For our ninth YA book club we read Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton, a high-fantasy novel that takes place in Scotland and Hong Kong and has some very crazy-cool dimension warping weapons. Here we recommend you two books for further reading, one book that will fit right in with the YA-theme and another that is supposedly for grown-ups, but awesome for everyone. We have another new fantasy series and a somewhat older (complete!) series that places fantasy somewhere else besides Western civilization. At the end we also have some possible discussion questions for anyone talking about this book with their own book club.
Court of Fives, just like Seeker, is part 1 of a new high fantasy trilogy. Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test Kal’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.
Some of us liked the fact that Seeker largely took place in Hong Kong, a very different setting than most fantasy novels. The Eternal Sky trilogy takes this a little further, building an entire world based on eastern civilizations, leaving all the western stuff behind.
Temur, grandson of the Great Khan, is walking away from a battlefield where he was left for dead. All around lie the fallen armies of his cousin and his brother, who made war to rule the Khaganate. Temur is now the legitimate heir by blood to his grandfather’s throne, but he is not the strongest. Going into exile is the only way to survive his ruthless cousin.
Once-Princess Samarkar is climbing the thousand steps of the Citadel of the Wizards of Tsarepheth. She was heir to the Rasan Empire until her father got a son on a new wife. Then she was sent to be the wife of a Prince in Song, but that marriage ended in battle and blood. Now she has renounced her worldly power to seek the magical power of the wizards. These two will come together to stand against the hidden cult that has so carefully brought all the empires of the Celadon Highway to strife and civil war through guile and deceit and sorcerous power.
Possible Discussion Questions:
– Do you hate or love John?
– Did you understand Quin’s decision to forget what she had done?
– Is the world building effective and what is your favorite aspect of the world in Seeker?
– What do you expect to happen in the next two novels?