The Seeker by Nicole Wilkinson

SEEKER
The Seeker by Nicole Wilkinson
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (119 Pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

It was marked as the end of an era and the beginning of a new age. It was a sign that Normaud had advanced from its history of barbarism and deceit. As for the Seeker, she abandoned her sword and shield, ending a line that had served the monarchy for centuries.

Now, decades later, someone has taken the heirs of Normaud. Only she can find them, emerging from her self-imposed retirement to take up the blade once more.

Normaud’s enemies are many, and time is against her, but she will do what she must to see the heirs restored to their rightful place. Even if it means surrendering her own life.

The Seeker, after spending twenty years in retirement, takes up her sword and shield once again after the heirs to the throne of Normaud are kidnapped, snatched from their beds in the middle of the night. “The mere thought of children being used as pawns in a political game burned through her veins, igniting a fury once forced into dormancy.” Time is not in her favor as a month has already passed, with no clues to follow.

This is a fast paced novel with plenty of action. The world is portrayed with a lot of detail, so that it is easy to imagine the various locations. The Seeker is strong and utterly ruthless in her search for the heirs. At the same time, she is more than just a warrior, and she knows the price that her ruthlessness will have. I found her to be a very interesting and complex character, and I followed her into the dark reaches of the thieves, as she searches for Adela and her younger brother Lukas.

There are a number of twists and turns in this plot as the Seeker works to discover who took the children, where the children are now, and who is behind the kidnapping. I can’t be any more specific without giving away spoilers, but I was very surprised by several of the twists. The Seeker is helped along the way by some unlikely characters, each with their own agendas, but she’ll take whatever help she is offered.

Fantasy lovers will certainly enjoy this world with all of its intrigue and mystery. Will the heirs be found before Normaud descends into political chaos? Not if the Seeker has her way, but will she be in time? I hope that there will be more novels from this world, and I look forward to further adventures with The Seeker.

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