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Gr 8 Up—At a rare books store, Sean and Eddy (Edna) come across a newspaper clipping from 1895 advertising for an apprentice sorcerer. The clipping seems authentic, but, oddly, the ad contains an email address. Sean, a devotee of the Lovecraftian Cthulhu mythos, contacts Reverend Redemption Orne (who claims to be the same Orne of witchcraft era, more than 300 years ago) and is given a test: summon a useful but harmless familiar. Inexperienced in magic, Sean botches the ceremony and summons instead a malevolent—and bloodthirsty—servitor which begins to take Sean over completely. This Harry Potter—esque fantasy of magic and apprentice wizards is darker and scarier than others in the genre. Unlike most YA fiction, Sean and Eddy require considerable adult help to solve the problems they've created. As the point of view shifts from adolescent to adult, so does the tone of the narration, making it difficult to discern who, exactly, is telling the story. Some mature language and occult subject matter place this squarely in the older YA category. The conclusion hints that a sequel is likely.—Katherine Koenig, The Ellis School, PA

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Sean Wynham has always been interested in witchcraft and the occult and has a particular fondness for the stories of H. P. Lovecraft. While exploring a bookstore in Arkham, he finds a history of the town’s witch panic and an advertisement from a seventeenth-century wizard seeking an apprentice via e-mail. Against the advice of his best friend, Sean makes contact with the advertiser, Reverend Redemption Orne. Intrigued, Sean agrees to perform a ceremony to summon a harmless familiar. Instead, he summons a servitor, a bloodthirsty demon poised to take over Sean’s mind if a binding spell cannot be found. As his family and friends race to unlock the secret of the binding ceremony, Sean struggles to maintain control of his demonic familiar before it kills everyone in its path. Slow to start and filled with exposition, the novel nevertheless delivers a frightening story. Billed as the first in a series, this is an intricate homage to the Lovecraftian universe, though familiarity with the classic writer is not required for enjoyment. Grades 8-11. --Magan Szwarek
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Product Details

  • Series: Redemption's Heir (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (June 24, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765335891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765335890
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
On first blush this looks like it will be a basic YA action/fantasy, set against a generic sort of H.P. Lovecraft background, involving the accidental summoning of a demon. That's correct, but it only touches the surface of this uncommonly arresting fantasy.

Lots of authors try to copy the Lovecraft style, or pay homage to Lovecraft with references to the Cthulhu Mythos or the Necronomicon. The Mythos is, after all, now a shared universe to be expanded by any author, and that was so even when Lovecraft was still writing in it. In the 1940's authors like August Derleth took the expansion of the universe very seriously, but nowadays, while Lovecraft may be honored, few authors are willing to actually, seriously, and exclusively set their tales firmly in the Lovecraft universe.

That's where this book really shines. It embraces the entire Lovecraft body of work, without reservation. Interestingly, it starts from the position that what Lovecraft wrote was true, that Lovecraft experienced it personally, and that Lovecraft is thus a character in the Mythos as well as its chronicler. (It is as if someone were to write a book 60 years from now assuming that George Lucas had actually been a rebel alliance leader, or that J.R.R.Tolkien had actually quested with elves and hobbits.)

Once you get to this point you can have a grand time with your plot. This book is set in Arkham, which is where Lovecraft set many of his pieces. It involves a family of archivists who trace themselves all the way back to Lovecraft and whose job it is to protect and secure his papers and notes. After all, Lovecraft was part of a secret society that knew the truth about Cthulhu and what he wrote in his stories was true.
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By sarah brown on July 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Summoned is the first book in an all new young adult series Redemption's Heir by Anne M. Pillsworth, set in the fantasy genre, with a hint of mythology thrown in as well.

We are introduced to teenager Sean who with his best-friend Eddy are browsing in an occult book shop when Sean comes across an extremely old book which when opened is found to contain a newspaper clipping from 1895, what's strange about that you may ask, well there's a circled ad for somebody searching for an apprentice sorcerer, applicants are asked to email to request an interview, thinking that it's a very well thought out joke, although Eddy is wary they email only to discover that Reverend Orne seriously believes that sorcerer's and witches are real, and even claims to be a sorcerer himself born 300 years ago!

To determine whether Sean has any inkling of magic he sets him a task of performing a summoning spell, against his better judgement and ignoring Eddy's warnings he goes ahead with it, and that's when everything goes catastrophically wrong.

Accidentally summoning a servitor who is a servant to the Cthulhu Mythos god Nyarlathotep, who's main source of sustenance are animals and if given the chance humans, Sean is terrified and unintentionally let's the servitor get away before he gets a chance to bind the creature to him.

Sean must find a way with the help of his family and friends to find a spell to counteract the summoning spell to send the servitor back where it came from before it's too late and Sean is driven crazy by the constant melding of their minds.

While this was an enjoyable read I felt more excited by the concept rather than the actual story, I do plan to carry on with the series though as I'm curious to see how this series turns out.

I would have liked to see a section somewhere in the book with pronounciations of the names, as a lot of them were hard to figure out and it would have made reading it a little more easier.
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Format: Hardcover
"Summoned" by Agnes M. Pillsworth is a chilling tale that begins in Arkham, New England when sixteen year old Sean Wyndham shifts a mummy-book at Hornoke's bookstore and an advertisement for an apprentice in magic from the year 1895 flutters to the floor. When Sean and his best friend Edna (Eddy) Rosenbaum email Redemption Orne for particulars, expecting a prankster, they are stunned to discover that the wizard is still alive after more than 300 years and is still looking for an apprentice. What follows is a an adventure filled with secrets, mystery and hair-raising creepy characters.

The plot is fast-paced and intense especially when Sean ignores Redemption's instructions and summons a blood-spawn, a reptilian creature that craves blood instead of a harmless and useful familiar. As the narrative progresses the author weaves dream sequences that add intensity and suspense as Sean enters the mind of a monster that not only threatens the dogs, cats and wildlife of the town, but is bent on killing and feeding on the townspeople. Amid the dark violence, there are elements of friendship, trust, love and family support.

The characters are fascinating as they struggle to help Sean who's stalked by dark forces that test his magical ability. Helen Arkwright the Assistant Archivist from a magical family who Sean approaches for aid never expects to be caught up in an adventure that will test her capabilities. She's intelligent, determined and logically minded while Sean Wyndham is cocky, curious, and reckless. Yet his strength-of will and self-sacrifice will fortify him as he faces the dark magic that wants him dead. Eddy Rosenbaum is a research junkie and his pragmatic and suspicious friend.
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