The Seer King

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Hotheaded young cavalry officer Damastes and the radical wizard Tenedos were expected to die in a mountain ambush. But their enemies underestimated the amazing power of the seer and the bravery of the soldier. As this unlikely team begins to outwit usurpers and necromancers, word spreads that theirs is a path of destiny. Military adventure, magic, and romance mix in this exciting fantasy adventure.

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Overview

Hotheaded young cavalry officer Damastes and the radical wizard Tenedos were expected to die in a mountain ambush. But their enemies underestimated the amazing power of the seer and the bravery of the soldier. As this unlikely team begins to outwit usurpers and necromancers, word spreads that theirs is a path of destiny. Military adventure, magic, and romance mix in this exciting fantasy adventure.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With The Seer King, bestselling fantasy writer Bunch (coauthor with Allan Cole of the Anteros Trilogy) begins an entertaining new saga, tracing the bloody rise to power of the once great (now dead) wizard king Laish Tenedos. The engrossing tale of how a little-known seer with radical ideas comes to rule the troubled empire of Numantia is told through the eyes of likable Damastes Cimabue, a courageous yet self-deprecating soldier. Damastes meets Tenedos on a treacherous assignment in the lawless border lands; he stays with him through all the deadly battles, deft political jockeying and spectacular spells that follow. Characterization is not Bunch's strong point; a trite expression "of a puppy who's done something wrong and expects to be whipped" is attributed with tiresome regularity to one of Damastes's lovers. Other characters whom one would like to know better are barely introduced, including the two ultimate villains. And glaringly modern dialogue ("Well, it's stupid and it's fucked!") occasionally intrudes on what is otherwise an atmosphere of epic and otherworldly past. But Bunch knows how to mold heroes, how to keep the pace fast and how to create exciting scenes of battlefield mayhem and convincing webs of political intrigue. (Feb.)
Realms of Fantasy
Stirring...an eipc tale of battles and flames, love returned and love betrayed.
Kirkus Reviews
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446605243
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 843,753
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    The Seer King Trilogy: Chris Bunch's Masterpiece

    I have never read anything like this in my life. Bunch's trilogy redefines fantasy; this is no mere adolescent tripe. The characters are compelling, complex and well-developed. The action is superb and written with a level of expertise and understanding unmatched by any author I have read. And the sex... as a movie this story might be X-rated. Chris Bunch obviously intended this as 'adult' fantasy, which may have been a mistake in terms of marketing because most of the fantasy market is geared toward adolescents. Personally, I think Bunch's attempt to broaden the popular conception of fantasy beyond 'Dungeons&Dragons' is a noble effort, whether that was his goal or not. I would recommend these books to anyone, but particularly to fantasy readers who grow weary of regurgitated stories, tired plot-elements, Lord of the Rings rip-offs, and the general bad writing found here at what was once, and is now ceasing to be, the fringes of the literary profession. To Bunch himself, should he ever bother to look here, I would like to say, 'Thank you, Mr. Bunch, for a good story. I hope you keep writing, and that your future efforts are commensurate with the level of talent shown in the Seer King Trilogy.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    A tour-de-force.

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. I read the book in one sitting and was a zombie at work the next day. As good a single volume as I have ever read. It starts off as a buddy type adventure story and deals with the effect that amassing power (and a kingdom) has on a friendship. Swords, Sorcerery, and (almost too much) Sex. A book you remember after you finish. The sequels are good, but not as powerful or as gripping as 'Seer King'.

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