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

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 ...

Details Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

TitleSmoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)
Release DateFeb 1st, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Smoke and Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    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
    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!
  • Dee Arr
    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 ...
  • Jessica
    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!
  • Kristen
    4.5 starsThis was great!
  • Cari
    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...
  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    **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 ...
  • Crystal King
    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.
  • Ali Jones
    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 ...
  • Tamera
    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 alon...
  • Lisa
    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...
  • Siobhán
    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 ahea...
  • Jenny
    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...
  • Jumms
    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 t...
  • S. E. Drummond
    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 hu...
  • Stephen Topp
    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...
  • Kellyn Hawley
    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 th...
  • Diane
    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 spoil...
  • Greg Garguilo
    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...
  • Brittney McLaughlin
    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...
  • Rhonda
    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...
  • Becky Allen
    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 serie...
  • Toni • Reviews & Randomness
    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...
  • Jennifer
    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 cliffh...
  • Elisabeth
    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...Jus...
  • ReBecca
    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 aw...
  • R.Q. Woodward
    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!
  • Terynce
    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...