SEEKER (Keeper #2) - by Kim Chance

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Published: September 2019 - Flux Books.
Genres: Young adult / urban fantasy / romance. 
Pages: 400.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence. 
Format: ARC eBook.
Source: Netgalley. I voluntarily read & reviewed this copy. All thoughts are my own.

Lainey’s normal, bookworm life no longer exists. With her family murdered by the Master, she joins forces with a group of Supernatural rebels. But as she struggles to cope with her new role as Keeper and the uncontrollable power it gives her, Lainey realizes that magic does indeed leave a mark—but it’s not always physical.

Ty isn’t one of the good guys. He’s done terrible things, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants. Even if it hurts. Even if it means betraying the girl he loves…again.

For Maggie, all her comic book dreams have come true, and her new life as a Shifter is just beginning. But with war closing in, is it truly a dream or a death sentence?

In the ultimate battle for power, Lainey, Ty, and Maggie must face-off against the Master, and work together to discover the greatest weapon of all.

Seek and you will find. 

I was ecstatic when I heard that Keeper would be a duology. I loved the first book so much, and when I saw Seeker's stunning cover, my excitement only escalated.

I adore Chance's writing style. The imagery and descriptions are gorgeous, and you're easily sucked back into the world and the story with only minimal catch-up details. I was so immersed. It's the kind of story you just get lost it, the kind you find yourself dying to get back to when life interferes, and the kind you can't resist continuing even though there're only a few pages left and you know it'll be over soon. I love that kind of story. You have fun from start to finish, and I think it takes serious skill on an author's part to captivate a reader so entirely. 

Chance has pulled no punches when it comes to plot. The stakes are higher, and the whole general tone of the story is darker - fittingly so. It's more mature, more sombre, and yet still consistently entertaining. I appreciated this. It's still a fun story (SUCH SUCH SUCH FUN) but it's also got a carefully administered amount of gravity. And that makes sense. The characters are in a life or death situation, and we feel this. The stakes are strong and emotional, and this is always present, keeping the reader invested and concerned.
It's an escapist story. But it's not without weight. Chance balances the light and dark perfectly. 

Sometimes we don't realise our own hearts," she whispered, the tinkling of her words like falling tears, "until we lose them."

The main difference in Seeker compared to Keeper is that we now have Ty and Maggie's narrative points of view, as well as Lainey's. It ends up being a brilliant idea, because these two characters show us sides of the story we wouldn't have otherwise experienced: Ty gives us a glance into the Master's evil operations, and Maggie gives us a glimpse into her inner turmoil whilst at the same time providing much-needed comic relief.

The much-loved female friendship between Maggie and Lainey is even stronger in this book. I love the twist at the end, and how the two girls are always, always there for each other. It's wonderful.

Lainey, fierce but impulsive Lainey, is of course at the head and heart of this story. She's struggling to deal with her grief and pain whilst soldiering the fact she's the only person who can destroy the Master, and I truly loved her character development. She learns a lot and her strength is so admirable.

The new secondary characters - Oliver, Teddy, Zia, and more - are also fantastic. Each of them has an important role to play and enough backstory and motivation to flesh them out. Everyone on the page is fully realised; however brief their appearance might be, each character is distinct, and they all make an impact.
The only disappointing character was the Master. He's the cliche villain through and through; totally the evil laugh, brooded in mystery, angry and evil bad guy we've all seen before.

Ty and Lainey's relationship has been through a lot, and in this novel their feelings are angsty but undeniable. I loved seeing them grapple with each other, watching their bond grow stronger, watching them deal with past pain and reconciling betrayals and hurt with what they know now. They grow a lot. Their interactions are also beautifully written, and their chemistry is incredible.

Seeker is a breathtaking sequel that ramps up the emotion and tension and delivers a compelling, escapist story. It's urban fantasy at its very best.
I loved spending time with these characters, and I'm so grateful for the adventure this series took me on.

← Keeper

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