Published by Delacorte Press on January 12th 2016
Series: Seeker #2
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I received this book for free from Publisher Provided in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Narrator: Katharine McEwan
Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.
Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble, but savage. Her father, a killer. Her uncle, a liar. Her mother, a casualty. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.
Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does. But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. Long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and now something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago is resurfacing, with the power to destroy them all. The past is close. And it will destroy everyone.
The Seeker Series is one of those series that fits in with the tradition of a Fantasy Series (think The Name of the Wind), but is totally YA at the same time. It’s a series that I would have no problem recommending to a hard core fantasy reader. I felt this about Seeker (book 1), but Traveler cemented this for me.
Traveler picks up right where Seeker leaves off. Quin, John and Shinobu are left dealing with the fall out from the big battle and the three have to figure out where that leaves them now. Is John’s path of revenge correct? Can the Quin and Shinobu find the honored tradition that the Seekers once held? What has happened to all the Seeker families? These are the questions that run through the entire book leading to the unraveling of the larger mysteries going on in the Seeker world. And the way that Arwen Elys Dayton has weaved this mystery into the history, action and heart of the story really makes this series an amazing contemporary fantasy.
Traveler gains points of view characters, several more locations, and takes us back in time to when Quin & John’s parents were training. It was nice to have the story expand and grow in a very believable way that really drives the story and plot forward. I’m not so fond of all the rats, but it’s a cool device to show what’s going on in the background.
The only downfall for me was that it was a little slow. There’s TONS of action, lots of fights and encounters and little skirmishes, but the story is really about the mystery of the downfall of the Seekers. But with that said, I’m DYING for the 3rd book to find out what they’ll now do with what they have figured out and how this will change the dynamics between John, the Young Dread, Quin and Shinobu and how the four of them will “change the world.” This story is truly a great fantasy and it think it’s a great bridge between YA fantasy books and trade Fantasy.
I “read” this book through audio, Katharine McEwan, who narrated Seeker, also narrated Traveler. She has a great smooth accent, that both draws you into the story (she sounds how I would think Quin sounds), but can also have you going, oh wait, need to go back, because you’ve just been entranced by her voice. I would like her to break up the smoothness a little bit more so you have some change to keep you alert, but all in all she’s a great narrator. I think the audio is a great way to experience this series, I always think books that have characters with accents are better when you hear the accent spoke, it brings the book to life.
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