Eyes of the Seer (The Derbfine Series, #2)

Eyes of the Seer (The Derbfine Series, #2)

by Ashley York
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Eyes of the Seer (The Derbfine Series, #2) by Ashley York

In ancient Ireland, men and women take to the legends for answers. Different-colored eyes are the mark of a Seer, it is said, and those who can see the future are in league with the devil. They cannot be suffered to live.


He wishes to prove himself…

Marcán of Clonascara bears the bloodline of Brian Boru, the legendary high king, and his prowess as a warrior has earned him great respect. But he was born with different-colored eyes, and there are some who would have him suffer a Seer’s fate. His fiercest adversary is Beibhinn, mother to Diarmuid, his close friend and king, and Astrid, the woman who holds his heart. If Astrid ever showed him any interest, he would fight Beibhinn and any army to wed her.

She is desperate to escape…

Astrid is sick of her mother’s belittling, but her brother is in no hurry to see her married, so she decides to see to her own match-making. The man she approaches quickly reveals his lack of honor, but her overbearing mother pushes her to wed him anyway. When Astrid discovers Marcán’s love for her, she realizes that what she wants has been in front of her all along. True happiness awaits them, but only if they can put a stop to her mother’s plans.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155444480
Publisher: Ashley York
Publication date: 07/31/2017
Series: Derbfine Series , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 2,757
File size: 2 MB

