Smoke & Summons
As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely ...more
P.S. I don't know what "the description" is that you read, Izar. The same blurb appears for every edition on this platform, and the only way it implies romance at all is by having a female and male mentioned in the same plot. Maybe that's enough in this heteronormative culture?(less)
I got this book as my Kindle First pick for January! You know, it sounded good and all but I had no idea! This world of magic and demons and people in a world together.
Sandis and Rone are the main characters and I loved them!! I even loved Ireth, even though I shouldn’t. I hope he shows back up in the next book! We shall see!
Smoke & Summons is the start of a new YA fantasy trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg, with an interesting, rather dark occult concept underlying it. Demons and spirits, called numina, from the ethereal plane are able to be summoned and controlled by those who know the necessary rituals, which include painfully ...more
I think Charlie builds a decent fantasy world, but this one is a lot weaker than her Paper Magician series. I think this is an attempt to make a darker series but keep her super-wholesome religious characters. It's not that this is a hopepunk or whatever people are calling it, but you can definitely tell that the author is ...more
The author tells us everything, instead of showing us anything. The characters are shallow and bland. The plot is almost nonexistent. The 300+ pages of chase scenes and worried internal monologues should’ve served as the first 100 pages or so that would lay the ground work for further ...more
Which is okay, because it allows the story to revolve around Sandis, who is a vessel capable of becoming a temporary home of a demon. Her life is about to abruptly change, which is where the story begins. Her ...more
Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg first caught my attention with its synopsis, but I became even more intrigued once I realized what I was looking at on the cover was the head of a fiery demon-like horse. The reason for this striking motif was soon revealed, as the story introduces readers to Sandis, who is no ordinary young woman. For one, she is a vessel, whose body is trained and primed to hold demon-like ...more
This book is a classic example of weak plot syndrome. Where the plot isn't really good so you fill the pages with chase scene after chase scene. And then, in the calmer spots, you get the woes of young love and the weakness of the main characters. Sandis is a super weak woman and a horrible role model for women (especially young women), IMO. She is the classic damsel in distress and never grows out of it. The only time she ...more
My journey to love Charlie Holmberg's work is not up to an auspicious start. While not necessarily a bad book, this book continually highlights that the YA genre takes little to no risks with their plot or characters. Granted this is better than one's i've read in recent years but honestly this could have been so so so so much better.
So rundown of my thoughts:
Little or no mention of this Numien mythology or whatever the heck their whole game in this is, just stringy basics. This Ireth creature
I had never heard of this author but was looking for something to listen to on a drive this weekend, and I AM SO SHOCKED, so shocked at how amazing it is.
Rone gets himself into a shitload of trouble when he meets Sandis, who is on the run from quite literally her own personal hell. I love the characters, they are flawed but deep and believeable. Their ...more
**4 1/2 Demon Stars**
update...take back what I said about the author being male...hahaha...sorry. I jumped the gun on that one before reading the authors profile.
I received this book as a First Read from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story.
I normally am skeptical about male author's writing about female protagonist s but this author did a wonderful job of capturing true emotions and had me ...more
I was excited to read SMOKE AND SUMMONS for those reasons. But unfortunately, I was ...more
I'm in awe of how Holmberg's worldbuilding and ability to drag you deep into the hearts and emotions of her characters. Absolutely fantastic.
Smoke & Summons has some fantastic world-building. This book takes place in a city that was built on the ruins of an ancient city. There are artifacts and old magics left over from this old civilization, but most people don’t pay attention to that, they just go about living their lives. The place is crowded ...more
This was a kindle first reads for January. Maybe this will appeal to a much more juvenile audience than myself?
Because this is classic YA paranormal schmaltz -- Girl (with exemplary powers even for her 'kind') can be possessed and used as a tool whether she likes it or not, girl miraculously ESCAPES and (right away!) meets a boy (with exemplary powers of his own), they -- this will shock you, i know! -- fall in love in two days, (view spoiler)[ get caught, (hide spoiler)], spend time ...more
SMOKE AND SUMMONS is a fantasy with both sharp and soft edges. There is plenty of grit as these characters traverse the poor conditions of their world, as well as the dangers many face among different groups, like the mob, the corrupt police, and the demon-summoning grafters. Throw in characters who are easy to cheer on, a little romance, and a desperate fight for survival and you definitely have a perfect read for fantasy and dystopian YA readers.
The author did a marvelous job of ...more
I loooooved this! This was an action packed, fantasy thrill ride that did not let me up for air! I was at the edge of my seat trying to keep track of everything and make sure that my main characters were safe! I know that this needs more story for sure because this book seemed to only be the beginning. The writing and the amount of detail was stunning ...more
That is not what I wanted.
A quick overview of the plot:
Sandis is a young woman who is being held captive by evil men who dabble in occult practices. On her back she bares the markings of the demon Ireth, a stallion engulfed in flames. Her captor, Kazen, uses her body as a vessel into which he can summon and control the demon in order to carry out dark deeds of murder and mayhem. When Sandis sees Kazen kill another young vessel while trying to summon an even ...more
“A captivating world of demons and dark magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician novels.
As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis has never lived an ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To ...more
YA is Meh! It's Yuck! it's Yuck adult!! NA is the best!!!
This is the first book I have read by Charlie and I had no idea what I had been missing out on. Smoke & Summons had everything I could have hoped in a book, making me fully engaged in the plot and the characters and I need the next book as soon as humanly possible!