The Summoning by F.G. Cottam

When student Adam Parker unearths a mysterious metal artefact during an archaeological dig in a 18405770Scottish forest, little does he realize that his life is about to change forever. For it is a sign that Adam has been summoned to fulfil his destiny, playing his part in an epic battle for supremacy that has been waged for centuries. Introduced to a dark shadow world that exists alongside our own, a place of despair and wilful cruelty, Adam will be tested to the very limits of his endurance. For within that shadow world lurks Rabanus Bloor, the man who has sworn to seek out Adam and destroy him – whatever it takes.

I had mixed feelings about this book.  The description and cover grabbed my attention immediately and I was completely glued to the first 50 or so pages.  I looked forward to the epic battle Adam was destined to fight, to see how he was tested and then….it never happened.  Apparently, the battle will be fought in the next book, leaving me very disappointed.

The characters, especially Adam, were very likeable and I admired the way the author handled the relationship between Adam and his estranged father.  The first part of the book also held my interest as I learned more about the Shadow World, an interesting concept.

Considering the book content and the fact that the MC was 19-years-old, I’m assuming this book is targeted at the NA/Adult market.  The story seemed to take place in present day, but if I’d judged Adam’s and Jane’s ages solely by their actions and conversation, I would have guessed them to be more in the 25+ age range.  They just didn’t read like 19-year-olds.  I also understand the need for backstory in this type of book, but I felt it was a little too much and the story could have been tighter if some irrelevant parts were omitted.

I suspect the second book in this series may be more of what I was hoping for in The Summoning and while I enjoyed the mix of fantasy, supernatural, and historical elements, I expected a little more action and less backstory from the book description.  The Summoning is scheduled for publication May 1, 2014.

This reviewed is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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