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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The High Seer is a work of fiction in the dark fantasy, romance, and epic adventure subgenres, and is the opening novel of the Darkling Souls series. The work is suitable for older teen and adult reading audiences. Penned by Alex Bree, this enchanting story follows High Seer Aurienne, who finds herself plagued by visions of an impending apocalyptic war. When blacksmith Theo saves her life, Aurienne sees his destiny to unite the continent's warring nations against the invaders. As they navigate assassination attempts and betrayal, Aurienne and Theo must rally allies and confront the corrupting magic threatening their world. Theo, driven by his love for Aurienne, assembles an army of rebels but faces the dilemma of whether to unleash dark forces to combat the conquering emperor and his army. The story explores themes of sacrifice, love, and the blurred lines between heroism and villainy as the characters grapple with moral choices in a world teetering on the brink of destruction.
Author Alex Bree has crafted a stylish and atmospheric work that successfully brings together elements of fantasy and prophecy, creating a richly imagined setting filled with complex characters and moral dilemmas. The dynamic between Aurienne and Theo drives the narrative forward, their relationship evolving against the backdrop of impending doom with some stellar dialogue choices and attitudes that are authentically developed by their surroundings and different life experiences. The exploration of magic, power, and the consequences of wielding both challenges readers to question the nature of heroism, which turns the fantasy genre on its head to deliver something thought-provoking and original. I also absolutely fell in love with the settings and the vivid descriptive skill that Bree brings to the tale, offering a captivating experience and immersing me in a world where monsters are both saviors and threats. Overall, The High Seer is a compelling tale of adventure, love, and the enduring struggle between light and darkness, and I cannot wait to see where the rest of the series takes us.