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Eyes of the Seer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
cjjjhb More than 1 year ago
The story starts out with a terrible mother telling her daughter to let a man have his way with her in order for the mother to get what she wants. The mother continues to get worse throughout this story and makes the reader really despise the mother and her abuse of her children. The story has a beautiful love story with lots of twist and turns. The author did a get job with the evolution of the characters and the plot which culminated into a great happily ever after.
georgia1 11 days ago
I was so excited to read this story after having just finished book 1 Curse of the Healer. This is the story of Marcan of Clonasra, great warrior and close friend to Diarmuid, King of his clan. Marcan has been in love with Astrid, Diarmuid's sister for as long as he can remember. He had only acted as her protector and friend with hope in his heart that one day she would return his affections. Manipulated by her scheming mother, Astrid is pushed to marry a man of the neighboring clan but finds he only wants her in his bed and is not a gentleman. When Astrid pushes toward Marcan and realizes her feelings for him, her mother again steps in and accuses Marcan of being a Seer due to his different colored eyes and because Seers where thought to be of the devil. I am coming to see as I read her books, Ashley York writes exceptional stories, full of history rich in detail and characters that you come to know and care for... With the right amount of adventure, intrigue and romance, this entire series will go on my to be read again shelf. Although part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone. But trust me, you do not want to miss a moment of the Derbfine series!! Lori Dykes
MoniqueD 4 months ago
Astrid thought herself in love with Pádraig until he showed his true colours, but he is not ready to give up his conquest. Marcán has waited a long time to be able to tell Astrid that he loves her, but the unrest in their clans makes claiming the object of his desire almost impossible, especially because of Astrid’s mother who has her own agenda. Will true love prevail? Will Astrid see who’s the better man? EYES OF THE SEER is book two in the Derbfine series, and although I felt that I had missed little things, it stands perfectly on its own. Set in 1095, Ashley York paints a vivid picture of Medieval Ireland, and what must have been very extensive research on the author’s part really paid off. Unlike many novels of this type, Ms. York doesn’t not romanticise the era, but presents it pretty much as it must have been, warts and all, and I felt like I was back in time, which made me wonder why I read historical romance, as they were such difficult times for women. I also appreciated that Ms. York includes a glossary – if brief, it is nonetheless helpful, and also the pronunciation of the main characters’ name, for which I am ever so grateful. Astrid is a bit naïve, reckless, and somewhat foolish, but thankfully realises it soon enough; I thought she would have me tearing my hair out, but no. Astrid is, however, a dutiful daughter to her deluded, selfish, and spiteful mother; the latter still makes my skin crawl. Although I thought I knew where the story was going, I was only slightly right, if I may say, which was very good indeed. Story of clan clashes interest me only mildly, but that’s how it was, and they do affect the romance on every level. The romance was lovely: I felt the love between Marcán and Astrid; it was tender and passionate but the love scenes, of which there was just enough and not too much, did not overshadow the affection they had for each other. THE EYES OF THE SEER is thankfully not about superstitions and magic, which I had feared, but about the negative perceptions which cause people to hurt others. The writing is excellent, the dialogues felt genuine because of the impeccable vocabulary. I also very much appreciated Ms. York light touch when it came to conveying the dialect and accent: it never felt like a demonstration of how much Gaelic the author could put in a sentence, but just terms sprinkled here and there to give some welcome authenticity to the dialogues – without making them heavy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into the book because the difficult names made it hard to keep things straight. I also dislike when books written in English use foreign words. I didn't understand why the mother had so much power over her daughter, but overall it was a good story.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC from NetGalley. For fans of Irish history, this novel is a fantastic transportation back to the days of the sons of the great ard ri like Brian Boru. The second of the derbfine series, Eyes of the Seer can be read as a standalone novel, but I think it is best enjoyed after Curse of the Healer. The characters are compelling and the plot is dramatic and lively. The vibrant world of Ireland during Europe's Dark Ages vividly comes to life in this novel. Although some of the names are cumbersome and the titles and clan structure a bit difficult for Anglophiles to master, the glossary at the back is helpful and a good place to start for readers unfamiliar with medieval Ireland. This novel is a great place to leave the modern world behind and lose yourself for a few hours, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
candy-b More than 1 year ago
Astrid wants to get married and she feels Padraig would do nicely, even though he is from a different clan. Marcan is second in command of their clan and loves Astride, he is a great warrior and for the time, well educated but he has different colored eyes. There is a lot going on in this book and it is hard to pick and choose and not give any spoilers. The characters are very life like, fun and intelligent. They are kind and loving and boy, do some of them get their licks in, physical and verbal. The plot has many elements, that need to be swirled into a concise, smooth and even paced tale, which the author does nicely. She has written and amazing and rich book of the 1100's, Gael. I received an ARC from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed it.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
Astrid has been under her mother’s thumb from the time she was small. She tries to please Beibhinn but when her mother thrusts Astrid into the arms of a lecherous man with no morals, she’s torn between duty and self-preservation. Her brother Diarmuid is far too busy with his own happy marriage (read his story in Curse of the Healer) to see she’s properly married to a man who’ll be a good match and treat her with respect and honor. Then there’s her bodyguard and warrior, Marcan, who’s always around, watching her like a hawk. Marcan is an honorable man, fierce warrior whose ancestor is none other than legendary Brian Boru. He’s well-respected, even though he bears a genetic trait that most seers have: different colored eyes. His heart, though, belongs to Astrid. She doesn’t know he exists, except as her brother’s close friend. All she has to do is say yes and he’ll fight anyone who stood in their way, even Beibhinn. Astrid realizes almost too late her feelings for Marcan and in a moment of passion, confesses her love. Now together, they confront Beibhinn to disastrous consequences. Can their love overcome hatred or will Astrid and Marcan be ripped from each other forever? Another moving historical romance by Ashley York. I know I’ve said this before, but reading York’s books is like taking a step back in history. From the first page, I was swept away. The narration was so rich, so vivid, I swear I was sitting next to Astrid and Marcan. I like a good antagonist but I utterly despised Beibhinn. She’s a vindictive, miserable person and I wanted bad things to happen to her. She’s the epitome of selfishness and greed. Such a contrast from Marcan. If you love sweeping historical romances, pick this up today! While it is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I'd review it. Favorite Character/Quote: Marcan. I loved how strong he was yet had a loving, sensitive heart. He was such a wonderfully complex character and seemed to bring out the best and worst in Astrid. His protectiveness of her throughout the book made me swoon. Every woman deserves a man to love her like Marcan loves Astrid. My Rating: 5 stars
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Eyes of the Seer' by Ashley York is the story of Astrid and Marcán. This is book Two in the series "Descendants of the High King". The first book was "Curse of the Healer" which dealt with Astrid's brother Diarmuid. This book does run parallel to the other book but you don't have to have read that book to enjoy this book....but it was a great book. Marcán is Astrid brother's best friend and she as known him a long time. Diarmuid, Astrid's brother and Marcán are very protective of her, and seem to deter away any suitors. But Astrid's mother wants to live with another clan that Padraig is associated with. Astrid does have a small crush on Padraig, who she feels would be a good husband. So Astrid goes forward with her mother's demand that she land him for a husband. But her attempt to get him alone is stopped by Marcán. Marcán tries to talk to her about men just wanting to use her and not actually take her for a wife. But between her mother and her strong desire to be married she attempts to talk to Padraig again leads her to almost be attacked by him...if it wasn't for one of her clansman saving her. But she doesn't tell her clansman what actually happened to protect that clansman and to not cause a issue. But Marcán and her brother knows something happened...and her mother still thinks to marry her off to him. But Astrid's mother has her heart set on her daughter getting into Padraig's clan. Diarmuid knew early on that his heart was given to Astrid but she doesn't see him as a man. So he thinks that he will have to watch her marry another. But Astrid is starting to know that her feelings for Diarmuid are just as strong as his. Another Great Story by Ms. York! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Eyes of the Seer by Ashley York is yet another mesmerizing hit by this author. THE DERBFINE series, #2, but can be read as a stand alone. # 1, CURSE OF THE HEALER. I was enthralled by the cast of characters, the plot and the writing style of Ms. York. She never disapoints, and knows how to weave fiction with history, seamlessly and effortlessly. The cast of characters are believable and seem sincere to me. It felt as if I was there with the cast, watching their daily lives, their struggles and their truimphs. The conflict was enough to hold my interest and kept me guessing right up to the end. Danger, suspense, mystery, romance, and passion make this story a magnificent Medeival Romance. In other words I absolutely loved "Eyes of the Seer". Ashley York is a talented author whose stories will keep the reader suspended and glued to the pages of a great book. Way to go, Ms. York! ! You don't wish to miss this fantastic series. EYES OF THE SEER will have you turning pages, I shed a few tears for the heroine. Her mother was a such witch, not literally, but you get my draft, mean mother to everyone not just her beautiful daughter. I can't wait to see what Ashley York has in store for her readers next in this amazing series. Pick up your copy today! Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR