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?
The rule of the Red King, Barry, has driven the people of Edenshire to the brink of devastation. Even the Seer can divine only destruction before them, and it is a path he himself had brought to pass. He had ended King Manfred's reign by his own hand and ensured that Manfred's daughter, Brigit, became his ward, learning from him, as she also did from Sir William, captain of the King's guard. But the time for such tomfoolery had come to an end. Despite her yearnings, she was no longer permitted a sword in hand, she had to be schooled in the ways of being a lady, a home-maker. King Barry may have other plans for the princess, but fate itself has its own ideas of what should come to pass, regardless of how much anyone tries to fight it.
You know you are going to enjoy a book when the first pages make you grin and JD Stanley's The Seer did just that. I loved the playful exchange and incorporation of old English insults and words. Compelling dialogue is found throughout and really adds a medieval character and feel to the writing. I thought the characters were well developed, some fighting what fate has laid before them, and others embracing the life they are given. Forbidden love, underhanded schemes, deception, abandonment, and endless insanity and war drive the plot, drawing you deeper into a world of magic and madness. You will find yourself mentally berating some characters' choices, while eagerly awaiting others receiving their comeuppance, and you can't help but root for the more deserving as they try to find their path. Intense, gripping, emotional, and action-filled, The Seer will give you hours of entertainment.