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Traveler, by Arwen Elys Dayton

rosepetals1984's review against another edition

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3.0

One of the few times I'm doing an abbreviated review because it makes sense for how much time I spent on this audiobook. Much stronger than the first book, but still quite many flaws. I am surprised by how I'm anticipating the next book in this series. Better focus on worldbuilding in this book, though some descriptions were really repetitious/lacking in term of the portrayal of certain cultures (and some instances were problematic). Characterization varies. Shinobu's role doesn't really have as much distinction as the previous book because he's focused more on his relationship with Quin (or injured), though I liked the parallel with his struggles of power to his former drug addiction. Quin is still a rounded character, but oddly enough, she wasn't the standout character to me in this book. I liked her, and she has some decent action scenes and moments in the book. John's role/struggle is a little more clarified, though he's still a bit odd in presentation. Catherine was by far the strongest character with motivations and painful losses - to me at least. (And her role clarified John's struggles and history much more).

I thought the narrator was a decent fit, but I'm surprised by how inconsistent the pronunciation of Japanese words were. Sometimes she was right on point with the mention of names, but other times, it was like it reverted back to the incorrect word. I wasn't sure why this was and I'll admit I kept mentally correcting it as I listened to the audio (though unfortunately, I don't have the physical book to compare some of the spellings of names - and I should note I speak Japanese a little. Writing the language is a different story, unfortunately, but I'm working on it.)

Overall, a decent read and worth the time, but it had quite a few stumbles in places that I hope are improved in the next book.

Overall score: 3/5 stars.

amberc's review against another edition

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3.0

2.5

skimmed through some chapters halfway through the book because i couldn't care less about the characters... idk this wasn't a fun book for me to read, felt really slow and there wasn't much happening? Maybe I'll read it again someday

dwiestronykultury's review against another edition

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5.0

Arwen Elys Dayton zachwyciła mnie wykreowanym światem w pierwszej części serii Poszukiwaczka. Jednak gdy nadchodzi czas by przeczytać kolejny tom cyklu zaczynają się obawy. Co jeśli w tym przypadku historia okaże się nieciekawa? Co jeśli autorka poprowadzi postaci w innym kierunku? Przygody Quin, Johna i Shinobu w Poszukiwaczce zabrały mnie w niesamowitą podróż do świata, w którym nie istnieje tylko dobro i zło. Jednak kontynuacja tejże książki okazała się jeszcze bardziej niezwykła.


Fabuła Podróżniczki to oczywista kontynuacja wydarzeń z pierwszej części serii. Nadal wiele tajemnic musi wyjść na światło dzienne, jednak autorka postanowiła w tej części skupić się bardziej na pokazaniu nam jak wygląda świat zaprzysiężonych Poszukiwaczy. Do perspektyw głównych bohaterów dochodzą retrospekcje z punktu widzenia Catherine - matki Johna oraz Notta. Pozwoliło to autorce poprowadzić historię w trzech kierunkach, które stopniowo się zazębiają. Zamiast więc jednotorowej akcji, możemy zagłębić się w życie poprzedniego pokolenia Poszukiwaczy, jednocześnie obserwując poczynania ich dzieci, które chcą naprawić błędy z przeszłości i odkryć jakie tajemnice zmieniły życie ich rodzin. Z drugiej strony poznajemy Notta - jednego z Obserwatorów, pokazującego nam inne oblicze Sędziów, którzy byli dość tajemniczymi postaciami w poprzedniej części. Według mnie ten zabieg był bardzo dobrym pomysłem, ponieważ kontynuacja samych wydarzeń z pierwszej części serii nie pozwoliłaby w fabule zawrzeć tyle informacji, a jednak w przypadku tak skomplikowanej historii są one potrzebne by w pełni zrozumieć zasady rządzące światem stworzonym przez autorkę.

Ciężko mi też spojrzeć na tę książkę obiektywnie. Styl pisania Arwen tak mnie zauroczył, że nawet jeśli jakieś błędy logiczne się pojawiały, to tak jak w przypadku poprzedniej części całkowicie je zignorowałam. Nie zauważyłam niczego co w dużym mierze mogłoby zepsuć odbiór tej książki. Dla mnie niektóre niedopowiedzenia dodają jej tylko uroku. W wielu przypadkach lektur zachwyca nas głównie wykreowany świat, tu jest on opisany dość pobieżnie. Dzięki temu sama mogę zdecydować jak on wygląda, nic nie jest narzucone mi z góry. Ten zabieg sprawia, że ta książka jest po prostu uniwersalna. Można w niej szukać drugiego dna, który odnosi się do wydarzeń współczesnych lub po prostu można uznać ją za dobrą fantasy. Na co nie postawimy, nie będziemy zawiedzeni. Magia, która dotyczy bohaterów jest też dość subtelna. Jest Athamen, który pozwala bohaterom przenieść się Tam, pojawia się kolejny przyrząd poszukiwaczy Fokal, jednak to nadal jest traktowane jako coś normalnego. Takie podejście do świata magicznego połączonego ze zwykłą rzeczywistością jest moim zdaniem czymś odświeżającym po książkach, w których cuda wylewają się z każdej strony.

