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(Summoner #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,324 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Gryff never knew he was the most powerful summoner in the world until a rogue monster attacked his village.

Now he's been recruited into the top magical academy, beautiful women are breaking down his dorm room door, and the headmaster has big, big plans for him. Instead of summoners being maligned by society, Gryff is in a position to make them revered and honored.

Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Éric Vall
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
It was not bad, but also nowhere near good. There are so many things I dislike about this book but I am amazed at the author. He was able to write a book from a really stupid idea. Summoners are useless except for being an unstable big gun that can only be used once per battle. Otherwise, Summoners are simply used for menial labour. And here comes our protagonist with amazing instincts on how to use many small weak monsters to provide amazing results.

The author literally stupefied the whole wor
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I can say that I'm at odds with the MC. He seems to have a bit of arrogance to him, but the one thing I did like about him was that he did realize that he can't judge people with the same filter he's use to. So there was definitely some character growth in the book. This is a SLOW book, but I feel that it's setting up for the rest of the series. This will be something that I eventually come back around to once the series gets a couple of more books under it. The book IMO literally stops once it ...more
Shu Viole
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read but the relationship part needs fixing.

It looks like everyone that the protagonist sleeps with a friend with benefits. There is literally no romantic connection between the protagonist the girls he sleeps with, making the relationships seem empty. If this book is supposed to have romance then it failed miserably, all I see are part-time whores who will sleep with anyone as long as they have an itch. Are you going to do the same with Kenefick? Is she just piece of meat? This isn't har
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really nice young adult novel, the main character felt real to me. The girls he got to know are funny and engaging! The story so far is about enacting change in the magic profession called summoning. The elitist mages think they are hot shit compared to normal people, but everyone is equal in a fight and in death. I really liked this book.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: indie, fantasy, adult
Harry Pokkermon.

The premise is unbelievable. No one tried using pokemons the way Harry did? Not buying that, but okay, suppose everyone else was completely daft, and move on. The academy bit was a bit of a turn off. JKR has come and gone, is there nothing else you want to show us except the magic school?
Steve Naylor
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.0 stars

This really wasn't what I thought it was going to be. Not bad, just a little misleading on the advertizing. This book kept coming up under the Harem category of books, and looking at the cover art for the book, that seemed to make sense. That really wasn't what this book was about though, not even a little bit. The main character Gryff had sex with 3 women in this book, but that seemed more like a friends with benefits sexual experience than an actual harem. The description of t
Jay Collins
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3, maybe 3.5 stars, this book is a lot like The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu. The novice is better but this one was not bad but not sure how much the author took from Taran. I think I will continue with this series as I do like these type of books.
Eric Farkas
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This may be a bit of a review of the series in general rather than just the first book as I read through all of them then sat down to write this.

Summoner is decently written and despite it's problems managed to keep me engaged throughout the book and through the second and halfway through the third. Unfortunately after that point the downsides to the series just reached a tipping point.

Reading the summary you are given the impression that there is something special about Gryff as the description
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Admittedly I was not expecting much with the word harem in the description but the story is well done and the magic interesting
Dave Stone
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
An Adequate fish out of water in a magic school story
Not bad and fairly standard magical academy book. very little new here.
wile the Main Character does have sexual relations with classmates and one staff member there are no actual sex scenes. The sexual element feels shoehorned in and adds nothing to the plot wile providing little in the way of titillation.
wile this is mostly a retread of Harry Potter, there is a flavor of Looking for Alaska (John Green) also a story about boarding school.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a Harry Potter / Pokemon crossover with a bit of soft porn thrown in. It’s actually not too badly written despite a number of malapropisms, and the magic system has some promise and internal logic. However, the plot is very linear, simplistic to the extreme, and based entirely on the easy gratification of always winning and always being praised by all and sundry. Hence it’s boring, even as a potted ego-trip. The sexual elements are irrelevant to the plot, mere attention-seeking gimmicks, ...more
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book has major plot and pacing issues. The MC has no depth other than his small backstory, his impossible magic skills, and the ability of any female around him to instantly want him within one or two encounters.

His summoning abilities and combinations are interesting. I wish the author would have taken the time to build out the foundations for the big events and side characters by planning a story arc for 3 or 4 books. The book ends with a lot of questions and a plea to rate this book well
Niels Baumgartner
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Uniquely fun

Simple, but good. Kind of mindless light reading that leaves you feeling good at the end... like a good action flick. Enjoyed this one a lot. Will be following this author.
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun and entertaining book.

This book was fun to read. It takes a lot of things I enjoyed watching in anime series and put it in a fun book to read.
Sam Koumi
Eric Vall's Summoner is, quite honestly, a typical Eric Vall book, to paraphrase a review I read before buying this audiobook, narrated by Joshua Story.

There's harems, power fantasies, magic, and every woman the MC meets is "the most beautiful woman I've met".

There's sex, action, and a typical "power that is typically seen as worthless is actually very powerful if used correctly/the MC has a way to make it stronger" kinda plot.

