About the Books


Book 2

For readers of A Game of Thrones and Legend: Traveler, the sequel to Seeker.

Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.

Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. Her father, a killer. Her uncle, a liar. Her mother, a casualty. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.

Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.

But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. There are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago, with the power to destroy them all.

The past is close. And it will destroy them all.



When she's awake in the world, the Young Dread can hear an enemy approach from a mile away, manipulate a whipsword into a thousand forms, and attack with it faster than the human eye can see.

And yet, the Young Dread is not often awake. She, like the Old and the Middle Dreads, lives outside the stream of time, frozen for vast stretches. She was a child in the 1400s, but she's alive today, and aged only into a teen.

She wakes for short bursts, to observe the training of the families known as Seekers. Past and future intertwine in Seeker traditions--they are the keepers of both ancient knowledge and advanced weapons--and the Dreads must oversee it all, testing their skills, swearing them to loyalty, bringing them justice.

Master storyteller Arwen Elys Dayton takes readers centuries into the past to follow this ageless Dread's footsteps. This time, when the Young Dread wakes, things will change. She is about to discover the first threads of a web in which she and so many others will be trapped.

A ruthless killer to some, an enigmatic upholder of justice to others, the Young Dread is destined to shape the future in ways she is only beginning to understand.




Book 1

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's 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.


“Look no further than Seeker for your next read… a must-read for fans of a long, complicated read. This book is beyond engaging and, with a movie deal already in the works, you won't want to skip this.” –Girls’ Life.com

“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.” –School Library Journal

“In this powerful beginning to a complex family saga...Dayton excels at creating memorable characters.” –Publishers Weekly

“Secrets, danger, and romance meet in this unforgettable epic fantasy.” –Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coatuhor of Beautiful Creatures & author of Unbreakable

“A tightly-woven, action-packed story of survivial and adventure, Seeker is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.” –Tahereh Mafi, author of New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series

“Set in our own world with a magical twist, Seeker is a must-read for fans of Graceling and Shadow and Bone.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, adventure, and a bit of mystery, DEFINITELY add this one to your TBR.” –Anna from Books Inc.

Seeker is the first of a trilogy and when you finish reading it, you definitely want more.” –Clare from Diesel Bookstore

“If you are looking for a fantasy to invite you into something strange and yet familiar, with just the right amount of romance to keep you turning the pages in hopes of “that kiss,” this book will not disappoint.”
USAToday.com Happy Ever After Blog

Highlights from the SEEKER Blog Tour

“Even if I trained for my entire life, I think Quin would put me to shame in everything having to do with fighting.” –Arwen Elys Dayton
Read more from the interview on Supernatural Snark

“Scotland and Hong Kong are fascinating places on their own…but there is something about the difference between them that especially inspires me.” –Arwen Elys Dayton
Read more from Arwen's conversation with The Cover Contessa

“The Arwens of past, present, and future have to stick together.” Arwen Elys Dayton writes a letter to her teenage self on Dear Me

Seeker in three words “Treacherous, devastating, heroic.” –Justine.com

A Seeker is someone who uses special training and secret knowledge to make the world better and more fair.” –Suvudu.com

I am completely in love with this story.” –Once Upon a Twilight

“It's been a lot of fun to follow Quin and the tohers around the world as the story continues...” –Arwen on writing the rest of the series on The Eater of Books!

Check out Arwen's favorite passages from Seeker on Reading YA Rocks

Creating stories is a wonderful thing...” –Paranormal Book Club

You need this book in your life.” –Winterhaven Books

Nothing is what it seemed...” Arwen introduces the characters in Seeker on Literary Meanderings

...An honestly unique novel.” –A Dream Within A Dream

The sensory experience you get when walking around the Scottish countryside and through the crowded streets of Hong Kong will be, I'm fairly certain, much the same, even decades from now.” Arwen in conversation with Bookhounds YA Blog

Seeker’s path to publication has been a dream come true for me.” Arwen chatting with I’d So Rather Be Reading

Feelings get complicated when you put people together for long stretches of time.” Arwen discusses the characters in Seeker on Bewitched Bookworms

“I focused on building the intimate sphere of the characters and showing slices of the rest of the world.” Arwen in conversation with Nerdophiles

Seeker has the markings as the first in what will be an intriguing series.” –Evie's Bookish

Reader Reviews

“I stayed up past 2:00am reading it. I literally had to force myself to put it away and go to sleep.” –Ginika, age 14

Seeker has one of the most unique premises I've read this year. I thought it had a brilliant plot” –Maggie, age 16

“If you liked Divergent and The Hunger Games, you're sure to love this new series! I know I did.” –Kaitlyn, age 16

“I read this book cover to cover in one sitting, and I cannot wait for the sequel.” –Ali, age 23

“This is an amazing book I couldn’t put it down until I was finished.” –Ryan from Kiara, Illinois

“I got swept up by the story and didn’t want to come back down. I would HIGHLY recommend this book!” –The Fictional Reader (Blog)

“All in all, it was an amazing read and...GIVE ME THE SECOND BOOK! NOW! Please!?” –Paradise Found (Blog)

“Very exciting, fast-paced book. Highly recommended.” –Sherry, Online Reviewer

“I could not put it down even for a second.” –Soren from Winnipeg, Canada

“This book was amazing!! A page-turner from page one.” –Kimberly from Los Angeles

“Action-packed, witty, and suspenseful.” —Meg S. from Trenton, New Jersey

“Seeker is fast-paced, full of really interesting characters, locations, weapons . . . and plot twists. Definitely looking forward to the sequel.” –William, Online Reviewer

“Absolutely enthralled with...Seeker.” –Margaret from Ramsey, New Jersey

"A page-turner.” –Porshia from Willingboro, New Jersey

“Beautifully written and nearly impossible to put down.” –Alice from New York