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Nightseer

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Keleios the Half-Elf was but five years old when she saw her mother murdered by the evil witch Harque. For years she has asked the gods for the strength she'll need to avenge this foul death, and it seems the gods have answered her. She's been granted an array of powers never before seen in one person, but she has also acquired a most terrifying burden, a demonmark. This mark can open the door to undreamed abilities, but it can also open her soul to the forbidden dark side of magic. Keleios must choose between ...

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Overview

Keleios the Half-Elf was but five years old when she saw her mother murdered by the evil witch Harque. For years she has asked the gods for the strength she'll need to avenge this foul death, and it seems the gods have answered her. She's been granted an array of powers never before seen in one person, but she has also acquired a most terrifying burden, a demonmark. This mark can open the door to undreamed abilities, but it can also open her soul to the forbidden dark side of magic. Keleios must choose between the demonmark's tainted power and the lives of those she holds most dear.

In an epic battle of good versus evil, of enchanted swords and shapeshifting dragons, of unquenchable hatred and unlikely love, Keleios must face her own demons—before she can acquire the most important power of all: the power to forgive.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451451439
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 369,065
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

Good To Know

One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Nightseer

    I was captivated by the plot and enthralled by the characters. This book kept my attention through two screaming children and a video game-playing boyfriend! I even laughed out loud at a few comical parts! This is a page-turner that I have kept dusted off on my bookshelf.

    Surprisingly for Laurell K. Hamilton this book ends in a touchingly sweet way! Not that Laurell can't write sweet and endearing endings, but in this book the end is laughter and not an orgy! :) I also have to admit to having all of the Anita Blake series (soon to be 17 books) and the Merry Gentry series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    Great Book

    This book is very well written. It's a great book that need a sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    read this when it first came out back in 92. still on my book sh

    read this when it first came out back in 92. still on my book shelf as a good read.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

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    Loved, loved, loved!

    Absolutely my fave! I bought it when it first came out so long ago. I still pick it up and re-read it every couple of years. I wish she would do a sequel. It would be lovely to have this in electronic format too. :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    amazing

    this is one of my favorite books of all time. i really wish LKH would reconsider to continue this into her original plan, and make it a series. i would give a kidney to have this story continued. lol, j/k. (or am i... ^^ )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Delighted

    So glad to read her first book. Hamilton showed her uniqueness with this book. Enjoying all of her writing.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

    Not worth it

    I love Laurell K. Hamilton's other series and thought I would read this one, however I hated it. This was very confusing and there was not really much of a plot. Lots of action but no real depth. I would definitely recommend her other series, but not this one.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    Review of "NIGHTSEER", LK Hamilton's debut novel

    I am an avid reader of Laurel K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series, so when I was browsing the shelves and came upon "NIGHTSEER" I had a strong feeling it would be a fun read. My assumption was correct! Hamilton's discovery of new and imaginative ways to write an action fantasy novel is exciting and enthralling. Keleios is a strong heroine, Hamilton's forte! Her "love interest", Lothor, provides that wonderful mixture of dark, dangerous, sexy and forbidden, that has a great appeal for many. Hamilton introduces new ways of intertwining good, evil and magic that keep the reader interested and guessing what is coming next. I was truly amazed to discover this was her first novel. The only disappointment I have is in the knowledge there is no sequel!! Hopefully Ms. Hamilton will have the time and desire to give us another taste of Kellies and her world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Great book

    not in the same venue as her current two series but still an excellent read -- I really enjoy her character development as well as her plots. they keep me wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    Good book

    Loved it. Good read.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    Nightseer

    I love this book. I've enjoyed all of the books by this author and I can't wait for the next book. This book should be available wherever books are sold or read.

    I give the highest ratings for this book in all the categories.

    I am an avid fan and will always be one.

