The Shadow Seer (Ellenessia's Curse Book 1)
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The Shadow Seer (Ellenessia's Curse #1)

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For generations prophets have foreseen the birth of the Shadow Seer, the oracle of dark visions and fallen kingdoms. But by the time of Sorron, King of Carnia, their warnings have mostly been forgotten and his name is known only to a handful of scholars. When Sorron's grandson, Prince Candale, falls deathly ill, the Seer's legends are brought to light once again by his sav...more
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Published September 16th 2010 by Writers Exchange E-Publishing (first published 2009)
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Part 1 of book 1 has given me a chance to read the promising start of a dark trilogy, filled with deadly secrets that left me turning the page and wanting for the next.
Set in Carnia, a fictional medieval kingdom, “The Shadow Seer” tells the story - or rather the beginning thereof - of prince Candale who is prophesied to be the long awaited Shadow Seer. The prince had been suffering from fits and seizures for years and now - after recovering from an illness that almost killed him - he is having vivid nightmares, seeing and hearing things and starting to have visions. Together with his friend Teveriel and his female body guard, Trellany, he sets off to visit the...more
Derek White
A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

The adventure takes place in Carnia, and imaginary world where you quickly learn to accept magic, mages and witches as normal.
The story opens with Candale, nearly eighteen and a Royal Prince of the realm desperately ill, and having proved impossible to be cured by healers. You quickly realise that he is the ‘odd one out’ in the family and feel sorry for him. You soon learn that his mother is not the Queen, but May...more
Katie Blythe
***This story was given to me by the author for an honest review***

This is a very enjoyable fantasy read. Set it the fictional world of “Carnia” there is a kingdom ruled by King Sorron, and his family. His son/prince Gerian, Gerian’s wife Silnia, and their children Candale and Aylara. The story starts out with Candale being literally on his death bed. He’s been sick for many months and his family has finally sought help from the last person they want, a witch named Mayrila. Mayrila saves Candale...more
Prince Candale is ill. He has been deathly ill for some time and the fear is that he will soon die. Candale himself is barely able to comprehend anything around him. Those who come to see him are whispered phantoms of people he thinks he knows. Can anyone save him? Sorron, King of Carnia, and Candale’s grandfather, knows that there is only one person who can save his grandson from death’s grim reaper. But Sorron’s also knows that by doing so, other things may come to light that have long since b...more
I loved the book, otherwise I would not have published it!
Franz McLaren
Most first fantasy novels are fairly predictable. The protagonist is either a good guy or a rogue forced into playing the good guy. This novel is a pleasant surprise. Candale is a bit of a spoiled brat with unpredictable, and usually self-centered, moods that seem to work against him most of the time. This dubious hero is forced by prophesy into a role he is ill-equipped to serve. I found myself fascinated by his plight, his need for the support he constantly rejects, and his drive to find out w...more
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
The Shadow Seer was an extremely interesting read, but it was a little slow in its movement.

Candale is a prince with a secret; he is having prophecies, hearing voices, and seeing people that aren’t there. The Shadow Seer starts with Candale being gravely ill and close to death. All we hear are snippets of conversation between his relatives, arguments between his father and grandfather about how to best help him.

His grandfather sends for a woman named Mayrila, a conniving, gold-digging witch, who...more
The thing is... I loved, loved, loved The Shadow Seer.

Not only the concept is intriguing, but the main character, Candale, was a breath of fresh air. He was not only weak, but also naive – so naive that his little sister knows more about the world than him! It was very enjoyable to read a story about a prince who didn’t ride off a white horse waving his sword... but that was seized by fits if over-exerted and was liable to trip himself if you gave him a sword.

Okay, the tripping part is not so ba...more
Joanne Hall
“The Shadow Seer” is the first volume in what looks likely to be a six-book series by Swansea based fantasy writer Fran Jacobs. The book has had a long gestation, but was finally published by Writers Exchange in Summer 2011, and has been worth the wait.

Candale, Prince of Carnia, is a sickly boy, plagued by fits. Far from being a hero, when the reader first meets him he is on his deathbed, and is only saved by the magical intervention of the witch, Mayrila. But she has revived him for her own pur...more
“The Shadow Seer: Book 1 of Ellenessia’s Curse: Part 1” is the first novel by fantasy author Fran Jacobs. The book is a terrific introduction to her elaborate fantasy world of Carnia and a long forgotten prophesy that now affects the unlikely hero, Prince Candale.

At the beginning of the novel, Candale lies on his death bed and only the solitary and not well loved witch Mayrila can save him. Her presence in the castle stirs up all sorts for intrigues and plots that Candale must wade through and...more
I just finished the Shadow Seer, and I think it is a great book! It's a new story, a different main character (there aren't that many who can't fend for themselves at all), and it got me addicted ;)

Being the author's first book it has some flaws in the way characters adress each other, particularly within Candale's family; otherwise it's a consistent, engaging plot, and you quickly get over the flaws ;)

Anxiously waiting for the next one!
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Fran Jacobs graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Masters degree in Ancient History in 2001, and now lives in Swansea, South Wales, where she runs an online gothic website, Megaera’s Realm. Fran mostly writes fantasy, with a penchant for the darker side of it, and her stories have been published in a variety of magazines including Forgotten Worlds, Nanobison, Neo-opsis and Alien Skin...more
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