Release Date Jan 27, 2017
Genre: Historical sword fantasy
Mysterious and powerful, rumoured immortal, the Druid, Bronan, commands reverence. And fear.
In his adopted home, Edenshire, a ruthless Barry the Red sits on a stolen throne. And uses the people for blood sport. The last line of defence between the Land and the throne, Bronan defends them all. Alone.
But it does not go well. Crushed by the people’s sorrow and pain, only a man despite all his powers of prediction, he flounders in indecision. For his visions hold only the flames of destruction. As Warden to the orphaned Princess Brigit, he will not put her in peril. Then again, their princess is no delicate flower.
Something Bronan finds very… attractive. For reasons he cannot explain.
Barry wants the seer dead. As their next best hope, Brigit must survive. The Goddess is waiting.
Despite his failings, a magical trust from the time of Brigit’s father must be revealed or no amount of sorcerous fury, righteous revenge or secrets within Bronan’s sacred oak grove will save them.
Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite
I liked The Seer by JD Stanley. It was, in many ways, a typical sword and sorcery tale and I like those. But a few things made it a little different too. It was a little wittier than the usual tale in this genre. I felt the wit helped move the reading along and made it funny. I appreciated that. The Seer has a serious, complicated plot, but it is not mind-numbingly dramatic. JD Stanley handles telling the story by using a deft sense of balance. I like that. He tells a good story because he writes very well. The story appealed to me because I like action. I like adventure. I like stories set in feudal societies. They appeal to me for reasons I haven’t examined too closely. They appeal to a lot of people and, if you are one of those people, you will love The Seer.
In any story like this, two elements either make it good or bad. The first is character. I liked the characters in The Seer. Princess Briget, Bronan, even Barry, all were made more believable by JD Stanley’s expert way of using wit and irony to tell a story. It made all the characters more well-rounded, in my opinion. The second element that a writer needs to master to make a great story in this genre is plot. The Seer is plotted well. I don’t see how the story could have been moved along any better. I like magic and mayhem. I like characters who are complicated. That is why I loved The Seer.