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The Seer King: Book One of the Seer King Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Chris Bunch
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Book Description

The empire of Numantia shudders on the brink of destruction. But the wizard Tenedos and his ally, cavalry officer Damastes, prepare to carve a path through usurpers and necromancers that will restore it to glory. It is a path that will take both of them to dark places they never knew.

A path to the rule of one who will be called . . . the Seer King.

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Military sword and sorcery, from the co-author of Kingdoms of the Night (with Allan Cole, 1995, etc.) The former kingdom of Numantia is governed by an effete oligarchy known as the Rule of Ten. As a young, untried cavalry officer, narrator Damastes is sent with his troop to escort a diplomatic mission led by the seer (magician) Tenedos into a bandit-infested border country of Kait. But opposed by Kait's greedy boss--Baber Fergana and his sorcerer, Irshad, not to mention by a powerful demon called Thak and his strangler-assassin Tovieti cult--Tenedos and Damastes barely escape with a handful of survivors. Soon, however, Thak moves into the Numantian capital, Nicias, followed rapidly by the Tovieti with their yellow silk strangling cords, while another enemy, the sorcerer Chardin Sher, brews up spells more powerful than those of Tenedos. Despite all this, the Rule of Ten refuse to take action, and Nicias is engulfed by civil war. Tenedos and Damastes have no choice but to seize control of Numantia, then face further military and sorcerous challenges before Tenedos openly declares himself emperor. A fantasy sex- and violence-fest, courtesy of Bunch's sure grasp of military history and organization, gory battles interspersed with interludes of graphic sex, and dialogue peppered with incongruous modern expletives. The text, while complete in itself, seems to promise at least one sequel. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


Slam-bang excitement, lusty action and military and ferocious Julian May Rich and convincing ... will leave you eagerly awaiting the next instalment SFX

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  • File Size: 1859 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Prologue Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00914FIO4
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Energetic with flaws: a mixxxed bag May 15, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the opening volume of a war-with-swords-and-magic trilogy, taking place in a somewhat stripped-down world with Roman-empire military technology and also magic and demons.
Let me take care of the sex scenes issue up front. An earlier reviewer was right on the mark when he compared them to "Letters to Penthouse", except, to be precise, they're more like "Letters to Penthouse Variations" in their systematic kinkiness. And they're not there to develop the character or the plot, either. You go along for 50 pages of plot, and then you get a ten page kinky sex scene, sort of like beer commercials in the middle of a football game. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's weird. Well, you can take that as a plus or a minus, it's up to you.
Basically this trilogy is all about war, civil and otherwise. The protagonist, Damastes a Cimabue, is discovered in prison at the beginning of Volume I, expecting to die, penning his reflections on the rise and fall of his career as the friend, tool, and dupe of Tenedos, mage-emperor of Numantia. (Don't get too discouraged, though, that isn't really how the trilogy ends.)
Numantia is an empire which has no emperor, is ruled by a committee, and is unraveling into its component kingdoms. Or so it is when Damastes encounters the Seer (really mage) Tenedos, who has some big ideas but no batallions. Since the book is called "The Seer King", I don't think I'm giving anyway any deep secrets by telling you that through his tactical and strategic abilities Damastes is able to help Tenedos realize some or all of these ideas.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start, then... March 29, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let's tackle this head on: Very graphic sex and fantasy is definitely not your standard bread-and-butter combination. Should you have problem with the former, you don't need to read on & simply forget this book (series) - because there's plenty of it, treading a very fine line between feeling weirdly out of place and actually cutting the edge.
However, if you don't mind, you will be treated to a very deftly written yarn - a young military officer and an equally young wizard that set out to find their destiny, face uncountable dangers & conquer a realm. Not a very innovative plotline - but always very welcome, especially if well written. Chris Bunch does a really neat job here; very down-to- earth, fast-paced, nitty-gritty, blood&sweat&tears, no-frills action garnished with very solid military lore. (I think it's the earthiness of this book that actually let's the sex fit in without feeling too awkward). Bunch succeeds in instilling his protagonists with an unerring sense of urgency, especially Tenedos, on their quest to glory, while far on the horizon dark clouds start to build up (BTW, not a very smooth trick to give THAT away in the prologue of the book). Definitely worth a try ! (i.e. a very solid 4 stars effort).
Unfortunately, that's the good news. If Bunch had slapped on another 150, 200 (tops) pages to tie down all the loose ends, he would have created a very nifty & tight epos. As is, the series starts to nosedive in subsequent volumes. Volume 2 (The Demon King) is basically Napoleon's Russia disaster revisited, with the two main protagonists going jaded or plain nuts and the graphic sex now actually feeling completely out of place. Emotionally a real downer of a book with a downer-ending. Still, by sheer fascinating grimness, close to 3 stars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex or Fantasy October 8, 2012
By Brian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall, I liked the plot and way the story unfolded. However, I could have done without the graphic sex. I felt he spent too much time on sex and not enough time on each event. Sure, it was written as a memoir, but if I want to read about sex in such detail, I would buy an x-rated novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Reviewers! You say... March 4, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Flawed but made up with it's intensity. I read this two years ago and have yet to find a book with the same great combo of sword, sorcery, passion and yes, sex scenes. Hey if I am going to fantasize about swordsmanship and battles, I may as well have the fantasy sex along for the ride as well. Bunch scores big in my book. My only complaint is that his next two books fall short maybe due to my "high" expectations. If you are a guy that can enjoy Maxim magazine for a few laughs without apology, but also have rudimentary reading skills (that eliminates 50% of their subscribers), you'll enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book,a bit porny (or erotic novelly perhaps) October 31, 2010
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It is good, particularily with the millitary and magic systems. The first person POV leaves you less then surprised that the main characters going to live through everything.

