Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Summoner’s Dance
SERIES: Elements of Dragonis #3
AUTHOR: Hannah Walker
RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2017
As the future of Dragonis balances on a knife’s edge, heroes of all kinds step forward, working together to fulfil the dragons’ lifelong dream.
Kitt, who has been overlooked all his life, suddenly finds himself the center of attention, which is a place he has no desire to be. Scared and unsure, he has no idea what he’s about to face and looks to cling to something… anything to help him come to terms with his new role as the Summoner. What surprises him most is finding a kindred spirit in one of the most powerful men who exists. Someone who truly sees him, understands him, and can help him.
Surrounded by love and a new sense of family and kinship, he becomes who he was always meant to be.
Sasha can’t believe he has found someone who can look past everything he is— his power, his age, his status— and see the real him, the part that he’s hidden from everyone for so long. Being one of the Powers That Be has kept him apart from the world, becoming isolated from both man and his fellow Powers as he straddles the two parts of his life.
With the coming together of heroes and the formation of rare bonds, Dragonis is getting closer than ever. Prophecies abound and the fear of what they predict lies like a heavy cloak on the kingdom. As more dragons seek out our heroes, they realize fate, the universe, and some mystical power must be guiding them.
As the past blends with the present to shape the future, failure isn’t an option.
Dragonis must rise if the dragons are to have a home.
The Summoner holds the key to everything, but does he have the strength to succeed and still hold on to the man that he loves?
I’ve been waiting for this book, and jumped on it as soon as I learned it was out. I’ve loved this series and the world that Ms. Walker has created. I love the dragons and other characters. My most favorite though is the young dragon Frode. I adore this character. We need more Frode in the future. Please, please, please make it happen Ms. Walker!
Now to the current story. First, I want to warn you that you need to read the first two books in the series first. There is a large cast of characters, and a lot going on and you would miss how this story has developed over the course of those two installments. I loved all three books and was hooked from almost the first page of the first two. Book three was no different.
We’ve moved on in the story to the tale of the Summoner. We knew this third major character was coming and we got hints in book two, but in book three we get the full details. Kitt is a young man who has had a hard life. Cast out by his family, and narrowly missing being beaten or maybe even killed by his father’s friends when he was driven from his village, he took refuge in the great forest, where he befriended an ancient dragon.
Now they are both in the forefront of the attempt to bring back Dragonis. One of the Powers That Be, named Sasha, has developed feelings for Kit, and they are returned. But how can a cast out young man and a member of the Powers That Be ever go further than friends?
I enjoyed this quite long story. There is a ton of stuff crammed into the one book, and I’m not sure that it might not have almost been two books. I’m pretty sure the characters kept talking in the author’s head, and forcing her to keep adding to the story, so we’ll forgive her. I think maybe she should have taken a cue from Douglas Adam’s with his Hitchhiker’s Trilogy, where he jokingly labeled one of his books with “The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy”. Here’s hoping that Ms. Walker follows a similar path!
I adored this book and series, and very highly recommend all three of them to anyone who enjoys a good dragon tale, with magic and good versus evil plot lines.