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Second Sight: Second Tale of the Lifesong (The Tale of the Lifesong Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Greg Hamerton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Something is sucking the life out of Tabitha's song. Someone has stolen the Kingsrim. And the dire prophecy of Wry Tad Zastor is coming true.

The dreaded mark of three is upon this time: the mark of Chaos. Tabitha must face the Sorcerer beyond Eyri, but he was born with hatred for magic and for those who use it. He prepares to end all things in his apocalypse.

But how do you convince a man of the value of life when his has none?

"What brings about the end of life: ultimate order, or ultimate chaos?"


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"... this is high fantasy at its very best. Quite simply breath-taking..." --SFBOOK.com

"Second Sight flows beautifully page after page..." --FANTASY BOOK CRITIC

"An epic tale of justice, forgiveness, beauty and temptation." --FANTASY BOOK REVIEW

About the Author

Greg Hamerton is a high fantasy writer: most of his stories come to him whilst flying over mountains in a T-shirt. It's hard to balance a manuscript and steer a paraglider at the same time, but he keeps trying to share his stories, because levitation is close to magic, and magic can be shared when you know how to spell.

His writing tends to include danger, epic journeys and sorcery.
The Riddler's Gift is the first novel in the Tale of the Lifesong fantasy series, followed by Second Sight. A prequel is currently in development.

He enjoys a range of fantasy authors from classic world-building masters like Tolkien and Jordan to the magical realism of Charles de Lint and Richard Bach. He has also been influenced by the character driven fantasies of Robin Hobb, the wry modern fantasy of Joe Abercrombie and the sharp wit of Terry Pratchett.


He lives in the south of England, where he spends his weekends looking for the Lost Mountains, or the Prodigal Sun. To join him aloft, visit Greg Hamerton dot com.

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  • File Size: 1003 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
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  • Publisher: Eternity Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046ZS2AK
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up October 12, 2010
Format:Paperback
From my FBC review;

"Tabitha Serannon can perform miracles of healing, yet people are dying in her hands. A prophecy points a crooked finger beyond Eyri and Tabitha must abandon her followers to rescue the source of her power. Every step takes her farther into the terrors of Oldenworld, but she must liberate the essence of life before it is corrupted by chaos. This is no game: a traitor lurks among the wizards, a ruthless enemy hunts her with whips of wildfire and she could lose her closest friends with one wrong move. On the journey to mastery, whom can she trust? She has only her faith in love and her fading song to guide her."

Why would you want to read the novel described above? It may be that the description which is of a completely traditional high-magic fantasy in a transformed, unnatural land interests you a lot but since I usually avoid a book with this blurb I will give you some other reasons.

First of all the wonderful prose of Greg Hamerton which you can get a taste of in the excerpt linked above as well as in the one linked in The Riddler's Gift review. "Second Sight" flows beautifully page after page and all the thread transitions are done so well that you do not discern any interruption or hit any narrative wall.

The Oldenworld is vividly described both in its scarred physical nature and in the strange inhabitants, while the "outside" narrations - spatial in the Gyre which is located away "into the stars", time wise in Ametheus story which takes us back to how the Eiry and the Oldenworld got to be - mesh very well with the "here and now" tales.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. A strong new voice in epic fantasy November 22, 2010
By Donna
Format:Paperback
Greg Hamerton takes on the epic concept of "good vs evil" in a big way in his novel, Second Sight, the second novel in his series Tale of the Lifesong. This novel is beautifully written, a little on the "flowery prose" side at times for me. However I know others enjoy that, so its not necessarily a bad thing. I simply prefer a more "simply" written book. Second Sight contained some of the most amazing world building, and the chararacters were compelling as well. Tabitha was inspiring and I laughed and cried with her throughout her journey. The "bad guys" were simply heinous!! You know that the characters are great when you have to sit the book down in anger from time to time! There was so much going on, and I was so fully invested, that I'm almost at a loss as to what may be a spoiler for someone just coming into the series. Every detail is relevant to the storyline.

