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The Summoner Review

Title: The Summoner

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Published: January 2007, Solaris

Source: PaperbackSwap

Goodreads Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

For being such a huge book, this was a fairly easy read, and I really did enjoy it.

I really like Tris. I think he’s awesome, especially with his super-cool powers. And the fact that he is completely different from his nasty brother is awesome. I feel like he’s going to return to fight his brother and be all, “hey, big bro, I gots epic powers and you just have an evil vampire who does everything for you!”

Kiara is pretty awesome too, all warrior woman in charge of her own destiny. With a mini dragon. And the vampires were pretty cool, especially Gabriel. I liked how he didn’t bother to help Vahanian until he had no choice, when they first met up.

All the other characters were just meh. I didn’t care what happened to them, really.

Where I got completely lost was the ending. I don’t understand why King Staden felt the need to arrest them just to bring them to the castle. Weren’t they going to seek aid from him anyway? I thought the knights knew that Tris’ group knew they were there… why did they need to make the king think the group needed to be arrested?

And Berry. I don’t understand the method behind her ruse at hiding the fact that she was a princess. And how the general who arrested them didn’t recognize her and blow her cover. It doesn’t work for me.

Finally, how did Vaharian, the seasoned adventurer, not know that Dark Haven was the refuge for vampires? After the king makes him the lord of Dark Haven, he doesn’t seem fazed, and doesn’t seem to understand why Carina tells him to expect to see more of Gabriel. Seems weird that he doesn’t know something like that.

Overall, though, I enjoyed this read. On to the sequel!

Rating: 4/5

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September 1, 2012 - Posted by | Reading

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