That and Damastes EPIC FORESHADWING of the future betrayal. Meaning it pops up and hits you like a brick every fifty to hundred pages (possibly less).

Then theres the sex scenes that just pop up. Didn't surprise me much as it seemed a bit GRRM, with less pretense.

A quick read with few surprises and not too bad.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars if it were not for terrible editing February 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have owned the full series for a number of years in paperback and it is one of those I reread almost yearly because of the quality of writing and story. However the publishers of the Kindle edition have not bothered to proofread properly. Names are mixed up and the spelling is atrocious. This really needs to be updated. This goes for the full series. If you want to read this go for the paperback for now until this is fixed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars SEER ONE DOWN AND ONTO TWO
Another winner!
I recommend this book to battle and combat enthusiasts.
This book has complex plots, great battle sequences, war strategies and suspense. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Flo Branham
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
Though some of the situations seem a little too perfect and in favor of the protagonist and it seems so effortless, there are many situations that just seem real. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John C. Bonkowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and very engaging
I found the book to be very interesting. Well written with great characters. The only downside? Wasn't really prepared for the graphic sex scenes that show up in the trilogy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Manasseh
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I might recommend this book to someone who likes war strategy and sex. It was a good book along the story line but I got lost or bored with some of the battles and over whelmed by... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it good or not?
This book is a tough one to rate. Had I rated it at the halfway point I would have said 4 to 4.5 stars, however I found myself droning through the last 20% of the book just wanting... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Big Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, worth my read.
I thought this was a well told trilogy, be aware there are several sexually explicit scenes, for better or worse.
Published 17 months ago by Brian Anklam
3.0 out of 5 stars From war to downright porn.
I think it's a good premise but, it turns more into a porn novel with action as a secondary theme. The porn should have been edited down to make it a much better read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jerome Newquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
I owned the this series on paperback and have always wanted to have it on my reader. The series is some of the finest fantasy I have ever read. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read but not for everyone
I read this book years ago and I still think it is one of the most unique books I have ever read. The battles and fight scenes are excellent and the mystery behind the magic I... Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Samantha Gorham
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy-Adventure
From the get go this book was filled with adventure and excitement. The character of Damastes is a character every man would like to be. Read more
Published on April 17, 2009 by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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