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Victoria Hanley
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15 Jun 2001 Point
Torina has always known a culture of war. Her father, King Kareed of Archeld is a great warrior, a hero to his people. Now he has returned home from neighbouring Bellandra as a conqueror, bringing presents for his little daughter. A crystal globe in which Torina can see strange images, and a boy, Landen, Crown Prince of Ballandra, now offered to Torina as a slave. Bellandra was a kingdom of peace, protected by its fabled Sword, which Kareed has also captured, and Landen is untrained in the arts of war. Torina cannot bear the idea of a slave and she sets him free, to be trained as a warrior with the boys of Archeld. The two children grow up as friends, and when the king's council or, Vesputo, makes a play for the throne, it is Landen who warns Torina. But it is also Landen who is framed for the king's eventual murder, and he has to flee. Vesputo then tries to legitimise his claim for the throne by marrying Torina. She escapes, but Vesputo fakes the ceremony, and then Torina's death. Now Landen and Torino are both on the run - will they ever be able to return to Archeld? Torina's visions and Landen's affinity for the Sword of Bellandra are their only hope.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point; New edition edition (15 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439992214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439992213
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,457,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Victoria Hanley is a born storyteller . . . Gripping and absorbing" (Sainsbury's Magazine)

"Deceptive qualities all cleverly combined" (School Librarian)

"Characters are great, the plot is something that's done before, but maybe not for children, who will love it. Great stuff" (

"A great story" (Teen Titles) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The magical story of a princess and her boy slave, who must act with courage and determination to defeat a fearsome evil. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Moment is Vast 30 Nov 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So many things came to my mind after reading this book. The story was so unpredictable and enchanting without using so much magic hocus pocus in it (except for the future sightings). The 'real' magic is lied within yourself for as long as you live, you can do anything if you put all your strength and thought in your effort. A real fantasy one.
The story was started from the invasion of King Kareed of Archeld into Bellandra which was caused by Kareed's ambition to break the legend that Bellandra, being the owner of the magical sword, Sword of Bellandra, was invicible to its enemy. It turned out to be useless in the hand of its ignorant king, King Veldon of Bellandra. In the aftermath, Prince Landen of Bellandra, was captured, intended to be Princess Torina's slave. But she freed and befriended him. The relationship came to the test when the ambitious Vesputo worked his way to gain the crown by lies, trickeries and betrayals.
The narative was easy to follow (and imagine) and there are so many beautiful proverbs, lines that gave me thoughts such as 'the moment is vast' which I gathered that though in a moment (some say less than a second), there are so many things can happen so you must treasure every moment. My favorite line (not exactly the same) 'Emid would have no other best warrior student than a prince reared in peace' . Got the beautifully lined irony?
I just hope I can get my hands on The Healer's Keep soon!
Please read it and be enriched by its beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the wise and "Young at Heart" 21 July 2000
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When I read this book for the first time, I couldn't put it down, laughing and crying tears of joy at the end. What a classic story of Love, Despair, Joy, Betrayal, Magic, Hope, Faith and the enduring force that animates the human spirit. Set in another time and place, it's a tale of boy meets girl and how they develop a friendship. Circumstances separate them, danger follows and threatens them as they each independently develop into young adults, learning valuable lessons on the way. They are reunited and discover their love for eachother. Then, they are inadvertantly forced apart and end up doing battle with the forces of evil... Being a youngster at forty-seven, I can say this is not just for children for sure! The second time I read The Seer and the Sword, about a month later, I found the "higher truths" to be self-evident, and I appreciated Victoria's skill at weaving them into the story without preaching. I would recommend this book to young and mature alike...and am doing so with pleasure. Can we have another of Victoria's books soon? I'm looking forward to many more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How this book has been a dear beloved friend 24 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was shocked, when I opened to the flyleaf of my copy of this book, to realise I have owned and loved and read this book over and over for 13 years.

My last reread was too long ago, and I approached this reread with the trepidation of a person afraid of disullusionment - and I'm so relieved! The fact that it has endured my growing up is a testimony to its strength.

I've always found Victoria Hanley's writing voice warm and motherly. When I read about how she lost and grieved for her own mother, I feel like she imbues her work with the that love. Even though I know everything that happens and will happen in this book, it always grabs me by the heart: the mourning song always makes me teary, and the valour and strength of the characters make my heart swell - steady Emid, loyal Eric, brash and blustering Andris, wise Dahmis, Lindsa and her mother, kind and strong. Every secondary character spends time with you and leaves an impression - in fact, it is more accurate to say that almost no character is secondary. It's an architectural quality you can easily not notice, but the warmth reaches you all the same.

The question my different selves ask each other is this: why do I love this book so much? My teenage self says 'Landen' but that isn't enough. Landen, the dispossessed prince raised in a peaceful land, has a strength of spirit that takes root in the reader's soul. He is someone who loses everything, over and again, and not only does he not break, but his griefs and hardships give him the resolve to stay true to the ideals he grew up with, despite the treachery and caprice of the world. It's this battle between a world that wants to bring him to his knees, and the boy who was raised to become a king, that is so, so compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not disappointing 28 Feb 2003
The seer and the sword sounded good. It wasn't. It was brilliant.
Although one would expect it to be like many fantasy stories, with the princess beautiful and intelligent but still dependant on the man, Torina is not like that. Although she soon grows to (obviously) love Landen, she does not depend on him, and when she is forced to flee her home, she does not go in company with him. Another pleasing aspect of the story is that it is more realistic than other stories of the same nature; the author does not pretend that everything will be over quickly and can be easily sorted out.
This story, found by chance in my local library, delighted me, and I longed for it never to end. However, the end was worth even the trauma of the story finishing, although there does seem to be something missing (you'll see what I mean...)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Seer and The Sword
For princess Torina of Archeld, her life changes the day her father seizes the peaceful country Bellandra and returns with a legendary sword, a crystal for Torina in which she can... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amethyst Bookwyrm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read, keeps you interested all the way through, you can imagine the characters and scenes they are in :
Published 8 months ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book!
I read this book as a young child and decided to buy it to add to my library for the future.
It's a quick read with a compelling storyline.
Published 9 months ago by CKH
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Book
This is a book I have come back to time and time again.
I first read it when I was 12 and have re read it these past 13 years. Read more
Published 11 months ago by CMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
This book was a very easy and fast flowing, read it in two days because you just have to find out what happens.
Published 13 months ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite childhood book ever
I read this book when I was younger and loved it so much I never forgot it, every so often over the past decade it just popped into my head so I decided to read it again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Deevy
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful tale
Reminding me of Game of Thrones, without the vicious blooding, the Seer and the Sword is a wonderful tale of love, patience, politics and adventure. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Elle L
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories
I read this book for the first time aged eleven for a book project. I like it so much then that I got it out from the library three times after that, and badgered my secondary... Read more
Published on 2 July 2008 by A. Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
i read this book when i was alot younger and now probably 6 years later i was desperately trying to track it down to buy it! Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by Deborah Crockard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book does have a lot of battles, but in the end it's a love story, a fantastic love story. I enjoyed the fantasy elements because they were written in such a way to be... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2006 by Leslie
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