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Historical Sword Fantasy – The Seer
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Release Date: Jan 27, 2017
New Cover Release: July 2018
Genre: Historical sword fantasy
They say he fed the heads of their enemies to a chained dragon. And mixed potions by the light of a caged fairy. He rode on the wind and spoke to trees and could transform himself into any creature at all. And, of course, kill a man with a thought. Immortal was he, so the whispers swore. Powerful, his gift of Sight let him see not only into a man’s soul, but the future, the past and everything in between. So they say…
But beyond the myth? The people of Edenshire knew one concrete truth. Bronan the Druid would lay down his life for them.
In this historical sword fantasy, Bronan fights a battle for their survival as much against despot King Barry the Red as himself. But only a man despite all his powers, he flounders in indecision. An old hurt says he broke his own honour and his visions hold only the flames of destruction.
He’s damned. But without him, Edenshire is doomed.
While wrestling his demons, he champions for Land, Goddess and a righteous cause along with the orphaned Princess Brigit and his brother-in-arms, Captain of the royal guard, Sir William Robert. And ends up a wanted man. Barry wants him dead and the aging honour guard alongside him – irksome reminders of their well-loved former King Manfred. Whose stolen throne Barry bathes in innocent blood.
While the Goddess waits for justice.
They have one hope. Bronan must reveal a magical trust from the time of Brigit’s father. Because without it?
Sorcerous fury, righteous vengeance and Bronan’s sacred oak grove won’t 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.”
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