Nominated for RT Magazine's "Reviewers Choice Best Book" Award!
Nominated for Teen Choice Book of the Year!
2012 Children's Shortlist in the Reading the West Book Awards
Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter's sanity, Daire's mother sends her to live with the grandmother she's never met, but who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.
There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness the powers of her ancestral legacy, but it's when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, when things take an alarming turn. Forcing Daire to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he's allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.
St. Martin's Griffin (May 22, 2012)
# ISBN-10: 0312664850
# ISBN-13: 978-0312664855
- UK Bestseller
- Nominated for RT Magazine's "Reviewers Choice Best Book" Award in the YA fantasy category
- Nominated for Teen Choice Book of the Year
- Publishers Weekly list of bestselling titles for Children/Teens 2012!
- 2012 Children's Shortlist in the Reading the West Book Awards
"PW Pick: One of the Best New Books for the Week of May 21, 2012"
"Noël's story is nicely paced and well-written . . .Noël's many fans will be eager to find out what happens next."
". . .intriguing, twisting story line, which is sure to draw Noël's numerous fans."
". . .Noël does a terrific job of slowly unspooling their secrets and motivations with writing that is both charismatic and spunky. She describes the de rigueur mean girls as being 'linked together in an impenetrable wall of designer knockoff jeans, padded bras and pop-star perfume.' When a swarm of ravens descends on the town, 'Their numbers [are] so great, the sky appears to be vomiting massive chunks of black hail.' In FATED, Daire learns the world isn't at all as she'd believed. In ECHO, due out before the end of the year, readers are likely to be curious enough to want to find out what she plans to do about it."
"In Noël's capable hands, Daire straddles the otherworldly elements of her calling as a shaman (including a captivating scene of Daire's vision quest) and thefamiliar trappings of a 'normal' life as a high school student. . .Daire's sense of humor balances out her dark visions. . .The perils of high school often feel as threatening as navigating the Lower-, Upper- and Middleworld that Daire's destiny as a shaman requires of her. Readers will feel the pull of Daire's quest just as forcefully as Daire herself does, and will count the days until the release of ECHO, the second installment, this fall."
—Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness, Starred Review (read the full review)
"Noël has done it again! With fantastic characters and an amazing plot, this book will suck you in and leave you breathless. . . Noël is a master with words, and readers will realize anything is possible in her world. With passion and thrills around each corner, this book is a must read" 4.5 stars, Top Pick!
"...there are some very unique plot twists, and the balance among romance, plot conflict and family relationships is well managed without a vampire or werewolf in sight...The magical system is different and well developed, drawing on both Spanish and Native American mythologies to create the Seekers, their enemies, the Lower, Middle and Upperworlds and the souls they fight over. FATED is a fast read and enjoyable...While the plot arc is complete in this book, the hooks for the next are set in place, and there is plenty of interesting material to be explored in future volumes." —Deseret News
"All I can say is this book is amazing. I bet you've read a million reviews where the reviewer says this book is like nothing they've ever read before. Well with FATED that is honestly how I felt . . . Dace is mysterious yet warm, caring and in some ways shy and naive. Daire is witty and strong- the kind of girl we all wish to be. There are so many interesting twists and on the edge of your seat moments. . .It's fun, exciting, sexual and in some places a little terrifying . . . it is so far the best thing I have read this year. If you're looking for a new series to get stuck into The Soul Seekers is out of this world. . ."
"I just finished Fated just a couple of minutes ago and I have to say, 'Alyson Noël has surpassed all of my exceptions with a new world filled with magick, trust, and love.' . . . I absolutely adored the characters, especially Daire and, of course, DACE! I completely and utterly fell in love with all of the characters and, yes, even the bad ones. This novel has everything and anything you would want. I found myself not reading the pages fast enough, and completely devouring this book much faster than I thought. It just mesmerizes me how Alyson can create a world filled with fast-pacing, heart-breaking plots along with awesome characters and such a magical world. It's just I'm stunned, and absolutely speechless but one thing is for sure. Daire isn't over with her story just yet. Oh no, it is just beginning and might I say her the end of her first adventure has left with so any questions and I am already dying to read the next book in the series . . Echo. . . Trust me, really trust me, when I say you will not regret it!"
