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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.

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    The Summoner

    I'm struggling to get through this book. The characters are weakly defined, tensions and conflicts feel contrived with little to evoke an emotional attachment in the reader and the writing itself lacks creativity. At one point the term 'run him through' was used 3 times in succession to describe the same scenario. Definitely off my reading list.

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    oh no not again

    On the plus side the summoner magic is well implemented and ... er (struggling to find more pluses)... the plot is just about interesting enough that I bought the second book, without being sufficiently gripping to keep me up late in the evenings. But I certainly will not be buying any more books by this author. The books are tightly packed with the usual fantasy cliche's, the writing style is utterly devoid of creativity, and the characters are one dimensional (or possibly even zero dimensional if such a thing is possible). What baffles me is why so many people give this derivative pulp 4 or 5 stars when there are genuinely talented writers currently publishing books in the genre (e.g. Robin Hobb). I really just don't get why people like this so much.

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    The Summoner

    Fascinating story, well written, and interesting characters. Can't wait to start the next book.

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    Very good book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes fantasy books.

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    Unbelievably good.

    Amazing, this is the second time I am reading this book and it still enthralls me. I can see myself reading it again when once again I get bored with other authors

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