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The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 30, 2007
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Gail Martin has worked with non-profit and for-profit organizations in many industries. She is an adjunct professor for UNC Charlotte and a part-time instructor for Central Piedmont Community College who teaches public speaking, continuing education (marketing topics) and public relations writing. She is an award winning writer with articles and stories published throughout the US.
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When I read the book it was some monthes after its purchase, I didn't realise it wasn't a one-shot so when I finished it I was disappointed : I would like to read the final confrontation between the heroes of the light against the evil sorcerer and his puppet, but no, I didn't want another full book to know who would survive (I' was pretty sure the prince and princess would and have many heirs for their kingdoms !), but I found most of the characters likeable enough to go read the rewiews of the other volumes to know about their fate.
A reading for leisure, easy even if English isn't your first langage.
Not a unforgettable book
This premise is promising and I bought the book in spite of the negative reviews, it was a bad decision. The story drags on, goes nowhere quickly (way to long for what the book covers), and the character development is painful to read through. What started as a great idea dies under the writing of this author. I have never read anything else by this writer and I don't know if it is just this book that is poorly written and developed, or if everything they write is like this book, but I won't be buying anything else from this author.
If I could rate this book as no stars I would.
Good enough for me to read through and keep going, but the characters are not very deep, the plot isn't very deep, nothing is very deep. But the pacing is very good, and I somehow cared enough to keep reading; ymmv.
Oh, and I hope you like gasping. A whole lot. Because everyone (especially the female characters) gasps at every little thing.
With all that being said this book was pretty good. I can't quite pinpoint what made it so, since it is a pretty standard tale in the fantasy department. I think it has to do with all the combined elements. It's a good story, the characters are endearing, and I guess it has a unique spin with the Necromancer being the main character.
I usually pick up a book if I am attracted to it's cover. Then, it's title, and if those qualities are met I'll open it up and give it a test read. The book started off interesting and Gail does a good job of keeping the pace and keeping you interested in what's going to happen next.
Overall this was an enjoyable book. If you're inbetween reads or want a good solid faithful story, you'll like this.
But it wasn't enough to carry me through the entire book. The main character was mildly interesting...his magic talents were a little silly (i.e. didn't make much sense), and the story wasn't packed with a solid foundation.
You can have the greatest characters, but a story that's lacking...or a great story with lacking characters.. This book was equally flawed in both areas..
Robert Jordan is much better...or even Lorna Freeman...or Greg Keyes (Briar King).
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