February 13, 2017

Disruptor Blog Tour: Author Guest Post

Disruptor (Seeker #3)
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte

For readers of Sarah J. Maas and of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy comes Disruptor, the sequel to Traveler and the thrilling conclusion to the Seeker series.

“Readers of the first two volumes will find their long-awaited conclusion here, and Dayton will have found fans for life.” -Booklist

Quin has spent her life as her father’s pawn. She was trained to kill and manipulated to guarantee her family’s power. And now that she’s broken free of that life, she’s found herself trapped again, hostage to a plot that has been centuries in the making. 

It’s taken generations for the pieces to come together, and finally all is in place. Her best friend Shinobu’s mind has been corrupted, the Young Dread has aligned with her enemy John, and the bloodthirsty Watchers are being awakened and gathered. Now there is nothing that can stop the force of time. 

But Quin will no longer be a pawn. She’s a Seeker, who stands for light in a shadowy world. She will face the vengeance of the past and its enemies and save herself and the ones she loves, or she will die trying. 


The SEEKER Series:
“Katniss and Triss would approve.” -TeenVogue.com

“In this powerful beginning to a complex family saga…Dayton excels at creating memorable characters.” -Publishers Weekly

In the Seeker series, a teenage girl called Quin has spent most of her life training for what she believes is a noble purpose, only to discover that her family is turning her into an assassin instead.

“Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Marie Lu’s Legend, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games series: your next obsession has arrived.” -School Library Journal

Quin has grown up in the remote Scotland Highlands, where she and two boys her age—one her oldest friend, and one her boyfriend—have spent years preparing to inherit two ancient artifacts, which have been handed down in their families for hundreds of years.

These artifacts allow them to do astonishing things, including appearing and disappearing from anywhere in the world. Quin expects to inherit this power for noble purposes, but her father intends to use her as an assassin, plain and simple.

“Both past and present choices shook me to the core, and the final pages left me trembling... and then internally cursing that I’ll have to wait until 2017 for a final resolution!” -Fanboy Comics

The story is set in the near future, in a world where the hooded cloaks of Seekers and ancient Scottish ruins live comfortably next to futuristic airships and advanced medical techniques. 
It’s into this world that we watch Quin try to escape when she discovers the fate that’s waiting for her. And it is in this world that Quin is followed, helped, betrayed and abandoned by those she trusted the most.

Thanks for having me on A Dream Within A Dream!

Because Seekers can use the ancient artifact called an athame to go anywhere in the world almost instantly, the series takes us to many far-flung places. In the first two books, the Scottish Highlands and the busy, dark futuristic streets of Hong Kong were two of the main locations, and those places still feature prominently in the story. But there are some new parts of the world that get explored in Disruptor. Sometimes the characters end up in these locations on purpose, other times they find themselves dragged to them or tricked into going:

In Iceland, a natural amphitheater of basalt has been a Seeker stronghold for hundreds of years. There is a confrontation between Shinobu and John in a place a lot like this one. 

We learned in book two, Traveler, that every Seeker house has its own sanctuary somewhere in the world. In Disruptor, John discovers one such hideaway, a breathtaking complex of caves, in South America, much like the famous Marble Caves of Patagonia. 

The Young Dread has been training and molding John, using the harsh methods she herself was subjected to. A sprint across icy ground in the frozen temperatures of the Arctic Circle? Why, yes. It builds character. 

Arwen Elys Dayton is hard at work on the SEEKER series, a grand YA story for Random House.

Arwen began her career as a teenage staff writer at a foundation that produced Peabody Award-winning educational shows for PBS. Soon afterward, she began writing screenplays and novels, including Sovereign’s Hold and Resurrection, the #1 Amazon bestseller in Sci-Fi in both the US and the UK.

She spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid (which she explored by flashlight when researching Resurrection), Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She enjoys creating complete worlds inhabited by characters who charm, frustrate or inspire.

Arwen lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at arwendayton.com and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram, or reach her by email at arwenelysdayton@gmail.com.


Tour Schedule:
February 6th - Winterhaven Books
                           Adventures in YA Publishing
February 7th - The Cover Contessa
February 8th - Unbound Worlds   
February 9th - The Eater of Books!
February 10th - Once Upon a Twilight
February 13th - A Dream Within A Dream
February 14th - Two Chicks on Books
February 16th - Mundie Moms
February 21st - Bookhounds YA
February 22nd - The Reading Nook Reviews
February 23rd - The Fandom
February 24th - Page Turners Blog
February 27th - Fiction Fare
February 28th - YA Books Central


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