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Seer of Souls

(Spirit Shield Saga #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  439 ratings  ·  97 reviews
DANTE ROSSETTI Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2016 Winner! (Chanticleer Reviews)

To save the world, they must be born of the world.

The battles between the Kingdom of Cathair and the Primordial forces at Daimon Ford are the stuff of legends. Desperate to save the world, two immortals choose to be reborn as mortals, wiping away all memory of their divine existence.

But even
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Published October 24th 2016 by Susan Faw
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
DNF @ 36%

If you read my status updates, you'll know what my main issues with this one were: nothing was explained and nothing was happening. There were random bits of information throughout but nothing that gave me a concrete bearing for why these kids were special or had magical abilities. In my opinion, the prologue should have been expanded a bit to give us a bit more information about the birth of the twins and why they were seen in prophecies. The backstory felt very rushed from everything
Dec 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
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DANTE ROSSETTI Awards for Young Adult Fiction 2016 FINALIST!

To save the world, they must be born of the world.

The battles between the Kingdom of Cathair and the Primordial forces at Daimon Ford are the stuff of legends. Desperate to save the world, two immortals choose to be reborn as mortals, wiping away all memory of their divine existence.

But even as Cayden, and his twin sister Avery make the ultimate sacrifice, other gods are plotting against them. At
Randy M
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After being fathered by Tolkien, midwifed by the likes of Zimmer Bradley and McCaffery, brought to maturity by those such as Jordan and Martin, there came a long, dry spell in the genre of fantasy, rife with the trite, the rehashed, and the lack of heart. Then came a bright revival, with burgeoning talents such as Rothfuss, Weeks, and Brett. And now, with her debut novel, Seer of Souls, Susan Faw shows that she stands head and shoulders alongside the aforementioned new authors, revitalizing a mo ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stopped-reading

The quality of the writing--that is to say, sentence structure and the like--was fine. The soul of the book, however, felt fairly dead to me. It took a heaping of The Most Typical Fantasy Tropes, draped them over flat characters, and was utterly unengaging as a result.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Grrat story

Really good pace throughout the story. I felt there was just the right amount of characters plus information given to keep me going along nice and easy. The plot is a classic, but with a few original elements to make it unique in its own right. Looking forward to the sequels when I'll get my hands on them :-)
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seer of Souls by Susan Faw is the first in an exciting new fantasy sage, the Spirit Shield Saga. With this first book, Faw introduces readers to a magical world that is full of intrigue, political strife, and adventure.

The two main characters are twins Caden and Avery, who both just so happen to a have hidden talent of magic. I really enjoyed getting to know each of these characters; both were full of personality and were wonderfully developed. They seem to grow up quite a bit throughout the no
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this one!

Caden and Avery are twins who've been raised by their father on a farm in a town pretty far from the castle where the queen resides. The very same queen who has outllawed magic and is searching for the two people who may have a better claim to the throne than her. She will do anything to get them.

The twins are pretty average with the exception of a small magical talent they hide from prying eyes. This becomes much harder when Caden is conscripted into the queen's army
Judith Docken
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visually descriptive with captivating, believable characters, Seer of Souls takes the reader into a world that is easy to imagine and feel a part of. The adventures of Cayden, Ryder and Avery, with the help of ancient creatures called Primordials, as they fulfill their destiny, are at once riveting and heartbreaking. The story is a page-turner and I found myself pulled into the narrative right from the start. With magical creatures, an army of dark spirits, a corrupt queen and an evil goddess of ...more
Max Power
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever story by a talented writer in a genre I usually avoid. The plot is not over complicated which tends to be a weakness in fantasy books and from me that is a big compliment in itself. The minor critical comment I have relates to character development which while not greatly affecting my enjoyment of the book it is the reason this is a four star and not a five star from me. Without harbouring on this it is really just a matter of more meat needed to be put on the bones of some of the lesse ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-in-2018
This kind of book, where youngsters leave all that is familiar behind and gather companions who are willing to give their all for the hero along the way, is my favorite kind of book. At first Seer of Souls reminded me very much of the first book in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The epic journey that Cayden takes not only the physical trek from his small village to the capital, but also his inner journey as he learns who and what he is, was very well done. Where it diverges from Wheel of ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have never tried this author before, and to be honest, this book isn’t in my favorite genre. However, I like to branch out once in a while, and the premise did intrigue me. I am glad I did. This was more of a light high fantasy with younger main characters. The writing was great, and it didn’t take long to become invested in what was going on. The story was gradually told throughout the book, and it was a fun ride to the end. I think this would be a perfect book for teens to enjoy. Well-writte ...more
Patrick Hodges
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I love fantasy if it's well-written. The world-building has to be competent, the characters engaging and the plot well-realized and significantly short on holes. Susan Faw's Seer of Souls checked all three boxes.

