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The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin
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Mar 02, 10

Recommended for: fans of Eragon
Read from February 25 to March 01, 2010

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.
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Shenandoah I agree YA is exactly what I thought. Was hoping it would be more serious.

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