“The Summoner's Tale is finally the story of Baka, the vampire. I've been waiting since Book 1 to find out what would happen with him ! Unfortunately, the author requests that reviews not summerize the plot so I will have to hold myself in a bit with this review. Let me just say ~...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The Summoner's Tale is finally the story of Baka, the vampire. I've been waiting since Book 1 to find out what would happen with him ! Unfortunately, the author requests that reviews not summerize the plot so I will have to hold myself in a bit with this review. Let me just say ~ Squeeeee!
I think I fell a little bit in love with Istvan Baka in Book 1. Baka is a 600 yr old vampire who has lived with the vampire virus long enough to have gained back his conscience. He is devestatingly handsome (what vampire isn't?) and seduction is second nature. Baka fell for Elora in book 1 and when she chose elsewhere, I was a little bereft. I was thrilled to see that he finally gets another chance at love! As usual, the author knew better than me and was saving him for his perfect match.Naturally, things can't go along smoothly but drama is part of the story and there will always be adventure and intrigue in these books!
I read the first three of the series in a week and would have been even quicker if I hadn't had a sick husband to deal with (aren't they worse than kids sometimes?!). I thought they were all well written and complex in their own right. Each book can stand alone but should be read in order to appreciate the details interwoven into each. With that said- here's a little more about the first two books in the series! Hurry and get caught up because Moonlight (book 4) comes out in June !!
“Originally posted at Bitten By Books:
*This review does contain spoilers pertaining to Books one and two of the Order of the Black Swan. I highly recommend that you read both books before reading this installment.
The third installment of Danann’s Order of the Black Swan picks up sometime after the events of book two. Elora and Ram are awaiting the arrival of their child and renovating their dream home, Storm and Litha are happily hosting guests in their fabulous bed and breakfast while occasionally traversing the dimensions, and Kay and Katrina are enjoying their marriage. All are enjoying retirement of the entire B Team.
Istvan Baka, newly human, is still determined to cure the vampire population. An ill-advised excursion into the Underground leads Baka to someone unexpected and into immense danger, and only Heaven, his snotty assistant, seems to be worried about him. When none of the higher-ups take her concerns seriously, she turns to Aelsong, Ram’s sister, the psychic, for help. When the ladies enlist the help of the Order’s newest recruit, they discover that Heaven has a deeper connection to Baka than anyone could have thought.
Meanwhile, Elora spends her time exploring the woods around Ram’s cabin and makes some unexpected friends. However, a danger none of the knights had counted on comes closer. The people responsible for the death of Elora’s entire family have found a way to cross dimensions and are out to finish the job.
A Summoner’s Tale is definitely Istvan Baka’s story. Unfortunately this installment just misses its mark. I was waiting for Baka’s story since the beginning, but the way it played out here left me wanting. I think the main problem is that A Summoner’s Tale is very heavy on exposition. For the most part, the action is centered around Ram and Elora, and the quiet reflective moments are all related to Baka’s history, so the narrative feels unbalanced.
Baka and Heaven’s relationship is also the least-developed of all the knights so far; I think developing that relationship would have served the story far better than the time spent with the interdimensional assassins.
The blend of paranormal romance and science fiction in this series has not really bothered me until A Summoner’s Tale. I freely admit that I am not as fond of the storyline because it is centered on Elora, a character I personally just never identified with. Even here, she just has too many Mary Sue-ish qualities for me to really enjoy her as a character. I think the blending of the genres is just a bit awkward so this particular installment feels the most disjointed.
Of course, any scenes with Storm, Kay, Aelsong, the many other familiar characters and a few news ones are extremely fun. Danann has created such a rich cast of characters that you can really become invested in them, which I think is one of the best aspects of all of her Black Swan books so far.
Having said all that, this is still one of the most enjoyable series on the market. The way the vampire story is unfolding, all of the different species of characters, the idea of the different dimensions, the Order and its mission, are all things we have seen before, but they are done in such a new and imaginative way. While this is not my favorite installment it is still an important part of an overall excellent series.”
“Baka's story was interesting. I found it annoying that Heaven was connected to Helena. Seriously, how can you be happy with your husband thinking of another woman all the time?”Jacolyn D wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love Istvan. I think he is one of my favorite characters in these books. I'm ready to pick up the next one and continue the story with Song and her Fairie prince.”Kim B wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once I pick up Victoria Danann's Black Swan's Books I can't put them down!”Lady M.C. wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This installment is mostly about Baka, an ex-vampire who tries to share the cure and "fix" other vampire. He almost pays the ultimate price but his savior turns out to be the one who ignored and shunned him, his little piece of Heaven.
And we still get to see more of Elora and the ever sexy Ram.”
“ Love Victoria Danann's Books! This was a continuation from The Order of the Black Swan series. I did not know what a summoner was. I was pleasantly surprised to find out. This is Baka's story. But we still got to see Elora & Ram, Storm & Litha, Kay & Katrina from the other books. I found out what a Charger is. Was so excited to see this. This book is so well written that I could picture the whole thing in my mind like I was watching a movie. Must mention it has Vampire, Elves, Demon's, Witches,Berserkers, & Wolves!!! This is a must read. It has Romance,Fantasy, & Paranormal!!! Get your copy & get lost in this tale Just like I did!!! I recieved an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. I am honestley glad i was able to read & review this wonderful book for Victoria!”Pamela J wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I received an advanced copy of "A Summoner's Tale". Now if you have not read "My Familiar Stranger" and "The Witch's Dream" you really should because you will find yourself feeling like you missed something. This book deals with a secret society, knights, witches, demons, vampires, werewolves, fairies, fae, berserkers, etc... With all that going for it, it's also a love story. Victoria Danann has a true talent for story telling. She has created a wonderful story line that I had trouble putting down once I started reading. I can't wait to see where she will take us(readers) in "The Order Of The Black Swan" series. ”Tifinie H wrote this review Saturday, March 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Summoners Tale is a perfect follow up to the first two Black Swan books, these books just keep getting better. If you have read the first two in the series then this will go a long way to continuing the story line while answering many of the questions you have about some of the characters. I absolutely loved it, so much so that I have read it twice already. I can't wait until the next book comes out to see which direction the author takes this series.”Tabitha wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love Victoria Danann's Books! This was a continuation from The Order of the Black Swan series. I did not know what a summoner was. I was pleasantly surprised to find out. This is Baka's story. But we still got to see Elora & Ram, Storm & Litha, Kay & Katrina from the other books.You really should read the other 2 books 1st. My Familiar Stranger & A Witches Dream.I found out what a Charger is. Was so excited to see this. This book is so well written that I could picture the whole thing in my mind like I was watching a movie. Must mention it has Vampire, Elves, Demon's, Witches,Berserkers, & Wolves!!! This is a must read. It has Romance,Fantasy, & Paranormal!!! Get your copy & get lost in this tale Just like I did!!! Once you start reading Victoria's books you will be a forever fan. ”Pamela Gregg James wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No