3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great............ for use as kindling,
This review is from: The Summoner (Chronicles of the Necromancer) (Mass Market Paperback)
I coudn't wait to buy this book as i had heard good things and there only a few good new fantasy books coming out, however i quickly realised that The Summoner was actually really rubbish.
The main problem with it, is that it is simply too boring. You know where the book is going as a five year old could figure out the plot. At the very least you would expect a couple of good twists and turns, something unexpected, but sadly the only unexpected thing was just how bad this book was, which is a shame because the premise behind this story could have been turned it something quite wonderful.
Another problem comes from the characters. They are very basic and seem to have no depth to their personality. Relationships between the characters also seems just plain dull. You will also find yourself questioning the very necessity of some "major" characters e.g. Harrtuck, Carroway. The only interesting character seems to be Vahanian. You also start to wonder why the hell are there are vampires roaming around??? (apparently vampires are a passion of the author's and so finds it necessary to include them in no matter how contrived their raison d'etre).
The synopsis on the back says, and i quote, "The Summoner marks the debut of a stunning new talent in the fantasy firmament, and the beginning of an epic story that will leave readers gasping for more." Does the old maxim, don't judge a book by its cover, ring any bells? The author certainly is not a stunning new talent and the only epic feeling you get from this is just how a great a waste of time it is to actually read it.
Save your money people there's much better stuff out there. I would recommend anything by Scott Lynch, Jim Butcher, Terry Goodkind and Robert Newcomb.
The author does, however, receive one star purely for actually managing to get this piece of rubbish published.