“The Seer and the Scribe: Spear of Destiny” a Review by Loren Foster

The Seer and the Scribe: Spear of Destiny
By: G.M. Dyrek
Publisher Name: Luminis Books
Imprint: Myrick Marketing & Media, LLCeBook ISBN 9781935462408
ISBN 9781935462392
Publish Date
April 30, 2011 
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Fiction > Juvenile/YA Fiction > Children’s Fiction > Historical > Medieval > Mystery > Thriller > Religion > Monastic > Crusades
Paperback: 288 pages
Amazon.com priced at $12.71

In “The Seer and the Scribe: Spear of Destiny” author G.M. Dyrek puts quill to vellum and casts illumination onto a turbulent period of what was once considered the ‘Dark Ages.’ Set in and around the medieval German monastery of Disibodenberg, our cast of players must wend their way through tough and thorny predicaments: societal expectations and obligations of young adults, to marry or take up the cloth; self imposed religious proscriptions; monastic Benedictine Rules; Papal authority and the ramifications of the First Crusade, influx of wealth and holy relics; the rise of militant religious orders such as the Order of Saint John’s Knights Hospitaller; and the greed of political leaders. All wanting a share of the humble pie.

Into this mix is thrust a young orphan, Volmar, who by using his wits and observations rises from a lowly position of stable boy to becoming the Abbot’s scribe.
Volmar’s interactions with an equally young Hildegard of Bingen, who reluctantly claims to have both visions of futures yet to come, and an ability to communicate with those now past beyond the realm of the living, test both their spiritual and worldly vows as they struggle to survive.

Piercing monastic tranquility, as once it did the side of Jesus, the legendary Spear of Longinus skewers and wrecks its cursed relic way into the heart of the story. In its convoluted pursuit more than Cocks are fought, as violence and murder impinges and walls are found to have hidden doors hinges. In the shadows books long thought lost are found, as clues to the true identity of a more recent Judas is sought.

Out of the near silence of recorded history, Dyrek breathes life into a cold case murder mystery, that will keep modern C.S.I. fans on the edge of their test tubes. Offering copious footnotes, maps and illustrations, the breadth and depth of monastic life escalate it and its inhabitants far above its juvenile fiction marketing goal.

I look forward to reading more from our Gothic crime fighting Monastic Duo. Move over Gotham city, their are new bats in this belfry!

Loren Foster https://shadolrds.wordpress.com/
“From Whom Words Shadow Doles” /DOLE archaic: one’s allotted share, portion, or destiny

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