Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton | The Number 200 Will Forever Freak Me Out

I read Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton last month and was absolutely blown away by how much I loved it. I had the entire trilogy on my shelf already, so thankfully I could continue straight away! I didn’t pick Traveler up right as I put down Seeker, but I didn’t want to wait too long, I simply loved it too much! Arwen Elys Dayton is a wonderful writer and I already can’t wait to read Disruptor. Before I do, though, let’s get on with my spoiler free review of Traveler.

“One thing was certain: if she’d thought she and Shinobu would have time and space to explore the mysteries of Seekers on their own, she’d been badly mistaken. Somehow they’d stumbled into a new and dangerous piece of the puzzle.”

Here’s my review of Seeker, book one in the trilogy.

My Review

I was rereading my review of Seeker and I was like… Woah?! Traveler left off where Seeker ended, but it’s so weird to look back at both books as they’re almost completely different. It’s a good different, a better different. This book isn’t divided into different parts, but it’s told for multiple (new) perspectives. Like last time, this didn’t bother me in the slightest. It was cleverly done, actually! One of the perspectives takes place in the past and it’s not confusing at all, because it actually builds up to what’s about to go down in the present. It’s probably one of the things I love most about the book.

I feel like Traveler is much more adventurous than Seeker was. The characters visit a whole bunch of new and different place and it’s so exciting! Honestly, it was probably so exciting for me as one of the new locations used to be a holiday destination of mine, hehe! There’s not a lot of world building, or any kind of extensive description of where they are exactly, but that’s okay. I don’t think it would really add to the story anyway, we all have an idea of what certain parts in the world look like, right? Also, mild spoiler alert, I love how it’s pretty much all in Europe! I mean, since I’m a European!

Not every character in Traveler or Seeker for that matter is all that special. I do like them all, but it’s not like I absolutely love or hate the characters. They’re just… okay. Everyone’s divided and I actually really like that. The “teams” have different goals and I think that’s what keeps the book and the different perspectives so interesting. Quin and Shinobu are on a very different path than John and Maud, and then there are the new characters who are also on another path entirely. Somehow it all feels very natural. Their stories aren’t too difficult to follow and there’s no room for confusion, because it’s all pretty clear to understand.

Traveler did something to me, but I can’t really explain it. The tagline for this book is “The past is merciless” and it really is. Although all characters are on a different path, they’re all somehow looking into the past of the Seekers and their families. It’s really mysterious! I love a good mystery, but this one was just so good that at one point I was absolutely terrified. As if I was literally alongside the characters on their journey. It happens more often that I’m like “inside” a book, but this was on a whole other level. Okay, it was 1AM and I was a bit sleep deprived, but I was genuinely freaked out! It has got something to do with the number 200, that’s all I’m telling you. For spoiler reasons, of course. Go read it for yourself! Or check out my review on Goodreads, if I remember to add it there on time, ha!

My Rating

Funnily enough, I don’t think I’d consider Traveler a favourite. Just like Seeker. But I do love it very much and it’s written and translated so well! This book (and trilogy) are so terribly underrated and it makes me quite sad, if I’m honest! It’s just a great, dark and mysterious story! It’s the kind of book that should be on any fantasy lover’s shelf, because it’s just that good.

About Traveler

For readers of Sarah Maas and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy comes Traveler, the sequel to Seeker, about teens caught in the crosshairs of tainted family legacies and the secrets they must unravel in order to survive.

Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. She thought her legacy was an honor, 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. 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.

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Read an excerpt of Traveler on Entertainment Weekly.

Have you read the Seeker trilogy yet? Or are you planning to after reading my reviews?

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