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Summoning
by Carol Wolf

The World Snake is coming, devourer of Thrace and Atlantis... and the only one standing in its way is Amber, a sixteen-year-old runaway, recently arrived in Los Angeles.

Amber is more than just a girl with a stolen ID and an attitude; she is a daughter of the wolf-kind, a shapeshifter able to change forms at will. One night, as Amber prowls the Hollywood Hills in wolf form, she stumbles onto an occult ceremony, interrupting the ritual. As a result, Amber finds herself the unwilling mistress of a handsome demonic servant, Richard.

Appearing as a fair youth of eighteen years, Richard is a demon accidentally summoned, then captured, by Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I. Richard has been trying for four centuries to free himself from a succession of masters and mistresses, but finds himself bound to Amber, the only one who can protect him from his greatest fear, the herald of the World Snake, the Eater of Souls.

The last thing a girl of the wolf-kind needs is a boy following her around like a lap-dog, but Amber agrees to help Richard reclaim his soul from two of his old foes, hoping to grant Richard his freedom. But all hell is about to break loose, and Amber and Richard are going to need some allies to stop the Eater of Souls and avert the World Snake, and the battle has only begun.

From Carol Wolf comes the urban fantasy debut Summoning, a novel of a wolf girl, a demon boy, and a city on the edge of disaster.

Published: 4/1/2012
SKU: 9781597804134
Ebook Price: $6.00


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1. Gary on 4/2/2013, said:

Just reread it for the 2nd time....better the 2nd time around. I am hoping for a follow-up.
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2. S. on 5/1/2012, said:

I bought this on a whim and surprised myself by enjoying it. I really loved the Los Angeles setting. My main issue was that the heroine seemed much too mature for her implied age.
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3. Paul on 4/25/2012, said:

Just read "Summoning" by Carol Wolf... very enjoyable. Well-written, good plot, and engaging, likable characters. I'm a long-time fan of her playwriting, and was thrilled to see a new novel! Go buy it... it's definitely worth the read.
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4. Rebecca on 4/23/2012, said:

Ms. Wolf sets her story in a Los Angeles that isn't Hollywood glitz and glamour. Rather, it's a place where actual people live, work, eat, sleep, drive. And maybe, escape from a dangerous family and a disturbing past, while surviving, day to day, without the comfort and aid of a ... pack.

Into this LA she has placed Amber, a run-away daughter of the Wolf Kind. This teenager can become her wolf-self in the blink of an eye, complete with throat-tearing-out ability and a taste for raw meat and fresh blood. She has a moral conscience, and a strong sense of right, but she's got a take-no-**** attitude that she just barely manages to keep leashed. I love her.

Some of my favorite passages are when Amber is described in all of her Uber-canine glory, tasting scents with her wolf's tongue hanging out, howling "her grief, her loss, her betrayal" at the moon over the Hollywood Hills, running to exhaustion at the ocean's edge, frolicking in the surf, taunting and playing with the lesser domesticated members of the species.

The story is compelling, and written with an easy style that drew me along, and made me want to meet this girl, her demon boyfriend, her allies and enemies, and mostly the shape changers of wolf and other kinds (I'm not going to give any more away on that point--READ IT!) I want this kind of magic to exist on the streets of some city somewhere. It offers that kind of wistful, wishful escape narrative. I want more ...
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5. Kenneth on 3/28/2012, said:

Very readable urban fantasy, a bit rushed in a few places, but I'm ready for a sequel.
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