Today we finish Seeker by Helena Sorensen. I’m both happy and sad to finish.
Happy because—CLICK—pieces fell in place. On numerous occasions I said to myself, “Oh now I get it!”
Sad because I feel like I am leaving good friends. People who I would like to talk with.
This book put longings we each have experienced and the hope into words.
The universality of this section because we all have:
—A “Chase” in our lives who looks a bit incredulous when they realize, “You’d risk anything in search of the sun.”
—Wolves that seem to get between us and our prey. Day after day. And you begin to wonder if you are contributing to a situation.
—People who ask about life after death: “Do you see the immortals or the sun?”
—Times when we realize that which we thought would satisfy, can’t. Case in point, Valour couldn’t satisfy all of Evander’s longings.
—Other times when we sound like The Teacher in Ecclesiastes. In chapter 26 when Valour asked Errol, “What’s the point of the Fayrewood?” and went on and on about how hopeless she found life, I thought of King Solomon’s Chasing after the wind. Feeling helpless. But then the Errol’s in our life simply say, “People can’t stop hoping.”
—Been like Mina in the dragon lair. “For the first time since she’d come to the dragon’s lair, she wept, great sobs racking her body as she cradled the lantern in her hands. All the longing and sorrow she’d buried beneath the pressing demands of survival came bubbling up.” That last sentence sums up what Velvet Ashes is trying to do: let us express our longings and sorrow so that we feel less alone. And rejoice together as well!
—Wonder if we will need to choose between “a great quest and yer people.”
—Stumble upon something that gives hope, like Mina when she found the part of the lantern that had the same image Maeve had embroidered.
—We begin to see our worth! “Mina had never pictured herself as something worth stealing. She might have been the prize the dragon went after.”
—Been healed by the sight of the sun. And once Mina saw the sun: “She’d forfeited her freedom so that she might bring hope to the people of Holt.”
—Take encouragement from others. Mina’s “I saw the sun” went far and wide.
—Like the people of Holt, “[we] begin to guess [our] strength.”
Did you find yourself?
Saying, “Oh NOW I get it!”
Where to start?
I was happy that in the end, Valour supported Evander . . . and sad they didn’t have more time together.
Grey! Two weeks ago I mentioned that we hadn’t even gotten to Grey and her name. Do you think that Maeve’s spirit picked up on Grey’s true essence? Not that she was a wolf, but somehow not good? The plants dying and Maeve wanting Grey to leave almost from the beginning are easily to spot from this vantage point. With hindsight, I now get why Grey’s behavior was so odd and why she would disappear for several days.
I don’t want to overthink Grey, but she got me wondering where we might have let a wolf into our own homes. I was so annoyed that Ulff would stoop so low as to have a wolf pretend to be a child. Who wouldn’t have compassion on a child?! But that’s the point. Ulff wants to keep those under the Shadow with him.
When I got to end and read the destruction of Holt I understood why Helena said in one of the comments that she saw Holt as Eden. Now I do too. Eden isn’t just the Fayrewood, though the Fayrewood is clearly part of Eden. As all the people had to leave Holt for their own safety and were never able to return, I could see whispers of Adam and Eve leaving The Garden.
Helena, thank you for writing such a powerful book. Everyone else, one of the best ways you can thank an author is to leave a review on Amazon (Seeker). Amazon uses the number of reviews to influence how often they will share a book with potential readers. Let’s help get this book in more hands!
And then, let’s talk in the comments. What did you learn about yourself, longing, and hope? How do you see Eden, even God, from a new or different angle after reading Seeker?
With a sigh of satisfaction,
P.S. Reading plan for next week and June