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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Seer: The Other Side of Red is a work of urban fantasy fiction written by author A.R. Curtis. Focusing on the darker side of the modern fantasy genre, our story follows heroine Emily Hunts as she is chosen to develop her powers of sorcery. Although this is an exciting opportunity, the motives behind her tutor’s actions are truly sinister, for he is a deep, dark, powerful creature who has been beguiled by Emily and fallen in love with her. As her powers rise, he will be forced to unveil his many secrets and bring her deeper into his world of magic and the darkness of the night.
The Seer is a stylistically beautiful work, full of colors, images, sounds and textures that really bring the creepy and romantic elements of the tale to life. Plot-wise it reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera, with the young promising apprentice and the dark master guiding her as his obsession with her slowly grows. However, this is a plot which was handled tactfully and didn’t rush into the insta-love of so many dark romances these days. A.R. Curtis crafts a lush narrative that weaves in a strong and convincing lore of magical powers, as well as a mythology of darkness and ‘the other side’ that was very exciting to read about. As the first in a series, I think this book could be the start of an epic magical adventure into darkness, and I’d highly recommend The Seer to dark fantasy fans everywhere.