The Eyes that See - A Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles

Rated 4.43/5 based on 42 reviews
Adam Smith, member of The Eyes that See, a centuries old secret society dedicated to documenting the supernatural in all its forms, has just stumbled across something monumental. He has found proof of balancers.
Fredrick Bradfield, head of the South African division of The Eyes, wants nothing more than to present this find to the elders. Unfortunately, doing so could mean the end of the order.... More
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About Chris Adonn

I want to write. I want to lose myself in compelling narratives and adventures as they unfold in my mind and spill onto pages which will invariably result in a book by the time I am done.
Writing started for me as a way to pass the time whenever I ran out of reading material or wanted to get rid of excess creative energy (I was an artist specializing in the painting medium (still am).
Before I knew it, I was in love with the new freedom I could find only by putting pen to paper (or rather, fingers to a key-board). I wanted to delineate the characters I had dreamed into existence on a two dimensional surface with 3D fluidity.
I have no idea if I have succeeded in this initial feat, but now I mainly long to see where they will take me to next.
Of course I want much more than that as writing the story is only the first step for me. I want to present my books to the world in a fashion that captures the market for which they were intended. I want intrepid readers to meet the characters I have fallen in love with and perhaps, fall in love with them too.

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Review by: rhonda laney on March 26, 2012 :
The Eye that See is a prelude to the Balancer Chronicles. I now want to go and read it. The eyes that see was good and wants you to find out more about their world.
Its a really fast read. Still the characters are ones you want to find out more about them.
Adam is young man that broke some rules and caught something on tape that he should not have. Adam is excited because he knows his mentor really wanted to find out about them.
Fredrick has wanted to know proof of Balancers exist for years, but he is concened that Adam broke the rules and put him in danger. Jonathan Darcy is Fredrick boss and he is mad that the tape exists. He has always lied about them to Fredrick. Now they are all at risk.
Wolfgang Eriksson is a Balancer who protects humans from the natural world and know one is supposed to know a bout them. He has the choice to take their memories or kill them.
I am excited to go read more about Balancers in the next book of the series.
I was given this book from Librarything in exchange of honest reviews.
March 28, 2011 PUB
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)

Review by: lesleymc on Jan. 25, 2012 :
A prelude to the Balancer novel I read last year . The Eyes That See is a short, simpler introduction to Balancers. An enjoyable read which wets the appetite for the books to follow. One to watch.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth Miller on Nov. 06, 2011 :
Good story and nice accompaning peice to Legacy. It's a nice writing style and made for a nice way to spend about an hour or so in the sun.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Oct. 29, 2011 :
A short prequel to a series that the author, Chris Adonn, is writing about Balancers. This is a good read if the series interests you to give you an idea of what they are about and what the reader can expect with the stories. An author I will be putting on my watch list
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Trudy Steele on Aug. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
The Eyes that see is a short story that introduces you to a secret society that tracks supernatural beings. It was a quick read, but smacked a little of Anne Rices novels that have a similar society. If you enjoy books about vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings; then this is a enjoyable quick read to get you ready for his full length novel.
(reviewed 88 days after purchase)

Review by: Khrystine Kelsey on Aug. 09, 2011 :
First of all, let me say this book is very short, and may perhaps be meant as a teaser, which may negate what I am about to say. BUT...I thought it could have been so much better. Adonn's idea isn't all that unique, but could be very fun in a sort of high brow vampire-slayer sort of way. However, he just didn't make me feel it. The characters were undeveloped (see disclaimer) and one character (who Adonn admits is his favorite) is unlikeable. I believe he is supposed to be cocky and charming (just my type) but he doesn't quite let us see the charm. Instead, we simply are to assume he's likeable because Adonn keeps telling us so. I find myself curious to see if the next book might be better, but I won't go out of my way to read it.
(reviewed 71 days after purchase)

Review by: Francine Richert on Aug. 01, 2011 : (no rating)
The Eyes that See written by Chris Adonn is a prequel to the Balancer Chronicles. It provides some back story to the Chronicles. I absolutely loved this book. It had the traditional fantasy creatures but also a nice twist of originality, a new breed of supernatural. Never having read or heard of the Balancer Chronicles I look forward to reading them now that I have read the prequel. If you are a fan of fantasy then you will love this book.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)

Review by: librarypatron on July 30, 2011 :
I really liked the idea of Balancers and I am looking forward to see where Chris will go from here.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)

Review by: Madame Diotte on July 15, 2011 :
Truly an interesting and fast-paced urban fantasy novella! Despite the few typos, I quite enjoyed reading this and am looking forward to finding out more about the Balancers!
(reviewed 56 days after purchase)

Review by: Tweezle on July 01, 2011 :
This Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles was interesting, however, it didn't appeal to me the way the "Legacy" did. I enjoyed another story with one of my favorite characters from "Legacy" and found the story interesting and a quick read, but it didn't have the depth that I had enjoyed in the first volume. Don't let this stop you though, as it was still an interesting read. Balancers and Vampires - how can one go wrong?
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Maria on June 22, 2011 :
The Eyes That See is a prequel to Legacy - The Balancer Chronicles. It's a short story that introduces the readers to the idea of Balancers, nearly immortal beings who keep the balance between supernatural beings and humans in the world. It does a good job of explaining how the world works and introducing characters. There isn't really much action in the story, but it's helpful for reading before Legacy, which I will be reviewing next!
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

Review by: Debra on June 14, 2011 :
Okay, I'm hooked. My biggest complaints are:

a) It's too short (yes, I know it is supposed to be a short prequel to the Balancer series but I'm into instant gratification)
b) I'd like to be a member of the Eyes That See but that probably isn't possible!

Chris Adonn has created some very interesting characters, all of whom I'd love to get to know better. The Eyes That See is quirky at times, humorous, and definitely makes you think about the nature of friendship. If the entire series is as good as the prequel, readers are in for a page-turning time indeed.

I'm adding Chris Adonn to my list of new authors to keep track of.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Cheryl Wilson on June 11, 2011 :
The Eyes That See by Chris Adonn is a prequel to the Balancer Chronicles. If those who are unfamiliar with the Chronicles, they are an urban fantasy series - with a unique twist. The world imagined by Chris Adonn contains vampires, and hags, and supernatural creatures of all sorts; but also an immortal race which exists alongside humans, and this race is the Balancers. The Balancers have been created to keep the supernatural elements in the world in check, and they live their long lives battling supernatural creatures, or humans who are trying to expose supernatural creatures to the rest of the world. The Balancers live a human life, generally without realizing that they are any different from anyone else, but when they die they are reborn as Balancers and are then immortal. The author has done a beautiful job of world-building, and it is easy to visualize the world and accept it as reality.

The Eyes That See, a prequel to the series, revolves around a secret society (called "The Eyes That See"), which believes in supernatural beings. One of their members, Frederick, also believes that there is another type of being, a Balancer, which exists to keep the supernatural species in check. His belief is vindicated when his protege, Adam, manages to obtain evidence of their existence. But Frederick's superiors are strangely unhappy about the news...and Adam & Frederick are now in danger.

This is a short prequel, really just providing some back story to the Chronicles. The world-building is good, and the series shows great promise.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on June 10, 2011 :
A short introduction to the first full novel of the The Balancer Chronicles. Two members of a secret society that keeps tabs on "mythical" beings confirms that balancers, beings who keep the other mythical creatures in check, do in fact exist. This knowledge, however, could potentially put their lives in danger. This definitely has me interested in the first full novel.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Linda Flickinger on June 06, 2011 :
This was an enjoyable prequel to The Balancer series. I like the concept of those called Balancers and am interested to see how they interface with other supernatural beings. It wasn't really long enough for me to gain any affinity (or lack thereof) for the main characters. In fact, the main character, who is supposed to be the most well-liked central player, was a annoying to me! To me he came off as arrogant and just not that likable yet. However, I'm expecting I'll get to like him as I get to know him better.
I have to agree with the previous reviewer, though. I kept hearing the characters voices as being educated, sophisticated men, especially because of their "advanced" age. The dialog would fit with this, and then all of a sudden the word "gonna", rather than "going to" would be thrown in, for example. This is my prejudice (partially because I'm a former English teacher) and hopefully, it won't ruin my enjoyment of the first installment of the series.
All in all, this was a worthwhile introduction to what I hope will be an interesting series
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: glraines on June 03, 2011 :
(Received via Member Giveaways at LibraryThing.)

The Eyes that See is a nice little prequel to Legacy. I enjoyed the premise and the characters enough to make me want to read more.

Having said that, I have a couple of quibbles with the story.

One is entirely personal, the informal writing tone was a bit wearying for me.

Another is that, throughout the read (and Legacy as well), I found one thing to be irritatingly distracting: malapropisms and a few misplaced commas and quotation marks. For me, it is a combination of noticing these types of things anyway and working as a proofreader.

The ones I noticed in the Prelude are {what was in book vs. what was more appropriate): thought vs. taught (dedication), counsel vs. council (p 11), ring vs. wring (p 19), all ready vs. already (p 33), and invincible vs. invisible (p 34).

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(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: appliquetion on May 31, 2011 :
Who or what is there to keep all the paranormal nasties (Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosties, Sirens, etc) in the world at check? What stops them from going on a rampage, making front page headlines and causing mass panic throughout human society? In Chris Adonn's story, The Eyes that See, it is a highly evolved and secretive race called the Balancers. A race so secretive that to learn of them means death.

The Eyes that See, released in March 2011, is a prelude to Chris Adonn's Balancer Series. Where the supernatural world is watched over by The Eyes that See, an ancient secret society in existence since the 5th century BC; it is their job to watch and document all supernatural beings. Adam Smith a fledgling research member of The Eyes that See, has discovered indisputable proof of a new undocumented supernatural race. Fredrick Bradfield, head of the South African Division and Adam's benefactor has been searching for proof all his life that Balancers actually exists, a supernatural race that keeps the worse of the supernatural creatures from exposing paranormal beings to humankind. Together, Adam and Fredrick enter a world where such knowledge is taboo; dark secrets are exposed threatening the ancient organization with ruin and meet the secret that is required to silence them.

Being that the story was a prelude to a larger work of fiction, the book was a fast read; the story line was well written and guided you through the character interaction at a good clip, keeping you involved in the plot of the tale. The lack of descriptive narrative on each of the characters physical forms left the characters half formed, leaving it up to the reader to decide how they looked; there was also a large lack of description of scenery and setting which detracted from the short tale giving it a feel of being unfinished and rushed. Though the character's personalities did come through the way they spoke making it easy to see their quirkiness.

The premise of an "immortal policing race" was intriguing enough to keep me reading to the end to see how it all sorted out. I found the ending a bit disappointing considering the ominous over tone of taboo and threat of death weaved through the story; how no one was allowed to be aware of the existence of the Balancers. The manner in which the conflict was resolved at the end was quaint and extremely anti-climatic. But considering that this was a prelude to a greater work and the storyline interests me I will crack the cover of Legacy - Book One of the Balancer Chronicles, in hopes that Chris Adonn has put a bit more time in character development and Scenery description.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on May 30, 2011 :
As a preview to the Balancer Chronicles, this definitely left me wanting more. I am hooked by the plot line of the balancers being around to keep the mythical creatures in check. I will definitely be checking out the first novel.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Martens Girl on May 30, 2011 :
A short book that introduces the idea of 'balancers'- creatures that exist to prevent the discovery of mythological beings such as sirens and vampires. The book is a perfect prequel; it whets the appetite and makes me believe that the Balancer Chronicles will be a pretty good read. However, in such a short text is was difficult to gain much insight and depth of the characters. I assume this is to be addressed in the full length novel, as Chris Adonn can clearly write well and has a good eye for a tale
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Bert den Teuling on May 03, 2011 :
This book is a wonderful tale of conspiracy and supernatural. It had me my imagination racing with a dark new world. Chris Adon is highly talented. I can hardly wait to see what happens next, though if its anything like this book I certainly am in for a treat!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Linnea Hall on April 07, 2011 :
This was a really great introduction to what has the potential to be a fantastic book. I was intrigued by the interplay between the characters and the races. There was great character development and it really made me want to know where things are headed. I'm anxious to see what happens next....
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Review by: lorna gibson on April 07, 2011 :
i agree with kerry, finish the book the suspense is killing me too
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Review by: Kerry Vorster on April 07, 2011 :
(blee blee I am a serial reviewer). Seriously is there a limit on how many times we can rate the story? hehehe.... Well.... what are you waiting for Chris?..don't just sit there reading all these reviews, get cracking and finish the stories the suspense is killing me :-)
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Review by: Kerry Vorster on April 07, 2011 :
Chris ..... you did it chick! Seriously can't wait for the rest of the story. Well Done!
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Review by: Wendy West on April 06, 2011 :
Great book. Enjoyed the characters. so looking forward to the next book!
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Review by: Caz Van on April 06, 2011 :
Fantastic and easy to read! definitely going to be a must follow series
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Review by: Ismini Karassavna on April 06, 2011 :
Amazing read! Chris Adonn has pushed against the boundaries of the classical supernatural story. I'd really love to see what's coming next!
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Review by: Samantha Mitchell on April 05, 2011 :
Such an exciting read! My curiosity levels are at an all time high. Looking forward to the late night reads when the rest of this gripping story is revealed! Absolutely Fabulous!
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Review by: Kate C on April 05, 2011 : (no rating)
well done well done!absolutely loved what i have read so far...cant wait to finish:)divine talent...
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Review by: Geo Theo on April 05, 2011 :
A stay-up-all-night read, scintillates from the start. I'm looking forward to reading the book!
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Review by: Lil on April 05, 2011 :
Captivating! Definitely want to read more.
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Review by: Bryan Esterhuizen on April 05, 2011 :
An interesting and original take on the supernatural world and a refreshing break from the irritating emo vampires that have unfortunately come to dominate the genre of contemporary supernatural fiction. Definitely looking forward to reading more by Adonn.
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Review by: Mary Arvanitaki on April 04, 2011 :
Its fantastic!!! Cannot wait for the main course.. Looking forward to see what is next!!!wow again.
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Review by: David101 on March 31, 2011 :
what a Creative and Innovative mind! I'm really interested to see where your going to take this story... don't leave us hanging too long!
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Review by: CrazyDaisy on March 31, 2011 :
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Review by: Rach L on March 31, 2011 :
Now this is what I like to read.... Absolutely a terrific read. Story excellently written. WONDERFUL!!!!
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Review by: Sabrina Davis on March 30, 2011 :
Oh my gosh!!! what a great read!
I had no idea when I began to read this book that it would be so captivating. I love Wolf.
Thanks Chris Adonn, you had me hooked with the humor and well written story! I hope you publish the next book really soon. I can't wait to see where you take me to next!
Seriously guys, read this book! it's a quick and wickedly entertaining read!
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Review by: Cindy Esterhuizen on March 29, 2011 :
Wow wow wow!! Excellent read. Nice tasty starter leaving the reader wanting more. Cant wait for the main course!!! So refreshing to have a different type of supernatural book which is not just focused on vampires.
Very well written, and the witty sense of humour is BRILLIANT!!
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Review by: Kent on March 29, 2011 :
I will Defiantly be looking out for more work from this author!
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Review by: sircubby on March 29, 2011 :
Interesting stuff. Looking forward to reading more
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Review by: melloyello on March 29, 2011 :
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Review by: Angelina Antonopoulou on March 29, 2011 :
Totally absorbing story!
This prelude is really intriguing, I definitely wanna read more.
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Review by: Nadine Bradley on March 29, 2011 :
Davinci Code meets Twilight, An excellent prelude to what could become an epic series. Can't wait to read more about the enigmatic Mr Wolf.
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Review by: Sue van Heerden on March 28, 2011 :
I am an avid reader and find this book to be extremely interesting. Most definately a "Don't put down until finished" book. Eloquently written, a gripping story. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: lorna gibson on March 28, 2011 :
Unbelievable what a great read! cant wait to see more work by Chris Adon! i love the story never heard anything like it before and so brilliantly written. A definite must read!
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