Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Rating: 3/5 ★★★☆☆
Release Date: February 10th, 2015
Type: ARC from NetGalley
Genre: Fantasy, YA
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. [From Goodreads (x)]
I, sadly, don't think this book was for me. The synopsis thoroughly intrigued me and the author starts it off so well but I wasn't able to bring myself to finish it. One of the rare times where I have DNF'ed a book because I always try to finish a book no matter what.
I couldn't connect with the characters and when the story was able to pull me in it was progressing so slowly that my thoughts would wander off to something else and then I wasn't in the story anymore. I couldn't figure out the setting which confused me greatly because half the time it felt like it was futuristic and the other half it felt like you were in the middle ages. The first chapter had a strong hook and immediately pulled me in with this feeling like I was going into something that reminded me of the whole middle ages knights and dragons or hero type things but it went downhill for me after that. The author throws so many mysteries at you that you want answers to but instead of answers she just throws more mysteries and it was frustrating for me as well as confusing. I just wasn't able to get into it like I had hoped I would be able too.
However, the reason I'm giving this book 3 stars instead of a lower rating even though I didn't finish it is because Arwen Elys Dayton's writing is spectacular. She paints very vivid images in her descriptions and that's not overshadowed by what I didn't like or the fact that I couldn't connect with the story. I felt at times that it may have been written to be geared toward readers younger than myself and that that's why I wasn't as into it but all of that aside I can't deny that for the right readers this book could be incredible. It's a story of mystery, villains, heros, heros who become villains, death, a bit of heartbreak, somewhat of a love triangle, and can be quite shocking at moments. And even though I didn't connect with it I think someone else might so if you're into any of the above then give it a try. You might love it.
About The Author:
Arwen began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK.
She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.
Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at email@example.com. [From Goodreads (x)]
Note: I cross-post on my goodreads so when I post a review here it shows up on there as well. [And then I slightly edit it because all the extra info I add on here isn't needed on there.].