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Oh, yeah, and demons, lots of demons.
The world-building was phenomenal. It reminded me of the first time I read other classic fantasy series like Harry Potter. The ordinary world that Jon grew up in had nothing in common with the hidden, complicated, and sometimes downright perilous society that was his birthright. Watching him switch between attending class during the day and hunting down demons at night that only people with magical powers can see made it impossible for me to stop reading. The more I learned about the different types of magic users in this universe and what kinds of steep obstacles they faced when it came to fighting the supernatural, the more I wanted to know. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting start to a series, and I can’t wait to continue along with it.
Pay close attention to the descriptions of all of the various types of demons that Jon meets when his training begins. This is a very minor criticism of book that otherwise I couldn’t get enough of, but many of them were introduced at the same time so it took me a little while to memorize all of their names and how dangerous they were. It was an important thing to do, though, and once I figured that out it was smooth sailing for the rest of the plot.
Jon was a well-rounded and fascinating main character. Watching him change as a result of his experiences in this novel was riveting. He often acted like a bored and restless teenager in the beginning, but by the end he’d grown up in so many different ways. While this is a young adult book, it’s something I’d recommend just as strongly to adult readers because of how much time the author spent showing how people start to make that transition to adulthood.
High Summons is a must-read for anyone who loves urban fantasy. This is the best new series I’ve started so far in 2017!
originally posted at long and short YA Reviews
Too many YA books, focus more on the characters acting as mini adults and the storyline takes a backseat. I have heard more than one young adult complain that books geared for them focus too much on romance. Young adults are interested in more than romance. That is why I think books like High Summons are awesome. It's a great story of a new adult, Jon, struggling to balance his magic life with the rest of his life. As a college student, he knows he has to work hard in his classes, but his desire to learn more about his abilities and the world of his father overwhelms him. When he finds a mentor, he knows this is his chance to develop his skills. It is even more fortunate that the mentor was a friend of his father who left him when he was young. (I suspect there is more of a connection than is revealed). Jon quickly realizes that the world of magic is more intense and dangerous than he realized and there is always a thin line between what he thinks is right and wrong.
I enjoyed this book. The characters and plot were well developed. I think the author did a great job of crafting a world that is believable and complete. This is a strong debut novel and a great start to a series. It was a book that for sure kept me turning pages.
High Summons got off to a sluggish start. It took some time to begin to get into this story but turned out to be a good read. Usually, I do not get into YA owing to the authors putting far too much romance into them; Eli Celata did not make this mistake. Yes, there is a slow start, but after that, she keeps the reader entangled in a story of a young man trying to figure out how to balance his demon hunting and his life. Trying times for anyone and the problems that come along with having such gifts may seem like a curse at times.
Jon's problems were, in the beginning, he was a son of a wizard that seemed to have missed the boat with the magic, but that all changes when he is introduced to a world of demon hunting by a man named Jordan. Jon is conflicted with many things in his life as many eighteen-year-olds find themselves.
The book is much better written than other books in the YA genre and I hope to see more books from this author.
The other aspect of the story that really stood out to me was the voice. Jon is an awesome main character. He made me laugh and wince, and I was rooting for him from the start.
The fantasy aspects reminded me of a classic fantasy novel. If you’re looking for something with a strong voice and magic, check out this novel.
Also, I thought it was cool that this book takes place in Rochester, which is just a few hours from my home. A character was named Jordan (my name) too, so it was sort of like this book was written for me, haha.
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