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Spear of Destiny

(The Seer and The Scribe #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Hildegard of Bingen, a young, 12th-century German girl, has been born with a gift: a remarkable ability to see beyond this earthly realm. Her gift, however, can also prove a burden, especially when her vision helps her witness the vicious murder of a monk on the grounds of the monastery at Disibodenberg. When the monastery’s peace is further shattered by a second grisly mu ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Luminis Books, Inc.
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Loren Foster
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Seer and the Scribe: Spear of Destiny" a Review by Loren Foster

The Seer and the Scribe: Spear of Destiny
By: G.M. Dyrek
Publisher Name: Luminis Books
Imprint: Myrick Marketing & Media, LLCeBook ISBN 9781935462408
ISBN 9781935462392
Publish Date
April 30, 2011
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Fiction > Juvenile/YA Fiction > Children’s Fiction > Historical > Medieval > Mystery > Thriller > Religion > Monastic > Crusades
Paperback: 288 pages
Amazon.com priced at $12.71

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Stephen
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Seer and the Scribe is an enchanting medieval murder mystery set in the historical monastery of Disibodenberg, bringing to life the remarkable historical figure Hildegard von Bingen.

One thing that sets apart this book is the artwork. G. M. Dyrek did the drawings herself, and the maps, especially, are detailed and provide visual context. As for layout, rather than inconveniently stuffing a bunch endnotes at the back of the book, one finds footnotes that provide extra meaning to the rituals o
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Lenore Webb
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Today, College Girl thought she would write about a different book that didn't fall in with her preferred genre of fantasy. Here is what she had to say about it.

"Of course, after the first few chapters, I hardly noticed. The night I finished book one of G.M. Dyrek's The Seer and the Scribe series, I stayed up late to do it. I couldn't stop turning the pages and had to know what happened next. Nothing turned out the way I expected, but I was smiling by the end.


Spear of Destiny is the first book i
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Victoria
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, mystery

The shortening days and growing coolness of autumn make nesting with a really good book all the more appealing; especially a riveting mystery or vivid history. The Seer and the Scribe by G.M. Dyrek is the best of both; a riveting mystical mystery with lavish historical detail that makes the medieval world, and its real life characters, come alive.

The characters in the book are based on people who really lived, most notably, Hildegarde of Bingen, who was a Renaissance woman before the Renaissance
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Susan
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book. It only took me a few days to read. It is a great book! I kept thinking, "This book would make a great movie!" I know nothing about monastaries, but the story was so clear and vivid, I thought I was right there living it. There is a bit of everything--historical fiction, a hint of romance, the supernatural, and murder mystery. The characters of Volmar and Hildegard were brilliant. The book was well written with great illustrations. Like I mentioned earlier--I don't kno ...more
Katy
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I love historical fiction, especially about little-known periods of history, such as Germany in the early 12th century. I bought this book not knowing what to expect, and I was sucked into the story from the first scene and could hardly put it down. The characters are so well-drawn they feel like real people. The details of setting and situation are thoroughly researched, and it shows in the effortless way the author used all these threads to weave a fascinating story. Hildegard and Volmar have ...more
Cassandra Spencer
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I have mixed emotions about this book. On one hand, as a history teacher looking for a way to teach about monastic life during the Renaissance time period, it is an excellent read. The historical detail is rich and the descriptions are full of historical accuracy. On the other hand, I was not drawn into the story right away and found that there were almost too many characters central to the plot. I am hoping the English teacher will team up with me and teach it as I don't think it will be a huge ...more
Deborah
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deborah by: a friend
I am enjoyed reading this story. The author has created a mystery that will appeal to high school students and adults.
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Grace McIntosh Dyrek was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and has lived in over 30 addresses.

She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and two masters degrees, one in psychology and one in library media education. She's had many jobs, declaring a new career with each move, ranging from an emergency room counselor to a graphic illustrator for the C.I.A.. She is now the librarian at a middle s
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