The Seer and The Scribe

The Seer and The Scribe

Spear of Destiny

G.M. Dyrek

A Medieval Murder Mystery Silver Medalist 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards


Nine hundred years ago in medieval Germany, Hildegard of Bingen was born with a gift—the remarkable ability to see beyond this earthly realm. But a gift can also be a great burden, especially when Hildegard’s vision helps her witness the vicious murder of a monk on the hallowed grounds of the monastery at Disibodenberg.

When the peace of the monastery is shattered by a second gruesome murder, Hildegard seeks the help of Volmar, her trusted scribe. Volmar discovers a treacherous plot to seize the Spear of Destiny—a holy relic rumored to bear a curse that haunts anyone who tries to wield its power for their own purposes.

Within hours of the murders, Volmar and Hildegard are cast into a web of violence and intrigue spawned by the greed of power-hungry nobelmen, deceitful clerics, and the ambitions of a secret society sworn to protect the warriors of the Crusades

Book One of The Seer and the Scribe series begins where recorded history is silent, introducing you to the extraordinary lives of young Hildegard and Volmar, as they challenge the darkness of this fearful time

Move over Brother Cadfael--there's a new sleuth in town, younger and just as smart. Throw in a medieval mystic who sees visions and talks to dead people, a couple of murders, a villain worthy of Darth Vader, lots of well-placed sensory detail and interesting secondary characters and The Seer and the Scribe: Spear of Destiny is a perfect book to launch a series. This is an historical tale skillfully delivered, evoking rather that lecturing about the fascinating history it explores and leaving the reader wanting more

.--Brenda Rickman Vantrease, New York Times bestselling author of "The Illuminator" and "The Heretic's Wife."

The author strews her tale with generous measures of intrigue, sudden violence, poison, evidence to decipher, secrets waiting to be revealed, specters either holy (in Hildegard's case) or otherwise and figures and incidents drawn from history . . . A sturdy kickoff with a distinctly different duo of detectives.

--Kirkus Reviews

"Dyrek draws readers into the world of medieval monastic life with a keen knowledge of the era and an eye for compelling characters. Opening the book will feel like stepping back into a long ago world of mystery, murder, and faith.”"

~A. LaFaye, award-winning author of Worth.

Grace McIntosh Dyrek was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and has lived in over 30 addresses. Her father was a preacher then an Air Force chaplain. Along with her four brothers and mother, who was a missionary's daughter from Southern Rhodesia, she spent most of her growing up years traveling, adjusting to new schools, different cultures, and the usual chaos at home, while dreaming of living in a castle or aboard the Starship Enterprise.

She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and two masters degrees, one in psychology and one in library media education. She's had many jobs, declaring a new career with each move, ranging from an emergency room counselor to a graphic illustrator for the C.I.A.. She is now the librarian at a middle school for 1200 students.

Her only son was born in Asia. He spent his youth in Central America and came of age in Europe and is now attending college. She has a fat grey kitty named Hildegard, and lives contentedly with her husband on three wooded acres in Tennessee, in a home fondly christened, Traveller's Rest.
Quite frankly her characters write the stories. She only hopes they will continue to let her eavesdrop in on their conversations and intriguing lives.

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CategoryChildrens - Teens
Publication Date2011-05-01
Publication StatusIn Print
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8
Page Count288

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