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The Summoner

The Summoner [Kindle Edition]

Gail Z. Martin
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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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.

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. Her corporate communications writing has been part of winning packages that include IABC Silver Anvil, BMA Pro-Ad, APEX and PICA awards. Gail's articles have appeared in over 35 publications throughout the East Coast

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 644 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844164683
  • Publisher: Double Dragon eBooks (2 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002A1ZZCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate mix of fantasy and romance 25 Feb 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A promising start to a fantasy series. Unfortunately, the characters lack individuality and the different points of view all appear samey. Very predictable plot and too hero-driven for my liking.

Gail Martin has attempted to mix a fantasy story with a romance novel, which just ruined the fantasy story. Describing at great length how there are no less than 3 love-of-my-life type relationships forming in a small group of adventurers gets old real quick. She should have stuck to the main story line, and kept the romance to the one relationship that has a direct impact on the story line, and in less detail.

While I enjoyed parts of the story, I ended up skipping large sections. Had hoped that a lot of the "mistakes" were limited to book 1 and that book 2 would focus on good story telling. Unfortunately book 2 was no improvement on book 1, if anything it shifted further towards a romance novel. Am only glad that I did not buy book 3 and book 4.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More teen romance. Aaaaaarrrgh! 28 Aug 2012
By Zak
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Please for the love of God - Joe Abercrombie, please release your next book sooner rather than later. I need some real fantasy. British fantasy. If I have to wade through another American teen-romance thinly disguised as a fantasy novel I may throw up my liver.

The dialogue is from Home and Away, the plot from a poorly thought out D&D adventure mixed with Mills & Boon.

And the final insult?


Bloody vampires!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An afternoon's distraction... 8 May 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bought this as I thought the plot (from the blurb on the back) had potential. Whilst the prose isn't too bad, the 'coincidences' that other reviewers have alluded to really got in the way of the narrative. Also, the addition of the vampiric subplot and the oh so tired 'dark power trying to rise again' theme left me dissapointed. As stated, I finished the book in an afternoon as most of it was qute readable if not exactly ground-breaking stuff. It would have been much better to simply have Tris learning to use his new powers to remove his usurper brother from the throne, rather than suddenly being confronted with the threat of this dark power which is only introduced in the final third of the book and had me groaning with dissapointment. All in all, whilst the first part is readable (the action could do with slowing down in places), the second dives straight into cliche territory and revisits the old haunts we know only too well. It's a shame because this could have been a wonderful new addition to the genre.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Average at best. 12 Jun 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book, like many others, on the strength of its blurb and the fact the cover was beautifully done and catches the eye. I was pretty disappointed by the actual content. There is virtually no character build up, so that they appear shallow and lacking personality. There are also questions about why the hell some of them are there in the first place... Harrtuck and Carroway, take a bow.

The plot is unoriginal as already said, but the fact the 'hero' is a Necromancer is a nice idea. Necromancer's usually appear only on the 'dark side' and to have one on the side of good would have been interesting... if it wasn't so boring. How can you take an idea like that and manage to make it boring?! Its a wonderful achievement on the part of the author.

The plot is poorly constructed, the coincidences that spatter the pages are embarrassing at best and the cliche's that seem to bind this book together just made me want to cringe.

All that being said, I read the whole thing. It may seem strange to slate a book like I just did, but to be honest I found it strangely compelling. Whether its clever writing (which i highly doubt), the urge to seek something mildly original among the pages, the desire to see if Harrtuck and Carroway have a purpose other than to flesh out the fight scenes, or the hope that Gail Z Martin may, somehow, manage to rescue the most boring necromancer ever to grace a book, i really don't know.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed 19 Jun 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book left me frustrated with my own inability to finish it. Neither the characters, plot or style even pretend originality. The sole saving grace was to be the idea that the main character was a necromancer, and the only feature that saved this plot from total overdone banality. However, this is only the first time a necromancer has appeared as the protagonist in heroic fantasy (that I have read), but they have cropped up more and more frequently in other fantasy genres, courtesy of Anita Blake and others. I would not rank this combination as successful here, though perhaps it might have the potential to be in more skilled hands. Suggesting that Martin is in any way similar to Gemmell is laughable as none of the characters in The Summoner have the depth of a puddle compared constructs such as Druss. I bought this book on the strength of such reviews but what I got was a poor copy of authors I love, and a story that can only be described as boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great light read! 7 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I gave this five stars not because it is great literature but because I really enjoyed the story pure and simple. The author blends a dark theme with the constant hope of a better tomorrow. If you a looking for the depth of story of say Raymond E Fiest however if you want an enjoyable and relaxing read this is for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
My Dad recommended this book, I usually find it hard to stick to a book but this one had me hooked. I've read the whole series & wish it didn't end
Published 3 months ago by Ms Donna Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars so good i bought it twice
i had this book in paperback but unfortunately i lost it but it is so good i wanted to re read it again so i bought the kindle copy. its that good.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
excellent book very well written kept me interested the whole way through brought the next one in the series straight after finishing this one
Published 7 months ago by Michael Goodbun
5.0 out of 5 stars great new series
good flow to story line only problem then had to order the rest in series !new twist on good and evil mages
Published 9 months ago by B. Donnelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Very childish book
I managed to finish reading it from beginning 'till end, but am not going to continue with the series. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sai
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
Very well written.surprising how it suddenly ended just as I got going and left me wanting more. Just what a trilogy should do.
Published 20 months ago by Neil Hewitson
4.0 out of 5 stars It could be better
The writing is average at best, but I will keep through the full series as I really want to see where the author goes with the necromancer. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2012 by Jo Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy at its best!
Here is a new fantasy series that should rightly stand alongside the other great writers within this genre, on the bookshelf next to Kate Elliot, Brent Weeks, Janny Wurts and many... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by Lucinda
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Fantasy
Good and evil, light and dark, a dark-one imprisoned but on the verge of escape. Regicide. Kings and princes, nobles and peasants. A healer with a pouch of herbs. A trainee mage. Read more
Published on 1 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The summoner
This is a replacement as pages fell out of previous copy. love this book. would recommend, to anyone who loves syfy and fantasy
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Leanne
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