Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)
A captivating world of monsters and magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series.As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no 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 more than mere men to hunt her down…

Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1) Details

TitleSmoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 1st, 2019
Publisher47North
ISBN-139781503905436
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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  • Maria V. Snyder
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis was great!
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    "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.
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  • Cari
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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!
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  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    January 1, 1970
    **4 1/2 Demon Stars**update...take back what I said about the author being male...hahaha...sorry. I jumped the gun on that one before reading the authors profile. I received this book as a First Read from Amazon 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...? Wow...I ca **4 1/2 Demon Stars**update...take back what I said about the author being male...hahaha...sorry. I jumped the gun on that one before reading the authors profile. I received this book as a First Read from Amazon 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...? Wow...I 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!
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  • Crystal King
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ali Jones
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Tamera
    January 1, 1970
    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 more, I really cannot wait until the next installment!
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    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 also 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 more. 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)
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  • Cerena
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Siobhán
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of "Smoke and Summons", thank you very much for that! All in all, I really enjoyed #1 of the Numina series and I am already impatiently waiting for #2. Although I was quite confused at the beginning of the novel and sometimes annoyed by Sandis, the action-packed story, interesting characters and an exciting new world could convince me and I finished the book in just two sittings! I don't want to spoiler anything, so just go ahead and put Smoke and Summons in your tbr pile!If yo I received an ARC of "Smoke and Summons", thank you very much for that! All in all, I really enjoyed #1 of the Numina series and I am already impatiently waiting for #2. Although I was quite confused at the beginning of the novel and sometimes annoyed by Sandis, the action-packed story, interesting characters and an exciting new world could convince me and I finished the book in just two sittings! I don't want to spoiler anything, so just go ahead and put Smoke and Summons in your tbr pile!If you liked the Paper Magician Series and are ready to meet demons, thiefs, a strong female lead, rogues and a very different church, pre-order this book!
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I was not drawn in during the first chapter and considered putting it aside for some library books, but the next moment I was caught up in the storyline and swiping as fast as possible to see what happens next.The story moved quickly then suddenly slowed then was frantic again. It was jarring at first, but then I realized that the speed was matching the movement and situations for the main characters. I enjoyed the way the story and the people unfol I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I was not drawn in during the first chapter and considered putting it aside for some library books, but the next moment I was caught up in the storyline and swiping as fast as possible to see what happens next.The story moved quickly then suddenly slowed then was frantic again. It was jarring at first, but then I realized that the speed was matching the movement and situations for the main characters. I enjoyed the way the story and the people unfolded, I found the naivete of the main character fascinating, and I was horrified to reach the end. Sadly, it's a full stop book that makes you desperate to read the next book. Oh, sure, it has a conclusion, but it feels abrupt and leaves a major cliffhanger. Honestly, the ending felt like a season finale on a tv drama that leaves you frantically re-watching the show right before the next season starts so you make sure you remember everything!I really hope that one of the main characters who is actually not technically a main character comes back in the next book. This character shaped more of the novel than I realized until it was near the end. I need to know more about this character! No, I'm not writing down who the character is ;-)
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  • Jumms
    January 1, 1970
    EnchantingI would give this 5 stars if not for the damn cliffhanger. It should have had a true ending instead of leading us. I feel a bit dupped.That being said this is unlike any story I've ever read. Charlie Homberg has a way of writing that has you connecting to the characters and makes you vested in every aspect of their lives. Sandis is an enslaved vessel who witnesses a horror that spurs to finally claim her freedom. She has no plan other than to be free and not get hurt along the way. Whi EnchantingI would give this 5 stars if not for the damn cliffhanger. It should have had a true ending instead of leading us. I feel a bit dupped.That being said this is unlike any story I've ever read. Charlie Homberg has a way of writing that has you connecting to the characters and makes you vested in every aspect of their lives. Sandis is an enslaved vessel who witnesses a horror that spurs to finally claim her freedom. She has no plan other than to be free and not get hurt along the way. While she runs for freedom she unexpectedly meets Rone.You almost feel.sorry for Rone. What starts as a quick flirt w a pretty girl turns his life upside down and changes things forever. It changes him forever and makes him question his own unsavory actions.The story is told from both of their perspectives and is done brilliantly. It's not confusing at all but helps the connection you feel for both characters. At the end you feel both their pain and just when you think you have things figured out and the end is near..nope...shocker and a plot twist. I really want to know what happens next with this story but I'm not sure it needed another book for this. Decisions decisions. Great read though.
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  • S. E. Drummond
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a fantastic, frenzied ride of a book! From the opening to the final scene, it kept me engaged and tensed, wondering what was going to happen next.I've read quite a few other books of Holmberg's and I have to say, this one is very different (and, in my opinion, a larger undertaking). It carries darker, weightier topics and themes. Yet her writing style, her "voice", is still there, fluid and engaging. The characters are thoroughly human, believable in their motivations and flaws. Th This was such a fantastic, frenzied ride of a book! From the opening to the final scene, it kept me engaged and tensed, wondering what was going to happen next.I've read quite a few other books of Holmberg's and I have to say, this one is very different (and, in my opinion, a larger undertaking). It carries darker, weightier topics and themes. Yet her writing style, her "voice", is still there, fluid and engaging. The characters are thoroughly human, believable in their motivations and flaws. The world of Smoke and Summons is skillfully crafted. I could smell and taste the smoke in Dresberg, feel its oppressive nature around me. And more than that, I could follow the history that led to the state it'd become. I enjoyed the bits of political and religious touches as well, adding further dimension and higher stakes to the story, I know there's more in store in the coming books, and I can't wait to learn more about the neighboring kingdoms, the ethereal plane, everything! Holmberg has definitely raised the bar for herself with this one. [I received an ARC of this book for an honest review]
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  • Stephen Topp
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kellyn Hawley
    January 1, 1970
    This book had an interesting premise. Sandis is a slave being forced to be possessed by monsters. She discovers new information and flees, putting her on the run. Rone is a thief for hire who has been set and and his mother faces the consequences. These two are brought together trying to understand what is going on and stay alive. However, this book falls into a pitfall that many Fantasy series fall into. As this is book one, it felt more like the rising action for book two then a developed stor This book had an interesting premise. Sandis is a slave being forced to be possessed by monsters. She discovers new information and flees, putting her on the run. Rone is a thief for hire who has been set and and his mother faces the consequences. These two are brought together trying to understand what is going on and stay alive. However, this book falls into a pitfall that many Fantasy series fall into. As this is book one, it felt more like the rising action for book two then a developed story. Nothing of major consequences happened, the characters didn't grow much, and the setting felt underdeveloped. It was hard to understand the world they were in. I enjoyed the characters and the duel perspectives. Both of the main characters had endearing personalities and had distinct voices when narrating. But it felt like the author was holding a good bit back for the next book. This left the characters feeling flat and I wasn't emotionally connected to them. I would be interested is seeing where this series goes, but won't be running to grab the next book when it comes out this year.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Meh.This was a kindle first reads for January. Maybe this will appeal to a much more 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, girls miraculously ESCAPES and (right away!) meets an 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 doubt Meh.This was a kindle first reads for January. Maybe this will appeal to a much more 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, girls miraculously ESCAPES and (right away!) meets an 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 more 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.
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  • Greg Garguilo
    January 1, 1970
    Darker than past works, grittier, yet still a clean readAlbeit a bit more bloody than Paper Magician, Followed by, or Magic Bitter. Still suitable for a teen audience, if not quite so young as her other works. Already eager to see where this series goes next. I recommend. This has elements to satisfy a lot of tastes in Fantasy. Its a Clean Read (check!), it has an interesting, internally consistent magical system that isn't the same old elemental magic or old guys, pointy hats, and spellbooks (c Darker than past works, grittier, yet still a clean readAlbeit a bit more bloody than Paper Magician, Followed by, or Magic Bitter. Still suitable for a teen audience, if not quite so young as her other works. Already eager to see where this series goes next. I recommend. This has elements to satisfy a lot of tastes in Fantasy. Its a Clean Read (check!), it has an interesting, internally consistent magical system that isn't the same old elemental magic or old guys, pointy hats, and spellbooks (check!), it has combat, both melee and magical (check!), it has a pair of protagonists who play off one another's strengths and weaknesses (check!), a powerful magic item with rules of its own (check!), multiple factions and shifting alliances (check!) and a bit of romance for those who like such things (check!), all while portraying a grittier universe than is typical for Charlie's works. My favorite of her books so far.
