Smoke Summons A captivating world of demons and dark magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician novels As a human vessel for an ancient spirit Sandis has never lived an ordinary li

  • Title: Smoke & Summons
  • Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • ISBN: Smoke and Summons
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  • Page: 416
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  • A captivating world of demons and dark magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician novels.As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis has never lived an ordinary life At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon a raging monster summoned to do his bidding Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host ex A captivating world of demons and dark magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician novels.As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis has never lived an ordinary life At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon a raging monster summoned to do his bidding Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal To stay alive, she must run And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis s fight for freedom But Sandis s master knows how powerful she is He s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device For her master has summoned than mere men to hunt her down Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 307 pages Published February 1st 2019 by 47North More Details Original Title Smoke and Summons ASIN B07C96XW1D Edition Language English Series Numina Trilogy 1 Other Editions All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Smoke Summons, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this book as focused on romance as the description suggests like 15 days ago See all 2 answers Morgan I m currently 60% of the way through the book and I m honestly not even sure if the characters have romantic interest in each other flag See 1 question about Smoke Summons Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 01, 2019 Melissa Dog Wolf Lover Martin rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy all, kindle first, kindle own, young adult This book was freaking awesome I got this book as my Kindle First pick for January You know, it sounded good and all but I had no idea This world of magic and demons and people in a world together Sandis and Rone are the main characters and I loved them I even loved Ireth, even though I shouldn t I hope he shows back up in the next book We shall see Happy Reading Mel flag 123 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Apr 29, 2018 Maria V Snyder rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received this book well before it s release date in the hopes that I would give it a blurb for the cover It s wonderful it s action packed and the characters are empathetic The unique world of dark wizards and creatures from another astral plane is fascinating Put this book in your TBR pile, you won t be sorry flag 52 likesLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Dee Arr rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy None of the magical features of Charlie N Holmberg s Smoke and Summons overwhelm you, and that s a good thing We become aware of the illegal magic practiced and are also informed that there are rare magical artifacts We are not allowed to see than that, at least not at this time.Which is okay, because it allows the story to revolve around Sandis, who is a vessel capable of becoming a temporary home of a demon Her life is about to abruptly change, which is where the story begins Her a None of the magical features of Charlie N Holmberg s Smoke and Summons overwhelm you, and that s a good thing We become aware of the illegal magic practiced and are also informed that there are rare magical artifacts We are not allowed to see than that, at least not at this time.Which is okay, because it allows the story to revolve around Sandis, who is a vessel capable of becoming a temporary home of a demon Her life is about to abruptly change, which is where the story begins Her attempts to escape from her former captor ensnares Rone, who has enough problems without adding Sandis to the list Both are seeking answers to their troubles while evading the ruthless people looking for them Ms Holmberg slowly builds his world, allowing us only to see whatever Sandis and Rone are experiencing This works well, eliminating the possibility of information dumps and keeping the book action oriented Tension is another underlying aspect of the plot, as the danger of capture lurks around every corner.Though they are scantily fleshed out, there is enough description to cause us to care about Rone and Sandis The villains in the story, both major and minor, are fairly one dimensional We can feel the essence of evil but not much else As the story focus is not on the villains, this tends not to be too much of a factor.Overall, this is a decent enough tale that I am considering taking the plunge and moving on to the second book The author almost lost me as I believed the book would end with a cliffhanger Thankfully, although the end was abrupt, the story did not finish with someone s life on the line Lighthearted at times, a slight breath of potential romance, and pages of action make this a solid four star effort flag 18 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Mel Epic Reading marked it as to read Shelves arc netgalley Release day and I just received an eARC Fun Really looking forward to this one being a bit odd and very magical flag 18 likesLike see review Tadiana Night Owl I ve been promised an ARC for this too Feb 02, 2019 10 17AM Oct 12, 2018 Jessica rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy OoooOOOOOH I got the chance to read this in advance, and wow This is a seriously intense adventure with lots of twists and turns and high energy escapes And creeeeeeepy magic I would not normally pick up a book like this, and I feel like I should warn squeamish readers that there is, at one point, a lot of blood Like, a LOT But I really am gonna need the next one, because that was one heck of a cliffhanger ending flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Logan rated it it was ok I found the idea of summons and vessels very interesting, but that s all I found interesting It very quickly went from Smoke Summons to Worry Running That s about all that happens in this book.The author tells us everything, instead of showing us anything The characters are shallow and bland The plot is almost nonexistent The 300 pages of chase scenes and worried internal monologues should ve served as the first 100 pages or so that would lay the ground work for further dev I found the idea of summons and vessels very interesting, but that s all I found interesting It very quickly went from Smoke Summons to Worry Running That s about all that happens in this book.The author tells us everything, instead of showing us anything The characters are shallow and bland The plot is almost nonexistent The 300 pages of chase scenes and worried internal monologues should ve served as the first 100 pages or so that would lay the ground work for further development in the same novel But nah Bon app tit A young target audience is no excuse to skimp on content Megan Whalen Turner Garth Nix J K Rowling Ray Bradbury Philip Pullman even Lol girl bye flag 13 likesLike see review Jan 27, 2019 ijeoma Agbaje rated it liked it

