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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,546 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Author of the New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, Laurell K. Hamilton has brought the supernatural to light-and has given readers a vision of a world aflame with electrifying suspense and violent passions. In this, her debut novel, her rich imagination spreads its wings to fly-in a tale of a woman known as sorcerer, prophet, and enchantress...

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Ann aka Iftcan
Ok, this is one of Laurell's books from back in the day when she actually gave a damn about her work. Right now all she seems to care about is cranking out enough sex scenes to make a novel length and sending it in so that her publisher will send her a check.

This is a good fantasy story, probably intended to be the first of a duo or trilogy as the way it ends seems to imply that there will be more to follow. Unfortunately, I haven't found another book in this series and right now I'm hoping that
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Savannah
I don't think I've ever seen a better case for books needing editors. I understand the whole cashing in on an established author's name by dredging up everything they've ever written thing, but this isn't a book and it's not a story: it's a scene and a verbose and over-long one at that. There's no plot, no theme, no characterization, no setting up the (nonexistent) plot, no resolution of, well, anything. That there are a few entertaining and imaginative elements here is nothing but tease.
Michelle
Nightseer is one of the few stand-alone novels created by Laurell Hamilton. As are most of her books, it falls in the genre of fantasy. Although rather unfamiliar with the previous works of this author, the novel called to me from the shelves. The cover art is spell-binding, and the synopsis intriguing with its promises of demons, darkness, and forbidden pleasures. At a first glance, everything about the novel draws readers in. The novel follows the journey of Keleios: a sorcerer, enchanter, and ...more
David Gillis
I was going through a dry spell in books until I ran across Nightseer, and a random woman next to me at the bookstore recommended it to me. Not expecting much, I was shocked to find out this was a complete page-turner. I just couldn't put it down, and in two days I had read through the novel with a thirst for more. I credit Hamilton's heavy use of action, along with realistic characters for that. The way in which the characters spoke was natural. There was no forced drama with simple greetings, ...more
Daniel
Hamilton's first book is completely different from everything else of hers I've read. Its more of a pure fantasy novel for starters, set in a high magic world where demons and spells are commonplace. Her characters are interesting as always and I would certainly love to see more.

But you can tell this is her first novel. The book feels disjointed, as if we're thrown in the middle of a story. Events the characters experienced in the past are referenced frequently, but we only get a small idea of w
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Jody Mena
I really enjoyed this! LKH's debut novel, it has a much different feel from her other works, but not an unwelcome one. Set in a fantasy world rather than the 'real world', its a very different kind of story, but the writing style and characterization of the protagonist are unique to LKH. I loved the varied action and intrigue. The monsters and magic were fascinating and used in creative ways while still conforming to the 'natural laws' of the setting, which is something that LKH has been known t ...more
Mandy Beyers
In this fantasy book, Keleios is master enchanter and master dreamer who suddenly finds herself having to go back to magic school at twenty when she suddenly finds herself to have sorcery as well. A half-elf princess whose mother was murdered in front of her eyes at the age of five, Keleios has sought revenge against the witch for years. At seventeen, her thirst for revenge caused the capture of herself and her close friend Belor and ended with them having to survive a demon pit and the demon ma ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Fantasy novel focussing on a young noble named Kelios with some very unusual powers, who is going to a place of learning for magic. A very big part of her life is a memory of her mother's death and a vendetta against her mother's murderer. I picked this up because I was interested to see Hamilton's earlier work. This has a very different voice from the paranormal/urban fantasy novels Hamilton is famous for. It's a straight fantasy, and the writing is in an easy to read style, but this book feels ...more
Treece
There may have been some things wrong with this first novel, I confess, thought this did not make it less enjoyable. With a bit of reworking and editing, it could do quite well now because it had so much potential and creativity. The worst part is that Hamilton never continued this series and left the readers hanging at the end.

Fast forward to the present, I seriously doubt if she has what it takes to continue this series even if she was given motivation and a chance to do some real writing aga
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Lisa Rene
Amazing.

After I read this debut, I could not go back to her smutty Vampire Hunter Series.

She has so much potential, smut-lit is so below her talent level. I really wish she could/ would go back and finish this series. This novel definitely had/has the potential to go someplace very wild and fantastical.

