I was incredibly eager to read the conclusion to ‘The Summoner’ series. As I found the previous book to be a slight disappointment, I had remarkably high expectations for this one.
The ether had been portrayed in an amazing manner – the descriptions were colourful and vivid. (In fact, the entire book had been written in a detailed yet concise manner). As with the previous books, it was really nice to explore a completely new environment, in which the protagonists had to navigate the various perils and dangers that presented a threat to their survival. The book as a whole moved at a rapid pace, was filled with a lot of action and generally was hard to put down. There were a couple of slight lags pace wise as the plot progressed, but these were virtually non-existent.
Something that I admired throughout the book was Fletcher’s ability to think strategically on the spot, in the face of immediate danger. This had been showcased throughout the book – from fighting Khan at the start of the book to fighting the masses of goblins towards the end. All fight scenes had been brilliantly written, with the right amount of heart stopping tension woven in.
At times however, the plot felt a little rushed. This was especially the case right at the end. Whilst the scenes depicting the battle in Raleighshire had been exceptionally written, the end battle with Khan felt hurried. It was the most anticipated battle – the big climax – and yet it just sort of fell a little flat. In some ways it felt like it was ‘too easy’. Another part that could have had more depth added was the planning aspect of exposing the traitors to the whole of Hominum.
As a whole series, the books had scope to be written in more detail. There were many questions that hadn’t really been addressed properly. For example, what happens if a Summoner tries to capture a demon that already has a master? Or if another Summoner tries to capture a demon whose master has died, but already has a summoning scroll stashed away somewhere?
In all fairness, I completely understand that not every single question can be addressed no matter how in depth a series is. I mean I still have a couple of questions about the wizarding world in ‘Harry Potter’. (For example, if you’re viewing a memory in the pensieve, how can you view it from a third person perspective? Because the memory itself wouldn’t have been remembered from a third person vantage point – you remember from your eyes surely?). Having said that, I feel like this particular series could have developed and fleshed out the main concepts a little more.
The ending to the book and to the series was superbly done. All the major plot points had been tied up, whilst some of the more minor aspects had been left open and a little ambiguous – for the reader to come up with their own ending. This approach worked well as an ending to the series.
Overall, not only was this a gripping read from start to finish, but also a fine conclusion to an amazing series. Even though more depth could have been added to all three books, they had been brilliantly written and were fresh in regards to plot and characterisation. A definite recommendation for anyone looking to escape in a magical whirlwind of an adventure.
P.S. A book fell on my head. I can only blame my shelf. 😀