    My journey to love Charlie Holmberg s work is not up to an auspicious start While not necessarily a bad book, this book continually highlights that the YA genre takes little to no risks with their plot or characters Granted this is better than one s i ve read in recent years but honestly this could have been so so so so much better So rundown of my thoughts Little or no mention of this Numien mythology or whatever the heck their whole game in this is, just stringy basics This Ireth creatur

    My journey to love Charlie Holmberg s work is not up to an auspicious start While not necessarily a bad book, this book continually highlights that the YA genre takes little to no risks with their plot or characters Granted this is better than one s i ve read in recent years but honestly this could have been so so so so much better So rundown of my thoughts Little or no mention of this Numien mythology or whatever the heck their whole game in this is, just stringy basics This Ireth creature that s on the cover of the book does very little in the grand scale of things view spoiler There s a part in the book where they go to a library or something and Sandis sees some book on Nuscan sp mythology or something and for some reason Ireth causes her to black out Why didn t they grab the book Plus wasn t it counterproductive to keep making her black out when it wanted to give her information Why was the horse thing even trying to give her information Are all the creatures conscious What was so special about this one hide spoiler Also need What was that supposed to signify The basis of this book was supposed to be all about these mythical creatures but over 300 pages later and you re still no closer to figuring out anything This book felt like it was about Rone whose character i totally enjoyed by the way than it was about Sandis Sandis character was the equivalent of a potatoe and i get that she had been subservient for a long amount of time but did she have to have zero personality The only thing she really did here was smile and thank Rone over and over and over again She was so timid and it was frankly galling at times YA books continue to perpetuate this belief that two characters of the opposite sex cannot be in close vicinity with each other without developing strong emotional attachments that will lead to love Never friendship always love At this point, i m strongly considering the angle that publishing houses or editors are forcing authors to always put in this angle because are you people not tired of making the female protagonists fall in love with the first guy they meet

    Not super impressed but at least it didn t completely fall my hand As far as YA books go, it s actually not terrible. flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Boostamonte Halvorsen rated it it was ok review of another edition This book bothered me for many reasons but here are the main ones This book is a classic example of weak plot syndrome Where the plot isn t really good so you fill the pages with chase scene after chase scene And then, in the calmer spots, you get the woes of young love and the weakness of the main characters Sandis is a super weak woman and a horrible role model for women especially young women , IMO She is the classic damsel in distress and never grows out of it The only time she sho This book bothered me for many reasons but here are the main ones This book is a classic example of weak plot syndrome Where the plot isn t really good so you fill the pages with chase scene after chase scene And then, in the calmer spots, you get the woes of young love and the weakness of the main characters Sandis is a super weak woman and a horrible role model for women especially young women , IMO She is the classic damsel in distress and never grows out of it The only time she shows backbone is when she insists on running in a certain directionbut she is still runningeven though she has immense power inside her Maybe this is on purpose maybe Charlie is setting it up so she can have a big moment where she finds her power But honestly, this book could have used that scene All the characters felt wooden and very trope y None of them had any depth and I couldn t get into them at all Another thing that bothered me was the clunky writing I mean, it was just clunky Hard to explain, but it just felt odd Meh flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2018 Marie marked it as to read review of another edition SMOKE AND SUMMONS New Title I ve read all of Charlie Holmberg s books and love each and every one of them My absolute favourite Followed by Frost which I totally recommend you read if you haven t yet.I m sure this one will be one of my favourites too flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 09, 2019 Kristen rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 starsThis was great flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Lisa rated it liked it One of the things I really loved about Holmberg s THE PAPER MAGICIAN was that, in addition to brilliant world building, Holmberg had created a really interesting female protagonist that was full of agency and continually striving to live in the world according to her own terms It also told a complete story, one that could have been read as a standalone, but was enhanced as you moved forward in the series.I was excited to read SMOKE AND SUMMONS for those reasons But unfortunately, I was disappo One of the things I really loved about Holmberg s THE PAPER MAGICIAN was that, in addition to brilliant world building, Holmberg had created a really interesting female protagonist that was full of agency and continually striving to live in the world according