Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Rebirth of the Seer by Peter Dawes

*Spoiler Alert: If you have not yet read Eyes of the Seer, I would strongly suggest holding off on reading this review*
"Flynn’s quest for redemption continues in the second installment of The Vampire Flynn.

Condemned by the Supernatural Order and sentenced by their High Council to die, he and his watcher Monica must avoid capture while deciphering a riddle left by Lydia Davies. The mission takes them from Philadelphia to the Windy City of Chicago, with a master seer named Julian nipping at their heels. There, they are joined by wary allies and a cunning vampire who is bent upon exposing the full hypocrisy of the Order.

The hunter becomes the hunted. The villain transforms into a champion. But even as Peter begins to emerge from the crimson shroud of his alter ego as a newly-gifted seer, he finds himself placed on a game board he would have sooner avoided. A destiny trails him, but so does the realization that he has become a country without affiliation, about to be presented with an offer too enticing for him to simply refuse. And while the Order’s band of gifted humans might be misguided, are they beyond redemption themselves?

What remains to be seen is who might be right – the ones who remember the murderous assassin, or the few who believe in the heart of a hero nobody asked for.

Where would your wager lie?"
 As the second installment in Dawes' Vampire Flynn series, Rebirth of the Seer picks up where the first book (Eyes of the Seer) left off. When we last saw Flynn, he was preparing to face the High Council of the Supernatural Order with his watcher, Monica, in an attempt to plead his case to them as a vampire-seer with a mission from the Fates themselves. Considering a seer is a person who is gifted by the Fates with the skills necessary to hunt and kill vampires, the High Council is obviously wary of Flynn -- after all, he is the first and only being of his kind. So, it's of little surprise to Flynn when he is condemned to death by the Council, forcing him and Monica to flee. However, they're being hunted by a master seer that the Order has sent after them. Will Flynn and Monica be able to hold him off? Can they prove to the Council that Flynn is on their side? Rebirth of the Seer answers all of these questions and more from the point of view of the vampire-seer himself. It's a book that you will have to read to find out the answers to, but it's also one that you won't regret picking up, nor will you be able to put it down once you do.

I rate this book: 

I could not wait to get my hands on this book. It didn't take long for me to fall completely in love with Flynn in the first book and, considering the way things ended in the previous book, I was very eager to know what would happen next to Monica and Flynn. And I was not disappointed. I loved this book just as much, if not more than, its predecessor. I absolutely loved the dynamic between Flynn and Monica in this book, especially. The way they interacted with each other, challenged each other every step of the way, made for an incredibly engaging read and made me fall in love with these characters -- and this series -- all the more. I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a different kind of vampire story, one where the line between good and evil isn't as clearly defined as readers are used to. Rebirth of a Seer is a book that will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat from the very beginning, as well as long after you've finished it. Of course, as I stated about the first book, I do want to caution young readers from reading this book, as it does contain some rather adult themes that might not be entirely suitable for a younger audience. If you haven't checked out this series (and you're of age, of course), you should definitely pick it up. You won't be disappointed. And be sure to check out our review of Eyes of the Seer here, should you need further convincing. You can also check out the guest post by Peter Dawes here, to learn more about the character of Flynn. 

Peter Dawes is an author of urban fantasy, native to the Philadelphia, PA area. The stories he writes often focus on the paranormal, with real life people being thrown into extraordinary circumstances. The clash of good vs evil and hero vs villain is a staple of his work, though he is never content to leave the hero unscathed by the end of the day. There is always a trial experienced and a lesson learned, even if it's learned the hard way.

Far from being an archetypal author, though, Peter Dawes recognizes that what is black and white is often painted with shades of gray and even the heroes fall while the villains rise above. To him, the classic struggle epitomizes something within all of us that digs deep for the last mile, doggedly holds on to love, and sometimes ignores the safe path for the road less traveled.

He also may or may not be a vampire. He leaves that for the reader to determine.

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