Title: The Summoning
Author: Linda Nightingale
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Heather Morique is a witch. The problem is she doesn’t know she is. After her husband’s death, mysterious whispers lure her to his homeland of Jamaica. Soon, she is tangled in a web of lies and illusions, and suddenly the prey of a crazed Shaman.
Her husband’s people, an obscure branch of the Arawak Indians, worship Eyrael, the God of Wind and Sea, and his brother Sofiel, the God of Fire and Earth. The new Shaman has pitted brother against brother in a battle to determine the tribe’s ruling deity. Onto this dangerous chessboard steps Heather when she unwittingly summons Eyrael. The chemistry between these two unlikely soul mates is more disturbing than the long-buried secrets.
Grief-stricken and haunted by whispers, Heather refuses to be the sacrifice for a demented shaman and summons Eyrael to save her. After the death of her husband and child, Heather is bereft, so she travels to her husband’s homeland of Jamaica. The whispers that consume her every thought lead her right into a trap where she’s deemed to be the sacrifice. Who’s behind the whispers? A demented Shaman who has concocted an evil plan to have ancient gods who are brothers battle it out to determine who will rule over the tribe. Eyrael is the god of wind and sea while Sofiel is the god of fire and earth. What Heather doesn’t realize is that she herself is a witch so when she summons Eyrael to help her, he answers the call. In the throes of this very dangerous game, Heather doesn’t what is real and what is illusion. All she knows is she’s drawn to Eyrael, like nothing she has ever felt before. He wants to give her pleasure and so much more but she’s unsure if it is a dream she’ll wake up from or her new reality. Maybe when she summoned him that first time, it was really her soul calling out to his, yearning to finally be bound for all eternity.
The Summoning is an intoxicating fantasy romance I read in one sitting. Ancient gods, an evil Shaman with a plan, and an innocent woman in the middle of a dangerous game with consequences on all sides. Talk about a delicious premise. The descriptive narration was so beautifully written, it immersed this reader into the story. The world-building was intricate and filled with creative mythos. The setting is lush and captured my imagination. I honestly didn’t want to leave. My heart went out to Heather time and again. She’s a wonderful heroine and one many women will be able to relate to. I connected with her from the beginning and kept urging her to go for it with Eyrael. The Shaman is a truly devious antagonist, full of dark secrets. The plot moves at an excellent pace with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader invested. There were several times when I whipped through the pages at a frenzied pace. The romance itself was all-consuming and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This couple has a lot to overcome but their soul connection is what makes them far more powerful than any darkness. Linda Nightingale is a talented romance writer who writes for the romance reader. She does an incredible job creating unforgettable characters you’ll fall in love with while at the same time, sweeping you away to lush settings and time periods. If you’re a romance reader, you’ll want to read The Summoning. If fantasy romance is your reading jam, you’ll be swept away by The Summoning. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5+ stars
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I was born not created in a lab as my relatives conjecture. I always loved horses—from the crib, I think. So, when I turned thirty, I began breeding, training and showing the magnificent Andalusian horse. Also, from a young age, I loved sports cars. We played games when our family of 3 were on the road—name that car—and most times I could. I have two lovely sons, no horses now, but I do have a sports car. I’m a retired legal assistant. I have seven books from TWRP, one self-published (The Summoning), and one (Royal Secrets) on Readict, an online reading app. There was a lot of living in between, but that would take more than a paragraph.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N