to her own terms It also told a complete story, one that could have been read as a standalone, but was enhanced as you moved forward in the series.I was excited to read SMOKE AND SUMMONS for those reasons But unfortunately, I was disappointed While the world building is still stupendous and I envy Holmberg s ability to create such a sense of mood and place , I found it difficult to connect with either Sandis or Rone, but especially not Sandis By the very nature of her being a human vessel, Sandis becomes a character who is acted upon rather than one who has agency of her own, even though she has moments throughout the story where she makes choices and acts The whole keep the vessel pure and virginal trope even though that applied to males as well rubs me the wrong way by reinforcing her as a beautiful vessel that needs to be protected even though she has access to this incredible power in the form of a numen I m not saying Sandis needs to have sex, but I yearn to read stories about characters who define for themselves what makes them truly valuable.Perhaps the most frustrating thing for me about this however, is an issue that often happens when the intent is a series This was really about world building, and laying a foundation for what is to come, rather than telling a really solid story that fits into one book, but makes you want to read What draws me back into any series is a story well told, that I don t want to see end, not a story incompletely told that is only building up to a cliffhanger.I truly wanted to love this book, because I find Holmberg such an interesting and talented writer But, in the end, it was not a book for me 3.5 stars if I could do a.5 flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 08, 2019 Crystal King rated it it was amazing Shelves fantasy Loved loved this book Read it in two nights and it left me bereft and desperate to be back in the world of Sandis and Rone And what a cliffhanger at the end I m in awe of how Holmberg s worldbuilding and ability to drag you deep into the hearts and emotions of her characters Absolutely fantastic flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Diane rated it it was ok Shelves dystopian, free or bargain kindle, paranormal, ya, young adult fiction, 2 star, 2019 read Meh.This was a kindle first reads for January Maybe this will appeal to a much juvenile audience than myself Because this is classic YA paranormal schmaltz Girl with exemplary powers even for her kind can be possessed and used as a tool whether she likes it or not, girl miraculously ESCAPES and right away meets a boy with exemplary powers of his own , they this will shock you, i know fall in love in two days, view spoiler get caught, hide spoiler , spend time doubtin Meh.This was a kindle first reads for January Maybe this will appeal to a much juvenile audience than myself Because this is classic YA paranormal schmaltz Girl with exemplary powers even for her kind can be possessed and used as a tool whether she likes it or not, girl miraculously ESCAPES and right away meets a boy with exemplary powers of his own , they this will shock you, i know fall in love in two days, view spoiler get caught, hide spoiler , spend time doubting their love, view spoiler escape again hide spoiler , etc etc etc etc been there done that.And I m okay with formulaic stuff but beyond the formula, this book is only okay Definitely not bad, but not much than okay I don t regret reading it especially for free but I won t be continuing on in the series because I just don t particularly care what happens to any of the characters , or the world they live in okay, maybe I m a little interested in finding out what happens with Rone s mom but not interested enough to put up with the musings and questionable teen choices of the other characters flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 13, 2019 Lisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Charlie N Holmberg writes just the type of books that I like, so I knew going into this one that there was a high chance of me loving it and I m happy to say that wound up being the case.Smoke Summons has some fantastic world building This book takes place in a city that was built on the ruins of an ancient city There are artifacts and old magics left over from this old civilization, but most people don t pay attention to that, they just go about living their lives The place is crowded Charlie N Holmberg writes just the type of books that I like, so I knew going into this one that there was a high chance of me loving it and I m happy to say that wound up being the case.Smoke Summons has some fantastic world building This book takes place in a city that was built on the ruins of an ancient city There are artifacts and old magics left over from this old civilization, but most people don t pay attention to that, they just go about living their lives The place is crowded and filled with pollution, the air literally raining down sludge to the point that only the very rich can afford to have white buildings and keep them white Status seems to be an important factor The very wealthy can afford to do whatever they want because the justice system is completely corrupted and you can literally buy your way out of trouble There is a jail that is so overcrowded that they regularly purge it s prisoners in the form of execution it s definitely somewhere you don t want to end up unless you have the means to bribe an official to get you out Oh, and you can leave the city but you can t just leave the country You have to get special paperwork in order to leave and it s very expensive and hard to come by, so most of the population is literally stuck there I thought this aspect of the world was really intriguing and it also makes circumstances that much harder for our characters.The magic in this was pretty cool too There are a couple of different things going on here First, there are many people in a the underground who use illegal forms of magic, one of which is summoning, and one of the strongest of these people is Sandis master, Kazen He has several slaves, most of them children, whose bodies are able to be used in a ritual where powerful beings from another plane are called to manifest in this world to do the summoner s bidding When the beings take over the vessels, the children, lose consciousness and they can t remember anything when they come back to themselves, or any of the horrible things that they may have been forced to do The other kind of magic is artifacts with magical properties that seem to be left over from the ancient civilization the city