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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
A strange infection has turned almost everything into metal－both living and non-living－and it continues to spread. Somehow protagonist Brilynn is able to reverse the infection and wakes up with a strange tattoo on her left arm. Determined to save her town and others that are infected, she seeks help from one of the founders in the Big Five, leaders of powerful conglomerates on the planet. The founder, however, has her own plan for Brilynn. As the young survivor tries to escape with the help from new friends she made along the way, she’s about to discover a shocking truth about the metal infection that is destroying the planet.
The Seeder’s Gift is the third installment of The Wind’s Cry multiverse by Caleb Monroe. Although I haven’t read the first two books, Monroe assures new readers in the book’s introduction that The Seeder’s Gift is “a self-contained adventure”. The premise and the world-building of the story, particularly its history and economic structure, are imaginative and well constructed. Even though I felt that some parts could be more succinct, Monroe’s narrative is engaging as readers are introduced to the silenced mining town and its occupants through Brilynn’s eyes and her memories. Her adventures in different cities are filled with enough intrigue, suspense, and action.
The characterization is solid for both protagonists and antagonists. Although understandable, Brilynn’s insecurities are at times discouraging but well compensated by her courage. I also gravitated towards natural-born leader D’nea and the tough but also surprisingly sensitive James. Filled with themes of family, bravery, friendship, greed, and power, the twist in the plot is clever and has a depth that provides a nice cliffhanger in the end. Fans of Monroe will be delighted with The Seeder’s Gift and I look forward to the continuation of the story.