Summoning (Moon Wolf Saga, #1)
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The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis… and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, s...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published April 1st 2012)
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Johnni


I won this book on first reads and I am very glad I did. It was a quick and exciting book to read. Carol Wolf has captured my favorite elements- romance, mystery, and the paranormal characters that I must have in every book.
The only negative comment I have Is about the cover. It is not a cover that I would normally pick up to read. It just didn't capture my interest. I would have hated to miss out on this great story.
I will be looking forward to reading the next book. Thanks!!!
Stephanie
4.5
I'm impressed. I am not a fan of urban fantasy--or at least of the urban fantasies I've read--couple that with this cover and I was sure I was in for a book I would not enjoy.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

Solid plot, strong world-building, multidimensional and fascinating characters... this book had it all. I read it in two days because I literally couldn't stop. The ending was satisfyingly realistic without making the mistake of being either too saccharine or too depressing. I could see an...more
Chad
This was a lot of fun! Amber is a compelling and flawed heroine. I enjoyed her approach to saving the world.
I can't recall a story where the protagonist acknowledges their burden. They usually are blindly led by the Fates. Amber embraces her decisions. She revels in her anger and accepts her flaws. And forever unapologetic.
I'm looking forward to watching her unravel other mysteries!
Barac Wiley
This was a recommendation in Charles De Lint's excellent column in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine, which I've learned to trust pretty much unquestioningly as not only do I enjoy De Lint's own novels, I've loved pretty much everything else he's pointed me at (and frankly, he seems nearly as into urban fantasy as I am, so that's a plus). This was no exception, despite a slightly rocky start. There's a lot of cool magic details, a refreshingly original take on werewolves (in this case, "wolf...more
Katharine Kerr
A very polished, fast-moving debut novel from a new author to watch!

Amber's on the run from an abusive step-father. She has a big secret to hide as well -- she's a werewolf who can change forms at will. She's found a job and an apartment in Los Angeles, but the city has secrets of its own. The area we call L.A. is a collection of towns, not a single city, crammed together between the mountains to the east and the ocean to the west. In this patchwork, studded with glitz as well as despair, a goo...more
Van
Summoning is centered on sixteen-year-old Amber a wolf-shifter, and daughter of the moon wolf (moon wolf’s significance isn’t explained in the book but is hinted that her lineage is important). Amber is on the run from her family, and living in the city of Los Angeles as a painter/construction worker (I think). On one of Amber’s daily runs, she finds herself enthralled by the drumming on the hilltop. Upon arrival Amber notices that she just interrupted a group of Wiccan witches in the middle of...more
Jennavier
So..... Next time I see a book with iffy reviews but decide to read it anyway due to general shininess, someone please smack me over the head and stop me. Summoning starts out strong with an intense main character and a quickly diverse world. There's a ticking clock with the world snake coming to eat LA. So why did I eventually come to dread picking up this book? The love interest. Not that he's particularly badly drawn. The supporting cast is pretty thinly drawn, but the main characters are str...more
Shaima
I bought this as an ebook from Baen on a whim. Given the chance, I'd probably rate this one 3.5 stars. This had a nice twist on the urban fantasy genre: no angst. I really liked the Los Angeles setting with all of its myriad magical power raisers and chance encounters with bears. The heroine had a distinct voice, even if she seemed too mature. Richard, the bound demon, was a truly interesting character trapped by circumstances totally beyond his control. The threat of the World Snake was not qui...more
Leihsia
Summoning combines fantasy, adventure, romance, and mystery- there's something for everyone to enjoy. The 16 year old main character is gutsy, but has a heart, and is easy to identify with. Teenagers would like this book. I found the romance between Amber and Richard touching, and the intimate scenes were handled with discretion. Many interesting supporting characters with believable quirks; many plot twists and turns. I look forward to Book 2 of the series.
Dina
I did like the main character but it seems as if the ending was just the riding of the tide out. So I didn't know if that last tid bit was worth it or not. Would I read the next one? maybe not There are other books in my library that I'm excited to start or finish. Maybe the second is better but I'll probably wait to read it at another time.
Jamie
Feb 14, 2014 Jamie marked it as to-read
I'll have to come back to this one. It's a book I have on Audible, and I don't really have the time to sit and listen at the moment. So I'm not stopping because I was bored, I just don't want to leave this on my currently reading shelf when I'm not currently reading it.
Matthew
An interesting book that I enjoyed quite a bit, except that I felt the ending to be somewhat contrived. Then again, perhaps that was just me expecting something slightly different. Still, the characters were charming, and I'm interested to see what's next for Amber.
Lindsay
Liked characters alot, but I am curious to see where author will take them after the ending of the book? I love strong heroines and this book definately has it.
Lori
This one was definitely so-so. Why build up to such an anti-climactic climax? It's such a shame, with such a possibly interesting set of main characters.
Renee Winters
it was good but the end was kind of a cop out. all that build up for it to be wished away.
Linda Poitevin
A fast, fun, solid read. Definitely recommended to anyone who likes urban fantasy!
Sarah
I'm going to read it a second time before I write a review.
Heather
Too much language, holey plot
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Carol Wolf earned a BA in History at Mills College, and an MFA in Drama-Playwriting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, where she was a Levin Scholar. Her plays have been seen on both coasts and on five continents, and include The Terrible Experiment of Jonathan Fish, Jacalyn, Day/BlackNight/Morning, and The Thousandth Night, which won the London Fringe First, the Bay Area Critic’s C...more
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