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Campbell tells the fantastic story of Darr Reintol, a village boy and young summoner with hidden abilities and strength even he isn’t aware of. Initially, he thinks of his abilities as an annoyance, hearing the spirits babble incoherently. But when Darr meets up with the prophet Nadiq Waq, the world the village boy thought he knew is revealed as vastly different and very precarious. He learns that he can enter a realm of spirits, and control elemental magic, the very magic that might be turning against the world as evil starts to weaken artifacts meant to maintain balance.
Campbell does an excellent job developing the story and the main characters and the world in which they exist. He spends just the right amount of time on world-building, without making it over-bearing or dumping information on the reader as some authors tend to. There is a lot to follow, but Campbell weaves together the story with the background to reveal a living and breathing.
In this first book “Spirit Summoner (The Chosen of Light)”, Campbell brings life to both the heroic and the mental struggle of Darr Reintol. He creates a world and characters that are entertaining and believable, and manages this first stage of the epic fantasy with the adeptness of an expert. The reader will get a real sense of a larger world existing beyond that of the story, one in which the fantastic can, and will, take place.
A young boy yearns for adventure. Darr lives in a small village never thinking he’ll ever go to new places and have adventures. Yet in one day his life changes forever when he meets the mysterious Nidic Waq. He also encounters the Soul Seekers which threaten life and the Light. Thus Darr starts down a path unknown to him encountering friends and enemies alike. He must learn to tell the difference to survive. As time passes, Darr begins to understand what and who he is as a Spirit Summoner. Along the way he meets Racall, the Archon of Earth, who helps and encourages Darr with his skills. Can Darr live up to the faith Nidic Waq has in him? Can he gain the confidence he needs to control his summoning skills? Spirit Summoner keeps you reading as you travel with Darr through Ictar to save the Light of all.
Despite being a very imaginative and well written book, it was a little wordy - but that's usually the case for an author's first novel. Once you get past the inital set-up and introduction to the cast, and Darr's quest begins, the read grows both enthralling and addicting. The ending of Spirit Summoner will have you salivating for the arrival of the second book of the series. While this genre is not my favorite, it's still a great read. Five Stars.
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