Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton.
This novel for Young Adults is very very good. My review will not do it credit nor reveal the complexities of the plot. It is a novel in three parts- the first in Scotland where three young teens Quin, Shinobu and John are training to be Seekers a supposedly revered profession. The second part is in Hong Kong and the third where all roads lead, to london.
I am only going to tell you about part one because it is action pack, bloodthirsty, exciting and full of emotion.
Quin is 14 and her father Briac has told her she is to become a Seeker and keep up the family tradition so she has trained all her life to fulfill this. Her father is a very hard man and her mother is beautiful but has a drink problem. Shinobu is a red headed product of a Scottish big man Alister and an Asian woman and he too is brought up to be a Seeker.
Neither father ever tells Quin or Shinobu what being a Seeker means or what they do. They are told only that their purpose is worthy. Boy do they get an unpleasant surprise.
John belongs to a rich family who have lost their power because they have lost a stone cross called an Athame which has the power of life and death and when combined with a lightning rod can open a gap in time and transport the users elsewhere. The athame is prized by everyone but especially John. If he gets it will he know how to use it?
Part one is the initiation of Quin and Shinobu into the Seekers when they take the oath and commit unforgiveable actions. John is not allowed to take the oath of a Seeker having been cut by Quin’s father Briac and wonders why.
Part one ends in a feast of action when the truth and consequences of being a Seeker are outed. The casualty list is huge.
Set in a combination of the future and the past in which the technology will amaze you. Splendidly told, this book will keep you up at night because you will not want to put it down.
Part 2 Traveller is due out next year and one thing is for sure, the nature and role of a Seeker must change.