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!