The Young Dread–Press Release





Seeker novella delves into Maud’s story and is perfect for sci-fi/fantasy fans


THE YOUNG DREAD_final.jpgSeeker author Arwen Elys Dayton invites established fans and new readers to delve into the world of the Dreads in her original e-short, THE YOUNG DREAD (Delacorte Press / on sale November 10, 2015 / $1.99), a Seeker novella. Readers first met Maud, the Young Dread, in Dayton’s novel Seeker, hailed as “epic,” “unforgettable,” and “unique,” and are now offered the opportunity to get an inside look at the world Maud hails from in this 100-page, fast-paced story. Priced at $1.99, THE YOUNG DREAD is the perfect read for science fiction/fantasy fans looking for something quick and memorable, and an excerpt from Seeker is included at the end of the story.


    When she’s awake in the world, the Young Dread can hear an enemy approach from a mile away, manipulate a whipsword into a thousand forms, and attack with it faster than the human eye can see.


    And yet the Young Dread is not often awake. She, like the Old and the Middle Dreads, lives outside the stream of time, frozen for vast stretches. She was a child in the 1400s, but she’s alive today, and aged only into a teen. She wakes for short bursts, to observe the training of the families known as Seekers. Past and future intertwine in Seeker traditions—they are the keepers of both ancient knowledge and advanced weapons—and the Dreads must oversee it all, testing their skills, swearing them to loyalty, and ensuring justice.


Master storyteller Arwen Elys Dayton takes readers centuries into the past to follow this ageless Dread’s footsteps. This time, when the Young Dread wakes, things will change. She is about to discover the first threads of a web in which she and so many others will be trapped. A ruthless killer to some, an enigmatic upholder of justice to others, the Young Dread is destined to shape the future in ways she is only beginning to understand.


Look for the paperback edition of Seeker in December, and Traveler, the next novel in the trilogy, in January 2016.


ARWEN ELYS DAYTON spends months doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland. She lives with her husband and their three children on the West Coast of the United States. You can visit her at and follow @arwenelysdayton on Twitter and Instagram.



by Arwen Elys Dayton

A Delacorte Press Original E-Short / on sale November 10, 2015

978-0-399-55269-4 / 100 pages / $1.99 / Ages 14 up


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