The Summoner

The Summoner

Book - 2007
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The comfortable world of Martris Drayke, second son of King Bricen of Margolan, is shattered when his older half-brother, Jared, and Jared¿s dark mage, Foor Arontala, kill the king and seize the throne. Tris is the only surviving member of the royal family aside from Jared the traitor. Tris flees with three friends: Soterius, captain of the guard; Carroway, the court¿s master bard; and Harrtuck, a member of the royal guard. Tris harbors a deep secret. In a land where spirits walk openly and influence the affairs of the living, he suspects he may be the mage heir to the power of his grandmother, Bava K¿aa, once the greatest sorceress of her age. Such magic would make Tris a Summoner, the rarest of magic gifts, capable of arbitrating between the living and the dead.
Publisher: Nottingham [England] : Solaris, 2007
ISBN: 9781844164684
1844164683
Characteristics: 637 p. : map. --

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eldarweninglorion
Jul 22, 2013

The first in The Chronicles of the Necromancer, it was a little difficult to get to know the characters in the beginning. But about 3/4 of the way through, each secondary character's story begins to unfold, so that, once you reach the end, you want to know the outcome of Prince Martris Drayke and his friends.

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Faelith
Apr 08, 2012

Meh, it's okay. Far from outstanding, but it's okay.

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Ubalstecha
Aug 29, 2010

Being the Spare is not all it's cracked up to be, especially when the Heir is a psychotic jerk. This is Tris's world. He is the second son from the second marriage of the king of Margolan. His older brother, Jared, is bully who is jealous of his brother's popularity with the people. So when Jared kills their father, the king, Tris knows he needs to flee.

This sets up a breakneck race across the country as Tris tries to make it to a neighbouring kingdom where his uncle is king. Add to this the problem of Tris's burgeoning necromancy powers. It appears that more than just being able to see dead people, he is actually the magical heir of his late Grandmother, Bava K'aa. This would mean he is a summoner, a mage who is able to ease the transition of the dead to the other side and summon them to do his bidding.

Author Gail Martin has created a solid high fantasy novel that is a bit of a throwback to the works of the 80s, but with just enough grittiness and inventive world building to give it a freshness. Despite it's size, this novel is a very easy read that will leave you satisfied.

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South_Ender
Mar 15, 2010

Not the greatest story but very readable. You can pick it up and plow through or walk away. It flounders near the middle and the battle scenes are on the other side of nail biting. A couple of clever ideas to hook a reader though.
No not the most original but very readable and mostly enjoyable.

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Thriuin
Dec 02, 2009

This novel is readable, but unoriginal. The characters are flat and unoriginal, as is the plot. Unfortunately, this novel does not bring anything new to the epic fantasy genre.

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eldarweninglorion
Jul 22, 2013

eldarweninglorion thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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eldarweninglorion
Jul 22, 2013

After watching the murder of his father, Prince Martris Drayke is forced to flee from his beloved homeland. Is he really a powerful Summoner, and will he be able to remain out of the clutches of those who wish to kill him?

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eldarweninglorion
Jul 22, 2013

" 'He knows now that you are a spirit mage. He, too, would have been able to feel the power you wielded in the Ruune Vidaya. Arontala fears that we would follow you, should you rise against him.' "

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