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Victoria Hanley

Victoria HanleyVictoria Hanley is certified as a Montessori teacher and as a massage therapist. Born in California, she lives in Colorado. Hanley has two young adult children and a young-at-heart husband. Hanley’s first novel, The Seer and the Sword, was published in more than a dozen countries around the world. The winner of the Colorado Book Award, the book has also appeared on the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age List, the Texas Lone Star Reading List, and the Oklahoma Sequoyah and Utah Master Lists. To learn more about Victoria Hanley, go to her website.

The Seer and the Sword

The Seer and the Sword — (2000-2005) Young adult. Publisher: Princess Torina lives a charmed life in the Kingdom of Archeld. Then her father, King Kareed, seizes the peaceful kingdom of Bellandra — and its legendary sword, rumored to be able to defeat any enemy. On his return, he offers Torina two gifts: a beautiful crystal and the defeated king’s son, Landen, as a slave. Both prove to be more precious than she could ever imagine, for with them Torina makes two discoveries: She is a seer, able to glimpse the future in her crystal, and Landen is not a servant but a peer, a noble spirit who matches her in wits, humor and character. But all is not well in Archeld. Beneath the seemingly orderly surface lurk greed, revenge, and plot’s against the king’s life. Fingers point to Landen, but Torina cannot believe he would harm her or her family. Can she use her new found powers to save her beleaguered kingdom? Or must the seer take up the sword?

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The Seer and the Sword: Standard medieval-adventure-fantasy

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The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley

It's hard to muster up any particularly strong feelings for The Seer and the Sword. It is your standard medieval-adventure-fantasy, with every plot development and character arc foreseeable far in advance, told in sparse and simple prose. It's hard to be too enthusiastic about it, yet at the same time I can't be too dismissive either.

The story revolves around two young royals: red-headed Princess Torina of Archeld, and Prince Landen, whose country of Bellandra has just been defeated by Torina's father. Landen is brought to Archeld as a slave, but is freed by Torina and allowed to join the ranks of King Kareed's army (why the king would have the son of his defeated enemy trained in combat is something of a mystery). Whilst Landen wonders over the fate of the Sword of Bellandra that was seized and concealed by Kareed, Tor... Read More

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