was built over We get hints that these things are related, but that may be a mystery to be solved in later books.The characters in this are great, but that s not a surprise because characters are a strength of the author s I really loved Sandis She s a character that always tries to do the right thing and feels bad when she can t do anything to help, even though her own circumstances are so bad And, despite those circumstances, and all the bad things that have happened to her, she s not completely devoid of hope It would be so easy just to give up in a situation like that, but she keeps on pushing forward Then we meet Rone he s a bit of a rascal He doesn t follow the rules, but he seems to have a good motivation behind his actions When he and Sandis meet, he has a battle with himself on whether to help her out, but in the end his conscious wins out Now Rone has two major problems he needs to solve Rone is also jaded and cynical than Sandis it wasn t hard at all for me to empathize with him I really loved their relationship the way their personalities brushed against one another made for an interesting dynamic The way things played out was not at all what I expected, so kudos to the author for that I m keen on seeing what s next for them.I feel like Kazen is a nice step forward for Holmberg s villains, which in the past I ve found very mustache twirly that s not a bad thing, but sometimes you do like to see a little motive Kazen is every bit a mad scientist of a dark wizard He s also a thug akin to something of a mob boss He uses the beings spirits from the astral plane to intimidate others in the city into falling in line with his plans and giving him whatever he wants He s powerful, has a ton of resources, and is absolutely ruthless in his pursuit of his plans We don t know exactly why he s doing what he s doing but we do at least find out what he s up to eventually and it s something that has dire consequences not only for our protagonist as the strongest of his vessels, but also for the city if this power is able to be unleashed He s still mostly a one dimensional villain, but at least there s a little depth to him than previous villains she s written.Overall, I had a great time reading this one and I m looking forward to the next book in the series 4.5 5 stars.Thanks to the folks at Wunderkind PR and 47North for sending me a copy for review purposes This did not affect my review in any way flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Boone rated it it was ok No one s going to read this, why do I write book reviews None of my friends are on this site, and I doubt people who are on the site look for other people s reviews Oh well.I think Charlie builds a decent fantasy world, but this one is a lot weaker than her Paper Magician series I think this is an attempt to make a darker series but keep her super wholesome religious characters It s not that this is a hopepunk or whatever people are calling it, but you can definitely tell that the author is No one s going to read this, why do I write book reviews None of my friends are on this site, and I doubt people who are on the site look for other people s reviews Oh well.I think Charlie builds a decent fantasy world, but this one is a lot weaker than her Paper Magician series I think this is an attempt to make a darker series but keep her super wholesome religious characters It s not that this is a hopepunk or whatever people are calling it, but you can definitely tell that the author is very devout and has particular ideas on how people should be, and that s what she writes about The main character is pure, trusting, and constantly being degraded by the world, literally dropped in the sewers multiple times and enslaved but never violated and yet never loses her faith in a thinly veiled god She is betrayed by the last person she trusts but is obviously going to forgive this person because she just wants to cook for him or something, I don t know Honestly, the budding romance is the worst, I d rather she rescue herself thanks.Reading Charlie s books, you can guess what part of the US she s from, and that s fine She s obviously very devout, and it shows because her characters are a very particular sort of wholesome In the Magicians series it works because it s set in Victorian England anyway, so it fits well for the time, and the heroine was mostly working out her own shit It just felt organic The Numina series feels forced, like she set out to write about her faith and how it interacts with the world through a bunch of metaphors around slavery and demonic possession and endless bouncing between sewers and rooftops get it, highs and lows The girl is possessed of awesome power but never wields it herself, she is only a vessel for some otherworldly force to act through her She literally has no agency of her own, she s called a vessel like 100 times, and most of the book is her being backed into a corner before her fire horse demon or her boyfriend betrayer can save them, probably by descending into a sewer It seems like the only things she does of her own free will, her contribution to trying to get away, is cleaning up and making sure the boyfriend betrayer gets something to eat.This is Twilight level wish fulfillment fantasy Which is fine if that s your thing, but it isn t mine flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Cari rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, kindle first, read in 2019, young adult Smoke and Summons was my Kindle First selection for January 2019.A quick overview of the plot Sandis is a young woman who is being held captive by evil men who dabble in occult practices On her back she bares the markings of the demon Ireth, a stallion engulfed in flames Her captor, Kazen, uses her body as a vessel into which he can summon and control the demon in order to carry out dark deeds of murder and mayhem When Sandis sees Kazen kill another young vessel while trying to summon an even Smoke and Summons was my Kindle First selection for January 2019.A quick overview of the plot Sandis is a young woman who is being held captive by evil men who dabble in occult practices On her back she bares the markings of the demon Ireth, a stallion engulfed in flames Her captor, Kazen, uses her body as a vessel into which he can summon and control the demon in order to carry out dark deeds of murder and mayhem When Sandis sees Kazen kill another young vessel while trying to summon an even powerful, evil demon, she decides to flee for her life before she becomes the next victim During her escape, she meets a young man named Rone and