Dally is a young orphan working as a servant in the mayor of Honor’s home. After the fire that claimed the lives of her family, the mayor opened his home to her. Despite being a servant, Dally enjoys spending time with the mayor’s dog and her pups. They have developed a special bond and she worries about the day that she will be parted from them.
Once Dally develops the telepathic ability to communicate with the puppies and Queen Shona, the unofficial queen of realm, she helps Queen Shona and her army arrive and defeat the mysterious creatures living in the forest outside Honor.
Now the realm is suffering from a severe and mysterious illness. Hyam, the hero who defeated the crimson mage during the battle of Emporis, is one of many suffering from this illness, with no known cure. With the realm under attack, Dally may be their only hope because Dally possesses a unique magic that may be the only way to protect the realm.
I have enjoyed this series since the first novel, however, this third installment threw me for a whirl.
Hyam is originally from Honor, the same small town that Dally lives in. Returning to Honor, therefore, was not a very big surprise. Dally is a very unique and intriguing character, even with all of the other characters in this novel. Unlike many of the other characters in this novel, Dally is an enigma, possessing a power unlike any other and with no idea as to where it came from.
I was surprised to find that Hyam was a minor character in this installment while in the other two novels he was a main character. Not only was he a minor character, but he was hardly in the novel at all. Other characters that have held an important role in the previous novels were minor characters now.
The plot line was very interesting, following the sudden adventures of the young Dally and those trying to save the realm. I found the plot line to be scintillating, however, it was almost as though a whole novel was missing between “The Merchant of Alyss” and this novel.
I hope that this is not the final installment in this riveting series because I have many unanswered questions.
I would give this novel three and a half out of five stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first two novels.
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Quin Kincaid has trained all of her life to become a seeker; a defender of justice, a righter of wrongs, another in a long legacy. On the night of her oath however, Quin discovered she had been lied to and the seekers were no longer the honorable heroes they once were; now they were little more than assassins for hire.
Not only was she lied to by her own father, but the boy that she once loved is out for vengeance against her and her family.
Quin and Shinobu, her oldest friend, are searching for answers about the seekers and where it all went wrong. The further back they go the more they uncover and the more danger they find themselves in. Will they uncover where and why the seeker legacy went wrong or will they uncover something much more dangerous and sinister?
I stumbled upon book one in this series, “Seeker,” completely by accident and became enthralled with the unique plot line. This installation was another intriguing read.
This novel’s settings are in our present world, without modern technology, which is somewhat unusual for a fantasy novel, in my experience. I found this to be unique and entertaining.
The tools and weapons used throughout this novel are unique to this series. I have never read about weapons like are present in this novel before.
The characters are well constructed and believable as human beings in our modern day. The character development reveals the flaws, strengths, and ignorance of each character. Their limited knowledge remains consistent with their experiences and unique understanding of the world and the roles of the seekers.
I found the plot line to be invigorating despite the lack of adventure. This novel focuses more on discovery and character progression than actual exciting adventures and fighting. This allows the seeker world to develop a more concrete hold on the reader’s mind. The characters still embark on adventures, but they are adventures of discovery. There are still conflicts with characters and even a couple of fight scenes, however, they are not at the same level as that in the first book.
I would give this second installment in the “Seeker” series three and a half stars out of five.
I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy their fantasy to take place in the real world.
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