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Overview An act of compassion in her childhood forces Astril and several of her fellow Seerlings into slavery to the Harkans. Once she finds that her new owner is taking her to Augur, a priest in the service of the One True God, Astril seizes the opportunity to fulfill a promise to her beloved grandmother. Augur teaches her of true sacrifice and helps her to see clearly the horrors of her family line. Her new passion and belief push her further from her destiny to become the next High Priestess of the evil Great Goddess and into the saving arms of her new God. Meanwhile, Astril is haunted by her past and shocked to find out what her future as the Seed of Seerling will require. Toren is in constant rebellion to his grandfather, King Kortans plans for his future. After studying under Priest Augur for more than two harvests, the prince returns to Harkan ready to begin his service in the Kings army. The unexpected capture of a group of Seerling soldiers brings back the memory of a kindness shown him as a child. Staring into the large, gray eyes of the Seerling girl, Toren is overwhelmed with a desire to protect her. His desire to protect his new slave leads him on a journey of selfdiscovery and true love. Toren faces the hardest decision of his life when he finds that her past will conflict with the future he has planned.
Publishers Description An act of compassion in her childhood forces Astril and several of her fellow Seerlings into slavery to the Harkans. Once she finds that her new owner is taking her to Augur, a priest in the service of the One True God, Astril seizes the opportunity to fulfill a promise to her beloved grandmother. Augur teaches her of true sacrifice and helps her to see clearly the horrors of her family line. Her new passion and belief push her further from her destiny to become the next High Priestess of the evil Great Goddess and into the saving arms of her new God. Meanwhile, Astril is haunted by her past and shocked to find out what her future as the Seed of Seerling will require. Toren is in constant rebellion to his grandfather, King Kortan?'s plans for his future. After studying under Priest Augur for more than two harvests, the prince returns to Harkan ready to begin his service in the King?'s army. The unexpected capture of a group of Seerling soldiers brings back the memory of a kindness shown him as a child. Staring into the large, gray eyes of the Seerling girl, Toren is overwhelmed with a desire to protect her. His desire to protect his new slave leads him on a journey of self-discovery and true love. Toren faces the hardest decision of his life when he finds that her past will conflict with the future he has planned.
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Fantastic Christian Fantasy Jul 23, 2009
The Seed of Seerling by Amy Kennedy is a wonderful, and heart-wrenching fantasy novel. We are introduced to Astril, the first-born daughter of Isilian, a woman on the way to becoming High Priestess of Seerling. Isilian's birth mother, Sallian is what we'd consider a believer. She prays over the protection of her granddaughter, Astril, who becomes known as the Seed. Isilian is trainied under her aunt to serve the Great Goddess.
Next we're introduced to Toran, a prince of the Harkonians. They are sworn enemies of the Seerlings who are known for their witchcraft. Toran and Astril are thrown together one day by what seems like happenstance. Toran is a boy of 10 and Astril is 12. She takes care of Toran and he doesn't understand why she does since Seerlings are known to take no prisoners.
Toran has trained in the intervening years under the Priest Augur. Astril has continually refused the training to become the High Priestess, while her sister, Gallian lives for the day when their mother will recognize the deep desire she has to please her and become the High Priestess. Astril and Toran are thrown together again and their lives of adventure and pain are truly started.
I really liked this story. The pain caused by Isilian's lack of recognition of Gallian and her continuous praise of Astril should be a great warning to any parents who find themselves in the same position. We can do deep harm to our children by favoring one over another. Through Toran, we learn by his example of putting our wants above God's. Astril is a beautiful example of putting others ahead of ourselves and forgiving those who hurt you the most.
I think Seed of Seerling is a great book for teenagers. It will appeal to adults, as well, but I believe teens would really get sucked into the storyline. I will be looking for more books by Amy in the future.
Seed of Seerling by Amy Kennedy, a Review Feb 10, 2009
This book is a love story which will appeal especially to girls, I am thinking. The protagonist is Astril, a daughter of the High Priestess in a matriarchal society that is slave to a religion of human sacrifice. They are called the Seerlings. The neighboring enemy kingdom is a patriarchal society, some members of which follow the One True God. They are called the Harkonians.
