The Summoner, by Gail Martin, is Book One of the Chronicles of the Necromancer. With a book cover this gorgeous, I had high expectations from the start. And I am happy to say that I was more than impressed.
When Jared executes a coup to take his father’s place as King of Margolan, younger brother Tris barely makes it out alive. With just a few of his trusted friends, Tris and his company flee to parts unknown. And Tris begins to realize he has an amazing gift: that he may be the predecessor to his grandmother, Bava Kaa. Making him an incredibly powerful mage and Summoner, able to speak to and hold power over the dead.
I loved this story from beginning to end. Packed with suspense, excitement, and wonder, The Summoner is a true epic fantasy. This first installment follows Tris’ journey to find a way to overthrow Jared, while making new friends, learning more about his powers, and discovering his destiny.
Other reviewers tend to criticize for using elements from other novels, but as I’ve said before, this doesn’t bother me. After all, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” Authors are going to be influenced by what they’ve read in the past. There’s no getting around that. New authors should take good ideas and make them their own. Just as an artist, I had to study other artists and learn their techniques before forming my own style. Gail Martin has done a wonderful job of taking well-known story elements and infusing them into a truly magical tale.
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