    Laurell K. Hamilton's book have been very entaining and I have friends and family who I've turned on to her books and they have become avid readers as well.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Where is the next book

    Okay, This says "Debut Novel". Does this mean that it was one of the first novels Ms Hamilton wrote? Or is this the beginning of a series??
    "Great minds" want to know :-)
    I enjoyed it tremendously and am really happy to not have to read through two pages of detailed sex. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the first books about Anita Blake but not so much the last few. (Except the last book when she lightened up)
    I hope Keleios and Lothor have more adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

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    a nice half a story

    really great book, except that it ends halfway through a story that Laurell K. Hamilton never picks back up. Its a nice book but unless there is the intention of finishing the story soon there is no real piont in buying it.

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  • Posted February 4, 2009

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    an exciting sword and sorcery coming of age thriller

    At five years old half-elf Keleios proves to have paranormal skills that with focus and training would make her a powerful enchanter and prophetess. However, not long after displaying her talent, the evil wicth Harque killed Keleios¿ mom; the child vowed to avenge her mother¿s death one day. Her thirst leads her to hell where she becomes marked by demonic evil. A third power also surfaces; that of a sorcerer, which sends her back to school at Zeln's Keep learning to control her latest skill. Through all this Keleios has not forgotten her cause.<BR/><BR/>However, while at Zeln's Keep, she envisions an assault that slaughters many of the dwellers and those who survive the butchery will be brutally enslaved; the Keep will be no more betrayed from within by Keleios¿ roommate Fidelis whose mentor is Harque. Keleios struggles to put together a counter team, but few are comfortable with the tainted one. She manages to gain a few allies as Lothor the healer (whose price is her), Tobin the royal mage, Master Eroar the shape-shifting dragon, and Poth the feline sorcerer join her. They fail due to betrayal and become prisoners of Harque, who is the mastermind behind the destruction of Zeln¿s Keep.<BR/><BR/>This reprint of Laurell K. Hamilton¿s first novel is an exciting sword and sorcery coming of age thriller (though no Blake, stake, or vampires). The story line is action-packed as battle after battle occurs as the beleaguered heroine and her teammates struggle with survival. Although the world is never developed beyond seemingly a war zone that is not explored beyond the battlefield and neither is the key villainess Harque, fans of the author will enjoy Ms. Hamilton¿s debut quest fantasy rooting for Keleios to succeed against impossible odds. <BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

    Great reading

    This was my very first book from Ms. Hamilton, I wore it out & had to buy a 2nd copy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2008

    I loved this book!

    I really enjoyed reading this book and I am patiently waiting for the second one, cause we all know her friends need rescuing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    I liked but...

    i liked this book but the plot behind it wasn't as great as it could have been. the book seemed to be rushed and the reader doesn't exactly know why lothor wants to marry keleios. this should have beed defined at the beginning since he was lusting after her the whole book. Also, why was the witch fidelis even in the book? She was in the beginning and then you didn't see her again. she apperaed to be a major character at the beginning then she wasn't even in the book!?!?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

    TRASH!!

    Trash! I can't believe this fantasy version of a soap opera got such good ratings. First book or no, it never should have been published with so little thought to the plot and characters. There is no substance to this story. When I read the synopsis, I was excited, and couldn't wait to get my copy. It has been nothing but endless fight scenes, gratuitus violence and countless declarations of revenge. So much for human spirit and the potential to overcome. The premise of this book held such promise. This could have been an epic story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2007

    Nightseer

    I loved this book. I felt like it wasn't quite finished at the end though... I wish she would make this book into a series, it would be perfect! It definitely left me wanting more! Dark fantasies are my favorite... so I definitely love Lothor and Keleios' dark side.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    Nightseer

    Nightseer was an awesome read. Now I, like many others, need a novel to be fast pace and Laurell's books are anything but slow. An ultimate fan of Anita Blake I saw this book at B&N and couldn't resist. Though I was a bit wary since I'm a raging vampire finatic and this book was about demons and sorcerery. But when I cracked the spine the pages flew. Love Lothor!!!

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