Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.
Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker – destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk loosing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.
This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.
The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho is the first book in the TRISTEN series. It follows a seemingly regular teenage boy named Tristen who seems to be having these horrible nightmares. When he is assigned to work with Ailey on a history assignment, his life begins to get interesting. Until the day him and his friends disappear and end up in Fifteenth Century France. With a new destiny comes a lot of unanswered questions and new adventures.Will Tristen and his friends make it back home? Or will they be stuck in the past to save the future? Read it to find out!
So this novel isn’t your typical fantasy YA story. It has many different elements to it that surprisingly work together. The story starts off with major character developments way before you get any fantasy elements. At first I felt the story was just starting so slow and dragging on. At one point I was just like, “Oh come on! Where is the excitement and fantasy?!” But I kept reading.
And as I kept reading I started to connect with Tristen even more. I started relating to him, and he was bringing back memories of when I was in high school. It has been a long time since I read a story that didn’t start out with the fantasy elements, so I forgot what it was like to relate to a character on a real life level. And this book reminded me why I love to read.
I now understand why this novel is in a different league of its own. Fleur knows how to develop characters and not many authors can do that. Most authors have the high intensity content but characters that lack relate-ability. (I think that I just made that word up or spelt it wrong.) But this book has characters you care about, and that are invested in. So let’s talk about some of them!
Tristen, the last seeker and protagonist. He is a struggling teen like anyone else his age. He has troubles talking to girls, understanding social situations, and tries to be as normal as possible. He is completely relatable (is this a word??) and by far my favorite character in the story. I love to see him be challenged with different tasks and situations and see how he comes out of them with success or failure.
Ailey, his best friend. She and Tristen carry this weird connection that neither one of them can really explain. It’s not love… it’s not attraction… what is it exactly? She keeps him grounded and level headed throughout the whole story and is Tristen’s go to person when something is troubling him. That unexplainable connection though…. I wonder what it is!
Now I can go on and on about the characters, but there is so much more to the story. A boy who has the ability to go back in time to save the lives of influential people we learned about in school. A great premise of good vs. evil. Evil wants to eliminate all the good these people will do in their lives, and good needs to protect them from being erased from the history books. Very clever and intriguing.
Which brings us to the setting of the story. Fifteenth Century France. How crazy is that? Fleur really had to do her research in order to pull off the authenticity and vibes we get from reading about it. I think she was very successful in doing so. It felt like I traveled back in time with them and was able to experience what they were going through. I’m completely amazed!
Fleur Camacho knows when to let little bits of information here and there through out the novel, always leaving you screaming for more. So it’s no surprise that you are left with a huge cliffhanger in the end. While you wait for more of the story you try to put together the bits and pieces of story you have. She makes you crave for more, and I love that. Even right now I’m trying to figure out that ending. It can go in so many different directions that I’m dying to know more!!
So I talked about the amazing in depth development of the characters, the premise of the fantasy plot line, and the writing style that leaves you want more from Fleur, so I guess that only leaves me one more thing to say. What are you waiting for?? Get out there and read this book, you will honestly not regret it! I’ll sit here and wait. Come back and lets talk about it.
You can get TRISTEN: The Last Seeker for free here: The TRISTEN Series
Until next time,
She practices positive inevitability and believes passionately in following your dreams. Even if you don’t accomplish everything you want, you can still enjoy the journey.