After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike… but is he willing to help?
Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders of whom Ciaran is a rumored member. However, when Becca discovers that they might not be the only ones after the information Ciaran has, everyone begins to wonder if Bhunaidh might not be as uninvolved with Darragh as they claim.
A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.
Julianna Scott’s debut The Holders took me by surprise last year. The book had sounded like a fun, interesting read, but I was taken completely unaware by how much I loved the story. It featured a great protagonist with a very distinctive voice in Becca, an interesting concept in the Holders and their abilities, and the romance between Alex and Becca was delicious. So The Seers was a book that I was really looking forward to and it was definitely worth the anticipation. It was a fun continuance of the story and I got answers to some of the questions I was left with at the end of the previous book.
Becca remains awesome. When we start the book she is still learning about her abilities and her new life. She’s also trying to come to grips with the reality of her father. They are in the middle of re-establishing their relationship and I liked the way Scott handled this tentative rebuilding of trust. To top it all off, Becca is also still developing her relationship with Alex, trying to figure out how they work together and what the influence of the Anam bond is. I loved the growth in Becca; she has to learn so much, become much more self-assured and learn to stand up for herself instead of just for others. And she does so without ever losing her lovable, sarcastic self. Becca is just so completely relatable. The scene where she overhears people talking about her and judging her rather harshly, hit me in the gut, as that feeling of just wanting to hide is so recognisable.
One of the new characters introduced in The Seers is Bastian. I liked the addition of this complicated character as he creates some interesting tension, not just plot-wise, but between Becca and Alex too. I loved that for a change it’s the guy in the relationship who is insecure and scared of losing the girl, instead of the other way around. While there is never any doubt about Becca’s feelings, I love that she and Alex need to communicate about the situation and Alex’s reaction and that it doesn’t magically disappear. Apart from this effect on the narrative, Bastian is an interesting character in his own right. I loved his conflicted position within the Bhunaidh and the way that in many ways he’s a lot like Becca. Their friendship develops in a fun way and I love its snarky nature.
The one thing I missed was a bit more in the way of recapping from the previous book, because I was a little adrift in the first few chapters of the book. Still, once I’d re-acclimatised to the story and the characters, I was just as immersed in this book as I was in The Holders. The plot is exciting with lots of deviousness and secrecy. The Bhunaidh are a rigid, arrogant bunch, all about appearances and I completely sympathised with Becca when she wants to hit them over the head. In the Bhunaidh, Scott shows us a completely different aspect of Holder society than the one we’ve encountered at Lorcan and while I found them awful human beings, I loved the way Scott structured Bhunaidh society linked to abilities and their strength. The Seers also further develops Becca’s and through her the reader’s knowledge of Holder abilities and what they are able to do, what their limits are and that not all abilities are equal. We also learn more about the Anam bond, including the fact that same-sex bondings occur, which was one of the questions I was left with after the last book.
I flew through The Seers and having finished it, I can only say that I’m sad to have to wait another year to return to St. Brigid’s. I really want to know what happens next, how everyone will deal with the fall-out of the events of this book and how the story will end. The Seers was a great second book in this series, but doesn’t really stand alone, so I’d recommend going back and reading The Holders if you haven’t done so yet. If you have read The Holders and were unsure about picking this one up, I recommend you do, as it’s even more entertaining than its predecessor and Becca’s story is wonderful.
This book was provided for review by the publisher.
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