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Nidic Waq is a prophet. Instead of being revered he is an outcast. He is what is called a Spirit Summoner, someone who can communicate with the thousands of souls flowing freely within the Currents, a place that is distinct from the physical world.
With the help of Nidic, Darr discovers that he is also a Spirit Summoner. All the years of having spirit voices intruding on his thoughts is now explained.
On the way to Stern Darr gets lost and is rescued by another Spirit Summoner, Racall who becomes his friend and mentor.
The four Sephirs, earth, air, fire and water have to be returned to the Currents and that is the task Darr ultimately has to undertake.
As in all good stories there have to be some baddies. The Devoid are evil and they created the Soul Seekers. Soul Seekers murder people and rip out their souls. Their methods of killing their victims are gruesome, but not gratuitous in the confines of this story.
An assortment of interesting characters flesh out this tale. Conra the Elf, a friend of Darr's father is a staunch ally along with the Dwarf people
Only a Spirit Summoner can restore the Sephirs but The Devoid and their Soul Seekers are desperate to gain the power of the Sephirs for themselves.
When Darr meets up with his sister and brother, and with the help of Conra and their other friends they set off to find the Sephirs and return them to their rightful state. If they fail, civilization as they know it, is doomed.
This was an intriguing story, very well written with interesting characters. A few scenes when the Soul Seekers attack and destroy villages are a tad gruesome, but riveting just the same.
There is a sequel to this story and I am looking forward to reading it.
I was given an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review and I certainly hit the jackpot with Spirit Summoner.
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.
"Spirit Summoner", by Matt Campbell, is an epic fantasy, and also a tale of self-discovery on the part of the main character. Darr Reintol is the middle of three children in his family. His older brother, Erec, is a warrior to the heart, training to be a soldier. His younger sister, Jinn—the only girl—serves as a living legacy of their dead mother. Darr feels there is nothing special about him—except his ability to hear the voices of spirits from a place called “The Currents”. And when the book begins, Darr is not sure what purpose hearing them serves.
During the course of the book, he finds out. He is drafted into service for which he is not really prepared and drawn into in a conflict he does not initially understand, sent on a trek to restore the stability of his world. He discovers that magic, supposedly suppressed, is not only alive and potent but part of him. His journey takes him through the land which, in his innocent youth, he always longed to see. Along the way he meets dangers, magical beings and also members of other races, some of whom travel with him for a time. His brother and sister become his most valuable allies but—as Darr ultimately discovers—he must come to terms with his own power before he can fulfill his destiny.
What I liked best about this book were the elements of earth magic—air, fire, water and earth were all represented—which resonated with me. Darr’s quest is all about balance which, it becomes evident, he needs in his own life. As with any epic fantasy, there’s a considerable amount of world-building in this first installment of what appears to be a series. Readers who love fantasy will look forward to the balance of the “Chosen of the Light” saga and to discovering its ultimate message.
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