I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Just like the first book in the series, it took me a while to get into The Seers. These books start off slowly, and focus a lot on world building and scenery. I have to admit that I am one of those people whose eyes tend to glaze over when there are a lot of descriptions about clothes and scenery in a book, but with this novel I actually enjoyed myself. It felt like the cast was transported back into a different century. There was a regal feeling to everything, but that might be because most of the novel takes place in a castle.
Once I was able to picture all of the surroundings, the story telling began, and it was very interesting. I am still fascinated with all of the different abilities that the Holders posses and also the limitations that their skills have. No matter how powerful a Holder is, they all have shortcomings that insure that they can not run amok and destroy the world.
Becca is a well thought out heroine who I don’t always agree with but I find very easy to like. She can be very impulsive and short-tempered, but she also learns very well from her mistakes. Even though she is the most powerful Holder in existence, she is very–for lack of a better word–human. She has all of this power at her disposal and it terrifies her! She worries that she won’t be able to live up to her destiny one minute and then the next minute she is afraid that she will hurt someone because she can’t control her powers. It’s a very stressful and difficult position, and she handles it well.
The rift between Becca and her father started to mend at the end of the first book, and they grew even closer in this one. She is still wary of him, but I can tell that the man loves his daughter with all of his heart. I can not wait until she feels comfortable enough with him so he can express to her just how much she means to him. She is not there yet, but I am hopeful.
Becca meets a lot of new characters in this book. She has to spend a week with some incredibly arrogant and snobbish Holders, and I really loved hating these people. I am starting to think that most Holders are megalomaniacal tyrants! When she first encounters these Holders, Becca has a difficult time, but this is a journey and Becca learns how to navigate their world very well Thanks to her old friends and a few new ones.
The relationship between Becca and Alex is still just as cute as ever. There were a few minor bumps because they were not able to spend enough time alone while at the castle. Something or someone was always getting in the way, and they needed to be able to communicate with one another. But I like the way they handled the confusion and forced distance. Even when they fought they fought fairly and lovingly. They are literally made to love one another so I never worried about whether or not they would figure things out.
I really enjoyed the second instalment in this series. It was filled with beautiful clothes and scenery, well-developed characters, sweet romance, action, intrigue, and of course, magic.
Because of mild language and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.
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