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Destiny Seeker: The Messenger

(Destiny Seeker #1)

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3.57  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Ilsi would do just about anything to break the Wall trapping her people, the Ice Chanters. But when she least expects it, Ilsi becomes the first person to pass through the Wall and into a world larger than she’d ever imagined. With the help of Reshma the Fire Weaver, she evades capture from outside enemies who seek to take advantage of the isolated clan.

Now on the run, I
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Published June 6th 2018
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Kristen Kieffer
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018, fantasy
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

My definition of a 2-star read is not one of distaste, but of an enjoyable narrative that I felt had some room to grow.

DESTINY SEEKER is a wonderfully nostalgic read. It nods its head in the direction of many stories I loved growing up, and love still today — books by Tolkien and Garth Nix, Lewis and even SJ Maas — all without drawing so deeply from others that the story itself feels derived. It's a delightful jaunt through all
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Kate M. Colby
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fresh take on epic fantasy, Destiny Seeker: The Messenger follows countrywomen and new friends, Ilsi and Reshma as they battle against a tyrant force and try to save their families and homeland. Filled with magical creatures and mesmerizing powers, strong female characters and friendships, and lots of twists and turns. Though, be warned, the story does have a bit of a cliffhanger, so you’ll need to read part two when it’s published!
Tara Beck
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I want to start off with saying that the storyline is excellent. It pulls you in right from the start and keeps you interested as you go along. I love that there are so many facets to this story. With mermaids, dragons, shapeshifters, intriguing towns, and mystical lands, one is sure to feel captivated by McGruder's imagination. I did find the characters a little bit hard to connect with, but I liked that each of them were very distinct and had their own personalities. Overall, I really enjoyed ...more
E.S.
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.75 / 5 stars)

Ilsi has always wanted to escape the Wall trapping the Ice Chanters…but she didn’t intend to flee through it. When a group of terrifying warriors known as Yldirim enter her home, she flees through the wall and meets a young Fire Weaver named Yeshma. Together, they set out on a journey to stop the Yldirim and find their family and friends, before their home is decimated.

In a tale with elements from some of the greatest fantasy works, we enter a world filled with
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Saundra Wright
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whitney McGruder is definitely a new young author to watch. Destiny Seeker: The Messenger has the most important quality for a first in series book. It has a storyline that draws one in right away and keeps its promise throughout. I will be waiting for book 2. The glitches in the book are all things that continued experience will likely address. More polish to language and structure, better editing and proofreading, additional features, such as maps, are things all writers develop book by book, ...more
Riley
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Monica
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, ya, debut
To start off, this was an intriguing concept with a compelling character. The novel just seemed to have a few issues that many debuts have.

The Good
I really liked Ilsi. She's a good character, who is just trying to do what's right. That made her pretty easy to relate to and root for. Reshma was also an excellent character, and she and Ilsi had good banter with each other and a believable friendship. Sometimes it's difficult to find good examples of female friendships.

I also liked the ship arc.
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Lydia
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, young-adult
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a valiant first effort from a new author. In Destiny Seeker, you’ll find many elements of your favorite fantasy books compiled in a new, adventurous way. The book is fast paced and action packed as we follow Ilsi, the main character, as she rushes to gather support against Althod and his army of Yldirims, all while trying to evade being captured for her unique magical abilities.

The world McGruder has created is intriguing,
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Carrie
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The author provided me with an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

As a girl, Ilsi — an Ice Chanter with a secret power she inherited from her mother — is trapped along with half of her people when a mysterious wall of ice separates them from the rest of the world. Ilsi’s mother and countless others are trapped outside, and those inside are left at the mercy of the ruthless Yldirim army. Ilsi uses her mother’s power to escape the wall in the hopes that she can find a way to bring it
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Amy Braun
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure I've ever read a book with so much adventure before! DESTINY SEEKER starts with a bang and barely gives you time to rest as you follow Ilsi and her friends on a truly thrilling adventure. If there's an element of fantasy/adventure, odds are it's in this book. Elves, magic, kings, pirates, and more. There's a truly large world within this book and it felt like I was right there with the characters, jumping from one location to the next.

If I have any complaints, it's that I wanted to
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Tyler R Lee
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whitney McGruber's Destiny Seeker: The Messenger is the first of her Destiny Seeker series, and it starts off strong with great world building and character connections. The story anchors you in with a strong female lead in Ilsi, an Ice Chanter with a willful spirit and curiosity. Combined with her soon to be companion Reshma, another strong protagonist there to balance out Ilsi's courageous naivete with a well earned cynicism, these two lead readers on an adventure through the elements and a fa ...more
Shannon Rohrer
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Destiny Seeker was an interesting YA Fantasy, chock-full of imagination, characters, and an intriguing plot. However, I did have some problems with it throughout, and found my interest in the story and the characters waning at points.

Things I liked:

Friendships: I like how there was such a strong emphasis on Ilsi’s friendships, both with Tyk and then Reshma. I also liked how there was such a clear difference in her friendships between the two of them.

