So today is my stop on the blog tour for The Summoned Ones: Book 1 Flight to Bericea by Darryl A. Woods. A big thank you to Emma from Damp Pebbles for inviting me to take part.
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.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book, what I found was an incredibly detailed world with an interesting band of characters. The characters were really well developed and each had their own distinct personality.
For me the pace of this book was just a little slower than I prefer, I also found that the summoned ones did seem to master their abilities almost instantly which took me out of the story a little.
We have a really interesting magic system here involving objects and actions which I’m really interested in learning more about. I enjoyed the scenes with Will and Jeremy in the village forming a friendship with Phomel, the way they all worked together so seamlessly and just enjoyed being in each others company drew me in.
I’m intrigued to see where book two will take us.
So Who Is Darryl A. Woods?
Darryl Woods is a storyteller who hones his craft entertaining coworkers. He also enjoys regaling family and friends with stories of his upbringing in rural Ohio, of the motorized contraptions his father fabricated, and of the timber cutting and sawmill work he did with his father-in-law. With an appetite for reading fantasy, it was inevitable he would choose to write about an epic journey in a world dominated by magic and sword fighting.
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