Review: The Summoner – Gail Z.Martin

Series: Chronicles of the Necromancer #1
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 637
Published: 2007
Publisher: Solaris
Source: Bought

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:
Another good fantasy book, but then I knew that from the start. It was the kind that I enjoy, a good adventure, friends on the run and wicked bad guys.
I do like this kind of fantasy where the young man (or woman) is on the run or something like that. He dodges bad guys and tries to come to terms with his power. And there are always a good set of side characters. I can’t say who my favorite here is cos they all have different things to offer, but I do think I want more of the young captain of the guard. There is magic and new things to discover, and this book has vampires, yes I liked that too. I also liked the aspects of the Goddess that they worship. A good new world, a nice hero, and a world to root for.
And then we have the bad guy, oh bad guy, you silly thing. The bad guy in this one, Jared, thinks he is so big and bad. Little does he know that he is just a puppet. But he is a bad guy, so evil and sadistic. A true creep, and the evil guy behind him. Him I would look out for. Those guys, well stay away from them.
The pages just flew by, it was such an easy book to read. And I know many of you fear books as long as this one but honestly it did not feel that long cos I could read it fast. Some books are just that easy.
A good start to this series and I do want more. The ending was not a cliffie either so that I am grateful for. Everyone is happy…for now *insert music of doom*
It looks a bit better when you see it for real
Yes, another guestpost 😉 What can I say, I like doing them. And yesterday I was over at At home with books and talked about the worst and best of Janet Evanovich

32 thoughts on “Review: The Summoner – Gail Z.Martin

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    MRS QIt was such a good read :)AurianYay, and it was sure easy. Sure I like all sorts, but sometimes I just want the words to flowThanks Linda!CaroleHe was so evil, hated his guts

  2. Felicia Sparks says:

    How come the Law and Order sound just went through my head….LOL :)I like the happy for now moments—if it is a series, I like it to end on an up note at the end of each book!

  3. Simcha says:

    I had picked up this book at the second-hand bookstore a few weeks ago but haven't yet felt moved to read it. Seeing as you enjoyed it so much I think I'm going to make an effort to start it this weekend.

  4. Alyssa Kirk says:

    I love it when a bad guy isn't actually as bad as he thinks he is, or in this case is just a puppet controlled by someone else. Having those kinds of layers is so fun!

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    ElysiumI even saw it at Suomalainen you know 😉 Though only book 2,3 and 4, So silly, who do they do that? And now only book 4 was left.FeliciaHihi, now I hear it too.Happy for now is good, even if I know it will get worse, then at least for now there is peace.AnaFor sure, I like it 🙂 Just be gentle, lolChrisHihi, I am sure I would do well. I love chunksters

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    SimchaDo give it a go, it is fantasy in teh old fashioned style. A good hero, and not one of those jaded assassins, which I love too. But you know the style. Adventure, good guys and so on.Staciyes please come backMelissaI will NEVER stop itLOL!Melissa MYHonestly you two always come in after each other…spoooky!Yay, I am sure you would like it too

  7. Blodeuedd says:

    Thanks for having me over Alyce :DI love doing guest posts.YvonneThanks :DAlyssaI like that too, of course he is really bad, but not as bad as the guy he thinks he controls. And it will only get worse.StephReally fast, sometimes that just happens and I do not what makes it so

  8. Darlene says:

    I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much. I like books where people are on the run too as it adds so much more to the action and you need to find what's going on.

  9. Blodeuedd says:

    RyanThanks 🙂 It was a good bookjenny GYay, and do not let page size fool you. Sometimes they are the fastest ones to read.DarleneExactly, there is always danger around and you never know what will happen.NaidaOnly when I held the book ;)SamanthaI hope you read her books cos at least this one showed her to be good

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