Title: Summoner of Storms (SPECTR #6)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Widdershins Press, LLC
Release Date: June 29, 2014
Page Count: 177
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Federal exorcist John Starkweather’s life is in tatters. His best friend Sean betrayed him. SPECTR, the agency he viewed more as a surrogate family than an employer, wants him dead. His only allies are members of the mysterious organization called the Vigilant, whose motives remain in question.
The only thing keeping John together is the presence of his lovers: Caleb Jansen, a powerful telekinetic, and Gray, the vampire spirit possessing Caleb.
Together, they must not only evade capture, but somehow stop SPECTR from building an army of demon possessed soldiers. If they are to succeed, John must question everything he’s ever believed about SPECTR and spirits. And Caleb and Gray must decide how far they’re willing to go—not just for John’s love, but for his very life.
Summoner of Storms cannot be read as a stand-alone book. The reader does need to start with book one in the series: Hunter of Demons.
Whoo! Hoo! Serious vengeance going on!
There is a fair amount happening in this final installment. John is still reeling emotionally from watching Sean’s ultimate betrayal, from realizing SPECTR was not the altruistic organization he thought it was, and finding out nobody is who they seem to be. Except for Caleb and Gray who’ve provided a solid cornerstone as everything else has crumbled.
I really enjoyed the conclusion to this series, but at the same time, I had some issues with the execution of the plot. Our fine cast of characters kept going back to where all of this started in the run down ghoul house where Caleb was initially possessed. Out of all the places to have clandestine meetings in Charleston, why there? Okay, I can see it for Sean’s betrayal in the previous book, but for the rest? It was a little weird.
I thought there was too much running around overall and it made for more confusion than anything. While I dearly loved Gray’s tie in with Tiffany, involving Tiffany’s family into the mix didn’t quite mesh overall, I thought it was going to lead up to something more, and that thread ended up being a small footnote at the end.
And, lastly the prologue felt abrupt. Massive storm over Fort Sumter, broken bottles everywhere, trespassing, dead bodies everywhere, and the fall out just felt a bit glossed over. Everything was answered, but the answers lacked the emotional carry through from the rest of the book.
Ultimately, an enjoyable and satisfactory ending to a fun series. I continue to love the setting in Charleston and how John, Caleb, and Gray’s connection continues to grow.
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