A review by Maria.
I would like to thank author Elicia Hyder for allowing me to read and review her book The Soul Summoner for part of her tour.
Sloan Jordan has a very strange power. She can connect with anyone she sees or meets and knows things about them instantly. She also has the power to draw people to her just by thinking of them. Unfortunately it doesn’t work for everyone, because she’s tried very hard to bring Brad Pitt to her. Sloan keeps her power a secret from everyone except her best friend, even her adoptive parents don’t know. However she slips up when she tells Detective Nathan McNamara that the person he’s looking for is dead. Now he knows something is up with her, since she couldn’t possibly know that. He learns of her unique ability, but she makes it clear she doesn’t want to help until he comes back with a missing child case. He then asks for her help with a case of many missing women. A strange partnership, rich with romantic tension is formed. When a new face appears in town, one Sloan can’t read, it threatens to derail this partnership in more ways than one.
Sloan was an interesting main character. She was smart, funny and understandably protective of her secret. Because of this she has never had a real long term relationship, even though she has no problem attracting men’s attention. She feels an instant attraction to McNamara that goes deeper than her power to connect with people. When newcomer Warren comes to town and has powers similar to hers this only makes her want to understand her ability more.
I was definitely team McNamara in this love triangle. Nathan was smart, driven, attractive, and compassionate. He understood Sloan better than most in a short amount of time. They had a great relationship full of dependence, respect and a healthy amount of banter. He worked hard to become a detective to solve a disappearance close to him. He was surly, loyal, passionate and the total package.
Warren was an enigma and stayed that way through much of the book. I couldn’t find myself getting as attached to his character. His power is the opposite of Sloan’s and repels people rather than drawing them in. It is also much darker and instead of helping people, his can result in killing them. He had a tough and complicated life which Sloan relates to since it could have easily been her life since she was also adopted. He made his power work for him and has become a successful sniper. He was dark, brooding and everything about his personality made it hard for me to relate to him or care for him as a character and love interest.
The Soul Summoner moved at a fairly fast pace throughout the book with only a few lagging moments for me. It was an easy and quick read. I’d classify this novel as a romantic suspense suitable for adults.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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Welcome to my tour stop for for The Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder. This is an adult contemporary fantasy. The tour runs November 9-20 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Book Title – The Soul Summoner
Series – The Soul Summoner Series Book 1
Publisher – Forge Creek Press
Release Date – November 9th, 2015
Genre – Contemporary Fantasy
Rating – PG13
Length – 290 Pages
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About the Author:
Elicia Hyder is the author of several contemporary fantasy novels such as The Soul Summoner, The Siren, The Angel of Death, and The Daughter of Zion as well as a few contemporary romances, The Bed She Made and To Be Her first. Elicia studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the American Military University. She lives with her husband and five children in central Florida.