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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  6,154 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
Keleios the Half-Elf was but five years old when she saw her mother murdered by the evil witch Harque. For years she has asked the gods for the strength she'll need to avenge this foul death, and it seems the gods have answered her. She's been granted an array of powers never before seen in one person, but she has also acquired a most terrifying burden, a demonmark. This m ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published March 3rd 1992 by Roc
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Ann aka Iftcan
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

I remember the day I bought this book, I was in one of the many second hand bookshops in Hay-on-Wye and buying a ridiculous number of books, as you do, and I spotted this bright yellow cover calling me and when I picked it up I realised it was Laurell K. Hamilton’s debut novel. Well I wasn’t going to not buy it. That was eight years ago and I have finally taken it from my bookshelf to read, I know I know!

I have never been able to keep up with
Dec 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
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.
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was actually pretty good! I just wish it was longer or that there were more books because that ending left me with a lot of questions.
Shaitarn .
Nov 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
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Oct 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-works
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
Lisa Rene
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

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
Apr 22, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mystic Valraven
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
This is here as a bookcrossing ring, and I'm not entirely sure I would have read it otherwise. I found the beginning rather confusing. There were a great many people (or creatures) from different groups and lands - black healers, white healers, dragons and what not - perhaps a chart of the different groups would have been helpful. I persevered, and gradually came to enjoy it more, despite the rather incessantly apocalyptic tone of it. The relationship between the two main characters is ambiguous ...more
Janice (Janicu)
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jody Mena
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Patterson
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Stacey Wade
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
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
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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.
Beth F.
Sep 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Ugh, I hate elves and shit.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, fae-and-magic
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...
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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?
Not part of her series & her first book of all, I think. Not bad.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This felt like a second book, by which I mean that so much seems to have happened "off screen" that it somewhat undermined the story that LKH was trying to tell. Keleios is completely over-powered and lacks any real flaws, most of the other characters lack depth and serve no real purpose, everything is resolved far too easily, and the (somewhat unsatisfactory) ending is wrapped up far too quickly. It also suffered greatly from careless editing; there are numerous examples of grammatical errors a ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A true Fantasy story in the beginning voice of a prolific author. Hamilton's writing style and voice is still being developed. The story itself is a quick entertainment, though not without problems. Certain conversations are hard to follow, things never explained. We see loose ends, which we are unaccustomed to in Anita Blake or Meredith Gentry. I found myself looking for a sequel but there is none. Still a worthy read for a true fan.
Amber Nicole
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: my-library
There really wasn't much for development in this novel at all. Whether it be character interactions/relations to the plot; It definitely lacked in the build up that most sci-fi novels posses. This book would of been good if it had the proper build up. I felt like it was rushed and cluttered with to many characters and powers. Plus the last 3-4 chapters seemed to me like I was reading something completely different.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to finish it to say that I have and to get the overall picture. It was hard to follow in some parts and if was hard to picture in your head what she was describing. Her writing has gotten better. I don't really know what the ending really meant.
I have only read the Anita Blake series and not the Merry Gentry series so I don't have that series to compare it to...I don't know if it's similar or not
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first novel written by the author of the Anita Blake series is really good at the end, at the start, not so much.  I kept thinking I had missed something important but going back I saw I had not.  It read like a sequel but after checking several times I am convinced it was the first one she wrote. 
Not bad, just to many characters that really had no part in moving the story forward. 
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
its unfinished. It left to many questions unanswered. ...more
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