HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Curse of the Seer
Author: Daniel Schwabauer
Publisher: Living Ink Books, 2015
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8 – 13
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Schwabauer, Daniel. The Curse of the Seer (published in 2015 by Living Ink Books, an imprint of AMG Publishers Inc., 6815 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421). Eli, son of LiDel, lives in the once free and prosperous city of Tira-Nor, now ruled by the evil King Ahaz and Queen IsaBel. Eli is afraid of the dark; However, it’s not because he can’t see in the dark but because he can. The King and Queen want LiDel’s property, so they have their kingsguard soldiers murder him while Eli is tortured and also condemned to death. However, he escapes his executioners with the help of Tira-Nor’s old seer, AlBaer, whom many believe to be a luntic. Becoming AlBaer’s apprentice seer, he learns that his mother, who had been sold into slavery in Cadrid years before, may still be alive, so he is sent there but himself is taken as a slave. Then Cadrid declares war on Tira-Nor and AlBaer disappears. What will happen to Eli? Is there anything that he can do? And how will he cope with the seer’s curse?
The Curse of the Seer is Book 3 in the “Legends of Tira-Nor” Series. The first two books, Runt the Brave and Runt the Hunted, are drawn from the Biblical account of David. Book 3 takes place at a later time and is based on Bible events related to Elijah, Elisha, Ahab, Jezebel, and Naboth. Author Daniel Schwabauer is the creator of the One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum and editor of Crosswind Comics. The euphemistic term “drat” is used once, but no outright cursing or profanity occur, and there are no other objectionable elements. The plot is well-placed to hold the reader’s attention, a strong sense of good versus evil undergirds the action, and important character lessons, both positive and negative, are illustrated by the various individuals. Those who like Biblical allegory-fantasy will especially enjoy this book.