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Another theme is figuring out how favorably influence the society he is the titular head of. He is the figurehead ruler of a kingdom where the noble class governs the serf class solely to the benefit of the rich and attempts to govern their ruler the same way. The nobles forcefully resist all the changes he seeks to make to better the lives of everyone.
Finally, there are signs on the horizon of a monotheistic religion displacing the pagan religions which dominate. Luckily Jim has a copy of the bible on his Kindle which he plans to use to help structure and support the new religion.
The book was a bit hard for me in the beginning, but I plowed on and found that after the first 10% or so it got much better. If it sounds interesting to you, persevere and it delivers a good story.
I would have delivered a higher ranking if it weren't hard to get into.
The premise, an extremely knowledgeable kid summoned by a wizard to be king of a land on another world, had me intrigued from the start. The reader gets a brief glimpse into Jim's life on Earth before he's brought by the wizard, Maynard, to be king of Kalymbria.
Maynard knew exactly what he was doing when he chose Jim, because Jim isn't one to play the part of a puppet king like he's supposed to--or, at least, how his advisory council wants him to. Having made extensive study of our own American Constitution, he's not just going to rubber-stamp the corrupt council's legislation that pretty much serves to advance their own powers while exempting themselves from the laws they pass and the taxes they levy. Instead, he'll take back the powers proper to the king of Kalymbria, root out the corruption, and establish a just government.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jim's journey through navigating the corrupt council, forging alliances with other nations, and facing threats from within and without the Kalymbrian government. Maybe I'm more politically-minded than I realized, but it made for a fun read. The characters were enjoyable as well. Jim, while there wasn't much growth during the course of the story, has a great heart, and it seemed he was born to this role he'd found himself in. While he was found to have some weak magical potential, I liked that he had a strength in seeing what is essentially magical circuitry and used this skill to do magical programming of useful weaponry and gadgetry. Julia, his wife by arranged marriage (as kings must be married before their coronation), is feisty and has some powerful magic. Maynard, of course, is a wise wizard and a good mentor--and very strict about safety (as in, NOT trying magic you're not familiar with while unsupervised because it can get you or others hurt, or even killed).
This is book one of The Kalymbrian Chronicles, and I look forward to seeing where the adventure goes next.
The only downside about this book is that the main character is a bit too smart. For a seventeen year old, he is too well prepared for being dropped into a magical world that he knows nothing about, and tackles his problems with too much confidence. This occasionally makes him sound like a textbook as he talks his way through his solutions, so it was not as light of a read as I was expecting.
I have noticed that some of the other reviews claim that the book simply ends without a conclusion, and I don't quite agree with that. The conclusion comes quickly, but I think it fairly well closes off the first chapter of Jim's adventures in Kalymbria. It can't simply end with happily ever after if it is only the first in a series.
Overall, The Summoned King is a unique experience that is worth the download.
First big "no no" for me was that the MC( the main character) gets summoned to a new world and told, now you will do this and this and Mc is "yeah I'm in" highly improbable and it killed my immersion in book ( Yes I know its fantasy but still there has to have some rules).
Second "no no" was MC's attitude of everything in this world is wrong, let me rip it out and replace with things that I think are better! Starting from religion to government structure etc. ( i understand that the slavery and cultist sacrifice religions had to go, but bulldozing over the rest of presumably thousands of years of cultural development is a big NO)
Third "no no" was page after page of political maneuvering and planning. When I read fantasy books I expect fantasy and this spoiled it for me.
forth "no no" was generally the fact that MC was semi-genius. He knew politics, religion, theology and fighting/self-defense. That was another thing that broke my immersion/rapture.
The only "yes yes" was the magic and MC interaction with it, he wasn't all powerful from the beginning and had to work for it.
If the author had concentrated more on magic and its many opportunities and less on the "no no" parts, it would have been a decent book.
So, while it's not wasted money if you bought this book, I wouldn't recommend it.
But this is only my opinion.
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