Published: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Riders #2
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
My Rating: 2.0/5.0
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth.
She wasn’t losing her mind; she was gaining the Sight—the ability to see the future. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.
Sebastian was her first—and worst—mistake.
Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael, the last surviving demon of the Kindred, guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It’s up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.
Daryn must rely on instincts, intelligence, and blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil?
The very fate of humankind may rest in the answer.
When presented with the chance to read a book featuring the teenage embodiments of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, I jumped at the chance. Riders was a good start to the duology, and I expected Seeker to be just as interesting. This, however, didn’t turn out the way I had hoped.
Seeker was a story that focused much more on Daryn (the Seeker) rather than the guys. This was alright because I liked her as a POV character and we still got POV from Gideon. What I didn’t like was the storyline- this was 352 pages of underwhelming plot. It was so boring! Sure, there was action, monstrous creatures, and a few harrowing moments but I honestly think the first book should have been lengthened by 100 pages, wrapped up the loose ends, and been left as a standalone.
Unfortunately, I feel like the characters lost much of what initially made me like them in the first place. Gideon and Daryn continued to have their awkward relationship and outbursts of emotion, but the other guys were barely present at all. They were scenery and Sebastian didn’t even show up until the end of the book, because if you remember, he went missing in another dimension with the mediocre bad guy from the first book. Did I mention Sebastian developed Stockholm syndrome too? Yeah, he definitely became friends with the bad guy.
Shame on me for putting it so bluntly, but Seeker was wasted reading time. I should have skipped this and had my fond (if vague) memories of Riders left untainted. The four horseman of the apocalypse had much more potential than how they were used in this book and I would love recommendations for other books where they play a major role!