient artifact that John wants. Shinoba takes Quin to Hong Kong to heal but Quin loses all her memories. Shinab leaves Quin with Fiona who is her mother. Quin slowly starts to regain her memories At first Quin follow their father's completely. But then Quin hides behind her shell of no memories and Shinoba hides behind drugs. But eventually Quin and Shinoba fight back. Shinoba has always loved Quin but Quin had only cared for John in that way but now they were running from him. Even without her memories Quin knows John is not a good guy and Shinoba is trying to kelp her. So now there is a love triangle. I have mixed feelings about this story. Some things I liked some things not so much. But it also didn’t WOW me in anyway. This story was slow at times and that was hard to keep me far as reading goes but I did finish this. I also found this story a little boring most of the time. I did like the young dread gave us more history of the seekers and the dreads, this did add to the story as far as I am concerned. I got confused in this story. I didn’t like the changing POV so much. I did think that plot was good just somehow didn’t work that great for me in the story. Toward the end of the story things started coming together but by then my rating of this story had already went down a lot.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
A great story line, a lot of action, world building, content, and a twist or two.
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ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Fascinating Fantasy I would like to thank Delacorte BFYR & NetGalley for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Teaser: "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." A story of adoration, fear, betrayal, murder, love, and above of, justice. Quin, Shinobu, and John are all trainees - taught by Briac and Alistair, full Seekers. But of the three only Quin and Shinobu take their oaths and become Seekers. And nothing is ever the same between the three friends, or even for each of them individually.  Personal transformation is probably the strongest theme, with Quin, Shinobu, and Maud all making great leaps forward. It takes each of them varying amounts of time to reach their tipping point and decide what is just and right, but decide they do. Unfortunately those decisions clash with the choices others in their lives make, putting them at odds with family and friends.  The other theme is justice, and each person must decide what that means to them, for it has been corrupted by many who were sworn to uphold it. The Dreads exist to judge the Seekers, yet they to have suffered from internal corruption. So who decides what is right and just for another? What gives them the right? Is it a matter of physical power? Or financial power? Maybe of education? And who judges the judges? Where does it stop? Is there an ultimate judge? Should there be? These are some of the questions facing the main characters, questions we all face daily. And while the answers in the book are provided for us, the questions are ones every person alive should actively be asking. And once the answer is known, how is it enforced? What will the characters do, to what lengths will they go, to get justice?  Some of those questions are answered, and some are left out there as food for thought. Yet when all is said and done there is plenty of room left for a sequel, for there are loose ends that need to be tied off still. The question is, who will be left standing? And whose version of justice will prevail?
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MEGolden19 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Seeker is a bit slow and dull in the beginning. And by beginning, I mean 200 pages or so. I found the four narrations to be quite scattered from each other and had a hard time drawing everything together in my mind. Making cohesive connections between Quin, John, Shinobu, and Maude was difficult for most of the book. As a reader you have to sort through four pasts leading up to the point of intersection, and then through four perspectives of events after they join to become the same story line. I had a hard time relating to any of them, but I am a fan of books in which I don't particularly like the characters. So I kept going. There weren't really an plot twists that I hadn't already been anticipating. The writing, however, is solid. The characters might be hard to relate to, but they are all dynamic, evolving people who push the novel forward. I do think that Seeker would have benefited from being shorter (i.e., not including every tiny detail of everyone's pasts, making readers wonder when this story is going to continue, never minding where it's going). I did like it, though. Yes, I did like it. The action, when it finally happens, is intense and quickly paced leaving us on a cliffhanger and wondering where the story could go in the next installment. I"ll be keeping an eye out for the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago