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The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared’s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court’s mas The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared’s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court’s master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K’aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.


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The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared’s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court’s mas The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared’s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court’s master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K’aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.

30 review for The Summoner

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael Reitema

    I can't tell what was greater: how insulted or how disgusted I was by this book. Not by the content (saccharin prince with evil brother forced from his birthright... um, something about ghosts). No, the writing is, to be blunt, shit. I have rules that I live by, that define what I believe is a good book. Want to know what they are? The opposite of everything that this book is. Anyone here want to read about 12th century characters with 20th century values stapled to their paper-thing character dev I can't tell what was greater: how insulted or how disgusted I was by this book. Not by the content (saccharin prince with evil brother forced from his birthright... um, something about ghosts). No, the writing is, to be blunt, shit. I have rules that I live by, that define what I believe is a good book. Want to know what they are? The opposite of everything that this book is. Anyone here want to read about 12th century characters with 20th century values stapled to their paper-thing character development? How about needless expositions placed within dialogue to make the dialogue make sense? I certainly don't. I didn't make 50 pages in this book. I ride the T a scant 15 minutes in my daily commute, but even that was too long of a time to be cooped up with this book. Thank god a good chunk of the trip is above ground, or I'd have had nothing to look at. In less than 50 pages, I put the book down and never looked back. Waste of 8 bucks, I don't mind telling you. Alternative (and opposite): Tigana by Guy Gabriel Kay (I might be misspelling the name of the author). This is a book I cannot put down. EDIT: I was wrong about Tigana. Rating for The Summoner: 1 out of 6 Only people who don't care at all about how a story is told will enjoy this novel. Stay away.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cymas

    I'm usually not very critical of books outside of whether I liked them or not, but The Summoner is an exception to this rule. The cover is excellent, the summary intriguing. One does not see necromancers as the good guys very often, or at all, really. With even the protagonist using what's generally considered dark/evil magic, I expected a dark, gritty fantasy. What I read was not. In fact, it reads very much like YA. I don't know if the book was miss-marketed or what, but this is definitely not I'm usually not very critical of books outside of whether I liked them or not, but The Summoner is an exception to this rule. The cover is excellent, the summary intriguing. One does not see necromancers as the good guys very often, or at all, really. With even the protagonist using what's generally considered dark/evil magic, I expected a dark, gritty fantasy. What I read was not. In fact, it reads very much like YA. I don't know if the book was miss-marketed or what, but this is definitely not the dark fantasy hinted at on the cover. The main character is twenty going on twelve, complete with such overwhelming concerns such as whether his friends will still like him when they find out he talks to ghosts. Yeah. Said friends are little better, even the soldiers and mercenary. It would be slightly more tolerable if the story was plot-driven and didn't take almost half the book to actually start. If you can put up with the 100+ pages of them wandering around angsting and reinforcing what a bad man the antagonist is, you'll find the story, once it gets going, turns out to be all right if you like basic chosen one/quest-type stories. If you don't usually read a lot of fantasy and like books such as Eragon, you'll probably find The Summoner to be a lot more enjoyable than I did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catrine

    Oh dear. What can I really say about this book? Honestly I want to rip it apart. There's cliché after cliché after cliché after cliché, nothing is at all surprising, even for me who skimmed a lot of the book, the characters are stereotyped cardboard cut-outs, the action is predictable and feels like a video game, the prose is lacking, there is a great deal of space dedicated to events that drag out for too long and are not in any way important to plot or character building, the dialogue is chopp Oh dear. What can I really say about this book? Honestly I want to rip it apart. There's cliché after cliché after cliché after cliché, nothing is at all surprising, even for me who skimmed a lot of the book, the characters are stereotyped cardboard cut-outs, the action is predictable and feels like a video game, the prose is lacking, there is a great deal of space dedicated to events that drag out for too long and are not in any way important to plot or character building, the dialogue is choppy and feels forced, characters disappear (probably killed, but who knows?) and nobody ever mentions them or misses them later on, and you could use this book as an overview over clichés to avoid. There's the magic sword, the inherited sword that "will keep you safe" (hint: your grandfather's sword is more likely to break than protect you), there are names with random apostrophes and made-up phrases that defies any property of language (my personal pet peeve), there's the main character who is brilliant at something without knowing it, there are the two characters who bicker and argue about EVERYTHING, which means that they are of course in love, there's the main character who, despite having avoided weapons practice most of his life, suddenly is just as good as anyone else, there's the fact that nobody is ugly, you have the "oooh, I'm trying to avenge my family and it just happens to coincide with this Noble Quest." And yes. Nearly all the characters are on some quest or another, from the Goddess of course. And then you have nearly everyone they meet who are not soldiers or slavers, who despite the immense reward on their heads decide that they of course will risk their lives for some random stranger who is just passing by. And did I mention that apparently you have to shoe your horses every morning, and you can do this in the middle of a forest with no smithy nearby? In short, it looked like a book I would love and ended up as the exact type of fantasy book I am trying my best to avoid. If it was written many years ago I would have been able to ignore it, but it's from 2007. With the plethora of fantasy books available now (and the ability of so many authors to create something fresh and new) it's really not an excuse. I feel like I have read this story countless times before... That said, the book would have had potential if it had been properly edited, for example. I am genuinely relieved to be finished. That said, the book would probably be enjoyable for those who haven't read too much fantasy before, who won't already be tired by that kind of plot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather Elroy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Boring. I hate to hate on a female author for her style of writing but Goddammit if it isn't froo-froo. It reminds me terribly of bad Yahoo Chat Roleplay. Its the tone, man. The Tone. I can't freaking stand it. Everyone chuckles. The Point of View is 3rd person Omnicient. I like that because we get not only what Martris thinks but it means that we also get to spy in on Kiara and Jared and get what they are thinking as well. But at the same time I don't like it because its written like a movie. So Boring. I hate to hate on a female author for her style of writing but Goddammit if it isn't froo-froo. It reminds me terribly of bad Yahoo Chat Roleplay. Its the tone, man. The Tone. I can't freaking stand it. Everyone chuckles. The Point of View is 3rd person Omnicient. I like that because we get not only what Martris thinks but it means that we also get to spy in on Kiara and Jared and get what they are thinking as well. But at the same time I don't like it because its written like a movie. So it pops from whatever is happening wherever that is important to the story. So we spied in on Arontala and Jared and Arontala gave away that he slipped a secret spell on the border of that Northern Kingdom so that whenever Prince Martris crosses the border, a bunch of creatures from farther up north will start attacking and likely kill the Prince. And all the while the rest of the book is going on to tell us about what Martris is doing with the Caravan in the meantime. So I feel a little cheated in knowing already that there was a spell to ambush him when he gets across the border. I also feel a little cheated that I already know that Vahanian seems especially besotted with Carina even though he refuses to say so in as many words... instead of having it mysteriously sprung on me later. And I feel a little cheated in knowing that Kiara is going to shack up with Tris [short for Martris] even though I haven't read that far. She'll probably do it when she goes on her "Journey." Not-so-Mysteriously meeting him while following the will of the Goddess! *rolls eyes* In someone else's review of the book they said that they were impressed with Gail Z. Martin's ability to tell the story in two thick books. [And really they're only thick because the text is so big, which is annoying. I read three paragraphs and already I have to turn the page after not so much has been said. o_O] They were impressed with how she created a story of a Necromancer that wasn't so much gore and guts and evil and bad shit but was instead turning it into a good thing... a Necromancer that HELPS people. Are you all about to throw up yet? Because I am. I bought the book because it was Chronicles of the Necromancer, not Chronicles of the Romantic Ghost-Helper.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    First of all this book should be burned, I am a book lover, so I do not say that lightly. The writing is bland, no emmotional high lights or sweeping prose, a 13 year could have written this book. The plot which revolves around a young prince who is exiled cause his big brother killed the king, and them he has to start a rebelion, all the while tying to control his powers of the dead. You can see the plot coming from miles away, the story scream GENERIC, and there is no big battle of even decent c First of all this book should be burned, I am a book lover, so I do not say that lightly. The writing is bland, no emmotional high lights or sweeping prose, a 13 year could have written this book. The plot which revolves around a young prince who is exiled cause his big brother killed the king, and them he has to start a rebelion, all the while tying to control his powers of the dead. You can see the plot coming from miles away, the story scream GENERIC, and there is no big battle of even decent climax. No, now that I think about it there is not climax, which is NOT GOOD. You can not root for the characters because the bad guys are so cartoonishly evil, its hurts to read. Also there is no emmotion you can connect with, youre not IN the story, rather your watching a bad movie about the story. The pacing is one of the few thing that meets par, at least that is acceptable, the plot moves foword at a nice rate. Also the religion with diffrent aspects of the goddess, IS NOT ORIGINAL, This book is a waste of 6 dollars, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK, IT WILL BE A MISTAKE DO NOT BUY THE BOOK

  6. 4 out of 5

    CiCi

    I literally signed up for Good Reads because I was so outraged by this book. By doing so, maybe there's the chance of (hopefully) saving anyone else the pain of picking this book up and getting even ten pages in. If giving this a zero star rating was an option, I'd do it. I couldn't finish it. I just couldn't finish it. There are so few times when I cannot finish a book and this is one of them. Nothing is decent about it except the pacing. All of the characters are cliché, ripped off from every b I literally signed up for Good Reads because I was so outraged by this book. By doing so, maybe there's the chance of (hopefully) saving anyone else the pain of picking this book up and getting even ten pages in. If giving this a zero star rating was an option, I'd do it. I couldn't finish it. I just couldn't finish it. There are so few times when I cannot finish a book and this is one of them. Nothing is decent about it except the pacing. All of the characters are cliché, ripped off from every bad fantasy movie and terrible role play in existence. She pays attention to all of the wrong aspects, her world building is poor, her villains are brainlessly evil for literally no reason. None of her characters can be sympathized with because they simply don't have any depth. I just... wow. I hate it. I can't believe I bought it. Can't believe it was allowed to be published. I can't believe that it exists. That's all. Please, spare yourself the trouble of reading this terrible fantasy novel. Other beautiful stories await you, certainly. Don't waste your time or your money.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mueller

    I was a bit hesitant going into this one because I'd read a lot of negative reviews. I'm glad I ignored those reviews and read it anyways. This was the kind of action-packed story I enjoy, and I don't care if it recycled quite a few common fantasy elements. As a reader, I want a fast-moving story and characters I like, and Martin gave me both. The writing had some rough spots for me (which Martin has really smoothed out in her subsequent books), but they never pulled me out of the story. I was in I was a bit hesitant going into this one because I'd read a lot of negative reviews. I'm glad I ignored those reviews and read it anyways. This was the kind of action-packed story I enjoy, and I don't care if it recycled quite a few common fantasy elements. As a reader, I want a fast-moving story and characters I like, and Martin gave me both. The writing had some rough spots for me (which Martin has really smoothed out in her subsequent books), but they never pulled me out of the story. I was invested in the characters and what was happening to them. In an era of Grimdark fantasy with despicable protagonists, it's nice to see authors who don't follow that trend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L

    Here is a new fantasy series that should rightly stand alongside the other great writers within this genre, on the bookshelf next to Kate Elliot, Brent Weeks, Janny Wurts and many others who all have produced something of outstanding caliber. The chronicles of the necromancer is a four part series comprising of the summoner as book one, the blood king as book two, dark haven and dark lady’s chosen as book four which concludes this epic saga that is overwhelmingly good. These eye-catching books s Here is a new fantasy series that should rightly stand alongside the other great writers within this genre, on the bookshelf next to Kate Elliot, Brent Weeks, Janny Wurts and many others who all have produced something of outstanding caliber. The chronicles of the necromancer is a four part series comprising of the summoner as book one, the blood king as book two, dark haven and dark lady’s chosen as book four which concludes this epic saga that is overwhelmingly good. These eye-catching books stand out not only because of their striking, captivating covers but also being something refreshingly original and unique taking fantasy fiction to a whole new level. This spectacular book marks the debut of a great new talent with the beginning of an epic story, by a writer who shows her accomplished skill and visionary imagination. Here I found something unmatchable in originality, engrossing and absorbing which has since become one of my all-time favorite series of this genre. In a world of magic and powerful sorcery Martris Drayke’s life will never be the same again when his brother assumes the throne by murdering his father, hence his once secure world begins to spiral out of control. Martris leaves the kingdom with a handful of loyal acquaintances who are willing to stay by his side, to try by repudiating his father’s death and restoring honor once more. To fight against the living Martris’ only hope is to harness and control his own magical powers to take on the allies of the dead, calling on them for aid thus closing the gap between life and the afterlife. Ultimately Martris wants revenge and closure of the futile death of his father; hence he learns to understand the true meaning of loss and of life itself. A character-driven tale in which one is able to empathize and relate to the characters on such an intimate and personal level, where you can feel their emotions, their pain which touches your inmost soul. Truth-drawing and engaging this was a book that I was unable to put it down for even a second, as I lost myself within its pages that transported me to a different world full of danger, mystery and magic. Whilst reading I was so engrossed within Gail Z Martin’s absorbing writing that daily life around me was blocked out as if my mind had been plucked from my body, sending chills down my spine as I sat in constant suspense wanting to read on. This action-packed, fast-paced adventure is thrilling and breathtaking, sending the reader on a quest of a lifetime that is comparable to Robin Hobb or Terry Brooks by leaving the reader spellbound. The combination of a complex, detailed plot within an imaginative setting by distinctive characters makes this series not just a good one but a great one which once read will leave you wanting more. This is epic fantasy at its very best and one that I grantee will captivate you making you fall under its spell, that which you won’t want to let go. After reading the chronicles of the necromancer I cannot wait to read more of this authors work, which if it is anything like Martris Drayke’s story can only be incredible and staggering. If you have not encountered this author or series as yet then I strongly urge that you do so, as it will impact upon your literary experiences ultimately changing your perception of the fantasy genre.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doc Opp

    To be honest, I think the two star rating is a bit generous. There is no confusing Gail Martin for George RR Martin, that's for sure. This is the prototype of the trashy fantasy novel. The characters are cliche, and entirely unmemorable. The plot is predictable and contains every hackneyed element you can think of. The plot twists, to the extent that you can call them that, are entirely predictable because they are so cliche. The writing is generally poor - especially anything involving emotiona To be honest, I think the two star rating is a bit generous. There is no confusing Gail Martin for George RR Martin, that's for sure. This is the prototype of the trashy fantasy novel. The characters are cliche, and entirely unmemorable. The plot is predictable and contains every hackneyed element you can think of. The plot twists, to the extent that you can call them that, are entirely predictable because they are so cliche. The writing is generally poor - especially anything involving emotional reactions - although the pacing is good, especially for fight scenes. The romantic dialog is even worse than the romantic dialogue from the Star Wars prequel movies. But every once in a while, I like the trashy, cliche, fantasy novel. The archetypes of characters getting into predictable trouble, but getting out of it in predictable ways. And the fact that she spends 10 pages describing in detail the clothing of every character... well, you can just skim that. And the fact that a character who finds out his/her {person that he/she cares for more than anything else in the world} is alive after all indications suggested otherwise responds with a "hey that's great" and then we're back to what he/she is wearing... well, you can fill in the blanks in your own mind. It happens so often, you get pretty good at it. Regardless, I wouldn't recommend this book to any but the most die-hard fantasy fans who have exhausted the more interesting books out there. Even then, it's the sort of thing you read when you're stuck at an airport when your flight has been delayed for 4 hours than something you should make time to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    So many bad reviews about this book! I personally actually really enjoyed it. Sure the premise (King killed by "evil" son, "good" son escapes and has struggle with who he is and what he can do) isn't original, but the tale is well told. As some others have mentioned, it's an interesting thing to see a necromancer as the good guy for once. I enjoyed seeing Tris, the main character discover more about himself and meet up with new friends along the way, getting into a fair number of scrapes as he goe So many bad reviews about this book! I personally actually really enjoyed it. Sure the premise (King killed by "evil" son, "good" son escapes and has struggle with who he is and what he can do) isn't original, but the tale is well told. As some others have mentioned, it's an interesting thing to see a necromancer as the good guy for once. I enjoyed seeing Tris, the main character discover more about himself and meet up with new friends along the way, getting into a fair number of scrapes as he goes along. It's not a heavy, intense book, but very enjoyable as a lightweight series where, though you can pretty much guess the outcome, the "how" of the characters getting there is exciting, interesting and a fun read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jason Pitre

    This novel was an easy read, it barely took me 2 days of casual reading to breeze though the 600+ pages. While there were some portions which impressed me (specifically the 8 faces of the goddess), much of it was unoriginal. It was fun enough to read, but failed to grab me. There were also a few major editing errors to be found. Many folks love the book and I suggest you read it. It won't take long and you might be captivated where I was not. Simply consider borrowing before the purchase. This novel was an easy read, it barely took me 2 days of casual reading to breeze though the 600+ pages. While there were some portions which impressed me (specifically the 8 faces of the goddess), much of it was unoriginal. It was fun enough to read, but failed to grab me. There were also a few major editing errors to be found. Many folks love the book and I suggest you read it. It won't take long and you might be captivated where I was not. Simply consider borrowing before the purchase.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mark Howell

    Truthfully, this isn't a book...not in the stand-alone sense, anyways. It's fairly reminiscent of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, which he himself describes as sort of "one big novel spanning several books"... if you look at it in that sense, it's an excellent book. No, there is no typical build-up, rising action, climax, denoumont, etc, if anything, the whole book itself is the "introduction-->rising action" part of the entire story. Taken by itself, the book is well-written, though it so far s Truthfully, this isn't a book...not in the stand-alone sense, anyways. It's fairly reminiscent of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, which he himself describes as sort of "one big novel spanning several books"... if you look at it in that sense, it's an excellent book. No, there is no typical build-up, rising action, climax, denoumont, etc, if anything, the whole book itself is the "introduction-->rising action" part of the entire story. Taken by itself, the book is well-written, though it so far seems to follow the stereotypical fantasy formula to a degree and the characters are fairly archetypal (she even refers to them by accepted D&D nomenclature: fighter, bard, mage, etc lol). I do like the small twist that the main character is in fact a sort of Necromancer or Spirit Shaman (again, to use the "correct" D&D term), though of course referred to in the book as a "Summoner". I rather liked the fact that Tris Drayke isn't portrayed as some super-hero type who's an accomplished fighter and master mage... in fact Martin does a great job of playing up his weaknesses, fears, doubts, making him a more "human", believable, and likeable character. There isn't really anything in my mind that distinguishes this book from the typical fantasy offering excepting perhaps the spirit/Summoner aspect, but in general I found the book very enjoyable and VERY difficult to put down for any length of time. To me, that's the best gauge of a book's worth: can you put it down without being "pulled" back to it, and if so, for how long? In the end, for me this book was extremely difficult to leave alone, and I found myself wondering exactly what was going to happen next. I've already bought the other two books in the series, and can't wait to get into them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    I don't usually write reviews but I felt I had to have a small rant about this book given how disappointed I am with it. It looked like it was going to be enjoyable, probably a case of judging a book by its cover on my part, but I also read the review quotes on the front and back cover. "Attractive characters and an imaginative setting combine in an excellent, fast-moving quest novel." - David Drake "Adventure with whole-hearted passion!" - SFX I disagree with both of these statements. Initially I don't usually write reviews but I felt I had to have a small rant about this book given how disappointed I am with it. It looked like it was going to be enjoyable, probably a case of judging a book by its cover on my part, but I also read the review quotes on the front and back cover. "Attractive characters and an imaginative setting combine in an excellent, fast-moving quest novel." - David Drake "Adventure with whole-hearted passion!" - SFX I disagree with both of these statements. Initially I liked the idea behind the storyline/plot however it's far from original. It did have the potential to be a good read... had I not bothered at all. After the first three - four chapters I was already pulling my hair out and wanting to burn it because the writing is terrible - it completely killed it for me. And the way the story is written, how the author conveys that story is very important. It can make or break and sadly, her delivery was nothing shy of tripe. For example and this is the first thing that got me, the author overused the following "a dead run", "looked pointedly at" and "rasped" throughout along with a few others. That's annoying and sticks out like a sore thumb.The thesaurus exists for a reason. Use it! It makes the story flow better. Who proof read and edited this? The dialogue was awful, it sometimes ran into other paragraphs leaving me confused about what was happening. The characters were cliché and far from attractive, they felt weak and underdeveloped. It's bland, there's no emotion evoked throughout which left me unable to relate to or feel anything for them much less react to any situations that the characters faced. There are many inconsistencies and characters thrown in at various intervals that didn't bring much to the story. Whole-hearted passion!? Where? This is book one of four. I forced myself to read the whole book hoping that there might be some sort of redeeming feature. Like a big battle, the climax that every novel etc should have. There isn't. Over 600 pages of nothing really happening. Not a book I will be recommending to anyone. :/

  14. 4 out of 5

    QS

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Let me just start off by saying that I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun diversion away from the book I'm still trying to force myself to finish, which is what I needed. But I have to be honest: the book really wasn't that good. First of all, it wasn't what I was expecting at all. Given the premise, the cover, and the blurb on the back, I thought it was going to be a lot darker with some thought-provoking passages on the concept of good and evil. But it wasn't. It was just your basic run-of Let me just start off by saying that I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun diversion away from the book I'm still trying to force myself to finish, which is what I needed. But I have to be honest: the book really wasn't that good. First of all, it wasn't what I was expecting at all. Given the premise, the cover, and the blurb on the back, I thought it was going to be a lot darker with some thought-provoking passages on the concept of good and evil. But it wasn't. It was just your basic run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure story, only the hero just so happened to be able to mess around with ghosts. Then there's the characters. Every single of them is a one-dimensional cliche, and all attempts to flesh them out fall flat. The most notable example of this is Vahanian. When he reacts to a reminder of his past, it feels like he turns into another person. Even the passages from his point of view didn't make him more "real" to me; they just strengthened the feeling that this was a different character. Kiara was possibly the only character who felt the same whether I was reading her point of view or not. To make matters even worse, every single character is described as being incredibly attractive. I'm sorry, but can we please have some characters who don't have the opposite gender throw themselves at them? I didn't find myself surprised at a single part of this book. It wasn't that Martin did an exceptional job at foreshadowing, it was just that everything was so cliche I automatically knew what was going to happen. The closest thing to a surprise I got was when Kait died in the beginning--and that was only a surprise because I really wanted her to go on an adventure with her big brother. Even the romances were pathetically obvious. As soon as the characters interacted with each other, I knew what the pairings were going to be. This made the book an easy, but disappointing, read. Then there's the little fact that I'm not entirely certain the editor did, in fact, edit anything. The writing wasn't that great, the grammar was occasionally atrocious, and there were so many printing mistakes it was painful (especially near the end). At one point, Tris tells Carina about a dream he had regarding his grandmother that was never described in the book. This breaks the number one rule of writing: she told us what happened instead of showing us. But the part that annoyed me the most and bumped this book down from three stars to two stars was the "death" of Cam, Soterius, and Harrtruck. The only character that seemed to have any sort of reaction to this was Carina, and the only reason we are given to believe that is because that's what Tris thinks she's feeling. I understand that they had to concentrate on getting away from the Slavers and didn't have time to mourn, but they don't even bother to stop and think about the dead characters for one moment after they're safe. Soterius is supposed to be Tris' best friend, and the supposed good-hearted prince doesn't even care. Two of them weren't mentioned again until we eventually found out they were still alive, and when the one was mentioned there was no apparent emotion behind the words. I don't care that the author knows the characters are still alive: even if you're just pretending to kill someone off, you need to make the readers believe in their deaths. I didn't for one moment. Then there were two little and unimportant things that continuously annoyed me. Bava K'aa's name doesn't seem to match the name of a single other character in the book. It seems like something the author used just because it sounded neat, with no regards as to whether it fit in with any of the languages represented in the novel. Then there's the "vayash moru", or vampires. First of all, the name given to them in the novel is the only representation of the language the characters speak, so there was no point in mentioning it--especially since they're called vampires as well. Why bother giving them a fake name when the characters also use the English word? Besides that, I really don't feel as if the vampires added anything to the world created for this book. It feels like they exist only because Martin felt like having vampires. There's no explanation for the existence of vampires, and no apparent reason for them to be there. And, finally, I'm even going to complain about the one thing most people seem to be impressed by: the One Goddess. Yes, the eight aspects of the single goddess is interesting, and probably the most creative thing in this entire book. Unfortunately, the Goddess doesn't seem to deal with anything outside of humanity. There's no aspect for the forces of nature, or the ocean, or time, or anything else outside of life, death, and magic. What's the point in a religion in a world without science that doesn't explain the unexplainable? Still, for all of my complaints (and my lack of anything good to say), I at least had a relaxing time reading it. The Summoner requires little thought to read and it goes by fast, but I would never actually recommend it to anyone, and will never read it again. I'm honestly not even sure if I'll bother picking up the rest of the books in the series, which is practically unheard of for me. It just isn't worth the money I'd have to put out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Inara

    I gave this book three stars but it should really be a 3,5! "The Summoner" is the first book of the Chronicles of the Necromancer and introduces to the world of Matris Drayke (Tris), prince of Margolan and his family. Tris has always been able to communicate with ghosts and could always see them hang around all over the palace. At the day of the Feast of the Departed the ghosts are usually even more visible even to the other people but this year there seemed to be very few of them around. When a I gave this book three stars but it should really be a 3,5! "The Summoner" is the first book of the Chronicles of the Necromancer and introduces to the world of Matris Drayke (Tris), prince of Margolan and his family. Tris has always been able to communicate with ghosts and could always see them hang around all over the palace. At the day of the Feast of the Departed the ghosts are usually even more visible even to the other people but this year there seemed to be very few of them around. When a ghost warns Tris about the Soulcatcher and an old ghost crone tells Tris and his friends their future Tris can´t shake off of feeling of dread but nothing seems to be out of place. But when he witnesses his older brother Jared kill their father and the rest of the family to become king himself his own life is suddenly in danger too and he barely escapes with his friends. Tris is sure that Jared´s evil chief advisor Foor Arontala is the driving force behind Jared and decides to flee to his uncle´s kingdom for help against the out of control Jared... There´s when the real adventure starts! On their way to Tris´uncle Tris and his companions commit the mercenary Jonmarc Vahanain as a guide and they meet princess Kiara who is on a quest to find a cure for her ill father and help for her country against Jared. They have to overcome many dangerous situations but when I´m honest I never wrung my hands in distress because I feared for the life of our main characters. The plot was sometimes very predictable in my opinion but there were many good ideas and concepts and I liked the world the author created. But I would have enjoyed looking at the map at the beginning of the book more when I wouldn´t have needed a loupe to identify the places... All in all this book wasn´t as thrilling as I thought it to be but the story is told fluently and I was never bored reading it but I wasn´t overly excited too. It´s a nice read if you like fantasy books with all the common elements of this genre and I will of course read the next installment to satisfy my curiosity what will happen next. Website of the author: http://www.chroniclesofthenecromancer... Addition: you can find a better to read map at the author´s website

  16. 4 out of 5

    ☆Ruth☆

    My type of fantasy... sorcery, skull-duggery, a band of brothers (and sisters) drawn together in a challenging quest with just enough conflict to keep it interesting. This first book in the series has been an attractive read and I look forward to the next instalment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James

    [Note: This review was originally written in 2007.] I opened to the title page of The Summoner, where the author had written in my copy, "Thank you for believing." I gave her comment only cursory thought at the time, but it only took the reading of a few pages before I began to believe in Martin’s well-developed fantasy world and in her ability to lead her readers through it with an enchanting grace that obscures the fact that this is her first published novel. This epic fantasy quest begins with [Note: This review was originally written in 2007.] I opened to the title page of The Summoner, where the author had written in my copy, "Thank you for believing." I gave her comment only cursory thought at the time, but it only took the reading of a few pages before I began to believe in Martin’s well-developed fantasy world and in her ability to lead her readers through it with an enchanting grace that obscures the fact that this is her first published novel. This epic fantasy quest begins with a bloody and violent coup d'état on "Haunts", an evening of festivities when the line that separates the living from the dead blurs and ghosts walk freely among the living. The King of Margolan and his family are slain by order of the heir to the throne, Prince Jared, and the cruel and avaricious prince seizes power. After routing those loyal to the old king, King Jared is left with one small matter remaining: Jared’s younger half-brother, Prince Martris Drayke, has survived the coup and has escaped along with a handful of trusted friends. "Tris" and his tiny band of followers prove to be elusive and, as the young prince begins discovering the true strength of his heritage, he learns that some of his greatest allies do not dwell in the lands of the living. Tris slowly gains the knowledge and control he will need in order to master the powers of a summoner -— a necromancer. He also learns difficult lessons in the laws, limits, and responsibilities that come with such potent magical power. Meanwhile, as he continues his mission to find a means to remove his half-brother from Margolan’s throne, Tris learns that Jared may not be his most dangerous foe. Another sorcerer of great power, one of the immortal vayash moru, is allied with the Margolan usurper and is setting in motion his plan to awaken and unleash the Obsidian King, thereby plunging the world into a reign of darkness. Tris finds that he must prepare for battles of both physical and magical nature. We learn, as do the young necromancer’s allies, that their fates are deeply intertwined and all will share together in triumph or defeat. Although one might be tempted to describe a great deal of The Summoner as standard fantasy fare, such a generalization would be a misstatement and an injustice. Martin’s work easily rises above the standard due to the care she has taken in presenting the interaction between the living, the dead, and the undead. The background and detail evident in several of these encounters suggest that they could be easily expanded into novels or novellas and, perhaps, a prequel will appear someday. For now, however, we can be thankful for this breath of new life Martin has summoned into the fantasy genre. After the first few pages, I thought the author’s greatest strengths were a knack for character development and the creation of splendid settings. I was wrong. As I progressed through the tale, I soon found myself adding to my initial list of the author’s skills, admitting gladly that Martin’s command of foreshadowing, suspense, and intricate plot development are also noteworthy. The world, the characters that populate it, the social structures, and the laws of magic are all well conceived and skillfully presented by the author. The Summoner is the first volume of what Martin calls "The Chronicles of the Necromancer" and will be continued in The Blood King, due for release in January 2008. If The Summoner is indicative of what adventures lie ahead in this series, Gail Z. Martin is certain to keep her readers entranced from page one to the finale.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Strider

    Pros: great characters, interesting world, quick read, action packed Cons: lots of repetition, characters are a little too perfect Prince Martris Drayke’s is forced to flee his home country when his half brother forcibly takes the crown. On his journey north to his uncle’s court, Martris discovers that his formerly minimal magical powers have expanded, allowing him to interact with spirits in ways he couldn’t before. Is he the heir to his grandmother’s Summoner magic? And if so, will this magic he Pros: great characters, interesting world, quick read, action packed Cons: lots of repetition, characters are a little too perfect Prince Martris Drayke’s is forced to flee his home country when his half brother forcibly takes the crown. On his journey north to his uncle’s court, Martris discovers that his formerly minimal magical powers have expanded, allowing him to interact with spirits in ways he couldn’t before. Is he the heir to his grandmother’s Summoner magic? And if so, will this magic help him defeat the blood magician working with his brother? I read this book when it first came out in 2007 and loved it unreservedly. So it was interesting, rereading it for review, to see how many ‘debut author’ flaws I noticed this time around. The good guys are all a little too perfect. The bad guys have no redeeming qualities and are a bit cookie cutter. There’s a lot of repetition in the writing, both with information being relayed several times, as well as sentences that reiterate what was just written. One important plot advancement was told by off the cuff exposition, rather than in a shown scene. Several common tropes show up… But those are all nitpicky points. Apparently years of reviewing have made me quite critical, which is both good and bad. This book is a real joy to read. The prose flows, and though the book is quite thick, the pages pass quickly. I was actually shocked at how fast I whipped through it. I love the characters. Martris (Tris) really grows and develops as a person. I liked that we see his magic progress, but that his quick escalation of powers is explained. I liked that magic had limits and there were consequences for its overuse. Kiara is another character I simply adored. She’s got a competence without the passion to prove herself that plague so many ‘strong’ female characters. She is what she is because she’s worked hard, practiced, and because her kingdom expects its men and women to be able to protect it. I also liked that the narrative pointed out how Tris admired her skills without the need to test her or put her down to raise himself up. Vahanian is a traditional rogue with a heart of gold, but he’s given more back story than usual, and cries at one point in the book. This is a humanizing not generally seen with tough fighters, and I appreciated it. The part of the world we see is a collection of small kingdoms. Some different customs are mentioned, though not many. The real point of interest with the world building is the vayash moru - vampires. They don’t play a big role, but it’s cool to see them in traditional fantasy. I also enjoyed the Goddess, whose different aspects were worshipped in different countries. There’s a lot of action and the characters face a number of different dangers, which kept the book feeling fresh and exciting. It’s an older title, but one well worth picking up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    James

    Not a very good fantasy book, overall, but it did keep me reading just enough to want to finish it, hence the two stars. I had a lot of probelms with this book. This is the type of fantasy book that perpetuates stale stereotypes and lends to the myth that fantasy is "not smart writing", or rather that it can't contain deep issues, moral expositions, big ideas, or character development. Fantasy CAN do these things, and I would argue that it should, just like any other well-written book. This book Not a very good fantasy book, overall, but it did keep me reading just enough to want to finish it, hence the two stars. I had a lot of probelms with this book. This is the type of fantasy book that perpetuates stale stereotypes and lends to the myth that fantasy is "not smart writing", or rather that it can't contain deep issues, moral expositions, big ideas, or character development. Fantasy CAN do these things, and I would argue that it should, just like any other well-written book. This book is a big step in the wrong direction for its genre. As I alluded to above, The Summoner is a very superficial novel. The plot is very straightforward, unoriginal, and laced with superficial and shallow characters. Some of the characters literally have no point in the novel, they just show up and serve no purpose. They do nothing significant, and contribute nothing to the other characters or to the storyline. It's my opinion that a book should never have an additional character added unless there is a need for that character in the story. The story itself is highly unoriginal and was very linear. Not that I think that all books need to have multiple story arcs or be complicated, but the Summoner follows a pattern of "Okay, let's go there. Minor problems along the way. Okay, let's go there. Minor problems ensue. Etc." There are many many instances of "Just then..." where random difficulties are suddenly thrown in and I had to back read to understand what was happening. There was also quite a bit of Deus Ex Machina throughout the whole novel. "Oh no, you've been poisoned! Don't worry, I just happen to have found this protective Amulet not five minutes ago!" As other reviewers have stated, and I believe correctly, this book has no climax. Not that the book needs a "big battle" (think the end of every Lord of the Rings and most other fantasy) but rather that the book does not complete any story arc. It ends in a random place and everything is happy unjustifiably. It all felt thrown together. I understand that this is book one of a series, but still, come on, there needs to be SOME resolution or sense of completion, even if it sets things up for a continuation of the story. I'm not sure if I'll ever read the subsequent books in the series. I might I might not, I haven't decided, but the author definitely didn't give much reason. My only doubt is that each of the subsequent books seems to be rated higher overall by everyone on Goodreads, suggesting that they get better. It may take me a while to find out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    My rating is more a high three due to my love hate relationship with these books. I find them compelling and easy to fall into. I also enjoy the character development and how they grow over the years but I shall talk about that more in a minute. The Summoner takes you on an ‘epic’ adventure of magic, betrayal and yadda yadda yadda. I assume you can read the above description of the book so do you really need me to summarize? I think not! Published back in 2007 and ironically enough I picked it up My rating is more a high three due to my love hate relationship with these books. I find them compelling and easy to fall into. I also enjoy the character development and how they grow over the years but I shall talk about that more in a minute. The Summoner takes you on an ‘epic’ adventure of magic, betrayal and yadda yadda yadda. I assume you can read the above description of the book so do you really need me to summarize? I think not! Published back in 2007 and ironically enough I picked it up almost a year after its purchase date. Originally I was searching for a new/fresh take on necromancy. I’m fairly picky about my paranormal type character development and had just read a story “Brother Sun, Sister Moon**” and was on a kick to find more. I loved the story, it seemed to make sense and the originality behind the plot got my props. However the poor editing and grammatical mistakes that continued through this and well into the next book make me think, “Damn, they are letting anyone publish now a days!” Fortunately for Gail, she is good at creating characters you want to care about. This, in a way for me balances the formatting errors. The characters are just compelling and real enough to believe without going overboard into the realm of superhuman-never-learning-from-mistakes-undefeatable-protagonist. I also enjoy her perception of magic having a price. Just because you can control fire, or cause and earthquake with your mind, doesn’t mean you can do it without consequences. At the very lease expect a damn headache. But I am rambling. Be warned now there are 5 books and counting to this series, so if you are looking for a relatively serious medieval style fantasy that should take any reader a leisurely weekend to finish, this would be a good choice. But you just may get hooked and find yourself needing to get your hands on the next 4 books. So ill say again be warned they may become addicting! ** Brother Sun, Sister Moon is a Horror/Tragedy published on a site called fictionpress.com. It’s an easy yet, crud read as it is just a draft. However, I do highly recommend taking the time to read it. It took me just a few hours to finish.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    Good first novel! Regicide begins our story with Tris, the second son of the newly dead king, running for his life. Tris has always been content to take a back seat to his elder brother but now that evil is afoot he must come into his own and reclaim the throne from a tyrant and his evil cohorts. As you might guess from the title, Tris's emerging powers have to do with the spirit world, where one must walk a fine line between good and evil, power and corruption. Meanwhile in a neighboring kingdo Good first novel! Regicide begins our story with Tris, the second son of the newly dead king, running for his life. Tris has always been content to take a back seat to his elder brother but now that evil is afoot he must come into his own and reclaim the throne from a tyrant and his evil cohorts. As you might guess from the title, Tris's emerging powers have to do with the spirit world, where one must walk a fine line between good and evil, power and corruption. Meanwhile in a neighboring kingdom, Princess Kiara flees her ill-fated betrothal to none other than the dastardly new Monarch of Tris's Kingdom. A swordswoman on a divine mission, her fate becomes entangled with Tris's own as together they seek to overthrow the powers of darkness. Martin manages to take stock characters and plot devices and elevate them to a readable (if predictable) story. If she keeps at it I could easily see her following in the footsteps of my favorite author, Mercedes Lackey. She clearly has the imagination, writing skill and heart to sit among the greats. What this first attempt lacks is maturity and cohesion. There are a few too many characters to keep up with, most of whom are painted with a broad brush. She almost achieves taking Tris and Kiara into three dimensions but misses the mark by a hair's breadth. By the end of the novel I felt enough of a connection to want to read more, but less for the story itself than excitement to see how she advances as a writer.

  22. 4 out of 5

    F.

    This was a pretty good book that exceeded my expectations in a lot of ways. It was surprisingly original in terms of it's world building and the function of magic as far as fantasy goes. I love that there is he emphasis on the dead and the undead in this series and I want to learn more of the voyesh moru (spelling). I think that character development is sometimes a little bit weak, but generally the characters have developed into their own people by the end of the book even if they started as so This was a pretty good book that exceeded my expectations in a lot of ways. It was surprisingly original in terms of it's world building and the function of magic as far as fantasy goes. I love that there is he emphasis on the dead and the undead in this series and I want to learn more of the voyesh moru (spelling). I think that character development is sometimes a little bit weak, but generally the characters have developed into their own people by the end of the book even if they started as somewhat hollow archetypes typical to the genre. I saw that there were lots of bad reviews immediately preceding this and I wonder how much fantasy those people typically have read . . . I don't think that this was anywhere near as bad as some of the reviews made it sound. Maybe they're used to reading some drug store novels or something and this is out of genre for them. For me, this is somewhere around my two hundredth novel in the fantasy genre (that I can remember the title for) and this is not only pretty typical in a lot of ways, it's better than average for the ways you would want to judge. Luckily, the whole reason that I picked this up on the Nook is that a friend gave me the second book in paperback about three years ago so now I am off to start that!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dark Phreak Arts

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh I loved this book the main character Tris is such a strong character, you get to relate to him alot through the story. It's quite interesting how he survives the devastating annihilation of his family - apart from his older brother Jared, who by every means of the word is a psycho and one that has been perverted by dark magic! What makes this interesting is that Tris is a Vampire - yep you heard it, a Vampire - that is his big secret! This secret he has to hide from all because of persecution Oh I loved this book the main character Tris is such a strong character, you get to relate to him alot through the story. It's quite interesting how he survives the devastating annihilation of his family - apart from his older brother Jared, who by every means of the word is a psycho and one that has been perverted by dark magic! What makes this interesting is that Tris is a Vampire - yep you heard it, a Vampire - that is his big secret! This secret he has to hide from all because of persecution from others, who he would not be able to rally behind him to retake his throne, if they knew. Not only is he a Vampire he is also a Summoner ... a rare gift indeed one the dark mage Foor Arontala would love to covert! Read this an take part in Tris's adventure of over coming self doubt, gaining friends, falling in love and dealing with pain, loss and losing friends. This book took me by surprise, I wasn't sure I would like it but I was wrong. You get drawn in and you can't help but feel for all the characters. There are a few more surprises in store as well. This book has a bit for everyone : swords, magic, blood, vampires, mysteries and much more ... what more can you ask for in a book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Femmy

    After reading a non-traditional fantasy in Among Thieves, I was ready for an old-fashioned one. The opening chapters of The Summoner showed some promise. A prince with undeveloped magical abilities was forced to flee from his home because his evil brother killed the rest of his family and seized the throne. I expected to read exciting adventures as the prince journeyed to a neighboring country and learned magic. Well, he did experience some adventure with a ghost inn, a caravan, slavers, a haunte After reading a non-traditional fantasy in Among Thieves, I was ready for an old-fashioned one. The opening chapters of The Summoner showed some promise. A prince with undeveloped magical abilities was forced to flee from his home because his evil brother killed the rest of his family and seized the throne. I expected to read exciting adventures as the prince journeyed to a neighboring country and learned magic. Well, he did experience some adventure with a ghost inn, a caravan, slavers, a haunted library, a warrior princess, but none of them was interesting. He did learn about magic, but the description of how he learned was so vague that it didn't give me anything to get excited about. In fact, everything related to magic in this novel was vague; I don't understand why soldiers dislike and fear mages, why teleporting is limited to short distances, why certain things are forbidden in magic, other than because the author says so. In addition, the characterization was very two dimensional. Such a pity. I was expecting great things, but now I don't think I'll continue reading the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    "c2007: Who was the target market for this one? Certainly, not fans of the fantasy genre! Courtesy of Amazon - used because I don't think that the book is going to be memorable in itself. ""The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared's dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three f "c2007: Who was the target market for this one? Certainly, not fans of the fantasy genre! Courtesy of Amazon - used because I don't think that the book is going to be memorable in itself. ""The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared's dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court's master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K'aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead."" "

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I know there have been a lot of negative reviews for this book,but please dont let it put you off. This is a fast paced,action packed epic fantasy. There are ghosts,mages and a king fighting to win back his throne. Martris Drayke is the chosen one. He must fight not just for his crown but for all the Kingdoms against an ancient evil that is arising. I know this is a well used trope in fantasy,but because of the action and the pacing it makes for a really enjoyable read. Tris is a necromancer,mea I know there have been a lot of negative reviews for this book,but please dont let it put you off. This is a fast paced,action packed epic fantasy. There are ghosts,mages and a king fighting to win back his throne. Martris Drayke is the chosen one. He must fight not just for his crown but for all the Kingdoms against an ancient evil that is arising. I know this is a well used trope in fantasy,but because of the action and the pacing it makes for a really enjoyable read. Tris is a necromancer,meaning his magic mainly deals with the souls of the dead. It adds a refreshing level of drama to what would just be a typical adventure fantasy story. This is a solid first book in a fantastic series. I think everyone who enjoys fantasy should give it a read,and decide for themselves whether they like it or not. I think most will find it worth their time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shanshad Whelan

    I admit I skimmed about a third of this and probably will not read the next. It's written well enough, plotted well, and it has all the ingredients to make it a sprawling epic fantasy tale of wrongful deaths, treachery, battles for the crown and good vs. evil in an environment of warriors, magic and monsters. But that's the problem. There's nothing to really make it shine out from the dozens of other stories of this general description--nothing to give a fresh and interesting feel. It might be f I admit I skimmed about a third of this and probably will not read the next. It's written well enough, plotted well, and it has all the ingredients to make it a sprawling epic fantasy tale of wrongful deaths, treachery, battles for the crown and good vs. evil in an environment of warriors, magic and monsters. But that's the problem. There's nothing to really make it shine out from the dozens of other stories of this general description--nothing to give a fresh and interesting feel. It might be fine if the reader hasn't had a large diet of epic fantasy to compare, but for me it was just hard to keep reading something that felt like I had read it before.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cedunkley

    I really enjoyed this series and this book is a fine start. While there may be some common fantasy tropes in play here I really enjoyed the characters and how Gail manages to throw you into the story and at the same time take her time to reveal the world and what is going on. I especially liked the progression of Tris' abilities. We don't have power used for power's sake here. The reader discovers the Summoner as the main character does. I especially liked the addition of the vayash moru. A really I really enjoyed this series and this book is a fine start. While there may be some common fantasy tropes in play here I really enjoyed the characters and how Gail manages to throw you into the story and at the same time take her time to reveal the world and what is going on. I especially liked the progression of Tris' abilities. We don't have power used for power's sake here. The reader discovers the Summoner as the main character does. I especially liked the addition of the vayash moru. A really nice intro into this series and this world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    edifanob

    I liked it. A lot of things have been predictable. Anyway I will read THE BLOOD KING (it's on my bookshelf) and DARK HAVEN (will be released in 2009) because I want to know how the story continues. As soon as I find some time I will go into details :-) I liked it. A lot of things have been predictable. Anyway I will read THE BLOOD KING (it's on my bookshelf) and DARK HAVEN (will be released in 2009) because I want to know how the story continues. As soon as I find some time I will go into details :-)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Garner

    Could not finish this book, it just bored me, can't believe I got as far as I did. Could not finish this book, it just bored me, can't believe I got as far as I did.

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