The Summoned King by Dave Neuendorf is a fantasy story about a 17 year old student named James, mostly referred to as Jim, who falls asleep in a library and wakes up in another world. He’s been chosen by Maynard the Wizard and is expected to be the new king of Kalymbria.
I truthfully enjoyed Jim’s character. What’s not to like about him? He’s smart, confident, considerate, and seems to be completely comfortable even though he’s been transplanted into another world, Kalymbria. Much of the story centers around James settling in as king, getting to know Julia-his soon to be wife, and devising a plan to fix Kalymbria. I enjoyed the interaction between James and Julia and found it interesting the way they expeditiously clicked. The book contains a little bit of everything including science and Christianity, although not too much for those not interested in those elements.
This is a very smooth and simple read that’s perfect for young adults. Even without an abundance of action, I thought it was wonderful and I actually admired that there wasn’t any explicit content which makes it perfect for younger readers. I believe the second book will have much more action especially with the conclusion of The Summoned King. I’ve heard that the second book is releasing soon and I’m looking forward to reading it.
I’d like to thank the author for granting me a complimentary copy of this book.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4****
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. – Goodreads
Dave Neuendorf has been a lover of fantasy, science fiction, and political thrillers since the 1950’s, when he would rather read than romp during recess in school. After decades of making notes of stories he’d like to write, he finally set out to create his own fantasy series in 2015. The first fruit of his efforts is The Summoned King, published in February 2016, as book one of The Kalymbrian Chronicles. Development of the series will proceed as time allows while he continues to pursue his day job as a Java software development consultant. He is also working on his first political thriller.
Dave has been married since 1976 to his one love, Patricia. He is the father of three sons, and grandfather of one young lady and one tiny gentleman, so far. He and his family live with their three dogs, a Samoyed, Siberian Husky and Giant Alaskan Malamute in Aurora, Indiana. – Goodreads
Dave Neuendorf’s new book The Enchanter King is now available. It’s book #2 in the Kalymbrian Chronicles!
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