Monday, March 18, 2013

Series Review - Emerald Seer by Violet Patterson - 5 Stars


Title: The Emerald Seer Series
Author: Violet Patterson
Source: Author Furnished/Self Purchase
Genre: UF/PNR mix
Length: 3 Novels/1 Novella/1 To Be Released - approx 700-900 pgs
Reviewed by Douglas C. Meeks



NOTICE!! - FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES IS FREE 18 MAR - 22 MAR ON AMAZON Ryder on the Storm

Reading order: The Emerald Seer Series
Ryder on the Storm (Emerald Seer 1)
Light My Fire (Emerald Seer 2)
Whiskey, Mystics, and Men (Emerald Seer 2.5)
Love Her Madly (Emerald Seer 3)
A novel finale will be released May 2013 titled End of the Night

(NOTE: You might notice that the titles are all songs by The Doors which appealed to me before I ever read a page, well done hook)


Summary:


This is the Emerald Seer series. An urban fantasy with a supporting cast of Immortals, Seraphs, and Deities the series covers the life of the Emerald Seer - Storm Sullivan.

Storm Sullivan is a Seer from an ancient line forced to return home after the brutal murder of her aunt. But Storm finds she’s inherited more than just the family estate.

Ryder Cohen is an Immortal, a former enforcer commissioned to eradicate the Sullivan line and prevent the rise of the Emerald. But Ryder has come to question his mission and the reasons behind it.

Storm Sullivan's life has changed drastically - married, pregnant and attempting to master her new, unpredictable powers while bracing for the next supernatural attack.

In addition to the many other problems piling up, Lucian has not been completely honest with his friends- about his personal mission against the witches, the depth of his burden, or Sophia Bedeaux.

Everything comes to a head when Lucian's past collides with his present and threatens all he has come to care for. If he can manage to trust in Storm’s abilities, Lucian could find his way out of the curse and back to the only woman he could ever love.

Storm Sullivan's problems exacerbate as secrets and prophecies are unraveled to reveal her true enemy. After a devastating betrayal, Storm and her friends are forced to reevaluate their plans and reinforce their alliances.

Interwoven with Storm’s struggles is Damarra and Roane's love story spanning a time before written word through the improbable birth of their child who would one day come to be known as the Anomaly, Storm's father.

It began with Storm and Ryder in RYDER ON THE STORM, continued with Lucian’s fiery past and a stunning rebirth in LIGHT MY FIRE, do not miss out on LOVE HER MADLY, the penultimate novel in the Emerald Seer Series. The thrilling conclusion, END OF THE NIGHT, is slated for a May 2013 release.



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Review:


This series starts off in one direction of Storm trying to find out who she really is and Ryder thinking he has an assignment to kill her…. Things they are a changing.

Among the other things that have handcuffed Storm for all of her life is the lack of emotions due to some spells and a curse. All those old spells and curses are breaking down as she begins to fulfill her destiny as the Emerald Seer.

Ryder is starting to think he may have spent a large amount of his Immortal life hunting people that had no desire to harm him or to create the Emerald Seer who can lead to his and other Immortals destruction if the ancient scrolls are to be believed.

What could go wrong? Falling in love with the person you were supposed to destroy could be a big one.

Shocking as that revelation is there are a LOT more to come as this seems to be a series full of surprises and conspiracies that date back centuries.

Among the other things that are hampering their desire to move on with their destiny is the need to remove a 500 year old curse from Lucien so he can be more of a help than a destructive force in their midst. So now in addition to saving the world we have to figure out how to remove the spirit of a Phoenix from him and it seems to require a specific witch ……. who he loves and happens to be dead.

Nothing is impossible but that becomes a pretty big order to fill. Just another day in the life of the Emerald Seer it would seem.

Lest we forget Damarra (Goddess) and Roane (Immortal) are her grandparents and they have a love story that started before the written word it seems and is interwoven into this series and adds yet another dimension to this series.

The “big evil thing” here is twofold of her father (using the term loosely here) and The Unseen (not a scary name but it works). It may require the sacrifice of more of them before victory can be had if at all. There are a few battles to be won along the way but the ultimate battle is yet to come.

Add in epic battles, love from beyond the grave, tragedy that is heartbreaking and a love story for the ages and you have The Emerald Seer series. It is a true 5 Star series as the overarching story is addicting and enthralling.

Each book builds on the one before and adds another level of story and characters and builds to the battle for the final victory or defeat and which may take the lives of more of her friends (this is a mixture of UF/PNR and epic fantasy where sadly, sometimes heroic characters die).

While I highly recommend you read the novella it may not be a requirement but it gives you a look at events that kind of happened “offsceen” through another characters eyes, I found it enlightening. I highly recommend you get these books and enjoy them since you will be pulled into the story on an entertainment and emotional level, enjoy the ride. I certainly have …


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