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Book Review: Seekers: The Winds of Change

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“After an assassination attempt that could lead to an all-out war, Tyras and Oren, two young Seekers of the Argan Empire, are each given secret missions in an attempt to thwart the coming chaos. Both tasks require the Seekers to venture through the war-torn continent of Tiarna where the young men face mortal danger, horrible monsters, and hostile groups – all challenges Seekers are trained to combat. Luckily, the two Seekers also find guidance, friendship, and romance along the way. However, powerful and mysterious forces are conspiring behind the scenes and both Tyras and Oren will have to overcome a host of obstacles, including their own inner demons, in order to maintain a glimmer of hope for success. With war imminent and the unknown ahead, will the Seekers triumph, or will they be swallowed by the turbulent, relentless Winds of Change?”

Title: Seekers: The Winds of Change

Series: Seekers Saga #1

Author: Troy Knowlton

Page Count: 338

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: May 31st, 2023

Like many of my recent reads, Seekers has been on my radar for quite some time. The fact that it was an entry in the SPFBO-9 competition simply gave me another reason to make sure it gets on my TBR. I had it slotted for a couple of months from now originally but I had a few days before May was finished out, so I went ahead and slid it forward.
 
This was a really fun read! I ended up picking up both a digital ebook and audiobook for this one. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out another author also on my list of want to read was the narrator. The combination of Troy Knowlton’s story and narration by Andrew D. Meredith was really entertaining time.
 
I thought the pacing and flow of Seekers was very smooth. It had a really good mix of ebb and flow. We certainly had plenty of action but also some calming moments to help develop our world and characters. With so many characters in this one, I didn’t find myself lost between which group we were following at any given time which is very important to me in reads like this.
 
The world building was also done well in my humble opinion. We have a nice range of areas, and cultures introduced by Troy in Seekers. I think this is one of the things that helped me keep the adventuring groups separate as though they were both on very important missions what they faced and where were very different from each other along the way.
 
I think my favorite part of this read was the character development. I certainly found myself connecting with several of these characters and feeling the emotions and growth they went through. As a reader I can’t really ask for much more than that with the characters within these stories. I think my two favorite characters were Yata and Ameel and they couldn’t be more opposite of each other!
 
All in all Seekers was a really enjoyable story for me. It just had a very traditional fantasy story with a good sprinkle of the fantastical along the way. I’d recommend this read for just about any fantasy readers. It’s a nice short read as well. Very easy to slide into a TBR and enjoy it.
 
I don’t know if this was always intended to be a standalone or if Troy plans to continue this story and world but I’d certainly like to read more about this characters even if that ended up being little short story spin offs of them. Of course I’d rather see a series eventually if that was a possibility! (Update, Troy has let me know he intends the Seeker Saga to be four books and is currently working on the second!)

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 5/5

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