I know, you are wondering why I would review my own book.
No I am not that vain. I intend to let others do the work. In fact, they already have.
Seer of Souls recently won the Dante Rossetti Grand Prize for the best Young Adult Fiction of 2016 in the Chanticleer Reviews competition.
All those shiny ribbons and I won two of them! Â The second was for First in category for Young Adult Mythology.
I know I have already posted about this but I also wanted to highlight some other reviews that have come in recently regarding Seer of Souls. Everyone says you need to build social proof, so I figured that my own website was likely the best place to start!
Beyond the Chanticleer awards, almost sneaking in the back door of my email was this review from Book Pipeline. Book Pipeline is a movie and TV screenplay adaptation competition. While Seer did not win or even place, I think it was a very close thing. I received this feedback review from them.
You can judge for yourself:
” April 11, 2016
From: Book pipeline CompetitionDear Susan,
With regards to your submission forÂ the 2016 Book Pipeline Competition,Â below is the internal feedback fromÂ our judges, commenting primarily onÂ the entryâs film or TV potential.Â Although the notes are relatively brief,Â we trust this will help give you a bit ofÂ insight into our process.Seer of SoulsÂ This piece is incredibly well-written. The vivid exposition and intrigue, engaging plot design and heightened stakes all exposed in the opening chapter acted as clear evidence to the writer’s skillful abilities in the fantasy genre. This narrative felt as though it had the potential to reach the heights of an epic fantasy series like LORD OF THE RINGS while at the same time adding something new and fresh in the midst of familiar tones and fantasy elements. Immortals being born as human beings and a magic system that finds its roots in established fantasy works added with the maturity of a well-established voice all came together with the potential of creating an excellent fantasy-adventure. There is no doubt that the writing employs the use of large cinematic descriptions that would translate very well to screen and if this narrative’s execution proves as provoking as the writing style, it could very well attract producers and studios interested in finding the next epic fantasy film. The biggest hurdle for this piece, however, is the niche disposition fantasy-adventures are often associated with. And, unfortunately, a story that runs too niche is often a tough sell to producers and studios due to the limited audience the release is likely to procure.Â
Keep in mind that with so manyÂ entries, itâs difficult to respond to anyÂ specific questions on the feedback orÂ your material, but please let us knowÂ if you have any general inquiries thatÂ are not covered on the Book PipelineÂ site. Also note that if you submitted multiple entries, you will receive feedback on those in a separate email by April 15th.Thanks again for letting us reviewÂ your work.Sincerely,
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And then there are these Amazon Reviews that you might find interesting:
Cayden Tiernan has lived in a small village with his twin sister Avery, far away from an evil Queen who is scouring the land for the one person with the power to depose her, the one person who can foil the plans of an even darker force that threatens to plunge their land into darkness.
While magic and sorcery did have a part to play in the plot, I like that the story didn’t use it as a crutch. For all intents and purposes, Cayden was just … a guy. A guy doing what he must to survive against incredible odds, unaware that fate has a particularly interesting surprise for him.
I really truly enjoyed this book. I cannot wait for the next chapter in the story!
I liked this book quite a bit. Some of the things are a bit more convenient than I find believable, but only a bit. I especially enjoy the way she writes her characters interacting with one another – well done and interesting. I am not going to go into detail as to what the story is – there is a more than adequate description of the book.
If you or someone you like enjoys fantasy, this would be an excellent choice. More, if you like well written and enjoyable stories, set in a medieval type worlse, this is ideal. Something I especially like is that this book would be enjoyed by both males and females – a real plus. I know there is magic described in the book – so obviously fans of magic based worlds would be interested in this one.
Friendship, trust and betrayal all feature in extremely realistic ways along this wonderful journey that Susan Faw takes us on. The characters are well rounded — and that doesn’t just go for the big hitters; the minor, bit-part players also ring true.
The plot rattles along nicely, with a number of neat, well-timed revelations as we learn more and more about the twins — the two central characters.
All in all, a cracking read.