Sword Play (The Seer #4) by Linda Joy Singleton © 2006

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    Sword Play (The Seer #4)  by  Linda Joy Singleton  © 2006      Llewellyn Worldwide     ISBN 0-7387-0880-1        280 pages        Paperback        $5.99  (U.S.)  $7.95 (Canada)


    Sabine Rose is back (where she started).  Her mother insists that she return home and away from the new friends she has made while staying with her grandmother.  She has succeeded, mostly, in putting her past behind her – the prediction of a popular student’s death; the actual death; the strange looks from her classmates; the disgust of her mother for her psychic gifts – and replaced them with friends who accept her.  And now it is all coming to an end.  Her mother wants her back home (or is at least willing to tolerate her return), but the question of why remains unanswered.


    The most believable  part of Sabine’s life, besides an uncomfortable relationship with her mother; a confused  feeling about her romantic life; and an on-going attempt to fit in with her friends; is the fact that her psychic abilities don’t provide all the answers at once.  She has to work through hints, feelings, and impressions to find out who she is supposed to be helping and how she is supposed to provide that help.


    As is usual with this series, there is no real resolution by the end of the book.  In fact, if anything, there are more questions raised than answered.  Oh, sure, Sabine’s relationships with her twin 10-year-old sisters is strengthened after six months away; and she does manage to deliver the needed help to those who most needed (at a cost to her own safety in one instance); but then she finds herself in need of answers for herself and no easy solutions in sight.


    She feels a need to return to Nona’s (her grandmother) to help her while Dominic (her handyman/helper) is unable to be there and makes an attempt to put that into motion by asking her father to help approach her mother.  He agrees with her reasoning and promises to help as much as he can, while admitting that he and Sabine’s mother are having some problems of their own.  And finally, who is the red-headed teenage girl who calls Sabine’s father “Dad”?  Looks like we will have to wait for the next book for more of the answers (and probably more unanswered questions as well).


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