Seria Poszukiwaczka trafiła na listę moich ulubionych książek i z niecierpliwością czekam na kolejny tom, który mam nadzieję odpowie na wszystkie pytania, które pojawiły się w poprzednich częściach. Każdy z bohaterów pojawiający się w tej książce wnosi do niej coś nowego. Całość choć podzielona na kilka torów głównych, tworzy spójną historię, która nie pozwala czytelnikowi odejść od książki. Myślę, że tej serii należy dać szansę, ponieważ prezentuje sobą coś nowego, czego nie sposób spotkać w innych pozycjach z tego gatunku.

hala_books's review against another edition

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4.0

wait WHAAAT?!!!
WAS THAT JUST THE ENDJNG XO
I can't survive until next year ;( NOOO
R WE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE QUIN THERE UNTIL SHINOBU RETURNS TO HIS SENSES??!

I have to say I loved the back story of Catherine and I shipped her soo hard with Archie, they were like the perfect couple <3

diaryofabookahloic's review against another edition

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3.0

Not as good as the frist one, but i still want to know where this series is heading with the third book

nerdygeekyfanboy's review against another edition

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4.0

Mooi vervolg op Seeker! De wereld van de Zoekers breidt zich uit en wordt echt beter en beter. Mijn recensie komt de 25e online, een dag na het uitkomen van Disruptor, het derde deel in deze trilogie!

sayonara's review against another edition

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4.0

So many questions.

berethnetqueen's review against another edition

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5.0

(4.5 stars)
It was much better than the first book and I really like it.

damnmysterious's review

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5.0

This review was originally published on my blog Books & Babbles.

I was rereading my review of Seeker and I was like... Woah?! Traveler left off where Seeker ended, but it's so weird to look back at both books as they're almost completely different. It's a good different, a better different. This book isn't divided into different parts, but it's told for multiple (new) perspectives. Like last time, this didn't bother me in the slightest. It was cleverly done, actually! One of the perspectives takes place in the past and it's not confusing at all, because it actually builds up to what's about to go down in the present. It's probably one of the things I love most about the book.

I feel like Traveler is much more adventurous than Seeker was. The characters visit a whole bunch of new and different place and it's so exciting! Honestly, it was probably so exciting for me as one of the new locations used to be a holiday destination of mine, hehe! There's not a lot of world building, or any kind of extensive description of where they are exactly, but that's okay. I don't think it would really add to the story anyway, we all have an idea of what certain parts in the world look like, right? Also, mild spoiler alert, I love how it's pretty much all in Europe! I mean, since I'm a European!

Not every character in Traveler or Seeker for that matter is all that special. I do like them all, but it's not like I absolutely love or hate the characters. They're just... okay. Everyone's divided and I actually really like that. The "teams" have different goals and I think that's what keeps the book and the different perspectives so interesting. Quin and Shinobu are on a very different path than John and Maud, and then there are the new characters who are also on another path entirely. Somehow it all feels very natural. Their stories aren't too difficult to follow and there's no room for confusion, because it's all pretty clear to understand.

Traveler did something to me, but I can't really explain it. The tagline for this book is "The past is merciless" and it really is. Although all characters are on a different path, they're all somehow looking into the past of the Seekers and their families. It's really mysterious! I love a good mystery, but this one was just so good that at one point I was absolutely terrified. As if I was literally alongside the characters on their journey. It happens more often that I'm like "inside" a book, but this was on a whole other level. Okay, it was 1AM and I was a bit sleep deprived, but I was genuinely freaked out! It has got something to do with the number 200, that's all I'm telling you. For spoiler reasons, of course. Go read it for yourself! Or check the spoiler tag:
SpoilerSo, basically, in every Seeker family's cave were numbers that always added up to 200, but they didn't know what they meant it it was driving me CRAZY, like I was so freaked out! It didn't just happens once or twice and they were found my almost every character in the book. Combine that with some pretty high stakes and mystery and well... I go into freak out mode, lol! Eventually it turns out that's the number of steps they had to walk to get to some important point! SO CLEVER!!!


Funnily enough, I don't think I'd consider Traveler a favourite. Just like Seeker. But I do love it very much and it's written and translated so well! This book (and trilogy) are so terribly underrated and it makes me quite sad, if I'm honest! It's just a great, dark and mysterious story! It's the kind of book that should be on any fantasy lover's shelf, because it's just that good.

nomadscrygmailcom's review

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4.0

The elements that make this series unique are better melded this time and what should have been a love triangle is mercifully not.
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