As a child, Astril is by herself in the woods for a few days, as called for by her religion, when she finds a boy from the neighboring Harkonian kingdom who has fallen off his horse and is injured. She tends him and heals him. This is Toren, the heir to the Harkonian throne.
The two are thrown together later when Astril is captured and enslaved by the Harkonians. Toren recognizes her and protects her. Eventually he falls in love with her. He sends her for safekeeping to a priest of the One True God. While at his remove enclave, she becomes a believer.
However, Astril's priestess sister, Gallian, comes to return Astril to her mother. As a priestess, Gallian has some magical powers and manages to kidnap both Astril and Toren and bring them back to the grim land of the Seerlings, intending to sacrifice both of them. The story resolves with some intervention by the One True God. But the story is not completely told, and we are left waiting for the next book.
I enjoyed this page-turner. If you have a teenage daughter, this would be a great book for her to read, especially if she is a Twilight fan. You could discuss the similarities and differences. The similarities I see between Seed of Seerling and Twilight are that they are both fantasy love stories where the heroine keeps her purity before marriage. The differences involve the Christian foundation of the Seed of Seerling, resulting in self-controlled and self-effacing actions on the part of the heroine. In Twilight, the heroine is the opposite of self-controlled--she passively lets her feelings rule and decides to forget about what her head might be telling her.
This book does have a few rough edges in the editing, which won't be obvious to most readers. The publisher, VMI Publishers, is not a traditional publisher, although it is able to distribute the book pretty widely. However it does not appear that VMI was able to get a review for the book in Library Journal or Publishers Weekly, and so most libraries won't be taking this seriously. That's a shame, in my opinion. It's a great story with a solid foundation.
Fabulous Debut Novel Nov 5, 2008
First off, let me say that I do not typically read anything in the Christian fantasy genre. However, when I read what this book was about, I was intrigued, and I was not disappointed. Amy Kennedy's debut novel was simply fabulous!
Come to the land of the Seerlings and the Harkonians where you are taking your life into your own hands if you cross into the enemy's territory. The Seerlings have a deep heritage in an old magic that has taken hold of nearly everyone that lives in their land. Astril, a Seerling, has been borne into the bloodline of the High Priestess, and her mother greatly desires that Astril follow in her footsteps of evil. Astril's grandmother, on the other hand, desires that Astril follow the One True God.
In the Harkonian lands, Toren is the grandson of the current king. As a young boy, Astril saved his life, and he vowed that he would always protect her and not let any harm come to her. One day many years later, everything changes completely. The Seerlings and the Harkonians engage in a battle, and many of the Seerlings are taken as slaves, including Astril. Toren recognizes her, and remembers the vow he made. He begs his grandfather, the king, if he can have Astril as his own slave. The king agrees to this, and Toren takes Astril to live with the priests of the One True God. What Toren does not know is that evil is now lurking right under his nose.
As I said before, I don't typically read this genre, but I know it must be good when I managed to read it in 24 hours!! I would love to read a sequel to this book if there is one planned.
Good read! Oct 17, 2008
As an avid reader of all types of writing, I enjoyed this book immensely! Amy Kennedy has created characters who are believable in a fantasy setting, they have the same hopes, dreams and struggles we all have. Many of us question our decisions and beliefs at times in our lives and come up against situations that can seem too difficult to overcome - this book can give the hope that no matter what, if you are in line with what truly matters, you can trust the answers.
Wow! Sep 4, 2008
Wow! What else can I say? This is one of the very best books I've read - and I've read a LOT! I just got one for my mom, because I can't bear to part with my own copy! Amy does an awesome job of creating a fantasy location that isn't so far out that you can't relate - and the intertwined love story keeps you cheering for the main characters! I am a Harry Potter fan, I love the Twilight series, I devoured the Left Behind series - and I put this book right up there with all three of these! Seriously, if you like a good book - this should be top on your want list!