A Finale That’s Even More Epic Than It’s Predecessor: Seeker by Veronica Rossi

A Finale That’s Even More Epic Than It’s Predecessor: Seeker by Veronica RossiSeeker (Riders #2)
by Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #2
Release Date: May 16th 2017
Published by Tor Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .

When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first and worst mistake. Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.

Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I don’t know if you guys are aware of this, but Veronica Rossi is one of my favorite authors ever. I have loved everything that she has written, and her Under the Never Sky trilogy holds a special place in my heart. Last year, Riders blew me away even though the writing and style were very different from what I had come to expect from Rossi. To me, it solidified how versatile and original she is as an author. Riders ended on a high note, with an ending that had me clamoring for this sequel. When the publisher was kind enough to offer me a copy, I was quick to jump on this bandwagon, and wow! What a ride it was! Once again, Veronica Rossi has crafted a sequel that does not suffer from sequel syndrome. Instead, it’s a story that builds up on the epicness of the first book, and ends on an explosive note.

One of my favorite parts about reading a novel is always getting to know the characters, and forming an attachment to them. I especially love it when authors take that extra step to develop the characters so much so that they feel like real life people to you. That’s how I felt about the gang in Riders and Seeker. I fell in love with them and their vastly different personalities in the first book, but here, I grew to know them even more, which wound up with me wanting to protect these characters from every source of harm. MY CHILDREN. Gideon, especially, has matured dramatically from the previous book. There was a fiercer strength to him here, that I was proud to see. He was devoted, and fiercely resolute in his goals. He falters throughout the series, but we also see him acknowledge his mistakes, which I found very attractive. I thought Rossi did a stellar job with the male POV here.

We also get Daryn’s POV in Seeker. I really loved her character as well here. After the events that endangered one of the Riders in the previous book, she is hurting, and battling with her sense of guilt. She channels that guilt into going after the villain and saving her friend. Daryn is a fierce heroine, whose vulnerabilities make her a character that’s easy to mesh with, and root for. She has so many admirable qualities, but her willingness to admit when she was wrong was what made her very relatable to me. Her romance with Gideon really blossomed in Seeker, and I shipped them together so much. They are both headstrong characters, but I thought they harmonized each other very well. The romance was slow-burn, sweet, and subtly sexy. Their rapport had me swooning hard. Rossi knows how to write couples that you become obsessed with.

The camaraderie between the Riders was another great element to this series. They’ve become very close friends, and their teasing and banter brought a lightness to the story. I adored these boys, and their relationship with each other, and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading more about them. I also have to mention the horses, especially Gideon’s horse, whose personality is as fiery as he is. I love that he had so much individuality to him, and his relationship with Gideon was endearing. In Seeker, Rossi continues to build up the fantasy world that she introduced readers to in Riders. We also get to see an alternate world, that I found fascinating. We also get more background on Seekers, and their history and role in the world. The plot was much more fast-paced here, and unlike the previous book, it didn’t rely on flashback scenes. It made the book a lot more exciting for me, and I found myself speeding through it. From start to finish, Seeker was an absolutely thrilling ride.

I’m thrilled at the way that Seeker wrapped up. It was everything that I was expecting and so much more. My relationship with YA fantasy has been rather strained lately, but authors like Veronica Rossi and books like Seeker give me hope that it’s not the end of YA fantasy and me.

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  • I NEED to read Rider! I can’t believe I haven’t yet since it was one of my most anticipated books.You’ve definitely got me pumped again to read it.

    • You must! Fair warning, I know a lot of readers didn’t love Riders, and if you feel the same way, I still say push through and read this one. 🙂

  • I agree, one of my favorite things about reading is getting to know the characters. I am glad that you enjoyed this book. I have not read this author or really the genre but your review makes me want to read it! Thanks for sharing.

    • The characters are like friends if they are well-written. I hope you try her, Cindy.

