Title: SUMMONER RISING
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Excerpt from, The Book of Summoning:
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures it lets through from the netherworld.
Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade. At least it explains the strange things she’s witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life? Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros (aka soulmate), it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life.
As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too? And then there’s Law Two…
Interview with MelanieMcFarlane
What first made you decide that you wanted to be an author, and how long have you been writing?
I first wanted to be an author in high school, but publishing wasn’t as open back then as it is today, so I ventured off into computer programming with the promise of endless jobs and Y2K on the horizon. It wasn’t until 15 years later when I returned to writing and realized I wanted to finish a book. Now I’ve got three books with Month9Books and many more in my head!
Out of all your published works, is there a story that you most enjoyed writing? Were any of them more difficult to write than the others?
There Once Were Stars was definitely my most enjoyable in that it was the first book I finished. I wrote it in 3 months literally day and night between my day job and caring for my kids. I got very little sleep and had zero social life—but I finished it, and got a book deal! Summoner Rising was definitely my most enjoyable when it came to writing. I’d already been through one round of edits on There Once Were Stars, so I felt like I had a better idea of what they were looking for “structure” wise when I wrote Summoner Rising.
What’s something that you would like readers to be able to take away after reading your books?
A love for my main characters. I try to honour their past struggles when creating how they will handle their current situations. Where Nat from There Once Were Stars is naïve and ignorant, she sure develops as a character over the series, and not just in one book. The same applies to Dacie in Summoner Rising. My main characters will always have something to apologize for, but I don’t make them so easy that you fall in love with them in one book.
What are some books that you feel have influenced you as a writer?
Anything and everything by Ray Bradbury. I seriously buy every edition of every one of his books I can find. Fahreheit 451 was my first dystopian, and Something Wicked This Way Comes still haunts me.
Was there anything that surprised you about the publishing industry that you didn’t learn until after landing your first book deal?
Oh, what didn’t surprise me! I was so naïve. From getting questionnaires from my publisher on characters, to being completely unprepared for what was expected from me during proofreading, I was clueless. But the great thing about Month9 is that the lines are always open for us to ask questions. Plus I met a wonderful circle of other new authors who helped me through it all. Now I feel like a seasoned pro!
Do you have any advice that you would like to share with aspiring writers?
Patience. When I first started writing I didn’t realize how long the publishing process could be. Usually it’s up to two years from signing your contract to seeing your book in print. So enjoy every aspect—from edits to revisions to marketing. My first time around I rushed through everything, thinking that would speed things up. It doesn’t. Just take your time and remember why you love writing.
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was fun and full of mystery. It had me hooked from the beginning, making me question the world and what was happening in it, and it left me with even more questions when it reached its conclusion. It’s set in the modern world, where creatures from folklore and fairy tales can still be seen by a select few.
Daciana is thrown into this strange new world without any prior knowledge of who her family really is. Daciana’s reactions, while naive, felt realistic given the way that she was abruptly introduced to the world around her. Her character was well-developed throughout the story.
The relationships in this book felt very authentic. Melanie did a great job painting a picture of what it would be like for a teen struggling with depression to adjust to living with her eccentric grandmother, who she really has no previous relationship with. It was a lot of fun getting to know these two characters and watching them build that relationship with one another as the story progressed.
Bryan is also an interesting and mysterious character. He lives on the other side of the woods from Daciana, and the two meet early on in this story when he leaves a portrait of her on her desk after art class. I enjoyed the tension between the two and the fact that you never quite knew whether or not he was a character you could trust, or if he is just one of the shadows Daciana keeps seeing in her peripheral.
The only thing I struggled with in the first part of this book was how easily certain situations were resolved. I would have liked to have seen Daciana struggle a bit more when it came to mastering her control over her abilities. The stakes and tension did increase as the story progressed though.
All in all this book was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the incorporation of using Art as a tool between worlds, and I can’t wait to hear more about Daciana’s home country of Romania in the next one. If you’re looking for an exciting read with elements not regularly explored than this is the book for you! Enjoy!
About Melanie McFarlane
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.
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