A fairy tale… with attitude.
Book 1 – The Seer
Genre: epic historical fantasy, historical fantasy, sword and sorcery
Release Date: Jan 27, 2017
Format: ebook, paperback
Available at: Amazon, Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Indigo and select online retailers
In the spirit of Arthurian legend, it’s been thirteen long years since an internal threat instigated a desperate, magical plan with King Manfred’s most trusted friend and Druid advisor, Bronan, when their kindly sovereign’s apparent death left the people of Edenshire vulnerable and an orphaned Princess Brigit as the Druid’s ward. Bronan keeps deliberate distance as Brigit chafes at lessons in ladyship and longs to pick up the sword put into her hand in secret by her uncle in heart, Sir William, Captain of the king’s guard. Brigit is coming of age and must keep focus on defending herself.
Against Manfred’s younger brother, King Barry.
Brigit may never sit on the throne despite protection by the seer and knights of the old honour guard. They would all die for her. And will if Barry has his way. A despot reputed for his appetites with his secret gaol the venue for his unholy feasts, over a decade of Barry’s slaughter makes enemies of Manfred’s allies while the people perish for blood sport.
Faltering in the face of evil while his heart betrays him, Bronan can’t see past the flames in the divining water of his gazing bowl predicting he’ll undo the same kingdom he’s sworn to protect. The weight of an old secret that broke his honour tells him why, but time is passing and Barry wants the seer dead. The Land cries for vengeance. 4th century Christendom sweeps earthy gods into myth around them while the poet-warriors of lore, the power of the Elementals and the Goddess all wait on Bronan to shake off the unconscious bounds he placed upon himself.
As Barry descends into bloody madness, can Bronan regain his honour in time to keep his promise to Manfred and save them?
“You know you are going to enjoy a book when the first pages make you grin” courtesy award-winning British author K.J. Simmill, Book review: JD Stanley – The Seer
“The Seer by JD Stanley was unexpectedly immersive. I had no idea that this book would be such a gem. The narrative style is very unique; the author has a flair with words that becomes apparent as you read on. The characters and their development were on point, the author gave the characters a lot of room to grow and show their potential. Nothing was rushed, everything was paced just right and the plot moved smoothly for me to stay invested in the story. I enjoyed the suspense; I enjoyed how Bronan worked as a guardian angel for not only Brigit but everyone. I usually don’t enjoy epic fantasies much, but this is definitely a brilliant novel! Pure entertainment.” Reviewed Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
“JD Stanley does an excellent job of building a bygone world and those we like to imagine inhabiting it in The Seer. The characters are extraordinarily well developed, with emphasis on Princess Brigit, Bronan, and the realistic portrayal of Sir William Robert. Despite this, I actually found the deplorable and grotesque King Barry to be the most fascinating, but I suppose any antagonist worth his sage and salt must be. The writing itself is clean and the story moves at a quick pace” Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite
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