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Smoke & Summons
As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon—a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally.
A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day—a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis’s fight for freedom. But Sandis’s master knows how powerful she is. He’s determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs.
Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down…
My Thoughts: 3.5 Stars
I'm making a point to go through my unread books on my Kindle and physical books laying around the house this year. I had kept this on my TBR list near the top and now it is finally scratched off! This was an action packed, quick read. The characters could have used some more depth and were a bit predictable, but there was something that I liked about them. Sandis is a vessel for a numen, a creature from another world. The process to be bonded with this creature is excruciating, and the transformation is no walk in the park either. Kazen, her master, keeps his vessels under tight control. They must not have injuries, scars, piercings, etc in order to keep their ability to act as a vessel. That does not stop him from punishing them cruelly when they do not please him. Sandis is the perfect slave. Her type of nationality cannot legally be sold as a slave, yet here she is. She is without family that she knows of. She has not seen the light of day in who knows how long. That is all about to change for her when something happens that is simply to frightening and too dangerous for her to not risk trying to fight her way free. Along the way she is joined up by a young man and their journey together is one that neither one would have thought they would experience in their lifetime. There is betrayal, new friendship, the love of family, and learning one's own strength. If I enjoyed it so much, why only 3.5 stars? This book had the typical, "I don't know what to do next, so let us have the characters get into trouble, run for a while, rest, then do it over again." There was a LOT of running away and a bit too much damsel in distress for me. Other than that, it was a great read!