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The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – January 30, 2007
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.
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 I don't blame the author for that. Rather I blame the lack of editing that very quickly becoming apparent in today's publishing industry. This book could have lost over 100 pages and not suffered at all. It would have benefited even more from a couple of passes by Microsoft Word spell check, with grammar checking enabled. It would have benefited even more from an editor that would have sat down with Gail and said "Gail, babe, honey, you know I love you right? You are the sun, the moon, the stars, and the next (insert Gail's favorite author here), and I loved "The Summoner", but you know even (insert Gail's favorite author here)'s first works went through the bloody grinder of the editing process and became better for it..."
But since none of that happened, we have a book that is two long by a third, formulistic, and lacking a clear climax. Despite those flaws, though, it's not a terrible book, and I imagine that the primary purpose of the book is to set up the rest of the series, as any first book should.
It does that well enough, it crafts a world in which great things could happen, but haven't so far. It creates a complex world full of danger, which the protagonists manage to avoid by happenstance and clichéd encounters. It sets up a story that could be better than good, while still somehow managing to keep your expectations low.
I will likely read the rest of the series, not because I really cared about the characters, but because currently there is nothing else that appeals to me on my reading list. I will hope that the series gets better, but I won't feel let down if I don't.
In other words I'll continue on with the series, knowing full well what I'm getting into.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second reading of Chronicles of the Necromancer which begins with The Summoner.Read more