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Destiny Seeker: The Messenger (Destiny Seeker Series Book 1)

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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 delig
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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
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
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
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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
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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/
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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
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
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
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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
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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
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
Denise Van plew
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
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