Cayden Tiernan has lived in a small village with his twin sister Avery, far away from an evil Queen who is scouring the land for the one person with the power to depose her, the one person who can foil the plans of an even darker force that threatens to plunge their land into darkness.

John Hennessy
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
An entertaining ride from start to finish, Susan Faw's debut novel is fun with a serious story telling heart at its core.

I must apologise to the author and readers who follow my reviews as I have tried to publish this twice and failed - digital gremlins now dealt with, I can now do this review.

The story is not overly new in plot, and the characters never really grew on me until the book's excellent final third section. As many reviews have already covered the plot I will just summarise by saying
Jun 14, 2017 marked it as sample-says-no  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
DNF 8%

Take my review with a grain of salt: 1) I am on a kindle-clean-out binge 2) I haven't read too much of the book 3) YA fantasy is not my favorite genre.

- The writing itself is quite good although the dialogues are a little flat.
- Way, way, wayyyy too many POVs. After the short prologue, I already have gone through 5 POVs, each two or three pages long: Ziona, Cayden, Avery, Alcina, then back to Cayden.
- We have an evil queen, twins with magical powers and a prophesied destiny
Apr 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the world building and the characters in this book. I loved how the talents and powers of the twins was slowly revealed to the readers as well as to them. Some of the war stuff and slaughters were a bit graphic but I loved how it ended and can't wait to see what happens next. ...more
Natasha Clark-French
***** I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *****
True Star review: 3.5 although I rounded up to 4 instead of down to 3 because the ability of the story to develop throughout the book and the potential for the series to be amazing. I've already download the second book and I'm excited to read it.
When I first started reading this book I was unsure if I would finish it. It was difficult for me to get into because there was such a lack of description to help me vis
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can one die and be born twice?

This story is an epic journey of twins destined for more than their simple farm. Much like other fantasy epics, there is a battle of good and evil. Prophesies and hidden meanings. Of course, everyone is not whom he or she appears to be. Friendships are formed, Allies found, Enemies hover near and there is betrayal, love, hope and sacrifice.