The MC is looked down upon, until he defeats one of the strongest stu
Feb 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: collection
What I liked-
Tbh I was initially turned off by the dubious premise of the MC being the only intelligent summoner in existence and his shallow just coz the plot says so ‘save the world’ hero attitude (had this same issue in Dragon Emperor). But midway through, the unexpected depth in his interactions with other characters esp. Nia finally caught my attention. Nothing special yet it did feel genuine and ‘normal’.
And for a long series with 20 novels as of now, those small connections I felt are eno
Jeff R Hawkins
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Promising author

This book has overt sex scenes - not for children.
I enjoyed this book, but was also frustrated with it. If it wasn't for the sex, it would be a good book for seven to ten year olds. World building gets a C plus. Character motivation and development also gets a C plus. Interesting situations and story line gets an A minus. On the one hand, there's too much description in some places, but on the other hand we are often just told -rather than shown- about important plot elements.
Troy Clark
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
What do you get when a Yes boy, Fuck boy, Pokemon, Highschool students, and cringe like description of monsters get rolled up into a single MC and book? Oh, and shitty character growth (besides the support characters) to boot?


I bought the first 4 books in one go randomly about a month back and I regret it. I couldn't even force myself to finish the 3rd book in the series because of how much it made me seethe. For amusement purposes it will do its job but that's it, maybe.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall pretty good. The magic system is descent and the author is pretty good in his descriptions of places and creatures and is very visual, pacing and grammar is pretty damn up there for these harem style books that are flooding amazon the last couple of years.

Would have been rated much higher but my two main sticking points are that the MC is very arrogant despite accusing every other character of being the same, its not as negative as I make it sound because I think he's supposed to come o
Marat Beiner
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Nice short read.
I have a few problems with the book though...
1. It was too short, and had not enough world-building.
2. Because there was not enough world-building I could not understand properly how the world looks like. The best example is multiple mention of fire-arms, when I portrayed the world as a medieval (as swords and crossbows are used as well).
3. The book categorized as Harem/Erotica but there were like 3 scenes, and each was for 10-15 seconds. I don't have a problem with that, as I've
Rob Enderle
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read and could easily be a series though it closes off reasonably enough, no cliff hanger. It says it has harem elements but they are slight, the hero basically has two girl friends and a third girl he'll likely end up with but never really even kisses. So less harem, more no steady girl friend which I was fine with (the harem crap gets old for me quick). Easy and quick read, be a good travel book. Under estimated Bugs Bunny type hero who regularly kicks butt but doesn't struggle ...more
Sequoyah Tonihka
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love these kind of books

Books of where the MC is OP with insane powers or just creative with his somewhat weak power to over come a naturally powerful foe. I love these kind of books because there is a lot of drama with having to beat the bully and earn the respect of everyone around. I’ve read books where the MC is not op or creative and I find them somewhat boring because there is no drama that make me lose myself in reading. This book has it all, it’s similar to anime and anyone who loves t
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Surprised and enjoyed!

I didn't expect the interesting story out what I thought was going to be a typical gameboy harem tale. Shouldn't have been, because I had finished his other one, "Planet Broker" the other day which I also found impressive for a new author. I only gave him 3 stars as, well done as both were, he has some work to do on consistency of dialog and characterization. If he develops as he should we should end up with another strong author to enjoy.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent start

Interesting realm. Magic users have specific talents and abilities. The MC is a summoner. Considered the weakest and non battle worthy magic form..... That is until he shows a new way to handle summoning and how powerful it can be. Loved how he handles himself as new kid on the block being not only a summoner but an outlier(country boy). Should be good fun going forward and I can't wait.
Bolajide Adeyoye
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid Work

I don't know what to say besides saying this is a very good book whose only shortcoming was the main character who could come off as a times and annoyingly self-assured in others. There's something that grates about a protagonist who acts as if he knows he's the protagonist but maybe that's just me. Even with that shortcoming this story was still very enjoyable overall.
Gary  Roberts
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun book with a different take on magic. It also has a very modern take on sexuality. The hero has a couple of friends with benefits and the female characters are, for the most part, quite liberated.
It is obviously the first of a series, but ended nicely as a work until itself.
My only complaint is that the hero is a bit too perfect, I'd like to see him fail a bit in further adventures, and I do look forward to further adventures in this interesting world.
Dominique René
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting approach to a standard trope

This book uses the standard of the outsider who beats the odds to enter an elite magical school. The twist is that instead of summoning a single creature like everyone else, he uses then additively to get greater results (similarly to what is done in Magic: the Gathering and other ccgs). This is an different approach that, combined with a good plot and character development makes it a promising book as a beginning of a series.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

Was taken aback at what I was readying didn’t really look at the comments or more then the description so didn’t see that the main character wasn’t a pansy but a man and just put people in there place left and right. Really was great book to pass the time but because of the style I can’t recommend this book to most of my friends or family since this wouldn’t be most peoples cup of tee but I enjoyed it very much.
Russell Quinton
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Fantasy Story

I'm not a fantasy can and seldom get beyond fifty or so pages! I have to say this author's story forced me to read the entire book in one sitting. Now I'm forced to buy the next book to find what is going to happen. Since I'm not usually into this type of story I can't tell you you will enjoy it. But I would think if it kept a non fantasy fan enthralled for several hours it should at least keep a fan of the genre interested. I highly recommend this story.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love the premise of this book, but the writing seemed so much like a made-up internet story where everyone clapped at the end. I wanted to like this book, but there was so much random backtrack and repeat made it so hard to enjoy. The mc probably boasted over a hundred times how he was a unique summoner, I get the first few times, but when you have to hear it in every other paragraph it just became annoying.
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