The Summoner recounts a "hero's journey" a la Joseph Campbell.
Here is the formulaic plot line: Prince Martris Drayke is the only survivor of his brother Jared's coup. When Jared has the rest of the royal family murdered, a wounded Tris manages to escape with the help of his friends. Always able to communicate with the palace ghosts, the trauma of his family's murders releases additional powers that Tris has been unaware of possessing.
He must find a way to control his powers and use them to defeat Jared and put an end to the senseless brutality that Jared and his own mage have forced on the kingdom.
His friends are helpful.
He meets new friends who join his cause.
There is a beautiful warrior princess.
He finds tutors to help him understand his magical powers.
While there is no real depth to the novel or the characters, it is a quick and easy read. I don't regret having read it by any means, but neither am I inclined to seek out other books in the series.
Once Upon a Time Challenge VI
Fiction. Fantasy. 2009. Print version - 644 pages. I read an e book on my Kindle.