Cayden & Avery born to simple farmers in a town called Sanctuary-by-the-Sea. Both appear to have special abilities. Cayden sees
Eric Lahti
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take your average fantasy story and you’ll see a handful of commonalities: evil king or queen, outsiders, some magic, maybe a dragon or two. Perhaps, if you’re lucky, you’ll find a damsel in need of saving and a plucky band of ne’er-do-wells out to save the day. Seer Of Souls has some of those things, which is to be expected of a fantasy novel. Other things, such as the dragons and damsels in distress, are lacking. Again, not a bad thing. There’s really only so much you can do with damsels in di ...more
Brenda Mohammed
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Faw leads us into a fantasy world in her book “Seer of Souls (The Spirit Shield Saga, Book One).”
Who was the Seer of Souls?
The truth of the birth of Cayden and Avery was kept a secret for seventeen years. A wizard who knew that secret was alive and imprisoned in the Queen’s castle.
The wicked queen wished to capture and execute them because of a well-known Primordial prophesy. Evil spirits hunted Cayden, but his magical powers helped him evade them. Ziona and Sharisha who were Primordial
Angela Lockwood
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re a fan of fantasy adventure stories set in a magical kingdom, then you’ll like this. I have to admit that I was bored to tears by the Hobbit as it had at times overlong descriptions of the things found in Middle Earth. Seer of souls thankfully doesn’t do this, the pace is fast and there is lots of action. I could have actually done with a bit more explanation as there remain many questions; like who exactly is the evil Queen Alcina, where did she come from, and what made her go to the d ...more
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This is a book worth reading. It had the common fantasy plot of good vs. evil with the element of magic and mystery woven in but there was a bit more to this book. It was deeper and richer. The characters were well drawn and easy to relate to and the dialogue was realistic. The story itself was engrossing. My only small complaint is with the beginning of the book. I felt there should have been more information in the prologue to give some depth t
G.K. DeRosa
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re a fan of fantasy series like the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, you’ll love Seer of Souls. It’s not my typical read, but I must say that I found it quite enjoyable. The author does a great job in creating the fantastical world of the Primordials and the Kingdom of Cathair. The main characters, Cayden and his twin sister Avery are immediately likable which easily draws you into the story. There are complex story lines, adventure and romance which would appeal to a wide audience. I defini ...more
Claire Luana
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seer of Souls is set in a fascinating fantasy world where the immortal Primitive race faces off against the realm of man, in the kingdom of Cathair. The story focuses on twins Cayden and Avery, who have a magical heritage that they have to uncover. They embark on adventures that will lead them to discover secrets hidden in their past, and the fact that they may be the only ones able to safeguard the future. The characters are well written, the world is believable and real, and the villains are c ...more
Kathi Brettell
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well structured story with complex plot lines and very likeable, convincing characters. It held my interest all the way through and I really enjoyed the read. Faw really lays the groundwork for this wonderful fantasy read and allows room for sequels to follow. I look forward to reading more from this author! Well done!
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a genre I usually read, but I loved this. I went away for a couple of nights and forgot to take my tablet and I missed the characters so much. They felt like family. Susan Faw is a certain story teller, with an ear for poetry too.
Judi Easley
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers who like mythology tossed in.
Recommended to Judi by: ...
Seer of Souls

The Spirit Shield Saga #1

by Susan Faw, October 2016

304 pages, ebook, hardcover, paperback

Fantasy, mythology


I purchased this at the current price and this is an honest review for which I am not being compensated in any way.

Cayden and Avery Tiernan are twins who are growing up with some magic powers in a land where the Queen’s Guard hunts down those with magic and destroys them. The Primordial are also hunting for these two particular young people, though, and have been for seven
Damian Southam
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death and nefarious manipulations, greed for power and rule, have followed the prequel into the new novel. The magic sucked up by the effects of the medicine wheel in Soul Survivor has combined with efforts making it illegal under the rule of a cruel queen (Alcina) to see it now largely absent. The wizard of the fell has been stored away in the belly of the dungeons without access to his power. But sometimes certain forces are not to be contained or curtailed. Cultural knowledge passed down by t ...more
P.A. Rudders
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always been a bit wary of epic fantasy sagas for fear they’d be too fantastical or far-fetched to enjoy. I was more than pleasantly surprised here though; whereas many such stories have too many different storylines that take too long to converge, Seer of Souls was remarkably easy to follow and understand from beginning to end with the different strands of the story being closely interlinked.

There is quite a dramatic start in the birth/death of two new-born twins, which tied in nicely with
Jacques Coulardeau
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: video gamers
Recommended to Jacques by: the author herself
This novel has a magical feel and taste that makes it appealing I guess to young people who still have some imagination and can still accept the world is not only what they have been told at school or on television. The world has secret passages, dungeons at times very deep under beautiful chateaux and mansions. Appearances may have to be kept but they are only appearances and nothing else, and Mrs. Bouquet is nothing but a Mrs. Bucket. Reality is always deeper. The author works on that depth in ...more
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A lover of unusual worlds, Susan is a masked crusader for the fantastical world. Championing mythical rights, she quells uprisings and battles infidels who would slay the lifeblood of her pen. It’s all in a night’s work, for this whirlwind writer. Welcome to the quest.

Dante Rossetti Grand Prize awarded for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2016, Chanticleer Reviews, for Seer of Souls.

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