  • It is always good when a book can restore your faith in a genre. I haven’t read any of Rossi’s books but that may have to change. Great review!!

    • Yes, I love when that happens! 🙂 Thanks, Grace!

  • I adored Under the Never Sky as well but I was not feeling Rider for some reason. :/

    That’s great that they go through such development though, I always love watching characters grow. They truly are our babies!

    • Yeah I know Riders wasn’t for everyone. Did you finish it though? If you did, read this one! It’s very different from Riders in a good way.

  • I have never even read Rossi :/

    • You should change that! 😉

  • I’ve never read Veronica Rossi, but I have heard great things the last few years. I’m so glad this was a great conclusion, especially since YA fantasy has been hit or miss for you lately.

    • She’s amazing with YA!

  • You’re making me regret not picking up the first book in this series! I actually had it at one time but traded it away. Maybe it’s time to grab it again because this sounds incredible!! The characters sound amazing! Great review 😀

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

    • Hope you can grab it again, Tracy!

  • I finally just bought Riders via Book Outlet but I have not picked it up yet. I don’t know why I’ve doubted Ms. Rossi but I guess the not-so positive reviews for the predecessor held me back. It’s quite something when the second book to the series overshadows the first. That alone, is reason enough to start reading this!

    Brill review, Nick!

    • The first one might be difficult to get into. I know many readers struggled with it, but I still think you should give it a try, just so you can try this one. 🙂

  • Under the Never Sky holds a special place in my heart, too, Nick! I loved the series. This sounds really different, and I’ve also had a strained relationship with YA in general, but I’d like to give this a shot at some point. Wonderful review! 🙂

    • It was a lovely series and I need to re-read one of these days. It is very different from that series, but still has some of the great qualities. 🙂 I hope you enjoy if you read it, Rachel.

  • So… I have never read a book by Rossi. I have seen Under the Never Sky everywhere. I even came close to buying the books but I don’t remember why I didn’t. I had no idea Riders was a duology! I would have picked it up a long time ago. It’s good to know that this book is even better than the first so I’ll have to keep that in mind in case I’m eh on the first. Great review!

    • She’s an amazing author – one of the first to get me into YA. Thanks, Genesis.

  • For whatever reason, I have yet to pick this series up even though I loved Rossi’s Under the Never Sky trilogy too. Clearly I need to rectify that mistake, because this sounds great! Plus I mean, who doesn’t love a good duology, right? Whenever a fantasy novel follows a tight-knit group of friends who have each other’s backs and banter a lot, I’m in. 😀

    • OK fair warning, book 1 might be a bit rough. I know a lot of readers didn’t enjoy that one, but push through it and get to this one because it’s amazing. I hope you love it if you read it. 🙂

  • Ok I think I need this in my life! I am ashamed to say I have never tried Rossi.

  • I could not agree with you more, Nick! I was a little worried, I won’t lie, because I was a little underwhelmed by book one. And I love Veronica Rossi too, but I was still worried. BUT. No need! Because it was SO. GOOD. I loooooved the character development and the plot and yep, yep, yep it was AMAZING. I was so happy with the end of this one, and I am glad you were too! Fabulous review!

    • I know a lot of people felt very similarly, Shannon! I’m so happy you loved this one though. 🙂

  • I’m getting reading to devour this and I’m so looking forward to the camaraderie between the Riders you mentioned, a favorite of mine for this series. It’s hard to believe this is only a duology though. It sounds wonderful and I’m glad everything wrapped up nicely.

    • I hope you enjoy it, Kim! It’s fabulous.

  • I think Veronica Rossi is one of the reasons I love reading a Male POV. There’s always and authenticity to the character’s voice and it makes it so much easier to connect to them. I was hoping that Seeker would build on the foundations Riders set and I’m so happy to see that we get that development. Gideon <3 I swooned so hard over him in Riders and I'm so excited that we get Daryn's POV. I can't wait to get my hands on this book (even though I'm meant to be on a book buying ban)