Book Review: TRAVELER (Seeker #2) by Arwen Elys Dayton surpasses first book in thrills

Seeker was good, but author Arwen Elys Dayton exceeds expectations with Traveler

If you liked the first book, Seeker, then there’s no reason to not love the second book. We continue on with the adventure of these Seekers as they try to find a way to make things right after the finale in Seeker, and you might think you know where this is going, but really, you don’t. Traveler not only gives you the fast-paced adventure that Seeker had, it throws in a few loops here and there to get your mind in a twist, and it’s pretty crazy in a good way.

Read TFGeekGirl’s review on Seeker

When it comes to books and mysteries, I’m quite impatient when it comes to the questions that the book lays out before you. I want my answers right away and I detest being dragged around with little clues here and there, but for some reason, it worked well for this story. It was necessary to keep me reading along to find out what is going on and where the story was going to take me. It definitely helped that it wasn’t just pages and pages of meandering around. Actual things were happening constantly that made me want to turn the page over and over again. This is all a good thing. I was captivated by how things were all being revealed and how they were all connecting, and I commend the author for doing a pretty darn good job of keeping me interested.

Traveler book cover

It helped that the characters were nowhere near two-dimensional predictable figures. I mean, yes, there are certain traits that you’d expect of the characters. There’s going to be a good guy/girl, there’s going to be a villain, there’s going to be funny supporting characters, but these characters are not as easily describable as that. Each has their strengths, but they also have their weaknesses that play out more than they normally do, and I think that’s why I like them. They mess up, constantly, and yet I feel the desire to want to root for them. And they’re not as “good” and “bad” as you may want to label them as.

In Seeker, we see things from four different perspectives – that of new Seekers Quin and Shinobu, the Young Dread Maud, and former Seeker-in-training John. But in Traveler, the author adds a couple of other characters into the loop that play into this part of the story, a young boy named Nott and John’s mother Catherine. Adding new POVs can be frustrating if the author doesn’t know how to weave the perspectives together fluidly, but Dayton does it with ease, bringing more insight to the story.

What I found interesting about reading this book, and what I found so good about it, is the way that it made me perceive each character. I could easily dislike a character because of the actions that character did in the first book, or even in this one, but Dayton allows us to see not only their side of things, but their background/history as well, and I’m able to empathize with their situation even more so in Traveler than I did in Seeker. But at the same time, the small down point for me was that there wasn’t really one specific enemy to put my anger towards in a way. At the same time, that’s what makes this story so intriguing, is that the story still moves on.

To my happy surprise, I still wanted more. I was thoroughly entertained by each character – I felt their strength, their weakness, their vulnerability, their heartbreak, and their determination, and it was pretty amazing. I like YA characters like these ones. I wish there were more of them like this. Not so easy to label as those you like and those you dislike. They make you think about how complex they are, and how complex people are in general.

I don’t want to try to predict what will happen in the third book, but how things have been going so far, there’s all kinds of possibilities. And I’m definitely looking forward to finding out what Arwen Elys Dayton has planned for them all.

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By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.