inadvertently gets him caught up in the mess resulting from her escape from Kazen and his band of grafters Luckily, Rone is a pretty crafty guy who makes his living doing shady things and has a very powerful magical relic up his sleeve ahem in his pocket I m totally shocked by how great this book ended up being In the beginning, I was not at all sold I was a little lost due to the absence of any backstory and or a brief introduction to the world in which this story was taking place however, I stuck with it for the first few chapters and as the sense of adventure built, so did the rest Before long, I was desperate not to put my Kindle down and just had to know what would happen next I thought this was extremely creative and imaginative, with the perfect amount of tactful romance that also built at a steady and respectable pace Bravo I can t wait for the next book flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Carol StarAngels Reviews Allen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 4 or stars, cliffhanger, fantasy, magic 4 1 2 Demon Stars updatetake back what I said about the author being malehahahasorry I jumped the gun on that one before reading the authors profile I received this book as a First Read from and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story I normally am skeptical about male author s writing about female protagonist s but this author did a wonderful job of capturing true emotions and had me finishing this book rather quickly And the cliffhanger WowI ca 4 1 2 Demon Stars updatetake back what I said about the author being malehahahasorry I jumped the gun on that one before reading the authors profile I received this book as a First Read from and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this story I normally am skeptical about male author s writing about female protagonist s but this author did a wonderful job of capturing true emotions and had me finishing this book rather quickly And the cliffhanger WowI can t wait until April when the next book in this series is released The beginning was a bit confusing but once everything started to fall into place, I zipped right through and couldn t wait to find out how everything was going to play out Fantastic job flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Andy Irwin rated it did not like it review of another edition The dialogue is bad I don t care about either of the main characters I m infuriated by every single one of their laboriously written choices The world building that is praised by other reviewers is missing from the novel I read, there must have been some secret pages in some other edition that I missed I don t know what it is I don t know what it wants to be I only know it s bad in a what will they do now Will our young heroes escape the big bad bastard and his mates this time And this The dialogue is bad I don t care about either of the main characters I m infuriated by every single one of their laboriously written choices The world building that is praised by other reviewers is missing from the novel I read, there must have been some secret pages in some other edition that I missed I don t know what it is I don t know what it wants to be I only know it s bad in a what will they do now Will our young heroes escape the big bad bastard and his mates this time And this time And this time kind of way.Let me give you a spoiler you won t care either way flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Stephen Topp rated it liked it review of another edition I think this is the first Kindle First book that I actually enjoyed.Holmberg is a fantastic world builder We already knew this thanks to the Paper Magician series, and here it happens again We re dropped into an alternate world with magic, organised religion, corrupt politicians and all I don t think I could point to a single paragraph where any of this is explained to the reader, but everything seems familiar by the time it becomes important to the story.After reading SO MANY books where I I think this is the first Kindle First book that I actually enjoyed.Holmberg is a fantastic world builder We already knew this thanks to the Paper Magician series, and here it happens again We re dropped into an alternate world with magic, organised religion, corrupt politicians and all I don t think I could point to a single paragraph where any of this is explained to the reader, but everything seems familiar by the time it becomes important to the story.After reading SO MANY books where I cannot get past the terrible conversations that exist just to explain who everybody is and what their backstory is, this was simply a delight Holmberg s worlds aren t just interesting and creative, but she knows how to drop you into them so they feel familiar.Now the trouble.Our main characters are all tropes I suppose that helps, because it allows us to be familiar with them off the bat, but none of them grow beyond their tropes over the course of the book There s also way too much damsel in distressing.But it s a real page turner creative world and a well told story looking forward to book 2 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Isseya rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book started off so well A really interesting setup about demons being summoned into humans, about a man who could make himself invincible for a minute each day It was all was so promising So why then do I have all this shit I need to rant about Oh, that s right, because the beginning is the best part of the entire book I m just going to rant about the things that annoyed me now, because I need an outlet Major spoilers ahead After the characters are set up and our problems are put in This book started off so well A really interesting setup about demons being summoned into humans, about a man who could make himself invincible for a minute each day It was all was so promising So why then do I have all this shit I need to rant about Oh, that s right, because the beginning is the best part of the entire book I m just going to rant about the things that annoyed me now, because I need an outlet Major spoilers ahead After the characters are set up and our problems are put in place, the plot just stops for like, half the book Nothing at all meaningful happens for such a long period of time The characters are chased and then get away Then they are chased some and then get away Then, you guessed it, the characters are chased again, and again they get away Why you would ever fill your book with such a meaningless scenario over and over again is beyond me Like, yes, they are on