Seeker by Kim Chance is an enjoyable conclusion to a YA fantasy duology. In the first novel, Keeper, Lainey Styles discovers she is a witch, and her world turns upside down. The story introduces the main characters and explains the reason for the supernatural battle that is to come. In this book, Seeker, we continue with the journey. Lainey is trained on how to access, use, and control her powers and prepares for the ultimate end of the story.
The depth of the writing greatly improved from the first novel to the second. When reading the first novel, you feel like you are skimming the surface, but, in this novel, you get to dive in and truly experience the story with all your senses. I love to see a story grow and develop as much as the characters should.
I love Maggie, the self-proclaimed Sam Wise to Lainey’s Frodo. I feel like this is a good comparison for these characters, as I have always argued that Sam Wise is the real hero of The Lord of the Rings and can say (as Lainey did) that Maggie is a hero of this story. Much like Sam Wise, she has the strength of character to make the hard choices that ultimately lead to a successful conclusion. She isn’t forced into the situation, as Lainey is by her heritage; instead, Maggie chooses to be there and support her friend. She willingly is a proactive participant, even when Lainey tries to push her away.
I like the fight scenes, especially the final battle. Fights are notoriously difficult to portray, especially in novels, but the fight scenes in Seeker make it look easy.
I wish I liked the protagonist more. I found Lainey to be very angsty, and I never felt that there was any more to her than her angst. I wanted to like her more, to get to know her better, but the development of her character is not to the extent where I could.
There are some elements of the timeline that I found confusing, and I wish they were explained better. As always, I try to avoid spoilers, so though I think this is impactful enough to mention, I must keep the specifics vague. I can say that my confusion has to do with the longevity of supernatural lives and how that works exactly.
I also wish the novel stayed in one perspective, as the first novel did. I find that my personal experience as a reader is disrupted when I must figure out who is talking now. It’s a technique that is used by many writers, but I have never experienced it utilized without disrupting my reading flow.
Keeper and Seeker are good additions to any YA Fantasy fan’s library. It has a strong good versus evil plot and is enjoyable to read.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.