Hildegard of Bingen in The Seer and The Scribe: Spear of Destiny [NOOK Book]

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Hildegard of Bingen, a young, 12th-century German girl, has been born with a gift: a remarkable ability to see beyond this earthly realm. Her gift, however, can also prove a burden, especially when her vision helps her witness the vicious murder of a monk on the grounds of the monastery at Disibodenberg. When the monastery’s peace is further shattered by a second grisly murder, Hildegard seeks the help of Volmar, her trusted scribe. Volmar uncovers a treacherous plot to seize the Spear of Destiny—a holy relic ...

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Hildegard of Bingen in The Seer and The Scribe: Spear of Destiny

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Overview

Hildegard of Bingen, a young, 12th-century German girl, has been born with a gift: a remarkable ability to see beyond this earthly realm. Her gift, however, can also prove a burden, especially when her vision helps her witness the vicious murder of a monk on the grounds of the monastery at Disibodenberg. When the monastery’s peace is further shattered by a second grisly murder, Hildegard seeks the help of Volmar, her trusted scribe. Volmar uncovers a treacherous plot to seize the Spear of Destiny—a holy relic rumored to bear a curse that haunts anyone who tries to wield its power for his own purposes. It isn’t long before Hildegard and Volmar are cast into a web of violence and intrigue spawned by the greed of power-hungry noblemen, deceitful clerics, and the ambitions of a secret society sworn to protect the warriors of the Crusades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935462408
  • Publisher: Luminis Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Seer and the Scribe Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 585,515
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

G. M. Dyrek is a former emergency room counselor and CIA graphic illustrator. She is currently a middle school librarian. She lives in Tennessee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    GREAT Story!

    This is a wonderful story. The author presents an exciting tale of murder, greed, and mystery involving two remarkable young characters, Hildegard and Volmar, as they seek to solve a series of strange happenings at the medieval monastery of Disibodenberg. The author weaves a tight plot with many surprising twists, presenting along the way gruesome deaths, Crusaders returning from the Holy Land, ghostly apparitions, powerful religious relics, and other-worldly visions, just to mention a few things that appear in the story. There are also long-hidden secrets, some treachery, official corruption, and romance to be discovered.

    The author gives us many characters who are very real and well developed. The reader is quickly drawn into the lives, thoughts, and personalities of these characters and feels a strong connection to them.

    The author does an excellent job of describing the historical background and setting the story well within the context of the times. There is a very useful series of footnotes explaining the more obscure words and references to monastic life and medieval church rituals. These footnotes are a great help in allowing the reader to understand the story. The illustrations ae extremely detailed and contribute greatly to the story's impact.

    I highly recommend this book. It makes a great start to a series, and I can't wait to read the subsequent books!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Fantastic Mystery!

    Picking up the book, I was skeptical at first, but as I read I got really involved in the world the author creates. From the first page all the way to the last, G.M. Dyrek creates a compelling and amazing story that paints a picture of life at the medieval monastery of Disibodenberg that harkens to the intrigue of the Brother Cadfael series. A great read highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Highly Recommended Mystery!

    Picking up the book, I was skeptical at first, but as I read I got really involved in the world the author creates. From the first page all the way to the last, G.M. Dyrek creates a compelling and amazing story that paints a picture of life at the medieval monastery of Disibodenberg that harkens to the intrigue of the Brother Cadfael series. A great read highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Dyrek creates a distinct and captivating atmosphere that made me

    Dyrek creates a distinct and captivating atmosphere that made me look
    forward to returning to her pages for what happens next. The plot is
    instilled with grains of wisdom along the way, and the characters are
    admirable. Well done, G.M. Dyrek!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2011

    Great Story -- Highly Recommended!

    This is a wonderful story. The author presents an exciting tale of murder, greed, and mystery involving two remarkable young characters, Hildegard and Volmar, as they seek to solve a series of strange happenings at the medieval monastery of Disibodenberg. The author weaves a tight plot with many surprising twists, presenting along the way gruesome deaths, Crusaders returning from the Holy Land, ghostly apparitions, powerful religious relics, and other-worldly visions, just to mention a few things that appear in the story. There are also long-hidden secrets, some treachery, official corruption, and romance to be discovered. The author gives us many characters who are very real and well developed. The reader is quickly drawn into the lives, thoughts, and personalities of these characters and feels a strong connection to them. The author does an excellent job of describing the historical background and setting the story well within the context of the times. There is a very useful series of footnotes explaining the more obscure words and references to monastic life and medieval church rituals. These footnotes are a great help in allowing the reader to understand the story. The illustrations are extremely detailed and contribute greatly to the story's impact. I highly recommend this book. It makes a great start to a series, and I can't wait to read the subsequent books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

    a suspenseful read!

    I just finished "Spear of Destiny,", and I must say, Dyrek is an incredibly creative writer. I can't believe how she was able to make a fictional story with so many twists and turns out of events that really happened in history. Since I started it, I couldn't get the characters and their ordeals out of my mind. I looked forward to entering the world of Volmar and Hildegard every time I picked the book up, and now it's over! I'm definitely left with questions, which is I'm sure what Dyrek intended. I'm looking forward to the second book! On another note, I really appreciated all of the research that obviously went into the making of this book. It really opened my eyes to what life may have been like in medieval times. Two thumbs up for Dyrek on this one -- she created a suspenseful page-turner out of a difficult period of history.

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