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Nightseer Hardcover – 1 Jan 1992


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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739456113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739456118
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What do I say ? Hamilton's Keleios characther is every bit as savvy,tough and powerful as Anita Blake(Vampire Hunter) if not more so. I must say I didn't know what to expect going into this book so many serial authors with great characthers start new ones that are copies of thier old ones or just plain bad all together. I'm pleased to say this is not the case with the Nightseer. Hamilton has got a new lady on the block and like Anita in her world she's "All That" and more. But the best part of this book is the Fantasy land itself. Hamilton has made a world where Good and Evil Sorcerers,Seers,Enchanters and plain old human Warriors can go the same school and be friends?? Where Demons aren't just plain brutes, but have a characther all thier own some good some not so good. Unless your a demon and than your just having some fun. Where being an evil prince doesn't make you a bad guy. And where your college roommate from hell may very well be from there.I hope this is not the last I'll be seeing of Keleios; she's great and I know if Hamilton doesn't give her a book she'll want tobe seeing Hamilton across the sands. For anyone wanting to read this book hold onto your hats Keleios is one badddddd MoMMa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ian Langford on 27 Mar 2002
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I recently read that Laurell isn't going to 'sequelise' this particular story, and instead is going to devote her energies to her other two creations. <Anita Blake and Merry Gentry, for the uninitiated.> Being familiar with her work, I found that Nightseer does carry many of her patterns of writing, environment and character development, ie, an emotionally strong, female, central character, in this case, Keleios, a half elf/human sorceress, a great deal of detail in the world that she inhabits, <a sort of medievel version of the world she would later create for her other books> and a satisfying amount of back story for most of the central characters, though I did think that all of the back story for Keleios should/could have gone into a previous book to fully explain it all. All in all, this book was a good read by itself, and if it had been part of a series, it would have been much better. Unfortunately, the ending, whilst completing some of the points that the story had laid out, it also left >enough< open that not to write a sequel is not-so-subtle torture, for those of us who 'Have to know' what happens next. Laurell K' is definitely one of my favourite authors, and even though I don't rate this book as highly as her others, I do think she owes it to her fans, especially those who prefer this book, to either write at least one more, or perhaps pass the task to someone that could carry the story on for her. Suggestions anyone?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 1998
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I read this book when it was first published and liked it a lot. I have now re-read it at least five times, which is the best thing I can say about a book, actually. My only criticism is that certain figures and items appear and disappear far too quickly, causing some disorientation on the reader's part as you try to figure out what became of all the different magical artifacts and characters that whirl in and out of the plot lines. However this is more likely to bug on the second reading. The action is nonstop and the characters are so engaging that you have to find out what happens to them in one sitting, at least I did. Keleios is one of the greatest fantasy heroines, a fighter/magic-user who has been through a lot, none of it her fault,and a little confused about her alignment, but still sensitive to helping others. Readers of the Anita Blake books will like this one too, even though there aren't any vampires in it. By the way, it would be great to see a sequel! to Nightseer. The ending isn't a cliffhanger, but not all of Keleios' problems have been resolved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 1999
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I had never read any of Hamilton's previous work, but with her novel "Nightseer" I have become a great fan. She has created a world that must be further explored and enjoyed by future fans. Having read this book I was prompted to look for the prequals or the sequals, unable to find any but definitely looking forward to them, I resorted to her other works. I was not disappointed. For anyone searching for a novel of adventure, magic, and thrills, look no further than this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar 1999
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This was a fun book but it was not up to LHK's usual standards. And I have to say that whoever said that this book was better than Anita has to get his head checked. I missed the first person narration from the witty Anita, and I don't feel that after completing the book I really know Keleios. I didn't understand many of her motives, but I did like Gorghe and Belor. I do want the second book to come out because it really does deserve a conclusion. I saw an almost Richard-Jean Claude relationship with Lothor and Belor, at least in the beginning. The book was slow to start, but it picked up a little at the end. It was a fun read, but if you want to read a relly good LHK book read Guilty Pleasures, or any of the earlier Anita Books!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. A. C. Millington on 5 May 2004
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If you're planning on buying this book because you're a fan of the Anita Blake/Meredith Gentry series and you're desperate for your next fix, I would suggest you don't. I did, and found it to be a mistake.
This was Hamilton's first book, or so I understand, and it shows in the over use of fantasy lanugage and plot devices - think of it like this: Nightseer is an overkill of Fantasy (or, at least it is if you're used to Meredith Gentry/Anita Blake standard) then Hamilton wrote Anita Blake, which rebounded to a far more modern tone, and then Meredith Gentry landed somewhere in the middle. Hamilton is known for her latter two series, mostly due to the accessiblity she gives to mythical creatures, and the coherency and complexity of her plots and characters. Neither of her trade marks are present in this book.
Her characters are undeveloped and appear shallow, including the heroine - none of them seem to have the complexity she demonstrates so brilliantly in her later books. Background and previous happenings are mentioned, but never explained fully, or given enough significance in the emotional state of the character that you feel they mean something. The ending feels unfinished, like she's come to the end of a chapter, rather than a book, and the overall story focusing on the heroine's prophesy and the destruction of her home is completely unaddressed in the later chapters - almost as though the entire premise for the book has changed. I could go on, but I'd be here a while.
In short, buy this book if you are an avid fantasy/sci-fi fan - don't if you're a Hamilton fan. It's an amibitious story, but unfortunately falls far from what it could be given the talent she shows in other books. A disappointing read overall.
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