Publisher's Note:  

   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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House Children's Books


by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Overall Review:  

Seeker is a young adult fantasy that combines an eclectic array of fantasy and modern elements.  Splitting its setting between a rural Scotland estate and a futuristic Hong Kong, the book manages to feel simultaneously medieval and mildly science fiction-y. Told by four characters in third person (John, Shinobu, Quin, and Maud), the narratives never overlap, but pick up sequentially and immediately from the prior character.  The characters are all a little lost and more than a little unsure.  Combining this with the rotating narratives and an unclear plot objective, the first part of the book had a wandering feel and there wasn't a single character for the reader to gravitate towards.  The reader had a feeling that this was deliberate on the part of the author, but it did make for slower engagement and kept the reader somewhat at arm's length.  In the later part of the book there was a shift, with some significant coalescing, and then the book and characters took on purpose and focus.  The book culminated with an action-packed climax and the set-up for the next book in the series.  This book is very much at home with the current trends in young adult literature.


Review of an Advance Reader's Copy

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  11 religious exclamations; 8 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name.


Violence/Gore: Brief scene of sparring with weapons; extending training exercise/test with weapons, resulting in minor injuries; a human is kept in a perpetual state of torture; report of death in car accident; there is an implied scene of horrific violence (zero details) but character is looking at their arm covered in blood; knife held at throat with threat to kill; characters branded on wrists; reference to a mother bleeding all over the floor in front of her child; character carries deer that has been shot with an arrow; an older man strikes/hits a teenage girl upon several different occasions; extended attack scene with burning/destruction of property, hostage taking, verbal threats, cutting of a throat, shooting of weapons, taking of own life to end pain, slapping, shooting of leg/shoulder to extract info (mention of blood), character killed by thrown knife to throat, arrows hot, several deaths; two characters fight and one is stabbed in stomach, brief description of blood; character fight/punch/break wrist; extended scene of a parent dying in front of child with descriptions of blood; knife fight resulting in a death; young child shown descriptive photos/video of murder family members with blood, and shapes drawn in blood; characters hit, struggle, punch, slash with dagger; report a character has been poisoned; brief struggle with a torch resulting in injuries; evidence of injuries from a fight; attempt to kill; struggle and character killed with knife in neck; admission of killing many people; attempted suicide (not graphic); extended scene of fighting involving destruction of property, attempt of parent to kill own child; punching/hitting/kicking/fighting with weapons resulting in severe injuries/deaths and mentions of blood; character stabs another through the back with weapon, mention of blood.


Sex/Nudity:  Character embrace upon different occasions; teenage characters kiss upon several different occasions; teenage boy thinks about a girl and her developing curves; mother asks in very general terms about the nature of her daughter's physical relationship with a teenage boy; report of kissing; reference to a child's parents being unmarried; young man accuses another of being with a woman in an upstairs room (innuendo); a character becomes and "escort"; teenage male character tells another female character he would love to see her naked; character is in underwear only and his body is noticed by member of opposite sex; adult male character rips shirt of teenage female character to expose her breasts and humiliate her, pinching hard her breast once (more violent in nature than sexual).

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Death, murder, revenge, mercy killings, suicide, drug addiction/alcoholism.

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A parent is an alcoholic and drinks often; teenage son and his father share a beer; character spends time in drug bars as an escort; young boy gets into older brother's unknown drugs and takes, becoming severely ill; character takes opium and other drugs and frequents opium bars.

Reviewed By Cindy
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