Today is my turn on the blog tour for The Summoned Ones: Book 1 Flight to Bericea by Darryl A. Woods, organised by the brillant Emma @ 𝚍𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚋𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜.𝚌𝚘𝚖. I received a copy of the book for review but loved it that much I’ve bought a copy too!
Here is the blurb –
The Bericean army was in Malabrim for the ninth straight fighting season. Over the past 9 years, Zybaro, the leader of a small band of unknowns, had evolved from his days as a minor usurper of a tiny kingdom. Now, almost the entire country of Malabrim was under Zybaro’s control, and his army was large enough to easily challenge Bericea’s army. Still, Bericea continued its raids into Malabrim, hoping to stem Zybaro’s methodical progress and thwart his tyrannical means of control. Zybaro had seized village after village, forcing anyone capable of joining his army and enslaving all who remained in deplorable working conditions to supply his army.
This latest conflict with Zybaro had pushed General Darnon to a decision, one he had resisted making for over a year. Though he still held grave reservations about the Prophecies, he was willing to support the clerics who would attempt the summoning. The details of the ritual had recently been discovered in an ancient tome. The clerics were confident they could bring forth the Summoned Ones of Prophecy, those mysterious beings who would aid Bericea in its time of greatest need.
Darnon also had concerns about the location of the summoning. It would have to take place farther into Malabrim than they had ventured in many years. And even if the ritual was effective, it would be a great challenge to get the Summoned Ones safely back to Bericea, in addition to the soldiers sent to protect them. However, Darnon felt that morale was so low, if they survived this battle, he owed his troops the hope the summoning ritual could bring.
Join the soldiers of Bericea and the Summoned Ones through a life-or-death struggle. The Summoned Ones was made up of a small college aged group of friends from a small Kentucky town near the Daniel Boone National Forrest, who find themselves somehow brought to a chaotic world through magic. Their epic journey will push the Summoned beyond the limits of their endurance. This unlikely group will discover many truths about themselves and experience another world beyond their imagination.
A war is being fought and the Bericea army need their champions, the prophesied Summoned Ones to enter the fray. The opening chapter introduces you to some of our heroes in this war.. as soon as I turned the page, I knew I needed more.
The Summoned Ones aren’t battle hardened warriors though.. They are a bunch of friends whisked away from their home on a magical journey to another world.
As Epic fantasy goes this ticks the boxes…book 1 is about laying the foundations and developing the characters. The author takes time to cover each main player in the book in detail, you learn their strengths in this new world.. each has their own role to play in the events that will follow. The connections.. their traits.. it all leads to the characters being very likable and interesting.
It’s rare for me to say I enjoyed every characters but I truly did.. no one seems out of place.. each has their own story being told. I loved the good guys… and I loved the bad guys.
I love a book to flow well and I’m not overly keen on long chapters.. if you are going to do long chapters you need to capture the audience which this author certainly did superbly.. it was enthralling..
There is a lot of detail in the book but nothing felt forced.. rather it is given when needed and not overdone. The detailed descriptions helped me envisage the world the author created, and I easily managed to immerse myself. I found the whole idea of how the magic was harnessed/used fascinating.
I felt the tone is set right for a young adult epic fantasy novel.. It’s clear from the start what roles the Summoned Ones play but I liked that.. I liked seeing them develop as when they arrive they just aren’t ready for the task ahead. They need to grow.
The last chapter really stood out for me.. it’s slightly darker and we learn more of Zybaro and his dark arts.. but wow! More of that please!
Overall a great start.. who doesn’t love the idea and sword fighting and magic? foundations laid perfectly for the series and I’m intrigued to read more.
My thanks go to Emma @ 𝚍𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚋𝚋𝚕𝚎𝚜.𝚌𝚘𝚖. for having me on the tour.. why not follow along?