the run, but surely you could think of something else they could be doing for all this time, other than getting caught and escaping endlessly It paints the villains as utterly incompetent, and the threat as completely non existent because oh surprise, our heroes got away again, just like last time.Not only is the villain incompetent, but our heroes are too apparently The characters make the stupidest mistake of leaving the villain bleeding out at the end of the book, even though he s all alone and defenseless at the time instead of killing him outright, then, oh my god shock twist, he survived DUN DUN DUN, WHO COULD HAVE POSSIBLY FORESEEN SUCH A THING Speaking of the villain, he s not even properly developed until the end of the book, so for the majority of the read, all we have to go on to think he s evil and a super bad person is a very short scene at the start of the book, where he burns a guy doesn t kill him for betraying him, which like that s not exactly super evil, is it It s not like he kills the guy and his whole family for the betrayal And then, no joke, the same guy he burned even shows up later in the book, completely fine and out enjoying his night at a pub The amount of absolute horror and panic that our characters show in the face of our villain is not at all proportional to what he s done One of the things that annoyed me most about this book though is that the main character, Sandis, is literally only religious when she s about to die Like, I m not kidding here, she only ever prays to God when she s in mortal danger I only even found out she was meant to be religious in a throwaway line at the end of the book, when she refers to the god of the world as her god Considering the author is highly religious, which she mentions as a big part of her life in the thank you section, you would think this part of her main character would be fleshed out Sandis goes to a literal cathedral and doesn t even pray or think of her god once while she s there, like, are you kidding me I m not even religious, and this inconsistency with her character bothered me I could go into things, like how Sandis notices that an item is fake when she sees it, and then later on when it s confirmed that it was a fake, she s like OMG REALLY WOW, as if she never even suspected it where s your editor to pick up on these inconsistencies , but I m just done with this book I think Done talking about it, done thinking about it It s such a shame because this book started off so strongly, and then the rest felt so rushed and barely thought out that it was like I was reading a completely different book I don t know what happened, if the author tried to get it published too quickly or they just didn t plan out the story very well or what, but the and I read the and I was letdown flag 2 likesLike see review ijeoma Agbaje In chapter 1 Sandis mentions she s not especially religious any it was also heresy not that Kazen cared for religion Sandis did Or had But th In chapter 1 Sandis mentions she s not especially religious any it was also heresy not that Kazen cared for religion Sandis did Or had But that didn t matter any Plus I don t think it s a stretch for her to have been asking for some divine intervention when she was in danger Especially as Kolingard is a religious society Jan 30, 2019 11 25AM Isseya I just wish it was consistent, like, she asks for help from the god every time she s in danger, which happens a lot in this book, but she never p I just wish it was consistent, like, she asks for help from the god every time she s in danger, which happens a lot in this book, but she never prays or does anything to show devotion or gain favour when she has time to herself Maybe my problem is that she s pretty selfish if she only cares about the god in times of peril Jan 30, 2019 11 38AM Jan 08, 2019 Elly rated it liked it review of another edition The initial reveal was good, giving you just enough to be interested to keep reading And the writing was good It pulled you along for sure, was easy to read and generally made you want to keep picking it up.However post set for up things took a turn for the worst The middle was essentially the same segment on repeat running to do x job, almost captured and then hiding and recovering ad naseaum There was no emotional ups and downs, it was tense and fast all the way through The breaks where The initial reveal was good, giving you just enough to be interested to keep reading And the writing was good It pulled you along for sure, was easy to read and generally made you want to keep picking it up.However post set for up things took a turn for the worst The middle was essentially the same segment on repeat running to do x job, almost captured and then hiding and recovering ad naseaum There was no emotional ups and downs, it was tense and fast all the way through The breaks where they figured out what to do didn t feel like emotional breaks It was emotional level set high to the point where it felt like the same thing, different allyway There were very little reveals and it felt like nothing was really happening Additionally, the assumption that a magic rich relative is going to be able to magically fix everything is a rubbish one It would have been better if they d made for the hills and used all the magic blah to do it.Frustrating that our heroine is strong and clever and rare and able to get herself out of her cage, but also stupid and requires men to help her along when she s outside While Rone is around she makes no decisions and is very simpering look how pleased she is with giving him bread, and folding his laundry Wtf She is super badass vessel, reduced to beyond grateful laundry folder for a man Also frustrating that Rone s mother is so placid and forgiving at the end Ridiculous I m also annoyed that I picked this book as part of the January Prime read I usually only read stand alones I m frustrated at having to wait for the second book I m hoping there will be some character developments where our lady grows a spine flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Dawn rated it it was amazing A great read with some very interesting characters and a well thought out magic system where slaves are used as vessels that allow demons to be summoned into them.The story centres around one of these slaves and a thief she runs into while trying to escape her summoner Romance ensues as they hide, fight, betray and sacrifice in a story that has a satisfying ending but still leaves enough unanswered questions that you need to check when the next book is due flag 5 likesLike see review Sep 12, 2018 Ali