I was a little unsettled that there was not a huge resolution, but the entire novel occurs over the course of one night and I feel that she may have intended on continuing the story in a second n
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Lauren Patterson
I only have one complaint. It felt like the book was the middle book of say... a trilogy? So many characters are thrust upon you it feels like in a second book where you're already acquainted with most of them. The end also leaves you wanting more! Of course which Laurell k Hamilton book doesnt? BUT you dont receive a second book and never will, sad day. With that being said i did enjoy it! It was a bit hard to dive in to in the beginning getting every character sorted but after that i fell in l ...more
Teresa
When I first found Laurell Hamilton, I went on a two month reading jag of all her work and somehow skipped this one. I'm kind of glad I didn't read it earlier for many reasons. I enjoy her character development and style and after reading both the Anita Blake series and the Merry Gentry series, I see repeating themes and character types that were just emerging for her as a writer in Nightseer. She has a fondness for scars, missing eyes, etc., on secondary characters (even Anita has her fair shar ...more
Amy Makler
The story's main character and heroine, Keleios, is a half-elf and was titled a master enchanter and a prophet before the novel began. It is confusing at first because you find out what happened but not why or how until later on. This made following the storyline a little confusing at times. Mostly, this novel was about seeking revenge for the death of Keleios's mother. This was Laurell K. Hamilton's first book. The plot was loose, the characters not very well developed. It was an okay read, but ...more
Mystic Valraven
I agree with Stacey, it wasn't one of her better books, it was slow and ended like the author was tired of writing it.
Stacey Wade
As entertaining as this book was, I must admit I did not enjoy it as much as all other Laurell K. Hamilton books I have read. I feel the book was mostly slow throughout, no real climax, and when the book ended, it just ended. No real resolution of some of the other characters that were initially vital in the book and just left hanging as to closure on other events. I feel incomplete and let down by the whole experience of this book. I hate to say that about one of my favorite authors, but perhap ...more
oliviasbooks
I did not finish Hamiltons debut. It became too confusing with all those different kinds of witches, sorcerers, wizards, phantoms, spells, flashes, visions, fires, dreams, flashbacks, elves and what not. Maybe it gets better later. I am not patient enough.
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Whilst waiting for another Anita Blake book to come out, I picked this one up to read. It was good. Where is the rest of it? I felt as if there should be more. We'll never know, we will?
Tamara
I really enjoyed this book. Moreso than Hamilton's Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. I wish she'd written a sequel to this. Maybe she still will...
Jim
Not part of her series & her first book of all, I think. Not bad.
Beth F.
Ugh, I hate elves and shit.
Keitorin
I enjoyed the setting and reading about the magic. The plot is really quick to get into the action so I didn't get to read so much about the school, but certainly enough to be interesting.

The action was written really well, it kept me reading to find out what happened next.

I tagged this book as 'dark' because it's not exactly a happy place, where prophets wander the halls ranting about bad things to come, peasants are treated poorly, and dark sorcerers are allowed to kill people because of the g
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Jeanette
Laurell K Hamilton has always, in my opinion been able to write well. Whether or not her series loose their' initial focus and turn to repetitious smut-erotica aside, I've remained loyal because I enjoy her style. Characters easy to appreciate and like, settings that add to rather than detract from plot lines and often enough feministic wit to keep me from cringing at the total by-in to heteronormativity in urban fantasy.
And yet? No. Here's a novel that holds its' own. The writing positive, the
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Sharon Malcolm
I waited a long time for Nightseer. It was a couple of years at least as I waited for someone, somewhere in public library land to see fit to introduce it to their collection. I pestered my own library's Inter-Library loan staff with intermittent requests for it. Laurell K. Hamilton was getting more and more popular for her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, surely someone in Western Australia will think her first ever book written worth adding to their collection? Okay, yes, the AB series have ...more
Patrick
Laurell K Hamilton, now widely known for her Anita Blake series, started off her career with the stand-alone novel called Nightseer. For a debut novel, it certainly has its flaws, but one cannot deny the graces it also possesses.

The main character, Keleios, is a sorceress and a dream prophet. She is a half-elf whose mother was killed by an evil witch named Harque. Judging from the back of the book, the storyline is a bit unclear considering is only gives a hint of what the main storyline is. The
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Artemisa
Oct 22, 2008 Artemisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
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Sue
I think somewhere in here is a really good story. I know this is an early book by Laurell K. Hamilton, so it seems like she knew the rules of the world she built, but didn't always let the reader know those rules. It would have been nice if she had continued with this series. It ended in a really intriguing way, and could have led to a lot more adventure. The main character was wonderful and really fleshed out. Some of the fight scenes got muddy, but overall there was definitely promise here. An ...more
Robert Scott
Finished 09/07/2012. Very good story of young enchantress and her struggles to keep herself, her family and her mentors and friends safe from other magic users. Her demonology allows her to survive where she might not have otherwise. If this was LKH's debut novel it boded well for the future. The Merry Gentry series is nothing short of spectacular. Haven't read any of the vampire hunter series yet.
Michelle
Although this story was harder for me to get sucked into, after pushing through the first few chapters, it definitely sucks you in. Being LKH's first novel I can see why it didn't get as much interest as it should have. Having read the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series I am a huge fan of LKH's writing. If you have read any of her other work and enjoyed it I'd definitely encourage you to read this novel as well. Once you get past the beginning and start to gain a better understanding of who exa ...more
B.b.
I remind myself that this is her debut novel, even as her debut novel reminds me of every bad actor I have had the bad luck of actually watching with a paid ticket - over-the-top, lacking finesse and common sense, overwhelmingly concerned with how many people are watching them and sighing over how cool they are. I lasted 3/4 of the book before I gave up.

Whiny heroine, forever with friends who have to chase her to argue some sense into her head to make sure she doesn't hurt herself... People, thi
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Emma-Louise
I love this book! I must have read it two or three times and it's still as good as the first time. Even though I have issues with the later Anita Blake books, Laurell K. Hamilton will always be one of my favourite writers. The world she created in Nightseer was as brilliant as it was magical, and it's such a shame that she never expanded on it with a series. The characters are brilliant, especially Lothor and Keleios! Strong willed, a bit dangerous and sarcastic, you can see a shadow of Anita an ...more
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