I think Hamerton is certainly a strong new voice in epic fantasy. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to be utterly swept away into a story of epic proportions. I was quite honestly blown away by this book and cannot wait to see what new and amazing things come from this author.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifesong Series Explodes Into Life October 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The second novel of the Lifesong series and oh my god it was awesome, far exceeding the first in almost every aspect. This time the story begins in Eyri, following the epic battle that was the climax to Riddler's Gift, with Tabitha using her powers to heal those who have been injured and in doing so the people of Eyri have elevated her to a god-like stature, practically worshipping the ground she walks on and piling more and more pressure on her to heal and save everyone. In comparison to this Glavenor is no longer the man and soldier he once was and he now spends his time hiding as one of Tabitha's assistants.

While life in Eryi tries to rebuild itself, the Chaos that rules Oldenworld grows and spreads and the power of He Who Shall Not Be Named continues to grow while the Gyre try and recover themselves from their earlier battle. However there is a traitor in their midst's who convinces the young (and very naïve and arrogant) Prince Bevn to steal his father's crown, leave Eryi and make an alliance with the Sorcerer. In doing so he condemns his father to madness and pulls Tabitha into Oldenworld on the hunt for the Kingsrim. And so begins the epic adventure that takes Tabitha into the midst of Chaos where she has to save not only herself, her friends, Eyri and Oldenworld but also Ethea, the Goddess of Life and of the Lifesong, the source of Tabitha's power.

This book continues the promise of the epic fantasy laid down by Riddler's Gift and follows the story with all the dry wit, humour, tenderness, magic, mystery and mayhem (actually there's a hell of a lot more mayhem in this one, unsurprisingly considering where they're travelling through) found in the first tale.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Sight - a super sequel! October 22, 2011
By nomad
Format:Kindle Edition
Second Site flows seamlessly on from The Riddler's Gift into another land of surprises, magic and exciting reading. Like before, you won't be able to put it down. The storyline is excellent and keeps you guessing right to the end; and then you're still not quite sure!
Tabitha has to use her type of magic to the utmost as the story gets tighter and tighter and then; even tighter! All her adventures are compellingly written drawing you deeper and deeper into the mysterious world beyond Eeyrie.
Once again you'll be the only one left in your lounge but you'll have to stay for just a bit longer to find out how ......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Everything is handed to Tabitha
The overall plot and characters were interesting including the magic system. However character development was awful in this book. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by JT
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
I had a hard time trying to make sense of the characters and their actions in this tale. It seems as if all the characters were created just to live a tortured life and be killed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! Loved every moment!
This is an incredible tale and one that I could have never imagined or dreamed!! Mr. Hamerton is a wizard himself for his incredible talents and wondrous ability to weave the parts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan Clower
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I was surprised that some people did not like this book. I thought it was absolutely wonderful! I felt the characters progressed just right and that the story became even more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. D. Aldrich
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
over all I loved it, especially all mathematical references but, it got a little dull in the middle. nice ending but, I expected a longer exposition.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and hopeful
Great next story. Starts a little slow and parts of the middle are a bit long but then it becomes enthrall in grand fantastical.
Published 4 months ago by Fabienne Sterckx
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
These two novels were very, very long. They weave a tale of fantasy different from others I have read. I recommend the Lifesong series.
Published 4 months ago by S. Hancock
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
This story actually started off kind of slow. If it had not been for " The riddler gift" I would not have continued reading it. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gertrude B. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
I normally do not like fantasy stories like this, but I was held captive to the end with it. I even enjoyed this over The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Published 6 months ago by Jeffrey H. Newman
2.0 out of 5 stars Chaos taken a bit too far
The overall plot is engaging but it just does not have the clear and fun to read story line of the Riddler. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Phil Tullis
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More About the Author

Greg Hamerton is a high fantasy suspense writer: most of his stories come to him whilst flying over mountains, hanging from a thread. After landing his paraglider far enough away to need a map to get home (i.e. he is lost), he begins writing.

His tales tends to include danger, epic journeys and sorcery, because magic can be shared when you know how to spell.

The Riddler's Gift is the first novel in the Tale of the Lifesong fantasy series, followed by Second Sight. A prequel is currently in development.

He enjoys a range of fantasy authors from classic world-building masters like Tolkien and Jordan to the magical realism of Charles de Lint and Richard Bach. He has also been influenced by the character driven fantasies of Robin Hobb, the wry modern fantasy of Joe Abercrombie and the sharp wit of Terry Pratchett.

He lives in the south of England, where he spends his weekends looking for the Lost Mountains, or the Prodigal Sun. To join him online visit greghamerton dot com.

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