Ellen Fritz for Books4Tomorrow
Aug 26, 2017, 23:52
A TERRIFIC READ!
Set in Carnia, a fictional medieval kingdom, "The Shadow Seer" tells the story - or rather the beginning thereof - of prince Candale who is prophesied to be the long awaited Shadow Seer. The prince had been suffering from fits and seizures for years and now - after recovering from an illness that almost killed him - he is having vivid nightmares, seeing and hearing things and starting to have visions. Together with his friend Teveriel and his female body guard, Trellany, he sets off to visit the Mage School, White Oaks, to discover for himself what exactly those ancient prophecies have to say about him; not such an easy undertaking with a secret order seeking to murder him.
"The Shadow Seer" is a comfortably slow paced read. The author takes time to build her fictional world and introduce her characters thoroughly. The characters are well-crafted and realistically flawed, and especially so the main character, Candale. Do not expect this prince to come rescue you on a white steed, as he is somewhat of a coward, preferring to keep himself safe where possible. Still, I could not help liking him and feeling rather sorry for him as he discovers some nasty truths about his own past, has to deal with ever increasing dreams and visions, and has to tolerate his somewhat overprotective father.
This book will be a treat for readers with experience in the fantasy genre as a rather wide range of paranormal phenomena are touched upon during the course of the story. Although "The Shadow Seer" is a slightly slow and sometimes long winded read, it certainly makes up for lost excitement with a horrific, shocking, cliff-hanger ending. At least we know there will be more books to follow.
Derek White (Amazon)
Aug 26, 2017, 23:51
FANTASY WRITING AT ITS BEST
The adventure takes place in Carnia, and imaginary world where you quickly learn to accept magic, mages and witches as normal.
The story opens with Candale, nearly eighteen and a Royal Prince of the realm desperately ill, and having proved impossible to be cured by healers. You quickly realise that he is the ‘odd one out’ in the family and feel sorry for him. You soon learn that his mother is not the Queen, but Mayrila, a witch his grandfather the King knew and paid. Myrila is called to the palace and, for more payment, cures Candale and we are observers as he learns of the legend that he may be the Shadow Seer. This is ridiculed by his parents but from then on he devotes every waking hour to looking into it, acquires friends and travelling companions to help him, a female bodyguard, Trellany, and a travelling bard Teveriel. Neither believes Candale but both are very loyal to him and are both great helps.
The story and the characters are developed at a rate easy to follow and can be read as a ‘stand-alone’.
However, whilst there is no cliff hanger to leave you frustrated it is obvious that there is much more to come and I, for one, look forward to reading about the further adventures of Candale and his friends.
***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official
Katie Blythe (amazon)
Aug 26, 2017, 23:49
This is a very enjoyable fantasy read. Set it the fictional world of "Carnia" there is a kingdom ruled by King Sorron, and his family. His son/prince Gerian, Gerian’s wife Silnia, and their children Candale and Aylara.
The story starts out with Candale being literally on his death bed. He’s been sick for many months and his family has finally sought help from the last person they want, a witch named Mayrila. Mayrila saves Candale and he and his family try to get back to where they were before with his schooling and building up back some muscle.
One day Candale hears Gerian, Sorron and Mayrila arguing in the next room and learns some very shocking news about himself and his future. He learns about his birth, and that he is going to be a Shadow Seer. Not knowing what that really is, Candale wants to go to the only place that might have information at "The White Oaks" school where mages are taught to use magic. His family forbids it because they do not believe that he is going to become that, but Candale is too stubborn to listen so he sneaks out with his bodyguard Trellany and new friend and bard Teveriel set out to "The White Oaks" to get answers. Along the way he meets new characters that help him with his answers.
Trellany and Teveriel are skeptical like everyone else about Candale being a Shadow Seer but after many "coincidences" that happen after he gets more information, they start to think that’s what he may be. After the winter season his grandfather comes to get him and bring him home. He returns home and tells his grandfather what he has learned and that he is the Shadow Seer but Sorron doesn’t want Candale to tell the rest of his family what he learned. Candale starts to have visions, his attitude is changing, he’s not sleeping well and if he is sleeping he is having horrible nightmares, and he’s seeing not only shadow people but a strange little girl who he thinks needs his help. He used to have “fits” or seizures so they say that when he’s having a vision they can pass it off as a fit for a while until they can figure out what to do. I laughed, I cried, and there were a few genuinely shocking moments in this. All the characters are great and I loved them all.
Candale can seem a little naïve when it comes to relationships but that’s a funny quirk I think. He’s a very proper man but he’s still only 18 so he’s curious, shy, and on a few occasions can be a little bratty. Teveriel will go to the ends of the earth for him and deeply cares about him and doesn’t want him to get hurt. Trellany is a bad ass, butt kicking, no nonsense girl who will defend and help Candale in any way she can. They learn so much about one another on the trip and you really connect with all of them. If you love the fantasy genre then I’d definitely check this one out.
Franz (Amazon customer)
Aug 26, 2017, 23:46
Most first fantasy novels are fairly predictable. The protagonist is either a good guy or a rogue forced into playing the good guy. This novel is a pleasant surprise. Candale is a bit of a spoiled brat with unpredictable, and usually self-centered, moods that seem to work against him most of the time. This dubious hero is forced by prophesy into a role he is ill-equipped to serve. I found myself fascinated by his plight, his need for the support he constantly rejects, and his drive to find out what his destiny has forced him to face.
This is a great start to a multi-volume tale. I look forward to seeing how the author resolves the challenges set before this reluctant hero.