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  • Brittney McLaughlin
    January 1, 1970
    I mean honestly...I truly wasted 2/3 of the book reading about near captures and escapes. There is always a point, for me, in Charlie’s books where I feel like the plot drags and gets wordy. Typically it’s a few chapters as most of her writing is of the stand alone variety (not the Magician series, but those had some moments in them also). This book drug along for chapters and chapters and nearly 200 (on my e-reader) pages before something of interest happened. As irritated as I am I’ll give thi I mean honestly...I truly wasted 2/3 of the book reading about near captures and escapes. There is always a point, for me, in Charlie’s books where I feel like the plot drags and gets wordy. Typically it’s a few chapters as most of her writing is of the stand alone variety (not the Magician series, but those had some moments in them also). This book drug along for chapters and chapters and nearly 200 (on my e-reader) pages before something of interest happened. As irritated as I am I’ll give this series the benefit of the doubt and start book 2, but good grief. If it drags like this one did and circles back to the same chase and escape scenes I’ll put it down and move on. 2.5/5 stars
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    This story wound its way through me until I thought about it day and night. Any confusion I might have felt as this new world was laid out before me was quickly swept away by intrigue. Sandis and Rone were well-developed and it was easy to feel for them for the hardships they endured. There were twists and turns I wasn’t expecting, and the book was the perfect mix of action and story development that I zipped through it as I devoured every word. There are so many questions going through my head, This story wound its way through me until I thought about it day and night. Any confusion I might have felt as this new world was laid out before me was quickly swept away by intrigue. Sandis and Rone were well-developed and it was easy to feel for them for the hardships they endured. There were twists and turns I wasn’t expecting, and the book was the perfect mix of action and story development that I zipped through it as I devoured every word. There are so many questions going through my head, and the ending of the book left me craving more. I cannot wait to read more of Rone and Sandis and this fascinating new world.
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  • Becky Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome start to an anticipated series!**4 1/2 Demon Stars**I received this book as a First Read from Amazon 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...? Wow...I can't wait until April when the next book in this series is released. The beginning was a bit confusing b Awesome start to an anticipated series!**4 1/2 Demon Stars**I received this book as a First Read from Amazon 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...? Wow...I 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!
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  • Toni • Reviews & Randomness
    January 1, 1970
    3 StarsWas able to read this before it's release thanks to Amazon First ReadsThis is my first time reading this author and for the majority of the book I was on the fence and predicting a rating of 2.5/5. The synopsis was interesting but as I read I found it difficult to become attached to the characters and thus invested in the story. Not that it was bad, just that I didn't find it that good either. It was however a quick read. It was the ending that made me up the rating to 3/5 and that has ma 3 StarsWas able to read this before it's release thanks to Amazon First ReadsThis is my first time reading this author and for the majority of the book I was on the fence and predicting a rating of 2.5/5. The synopsis was interesting but as I read I found it difficult to become attached to the characters and thus invested in the story. Not that it was bad, just that I didn't find it that good either. It was however a quick read. It was the ending that made me up the rating to 3/5 and that has made me curious about what will happen next and possibly give the author another chance.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I was given the chance to read an ARC. I really enjoyed this story. Smoke and Summons introduces us to a work where the scariest people around are grafters. They use magic to force certain people to become vessels for numina, which are a type of demons. It did take me a few chapters to really get into the story, but that was largely due to learning the world this story takes place in. This is the first book of a trilogy, and it does end on cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next book, as I’m real I was given the chance to read an ARC. I really enjoyed this story. Smoke and Summons introduces us to a work where the scariest people around are grafters. They use magic to force certain people to become vessels for numina, which are a type of demons. It did take me a few chapters to really get into the story, but that was largely due to learning the world this story takes place in. This is the first book of a trilogy, and it does end on cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next book, as I’m really excited to see where the story goes next.
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  • Elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Slow story about constantly running that will drag out over a couple of books. I should know by now not to pick a free amazon book! I’m suspicious of the author’s Mormon background as well, If I continue the series, is there going to be a bunch of weird hidden religious nonsense that will make me want to convert? I mean the vessel virginity requirement is already kind of weird. And then the whole demon love making her feel complete. Hmm...Just don’t read this book, go read something better.
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  • ReBecca
    January 1, 1970
    Wow did I enjoy this book. If it weren't for the fact that I have a job and needed to work, I would have read it all in one sitting. I got completely caught up in the world and the characters. It was so refreshing to have a heroine who is strong but not a "kick-ass" cliche. The only problem I had with this book, even though I understand that logically it makes sense, is all the running around. It's almost constant and it got kinda tiring after awhile. I absolutely can't wait for the next book.
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  • R.Q. Woodward
    January 1, 1970
    Holmberg's grittiest book yet! A certain event (no spoilers) early in the book had me RIVETED. Sandis and Rone are fun, interesting characters, and I look forward to seeing what chaos they'll get into as the story progresses! I look forward to learning more about the magic/occult in books two and three as well! I feel like just the tip of the iceberg was covered in Smoke and Summons, and I need more!
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  • Terynce
    January 1, 1970
    Smoke and Summons was okay, but I don't need to continue the series. That seems to be my "go-to" rating... do I want to continue in that world or not and for this one, no, not especially. It was solidly okay, but that's about it. I read it in a day at the spa. Not bad, but not good enough to venture back in. Girl can be possessed and used against her will, girls escapes and meets boy, I don't have to continue because you already know how it plays out. And it does.
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