Author: Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders, #2
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Synopsis: 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.
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.
Last year I did a review for Riders by Veronica Rossi, and I was so impressed with how amazingly well written and enjoyable that book was – I was really in the dark as to what I would be expecting when I read it, since I haven’t had the chance to dive into Under the Never Sky yet. However, I really loved the book, and was also surprised how well the sequel turned out.
When I do reviews of sequels, I’m always hesitant to really go in-depth with what is going on in the book, because I don’t want to really make things a big spoiler for those who may not yet have read the first book. Instead, I’m going to spend some time talking about the things that I liked about the book.
Many of our favorite characters make a return, of course, and this really brings out the continuation of the series. I hate it when I read the first book in a series and get fully invested in the characters only to find out that later in other books there are whole new sets of characters. If you feel that way, too, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the characters making reappearances here.
The story in Seeker is just as good as it was in the first book in the series, if not even more impressive. The world building was great in Riders as well, and it keeps on getting better in Seeker the more you read. Seriously, it was so well done, I sometimes forgot that I wasn’t actually in that world.
The slight love story going on here is also well done, as it isn’t a “oh hey look at me!” kind of romance that demands center stage, leaving the rest of the novel in the background, as some fantasy novels do. This book is first and foremost a fantasy novel and not a romance, and it stays that way throughout the book, which I really loved.
If you haven’t read Riders yet, it’s definitely worth the read. It’s fun, fast paced, and full of fantasy and amazing world building that will leave you speechless. Seeker, the sequel to Riders, continues the adventure and delivers a solid second novel.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.
Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.
Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.
Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)
What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it?
She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me.
It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession.
10 Winners will receive a Copy of SEEKERS and Swag (Glow in the Dark Bracelet and Stickers) by Veronica Rossi