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The Seer and the Sword Mass Market Paperback – Apr 2003


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library; Reprint edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440229774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440229773
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,583,367 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" (Gatewaymonthly.com)

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

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spy Groove on 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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By A Customer on 21 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doha VINE VOICE on 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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By A Be on 28 Feb 2003
Format: Paperback
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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