Traveler* by Arwen Elys Dayton
Published by Delacorte Press on January 12, 2016
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 end the legacy forever. The past is close. And it will destroy them all.
Well, it turned out, that Quin is now in a position, where everything can happen – and it does. But to be honest, this second book wasn´t as quite as good as the first one Seeker.
But despite that, I enjoyed it anyways, had a good time reading and got some answers, I had remained from reading the previous book.
Quin has to learn, that her relationship with John never existed the way she thought it had. The John she had to face on board the Traveler and in Hong Kong was not the same boy she spent many hours training with. And she knows that she has to do everything she can, to keep John from using the Athame and continue his revenge. But something else is bothering her. Where have all the Seekers disappeared? And why? The deeper she and Shinobu dig into the past of the Seekers, the more she gets to see that a long time ago something went badly wrong. And that the death of the dread wasn´t the solution. On the contrary, she now has to face three more than willing boys who try to kill her only to get what they think belongs to their master.
From the perspective of some of the figures, the reader is thrown into a story where no one is safe. Quin soon has to face the truth that others want her dead only because they think she is a thief. The athame she possesses and the other things she uses to search for answers are some rare artifacts and highly sought by the Watcher.
Arwen Elys Dayton has a wonderful language and a very nice writing style. But in this second book, I missed some of her great fantasy she used to show in Seeker. Yes, Traveler is in many ways a good book and, yes, you will have your good time with it. But it wasn´t as haunting and thrilling as the first book of this trilogy.
The author has created some really great and strong figures with Quin, John, and Shinobu. They have to go through a lot, have to face things they´d rather not and have to learn that not everything they were raised to believe was right or good.
For John means possessing his family´s athame everything. With that dagger, he will finally be able to get the revenge he promised his mother he would have. But using the athame the wrong way can do more harm than good. When he starts to realize with the unusual training the young Dread is giving him, that he was kind of wrong longing only for vengeance, he starts to change and becomes more and more a strong and very capable young man.
Quin is in love. With Shinobu. But he is changing right in front of her and she doesn´t know how to stop that. The new artifact they are carrying with them doesn´t make things easier. But her will to find answers, to be able to see beyond the plan someone is obviously having is stronger and so she is willing to help Shinobu, not knowing how far things already have gone and that he is in a dangerous situation.
I had my pleasure reading it, no doubt about that. But it wasn´t as much fun or pleasure as I had with the first book, that is for sure. If it wouldn´t have been for the fantastic characters the author has created with Quin and John, I probably wouldn´t have finished it. But still, I am looking forward to the third one Disruptor.
*I read the German edition new release by Arena on June 14, 2016. Cover by Arena Verlag
Arwen Elys Dayton 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 a single fading 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.