Now that’s refreshing! A rather long fantasy story told in only two books! The author could have written at least another three but she decided to cut to the chase and actually tell the story right away. Kudos for that Gail!
The series, if we might call a two-book-set that, start with The Summoner and end right after with The Blood King. Prince Martis Drayke, the protagonist of the story, has to flee his home after a violent coup d’état staged by his brother to gain the crown of their homeland, Margolan. Together with his friends he decides to overthrow his evil brother for the good of the country.
The plot is kind of standard and is kept rather short. I liked the new outlook on magic, especially necromancy which portrayed as something not necessarily evil and a Summoner (a.K.a. Necromancer) is somebody who actually helps people… and spirits.
All in all, nice two thick books. Not overly creative but a good read nonetheless, goes quickly but you also forget it rather fast, too – which doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you are simply looking for something to read, as opposed to something to analyze ;). I think I read them about a month or two ago and I couldn’t even remember any names without looking them up in the book.
My ranking for the trilogy: 7/10 (Easy read, not too elaborate, good for daily commute to and from work.. I would even risk placing a “Slight Dark Fantasy” tag on this one)
UPDATE: Gail Z. Martin agreed to give an interview here at Fantasy Book Reviews Blog. I’m collecting questions for her, so if anybody wants to contribute, please submit your question as a comment here!