Imaginative Plot/World: The concept
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K.M. Allan
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Destiny Seeker: The Messenger kicks off with a magical wall appearing and the way such an event changes the lives of those trapped on both sides of it. Most of the story is told from the point of view of IIsi, an Ice Chanter who also possesses a secret ability called Swift. There's lots of magic in this book, some of which isn't completely explained. There's also a lot of characters. IIsi meets old and new friends as she travels, coming across Elves, Mermaids, Werewolves, Shapeshifters, Dragons, ...more
Jennifer
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting book, and an engaging enough narrative, but unfortunately a number of writing flaws nearly ruined it for me. Although the story has potential, the mechanics of the writing (things like grammar, pacing, character development, art of description, etc.) were lacking. The tone was inconsistent with the story most of the time. Serious editing needs to occur with future books (and possibly even for this book for it to become more popular). In addition, while I have hopes that f ...more
C.K.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Note: This story ends on a cliffhanger. Thankfully, the second book is available.

Whitney has created a cute and challenging world with Destiny Seeker: The Messenger. The name of the mages, Ice Chanters, made me smile. The challenges the main characters tackled were engaging. The characters are described and written well, and the plot of the story takes the reader on an amazing adventure across this fantasy world. Parts of this book were amazing and others, unfortunately, leave a reader behind. I
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Angie
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The observant reader of this review will note that this author has the same last name as I do; she's my daughter-in-law! This is her debut novel and I read it last week for the first time. I love the characters! The story line is exciting and often enchanting (lots of magical, mystical stuff) and for that reason, I overlooked some errors in editing to stay focused on the story itself. I finished the book in two days because I didn't want to put it down and I'm already anticipating reading the se ...more
Briana Morgan
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

As an author and editor, I read a lot of fantasy, especially YA fantasy. This book offered a fresh take on the genre with a compelling, fast-paced plot, a large cast of characters, and a rich story world.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and my only suggestion for improvement would be the characters. With such a large cast, I often had difficulty figuring out who was who, and remembering everyone’s names. I also had a somewhat
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Christie Powell
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fun, epic tale. I loved the female leads--two best friends, who are actual females, not just "strong women" (males in sexy female bodies). The adventure is exciting and there's never a dull moment. I really liked the fantasy world and how it's set up.

I had a little trouble getting into the writing at first. The grammar and spelling are on point, but there are little craft things like shallow POV (using tags like "she thought") and a few POV/head-hopping slips, that could use some work
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Audrey
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about an unlikely set of heroes on the run from an evil army as they try to save their island. There is magic, elves, travel through strange and distant lands, and a lot of great surprises. I thought the concepts were new and interesting and the writing was good. I hit a chunk in the middle of their adventure that I sort of had to slog though and I can’t really put my finger on what was different about the middle comp
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Adrienne Biehl
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Destiny Seeker and joining Ilsi and Reshma on their adventure! I love books that I can get lost in and feel as if I'm in a different world, and this one definitely provided that for me. It grabbed my attention from the get go and then I couldn't put it down.

I've seen other reviews mention too many characters, but I actually loved that aspect of this story. It was realistic to me because of the journey they were on. If you were on a journey such as theirs you would l
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Shirley Crow
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I completely loved the world building and the richness of the cultures. It is refreshing to see a strong and thoughtful female lead working with a great assemble cast with well-defined strengths and flaws. I will be watching this author as she grows and gains strength.

Check out a full review on my blog
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Ashley Craft
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! I have really enjoyed reading this book. One thing I really liked was the rich characterization of women. There is simply not enough representation of women in literature and I loved how the women shined here. I also like how the author didn't give in to expected stereotypes. For example, I expected Ilsi to be a "strong" female lead, like a Katniss type, and she really wasn't. Reshma was kinda that personality. But that didn't make Ilsi any less the heronie. On the contrary, she ...more
Karen
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun, exciting fantasy adventure! I really love the author's world and how we get to see all of it through the characters' travels. The characters are all really fun and cool and I loved getting to know them through the book. I also really like the magic system, I think it's really original and interesting. It ends on a cliffhanger, and I'm so excited to find out what happens to the characters! I can't wait for the next book!!
Denise
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first time with this author. Needing a good fantasy I would say this author filled the need on this one. Ilsi is the character along with others that delivered on that. When you are following Ilsi you will be giving lots of excitement so hold on tight. Being this is a fantasy it is one of high caliber. It has the ability to keep you engaged so much so that by the time you are at the last page you will be wishing for more but surprised it is finished.
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Sahreth Bowden
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always the Adventure!

Every aspect of this book is brilliantly crafted. The characters are well-developed, the world is intriguing, the plot is interesting, and the adventure is never-ending! As well, it all is familiar enough not need grandiose explanations while remaining fresh and unique.
Daniel
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Longer review to come soon, but the summary is I liked it and am excited to see what else this author will write in the future!
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Whitney O. McGruder has been plotting to become a published author ever since she wrote her first Sailor Moon fanfic in middle school. She earned her BA in English with a minor in editing in order to make this dream a reality.

Fifteen years after the fanfic, not only has she finally published her debut novel, but she’s a savvy full-time editor and the co-owner of Wit & Travesty. She also freelance
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