Welcome to our stop on the Seeker blog tour!
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Pub. Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Their Legacy is…A calling. An Honor. A lie.
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves—who is also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.
You spend time researching for your books. And I see it takes you to all different places. Can you name the top three places you've visited and why they were of the most interest to you?
For Seeker, I went to both Scotland and Hong Kong. They are fascinating places on their own, each with a strong and undeniable identity, but there's something about the difference between them that especially inspires me. Scotland and Hong Kong are in many ways opposites of each other, and thinking about them in the same tale created a friction in my mind that gave this story a lot of its energy.
Seeker is set in the near future, so the world is a bit different than it is now, but Scotland feels timeless. From the first moment I began to imagine Seeker, I saw Quin Kincaid (the main character) there. It naturally seemed to be her place.
Once you get outside the Scottish cities, you have the sense that you're seeing the country much as it was hundreds of years ago, and much as it will be in the future. Scotland's essence will not change, even in a story that leaps forward across several decades. In the future, you'll still come upon views like these around every corner:
At the other end of the spectrum, Hong Kong is a crowded, dynamic, ever-changing city that feels futuristic already. It doesn't take much imagination to push it forward in time slightly. I love its mix of East and West, its busy throngs, the crazy markets for all sorts of strange items, and the interaction of the whole city with the ocean.
My research for Seeker was focused mostly on geography and the emotional experience of the places in the book. I hope this comes through for the reader!
Another favorite place I've traveled is Egypt, which I visited while researching a previous book, Resurrection. The most memorable day was a trip to the Great Pyramid, which happened to be closed to visitors at that time while the interior ramps were being renovated. My guide had an "in" with the man in charge of the Giza Plateau, however, and somehow he talked this fellow into letting us inside anyway.
I spent the afternoon exploring the pyramid with one of the best Egyptian guides in the world, by the light of a single dying flashlight. It was awe-inspiring.
Arwen Elys Dayton spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by a single fading flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.
Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can follow heron and .
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