Hello everyone! Welcome to the creative tour that me and a few other bloggers decided to put together! Shout out to Tor for providing us with an awesome giveaway (at the bottom)!
Creative Tour Schedule
May 15 – BookCrushin – Death/Marcus – Recap of Riders & Excitement for Seeker
May 16 – Take Me Away To A Great Read – Famine/Sebastian – Lore of the Horsemen
May 17 – The YA Book Traveler – War/Gideon – Weapons of the Riders
May 18 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Conquest/Jode – Seeker Launch Recap
May 19 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Daryn/Seeker – Interview with Veronica Rossi
Seeker by Veronica Rossi
Published by Tor Teen
Release Date: May 16, 2017
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi’s new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .
When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn’t losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they’d provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.
Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.
Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It’s up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.
Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.
Today I will talk a little bit about the four weapons each rider has in this series. It relates back to the imagery provided in the Bible for the four horsemen in Revelation chapter 6.
In addition to their weapons, they have horses and armor. But today, I’ll focus on the weapons, because who doesn’t love bookish weapons???
*I’ve included quotes from RIDERS that explain how Veronica portrayed all the weapons.
War (Gideon): Sword
Gideon’s weapon is a sword, which to be honest, is my favorite weapon in books. There’s just something about them! If a cover has a sword on it, I’m pretty likely to pick it up. I even wrote a post about swords.
I focused on the feeling I’d tapped into just an hour ago—a combination of protect, defend, serve—and connected with a thread of power inside me. A jolt ran through my hand and I saw a flash of fire, then the sword was mine. (pg 228)
Conquest (Jode): Bow and Arrow
I think my second favorite weapon in books and movies are the bow and arrow. Jode’s bow and arrow are something very special though. Read the quotes to find out more!
The bow was radiant white, on the verge of being hard to look at directly. In construction it was long and tapered, and looked balanced and light. The bowstring was so thin at points that it disappeared the way spiderwebs did in sunlight. It was the prettiest weapon out of all of them, no question. (pg 270)
At roughly half draw, there was a flash of brightness and the arrow appeared. Slender. Luminous. No fletching. Just a streamlined bolt of lightning. (pg 270)
Death (Marcus): Scythe
I think having 9 feet of scythe to attack enemies would be pretty effective.
Marcus had just produced a scythe. It materialized in a dusty swirl, extending from his hand to the desert earth.
A freakin’ scythe.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. Wasn’t Death—the Grim Reaper—always shown with a scythe? Still, this was the first one I’d ever seen in person and let me tell you—a staff with a massive curved blade at the end? Terrifying. This was no ordinary scythe, either. The thing glowed in the night, soft like the moon, but it put off enough light to illuminate Marcus’s face. (pg 151)
Famine (Sebastian): Scales
The scales that Bas wields is a weaponized version of the Scales of Justice. I think it’s kinda funny. “Take that, enemy! I’m going to kill you with justice!”
Below are quote from the book to better explain how Veronica portrayed the scales.
In his hand was something I had never seen before. Two black disks suspended on gleaming chains. I had no idea what it was, but I instinctively recognized it as a weapon.
“I’m sorry!” he blurted. Then he cocked his arm back and flung it.
The thing wobbled through the air, the disks rotating on the chain like orbiting planets. (pg 110)
The disks and chain were made of … black glass? It looked like the same material as Sebastian’s cuff. Crystal infused with darkness. And it didn’t gleam so much as glow, somehow putting off a black light around it. There was a toggle at the center of the chain, a grip made of the same material. (pg 111)
Spotlight – War (Gideon) & Riot
Gideon is my FAVORITE character in Riders and Seeker. He’s funny, hot (wink wink) and just something cool about him. He does have a short temper sometimes but it’s always for the right reasons. His dad died in front of him and it has affected him his whole life.
Gideon joined the Rangers in the Army but died from a parachute malfunction and becomes one of the horsmen of the Apocalypse, WAR. I don’t think book in YA often have male protagonists and I love reading books from the guy’s perspective. Veronica is a rockstar with writing male characters. Her other AMAZING guy characters are Roar and Perry from Under the Never Sky.
Gideon had a great sense of humor and here he’s talking about the first moment he saw his sword:
Sword fighting was fine in the movies, for gladiators or fighting trolls or whatever. But actually using a sword in combat? Nope. It felt tardy by a couple of centuries. Of course I’d just been in an epic fistfight, but everyone knows fisticuffs is a timeless art. Point is I wasn’t thrilled about the sword, but it was better than no sword, so I rolled with it. (pg. 150)
Riot was such an amazing horse. The connections all the riders had to their horses was very deep and they could communicate with them.
My horse, in case you’re wondering, came up the same way as Bastian’s, except as fire. He started out as a flare, then became this small blazing inferno, then bam. Horse. Huge red horse that made a ghost trail of flames when he moved. (pg. 121-122)
Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.
Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.
Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.
When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.
Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)
Finished Copy of Seeker + Bracelets