"I loved this book. All the characters were beautifully developed including some of the minor characters. . . I for one had high expectations of this book because of EVERMORE and FATED defiantly met those standards." TOP CHOICE
"I found myself unable to put this book down, completely captivated by the narration and the beautifully crafted world. I definitely recommend FATED. It was a refreshing YA fantasy with new elements I've never before."
—Love, Literature, Art and Reason
"The first Soul Seekers is a superb thriller starring a 'troubled' young lady who learns she holds the fate of the world in her hands. The key to this absorbing tale is the heroine who makes the Noël mythos seems genuine as she enters the underworld while wondering who she can trust. Filled with twists, this is a winning opening act."
". . .I loved it! The world-building in FATED is fantastic and Alyson Noel has undoubtedly given it a lot of thought. The paranormal elements are unique and the storyline is unbelievably captivating. . . I was up until 5AM reading FATED and let me tell you, it is EPIC! I loved Alyson's writing, her descriptions were vivid and managed to evoke some emotion in me, which doesn't happen often. The plot is amazing and the rich Native American history along with the supernatural elements of the book, just made it even better...FATED is a story of pure magic—breathtaking and wonderful, all at once. Soul Seekers a series that I'm definitely going to keep reading."
—Kindle & Me
"FATED was absolutely original in its own way! From the vivid
descriptions to the spiritual world the author, Alyson Noël, has
cleverly created, I was so intrigued and stunned by this book
that I can't wait to see where Noël takes this series to because she
sure as hell has a winner right here!" 4.5 stars
—Tales of the Inner Book Fanatic
"This novel is something different than anything I've encountered. FATED has a rich mythology, full of spirit animals, spirit journeys, fate, soul-seeking, and of course, good and evil. I'd recommend Fated to those who want to read something a little different. I urge you to give this novel a try."
—Thirteen Days Later
"This was a wonderful read. I really enjoyed this novel. It was action packed and filled with adventure. Fans of the 'House of Night' series will love this book. I can't wait to read more about Daire." Top Pick!
"Fans of Noël will love that this is more than a trilogy and the books are planned for every six months instead of the usual year-long wait between books." 4 Stars!
"A rush of romance will sweep you away in this hauntingly mystical read. I'm already as addicted to Daire and Dace as I was to Ever and Damen. Next book please!"
"Alyson Noël paints a magical New Mexican landscape."
—New Mexico Style
"Another captivating series from Alyson Noël. Fated did an excellent job setting up everything for the next books in the series. ...I'm really looking forward to seeing where this series goes!"
—The Story Siren
"FATED reads very well and the descriptions set the scene perfectly. Noël takes the time to set the story up right so it never feels rushed or that any details were missing. ...I'm glad there's not too long to wait for the sequel—ECHO is due out in November of this year."
—The Reading Date
"This book has it all—magick, spookiness, cute boys, a little romance, danger, fun and light-hearted moments, some mystery, and there's even good/evil twins (cute ones, too!) What more can you ask for? I am very intrigued by this new world that Alyson has created, and I cannot wait to read more about Daire and her friends in the future."
—Once Upon A Twilight
"FATED, the first book of the Soul Seekers series by Alyson Noël is truly a page-turner! It is truly engrossing and fantastic. It is a breath of fresh air in the paranormal genre. Alyson Noël is so clever in her creation of the spiritual world. Throughout the story, her descriptions of her characters, the environment they're in, the spiritual worlds they travel to, the emotions they feel, are so detailed and vivid, it left me yearning for more. Thank goodness each book for this series will be released every six months!"
"Magic, an incredible journey to the underworld, romance and a beautiful blend of Native American make for a fabulous new read from established author Alyson Noël. The mystical world Alyson created in FATED is fabulous! It's a world that's both intriguing, and incredibly engaging. It's magical, alluring, and a little dark. FATED has an intoxicating mix of magic, lore, paranormal elements, romance and suspense. I think fans of Alyson Noël's writing will really enjoy what she offers them in her new series. This was a book I enjoyed, and one I'd recommend picking up. I'm looking forward to reading more from this series." 4.5 Stars!
"I would recommend FATED to fans of Alyson Noël, the paranormal, and readers who want to try to read something that will rock their socks off."
—Chapter by Chapter
"This promises to be an intriguing journey for Daire as she finds her way . . . Fans of Noël's Immortals series will especially enjoy FATED."