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 ...

Details Smoke & Summons (Numina Trilogy, #1)

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

Reviews Smoke & 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 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    $1.99 Kindle sale, May 5, 2019. Pretty good YA fantasy, the start of a new series (the second book has just been published). 3.25 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Smoke & Summons is the start of a new YA fantasy trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg, with an interesting, rather dark occult concept underlying it. Demons and spirits, called numina, from the ethereal plane are able to be summoned and controlled by those who know the...
  • 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!
  • Logan
    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...
  • Boone
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum & 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 ...
  • Boostamonte Halvorsen
    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...
  • 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!
  • ijeoma Agbaje
    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...
  • 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...
  • Timothy Boyd
    Good entertaining read. Interesting use of magic for summoning. Nice world creation. Recommended
  • Kristen
    4.5 starsThis was great!
  • Isseya
    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...
  • 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, 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...
  • Lena
    Charlie Holmberg is my go to for light, happy, interesting fantasy with a little romance and action. This story was despair, filth, poverty, betrayal, and unrelenting sadness. That is not what I wanted.
  • Lisa
    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
    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
    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.
  • The Clever Reader
    My full review is on my blog:
  • 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 ...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    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 ...
  • Athena Elizabeth
    Well - I am screaming, and I don't usually scream at books. I was screaming at the audiobook then had to ditch it with 20% left to read faster.I had never heard of this author but was looking for something to listen to on a drive this weekend, and I AM SO SHOCKED, so shocked at how amazing it is.Rone gets himself into a shitload of trouble when he meets Sandis, who is on the run from quite literally her own personal hell. I love the characters, t...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer Gaarder
    Read my reviews at jenchaosreviews.comFrom Goodreads:“A captivating world of demons and dark magic from the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician novels.As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis has never lived an 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 ...
  • Jypsy
    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
    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!