Full disclaimer: I am a paranormal virgin. My knowledge of witches does not extend past Elizabeth Montgomery and Agnes Moorehead. I also have a greater affinity with books written from a first-person perspective. But in this novel, Mr Jackson has challenged my ignorance and inflexibility in multiple ways. His slick inclusion of characters with little knowledge of witchcraft creates reader surrogates and thus enables the complex and obscure terminology to be explained to us. And the depth to which he delves into the characters’ psyches leaves no lesser connection to their plight than if we were being narrated to directly by a first person. Earlier in the novel, the author packs large amounts of detail into expository sections. Though he appears to break the “show, don’t tell” rule, these sections are cleverly succinct and arm us with the crucial information we need to forge ahead with the story.
And what an exhilarating story this is. I am a slow and finicky reader, yet I constantly found myself racing ahead, soaking up the action and hungry for more. I truly cared about these characters and rooted for them all the way. Only someone with Mr Jackson’s talent could make my heart break over a sentient twig.
Go now, get this book and read it. I’m glad I did.
Amazon links for “Summoned” are at the bottom, and check out this spectacular book trailer on Youtube!