Happy Tuesday, guys!
Welcome back to the blog tour for Traveler, the sequel for Seeker!
I've been looking forward to reading Traveler since finishing Seeker last year, and definitely wasn't disappointed with the journey that Arwen Elys Dayton takes her characters on in this sequel.
Read on for my thoughts, and for your chance to win a copy!
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Format read: ARC via publisher
She amps up the tension, stakes and drama in this sequel to Seeker, proving that Quin's world is an ever-shifting one, with gripping loyalties and dangerous histories that will keep readers frantically flipping the pages, until they reach its staggering end.
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. There are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago, with the power to destroy them all.
The past is close. And it will destroy them all.
Arwen Elys Dayton brings us back into Quin's world, as she begins seeking answers with Shinobu at her side. As they struggle with the realities of the present, Quin and Shinobu dig into the past, to try and figure out how the past and present collide...
After having so thoroughly set up Quin's world in Seeker, Dayton throws all caution to the wind and amps up the drama of Traveler to a twenty. She focuses on having Quin and Shinobu dually duck threats and try to figure out where the world of the Seekers went wrong vis-a-vis Catherine's diary, which is informative, but also leads to some additional drama of their own.
Dayton changes it up this time around by incorporating even more points-of-view than before, including Quin, Shinobu, Catherine and Maud. While I'm often wary of tales with too many POVs - books often end up focusing more on the character verses plot progression - I'm in agreement with Alyssa at The Eater of Books, that Dayton did a good job of finessing both further character development, while also moving the story forward.
In many ways, the multiple POVs had the advantage of filling out many of my unanswered questions about the Seeker world, and I think that other readers can very likely appreciate this unique approach toward further world-building as well. Dayton also had a knack of using the POVs to pace the book between explosive action scenes and downtime, and I appreciated that level of pacing as a reader.
All in all, Dayton's pacing and storytelling, led to an ending that I did not see coming. (And trust me when I say: I can normally see these endings from a mile off!)
I can't wait to find out what happens next, and seriously love the ride that Dayton has taken me on!
I should haven't worried, because Traveler was thrilling, entertaining, and just what I needed to get out of my reading slump. Arwen Elys Dayton builds upon the foundation that she carefully set up in Seeker, throwing obstacles, revelations and genuine danger into the paths of our characters, setting them up for what is sure to be an explosive conclusion in Disruptor.
(Seriously, 2017. Come faster!)
Strongly recommend for fans of the previous books, or even readers who weren't sure about the first book. Dayton has upped the ante, and you'll want to join the ride. Also recommend for fans of sci-fi/fantasy.
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Check out the rest of the blog tour!
January 11 - The Cover Contessa
January 12 - Once Upon A Twilight
January 12 - Two Chicks on Books
January 13 - Take Me Away to a Great Read
January 13 - Lytherus
January 14 - Book Blather
January 14 - Supernatural Snark
January 15 - Bookish Lifestyle
January 15 - The Eater of Books
January 16 - Adventures in YA Publishing
January 16 - Page Turners
January 17 - Winterhaven Books
January 17 - Black Dog Speaks
January 18 - A Dream Within A Dream
January 18 - Sci Fi Fan Letter
January 19 - Mundie Moms
January 19 - The Reading Nook Reviews <- Hello!
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 arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.