“A gripping, supernatural thriller for all ages!”
Just beyond the reality we see, mysteries stretch into infinity. Jake Carter was just an ordinary kid, but during his freshman year in high school he became truly extraordinary. It all begins when Jake’s only friend Johnny almost dies in a tragic accident. He was the sole survivor of an expedition during an annual class trip to the Santa Lucia Mountains. He was trapped underground for nine days after the cave they were exploring collapsed.
Weak and lifeless, he was found along the Pacific coast nearly fifteen miles away from the entrance. While underground Johnny experienced many strange things, and now Jake was seeing them too! It was during this time that they discover an ancient secret – reality is merely an illusion. A mystical universe swirls just out of sight, yet they never take notice. They’ve been forced by everyone around them to ignore one basic fact; their power is limitless.
This simple twist of fate and the several months that followed changed Jake’s life forever. With a small group of high school outcasts, they begin a strange journey. By giving up the reality they’ve always known, they grow stronger every day. Their destiny lies before them as they tumble helplessly into a world of power, energy, and terrifying beings. Once they accept the truth and reject the world they’ve always known, they finally begin to see.
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Travis Borne’s review:
An incredible roller coaster of fantasy adventure beyond our known reality, with plot hooks that had me locked in from start to finish, and a power of description that flabbergasted my imagination. Dream worlds glimmering with silvery dust, sprawling out farther than the Sahara, to infinity! And climbing cliffs that would make Mt. Everest look like an anthill. The unexpected at every turn. Wow!
I found this gem on while browsing Twitter for my next read, looking particularly for something that would pique my particular interest, and I wasn’t disappointed. I love “dreaming” sci-fi, speculative fiction and mind-boggling ideas that are well-articulated. And I discovered quickly the author possessed a wildly potent imagination in this regard, capable of thinking waaaaaay, waaaaaay outside the box, beyond the realm of all possibility while giving his characters depth and purpose—and superpowers! YES!
Such original and fascinating implementations of energies we all could possess, perhaps. Energy affected negatively by our ego, and the quotidian, humdrum human life we find ourselves a prisoner to. Real life—and then this, everything else. The true power (and I know there’s more to come in the series!). What a mind-blowing perspective of the universe, universes, and beyond. It’ll blow your mind! Creative thinking and clever inventiveness sent this story soaring to my favorites list. Note, however, this is a young-adult fantasy, and while I personally prefer hardcore, punch-to-the-gut sci-fi with plenty of cursing and all of that other adult good stuff, I found that Kevin Broas’ novel more than covers all bases to make up the difference, for me that is, and as far as my particular preference rolls.
The seers had me from start to finish. The writing style was fresh and catchy. Overall, I loved the plot, but what really grabbed me was the author’s ability to generate splendid, vivid and colorful worlds. Multiple unknowns (a plethora of curious plot hooks—that can be exploited later in the series! Woohoo!), trapped within the two-dimensional world of water’s surface, down the river and out to sea, then lost in the arctic, freezing with no way out, on an iceberg and frostbite is setting in, death creeping up, up, imminent…
And into dreamlands with strange Emma, who has a unique talent in comparison to the two other, so far, uncovered variations of these kids’ “special powers,” the almost magical talents this handful of high-school kids have discovered within themselves…
And into… Everywhere!
Overall, what a rush! Excellent story. Officially, I give The Seers: Secrets of the Phantom Beast, by Kevin Broas, 4.5 stars for masterful storytelling, incredibly worded worlds alongside ingenious powers of description. The author didn’t only put me right in there, but immersed me in a world of otherworldly colors and destinations, introduced me to conflicts and sinister beings I’ve yet to even fathom. I only deducted half star for the author’s use of commas, or lack thereof. I found myself distracted multiple times during this read, as I read a lot and notice everything. My mind fills in the blanks but my conscious does notice, unfortunately. I almost never point out grammar, and hate being pedantic in doing so with my book reviews, yet since the author had asked for advice at the end of the story, and upon seeing the solid potential of this author for future works, I decided I mustn’t only contribute praise, but add my two-cents worth of critique. I hope it’s helpful. Greatness can only get better! And I must say, I’m highly anticipating the next book and more fantastic works from author Kevin Broas. Well done! The Seers was fantastic!