Smoke & Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Smoke & 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 ...


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TitleSmoke & Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)
ISBN9781503905436
Author
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
Publisher47North
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
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Reviews Smoke & Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-01-01
    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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Maria V. Snyder
    2018-04-29
    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!
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-03-14
    3.5 stars. This is the start of a new YA fantasy trilogy, with demons/spirits from the ethereal plane able to be summoned by an evil man, Kazen, and involuntarily imposed on our 18 year old heroine, Sandis, and other hapless youth that he's enslaved. What Kazen is doing is also highly illegal, so if Sandis gets caught by the police, it's an immediate death sentence. When Kazen does something particularly horrifying, Sandis finally musters up her ...
  • Logan
    2019-01-13
    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 pa...
  • Dee Arr
    2019-01-01
    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 ...
  • Boone
    2019-01-25
    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 i...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-02-03
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/02/12/...Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg first caught my attention with its synopsis, but I became even more intrigued once I realized what I was looking at on the cover was the head of a fiery demon-like horse. The reason for this striking motif was soon revealed, as the story introduces readers to Sandis, who is no ordinary young woman. For one, she is a vessel, whose body ...
  • Jessica
    2018-10-12
    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!
  • ijeoma Agbaje
    2019-01-27
    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 who...
  • Boostamonte Halvorsen
    2019-01-21
    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 distres...
  • Lisa
    2019-01-11
    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 f...
  • Kristen
    2019-01-09
    4.5 starsThis was great!
  • Diane
    2019-01-08
    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, 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...
  • Isseya
    2019-01-29
    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...
  • Lisa
    2019-01-13
    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 ju...
  • Kiki Cole
    2019-02-19
    A sinful creation and a cunning thief come together in this fantastical tale that is perfect for An Ember in the Ashes fans with vibes of Aladdin. I loooooved this! This was an action packed, fantasy thrill ride that did not let me up for air! I was at the edge of my seat trying to keep track of everything and make sure that my main characters were safe! I know that this needs more story for sure because this book seemed to only be the beginning....
  • Crystal King
    2019-01-08
    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.
  • Sarah (The Clever Reader)
    2019-02-22
    My full review is on my blog:https://thecleverreader.wordpress.com...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    2019-01-05
    **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 ...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-02-26
    4.5 StarsSMOKE AND SUMMONS is a fantasy with both sharp and soft edges. There is plenty of grit as these characters traverse the poor conditions of their world, as well as the dangers many face among different groups, like the mob, the corrupt police, and the demon-summoning grafters. Throw in characters who are easy to cheer on, a little romance, and a desperate fight for survival and you definitely have a perfect read for fantasy and dystopian ...
  • Cari
    2019-01-06
    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 a...
  • Jypsy
    2019-02-07
    Smoke and Summons is different from anything I've read. The premise is unique and striking. Imagine being inhabited by a demon creature thing and used as a weapon at its disposal. That's just crazy! The characters are sympathetic in my opinion. They are flawed and complex but likeable. The story introduces a new world concept, different religious beliefs, strange creatures and a strong female lead. I enjoyed this book, and maybe you will too. It'...
  • Katherine Paschal
    2019-02-26
    This was so good!!This is the first book I have read by Charlie and I had no idea what I had been missing out on. Smoke & Summons had everything I could have hoped in a book, making me fully engaged in the plot and the characters and I need the next book as soon as humanly possible!
  • Andy Irwin
    2019-01-26
    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...
  • Dianna
    2019-02-20
    I received a free copy of the book. Opinions shared are mine. The book has lots of action scenes, mostly running away from pursuers and such, but there’s a lot of world building as well. The fantasy elements stem from supernatural possession and references to the occult, though there are many modern social issues involved as well. Human trafficking, social inequity, and theocracy play a part in this story. Though there are hints of romanticism,...
  • Stephen Topp
    2019-01-11
    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 importan...
  • Elly
    2019-01-08
    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 te...