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The Seer King Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1998
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Editing errors: they are numerous and seem to increase in frequency towards the end of the book. Missing end quotation marks are the most prevalent and in my opinion don't overly detract from the book.
This book is written as a memoir and while it's not the best attempt at such it's not the worst either. Without reading the 2nd and 3rd book it's hard to say if the scope is too broad and if the allusions brought up in this book are covered.
One of this books weakest components is the main character and love. Some have spoken about the awkwardness of the sex in this book; it's not so much that it is misplaced, but that the main characters, as well as others, entire relationship(s) with the love of his life is nothing more than sex. In all honesty it may be the flattest romance to be ever written, below those of even cheap porn. This really hinders the tale and absolutely becomes meaningless to the story, making the sex scenes feel out of place. Remove the relationships from the story and the entire story would change little. That's telling.
The book is gritty and does not avoid taboo. Be aware nobody is safe in this book where as in the real world babes die along parents and animals are no safer than the owners in war. The novel also closely mimics a lot of our world and the politics will feel very familiar, more so than they would have when the book was written: pre 9/11.Read more ›
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I recommend this book to battle and combat enthusiasts.
This book has complex plots, great battle sequences, war strategies and suspense. Read more
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 morePublished on May 16, 2014 by John C. Bonkowski
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 morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Manasseh
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 morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Angela
I thought this was a well told trilogy, be aware there are several sexually explicit scenes, for better or worse.Published on December 5, 2013 by Brian Anklam
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 morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Jerome Newquist
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 morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Claude
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 morePublished on December 11, 2011 by Samantha Gorham
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. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by J. Munson