Jones rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow I feel like each time I read a new book by Charlie Holmberg it becomes my new favorite book And this one is no exception I read this as an ARC and it blew me away With such a busy schedule it normally takes me a couple weeks to read a book this one took two days because I couldn t put it down The story line was amazing, the two main characters, Sandis and Rone are very well developed and relatable and the plot is action packed I still can t believe the imagination Charlie has I ve re Wow I feel like each time I read a new book by Charlie Holmberg it becomes my new favorite book And this one is no exception I read this as an ARC and it blew me away With such a busy schedule it normally takes me a couple weeks to read a book this one took two days because I couldn t put it down The story line was amazing, the two main characters, Sandis and Rone are very well developed and relatable and the plot is action packed I still can t believe the imagination Charlie has I ve read a lot of sci fi and fantasy and this was like nothing I ve read before in a good way My only complaint is that I have to wait for the next two books flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Tamera rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves fantasy, first reads, awesome authors This was a First Reads selection for January I usually wait until close to the end of the month to grab my First Reads choice, after plenty of reviews have rolled in, but I was so excited to see Charlie N Holmberg on the list that I snatched this one up right away This is, without a doubt, her best piece yet.The worldbuilding and character development in Smoke and Summons is extremely well done You re handed everything you need to follow along and paint a mental picture through story progres This was a First Reads selection for January I usually wait until close to the end of the month to grab my First Reads choice, after plenty of reviews have rolled in, but I was so excited to see Charlie N Holmberg on the list that I snatched this one up right away This is, without a doubt, her best piece yet.The worldbuilding and character development in Smoke and Summons is extremely well done You re handed everything you need to follow along and paint a mental picture through story progression without ever feeling like it s being spoon fed The world she builds is dark but vivid, crafted incredibly well, and the characters are multi faceted in a way that left me thinking about them every time I closed the book And closing it was not easy I downloaded it to my kindle with the intention of reading just a few chapters before bed 30% of the story later, I was fighting myself to finally go to sleep because this was all I could think about I have not been that engrossed in a story in quite some time.The progression of the story is quick, and the action never really slows or stops You follow the characters through a fast paced cat and mouse chase full of twists and turns I felt like I could see the city, that I really got to know it By the end of the book, each place they went felt familiar, like I d walked the path Sandis was going down The use of magic is clever and unique, the Numina are gripping and Ireth, well, let s just say that I feel the same way about Ireth that Sandis does.I m not one to be bothered by graphic details but the most you ll really see here is blood and death, so if you tend to shy away from books with gore and lusty details, I think this would be a pretty safe read There really no cursing either as the writer brilliantly invented a set of colorful phrases just for her world.I cannot recommend this book enough and even , I really cannot wait until the next installment flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Vroom rated it did not like it I really loved the Paper Plastic etc books but this one just didn t work for me It felt overly stretched out and a little too contrived Mysterious put upon extremely beautiful damsel drawn into the world of Numina without her consent Handsome and brawny thief, trained by guru, with a heart of gold, who is pulled into her story by being very kind to her A conspiracy that involves her family and evil spiritual forces.It mostly lacked pacing and failed to deliver any satisfaction on a few hints I really loved the Paper Plastic etc books but this one just didn t work for me It felt overly stretched out and a little too contrived Mysterious put upon extremely beautiful damsel drawn into the world of Numina without her consent Handsome and brawny thief, trained by guru, with a heart of gold, who is pulled into her story by being very kind to her A conspiracy that involves her family and evil spiritual forces.It mostly lacked pacing and failed to deliver any satisfaction on a few hints about the Numina human bond other than to point out how extraordinarily special snowflake our heroine was.Got bored, had to push through to the extremely frustrating cliffhanger ending.Chose this as a palette cleanser after the angsty and miserable Gutter Prayer Instead, I got the extra lite version of the same kind of boring ugly grit flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Julie rated it it was ok As a disclaimer, I should note that fantasy isn t a genre I typically read or enjoy I decided to challenge myself and read outside what I usually do in part because this was a free first read and in part because I have heard of the author s Paper Magician series With that said, I struggled through this novel I never was able to get a good sense of the setting Is this an Elizabethan society considering the horse drawn buggies, lack of electricity, and old world feel Is it set in ano As a disclaimer, I should note that fantasy isn t a genre I typically read or enjoy I decided to challenge myself and read outside what I usually do in part because this was a free first read and in part because I have heard of the author s Paper Magician series With that said, I struggled through this novel I never was able to get a good sense of the setting Is this an Elizabethan society considering the horse drawn buggies, lack of electricity, and old world feel Is it set in another world altogether or the history of the space And, considering the antiquated aura, some of the characters mannerisms and speech felt like anachronisms, especially Rone s flippant and sarcastic attitude I never fully connected with the characters, and the cat and mouse plot wore me out Also, I don t know how many times Sandis licked her lips before speaking it was an odd quirk about her