The Summoned King: The Kalymbrian Chronicles Book 1


Name: The Summoned King

Author: Dave Neuendorf

Published: February 7, 2016 by Dave Neuendorf

Purchased: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Blurb: Indiana high school senior James Madison Young can best be described as a Renaissance man: intelligent, of good character, and possessed by insatiable curiosity about everything from Krav Maga to robotics. One evening, he falls asleep while studying at the library. He wakes to find himself in another world, filled with magic, danger and romance. He has been summoned by court wizard Maynard to be the king of Kalymbria. Forced into marriage with the beautiful and magically powerful yet untrained Julia Roper for his queen, he must restore the lapsed Constitution in the face of opposition from a hostile Council of Advisors, and defend his new country from the evil machinations of the wizard Ruinga and her allied kingdom of Venicka. Rediscovering the lost art of enchantment may provide him with a powerful edge in his quest, if he can survive the assassins and conspiracies arrayed against him.

Review: This was rather interesting. It wasn’t really good but it wasn’t really bad either, I’m just kind of indifferent about it. I’m actually rather surprised that I was able to get through the book, there’s so much politics throughout that I’m so surprised that I was able to finish. I have to admit, I skipped over the new law, not really interested in that and if I hadn’t skipped it, I might have stopped.

Maybe it was seeing the magic through a different perspective instead of it just being accepted that kept me reading? I don’t know but I was interested in the magic more than the politics.

I’m not really sure how relatable this could be for teens though, unless they are really into politics. I’m not big into them so I know if I had read this when I was a teenager, I probably would have either skipped a good chunk of this book or just stopped reading all together.

The cover, I’m not really sure how I should feel about it, it’s simple but not really all that eye catching. The pace is a little slow and was mostly about the politics, as if my repeating that word didn’t give you the idea, and the inner workings of magic, though that was a little interesting.

I don’t know if I would continue with this series but for me, it was a good little filler book. I would recommend this to those more into politics who also like a little bit of romance, just smidgen.

Thank you for reading my review.



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