that really got to me flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Sep 23, 2018 Cerena added it review of another edition It s hard to read one of Holmberg s books and not be sucked in by it I think I ve spent my entire Sunday running around Dresburg and feeling very strongly about things and screaming at the characters haha I don t know what it is about Charlie s books but she has a way of pulling the narrative right into your head until you re falling into it Smoke and Summons has been a fantastic read I honestly believe it is one of a kind, quite unlike any book I ve read before It the kind of book that lea It s hard to read one of Holmberg s books and not be sucked in by it I think I ve spent my entire Sunday running around Dresburg and feeling very strongly about things and screaming at the characters haha I don t know what it is about Charlie s books but she has a way of pulling the narrative right into your head until you re falling into it Smoke and Summons has been a fantastic read I honestly believe it is one of a kind, quite unlike any book I ve read before It the kind of book that leaves you breathing harder than you d think and tearing through the words on the page as if reading the next paragraph is a matter of life or death, because, for the characters, it often is I loved the story of a young woman who manages to see silver linings in one of the most despicable cities I ve ever had the misfortune to visit, and whose bright optimism leads a stubbornly angsty young man to test the limits of his chivalry again and again there are bloodthirsty mobsters, monsters from a realm of nightmare, and sorcerers that practice an ancient magic forbidden by a Celestial God There s really cool explosions and an adventure and feats of epic porportions that leave you questioning the limits of your own fortitude also, there s a super sweet romance that made my toes all tingly By far one of the best books I ve read, and one I ll be happy to add to my shelf flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Justin Hardee rated it it was amazing This book was amazing I honestly do believe it is my new favorite and will be waiting with much anticipation for book 2 of the series If you like fantasy or supernatural subject matter, you will love this The easiest 5 star book i ve ever read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Jessica Russell rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves numina trilogy Ooooh this book is good I cannot WAIT to read in the series The characters are so compelling and the world is dark and complicated and bleak But it is so rich with details that it didn t feel sparse at all The chases were a little repetitive, but that is seriously such a minor criticism flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Naomi rated it liked it I would have been fully obsessed with this as a teen and I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Charlie N Holmberg 2,935 followers Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company Her stand alone nove Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company Her stand alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currently lives with her family in Utah Visit her at charlienholmberg Readers Also Enjoyed

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      Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company Her stand alone nove Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company Her stand alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance, and her novel The Fifth Doll won the 2018 Whitney for Speculative Fiction She is a board member for Deep Magic Ezine and currently lives with her family in Utah Visit her at charlienholmberg



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    1. This book was freaking awesome I got this book as my Kindle First pick for January You know, it sounded good and all but I had no idea This world of magic and demons and people in a world together Sandis and Rone are the main characters and I loved them I even loved Ireth, even though I shouldn t I hope he shows back up in the next book We shall see Happy Reading Mel

    2. I received this book well before it s release date in the hopes that I would give it a blurb for the cover It s wonderful it s action packed and the characters are empathetic The unique world of dark wizards and creatures from another astral plane is fascinating Put this book in your TBR pile, you won t be sorry

    3. None of the magical features of Charlie N Holmberg s Smoke and Summons overwhelm you, and that s a good thing We become aware of the illegal magic practiced and are also informed that there are rare magical artifacts We are not allowed to see than that, at least not at this time.Which is okay, because it allows the story to revolve around Sandis, who is a vessel capable of becoming a temporary home of a demon Her life is about to abruptly change, which is where the story begins Her a None of th [...]

    4. Release day and I just received an eARC Fun Really looking forward to this one being a bit odd and very magical.

    5. OoooOOOOOH I got the chance to read this in advance, and wow This is a seriously intense adventure with lots of twists and turns and high energy escapes And creeeeeeepy magic I would not normally pick up a book like this, and I feel like I should warn squeamish readers that there is, at one point, a lot of blood Like, a LOT But I really am gonna need the next one, because that was one heck of a cliffhanger ending

    6. I found the idea of summons and vessels very interesting, but that s all I found interesting It very quickly went from Smoke Summons to Worry Running That s about all that happens in this book.The author tells us everything, instead of showing us anything The characters are shallow and bland The plot is almost nonexistent The 300 pages of chase scenes and worried internal monologues should ve served as the first 100 pages or so that would lay the ground work for further dev I found the idea of s [...]

    7. My journey to love Charlie Holmberg s work is not up to an auspicious start While not necessarily a bad book, this book continually highlights that the YA genre takes little to no risks with their plot or characters Granted this is better than one s i ve read in recent years but honestly this could have been so so so so much better So rundown of my thoughts Little or no mention of this Numien mythology or whatever the heck their whole game in this is, just stringy basics This Ireth creatur

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