Summoning

Rated 3.91/5 based on 11 reviews
Summoning is based on a “true” Irish witch story in which an evil vicar sells not only his soul but also that of his young servant girl, Meredith, to the devil. After learning the dark craft herself, Meredith finds herself trapped in the demon's shadow when she is accused of witchcraft. It is up to her to find the light and save herself – and those she loves – from the deal.

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About Debi Faulkner

A native Detroiter by birth, I left the Motor City in 2001 for the Netherlands with my husband (a chiropractor) and my small children. In December of 2003, we moved again, this time to Ireland. While there, I took part in a mentorship program with the Irish author, Lia Mills, who helped me in making the transition from poetry to prose and from writing verses in poems to writing chapters in novels.

In August 2006, we relocated yet again to the Netherlands. Now, if only I was fluent in Dutch . . .

The upside of this nomadic lifestyle is that I have much more time than I would have had in the states to spend with my writing.

My non-fiction piece, Binder Clips, won first place at the 2002 Feed the Writers Weekend in Amsterdam, and my chapter book, Kissy Frog, won an Honorable Mention in the 2006 W.I.N. Competition. I have also had numerous poems published online and in print literary journals, and several have won awards, including a chapbook shortlisted for the 2005 Listowel Writer's Week Poetry Competition. I am a member of SCBWI and IrishPen, and I have a BA in English/Creative Writing.

Summoning is my first published novel.

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Review by: Emily Tuley on Oct. 21, 2011 :
This story pulled you in flipping back and forth following the life of Meredith. A young woman sold at the age of six by her parents to an evil vicar demanding his rent of one year he purchases Meredith for seven. The man was twisted and evil he wasn't the pure christian he pretends to be summoning the devil and making packs with him found out later with Meredith for riches and powers. It's based in Ireland in the times of witchcraft scares and paganisms downfall.

Pulled in you get to experience the torture of Meredith's memories that she has to endure as she later gets away from the Vicar running from Legion AKA the Devil and the slip she has made when she summoned him for herself from sneaking and watching the Vicar in order to find her parents she lost so long ago.

Compelling how she has to escape her trouble and is saved by a young man later but not before she beats the Devil at his own game and pulls herself back from the complete damnation of her soul and the horrific moments that almost lead up to her death. For those that like a nice thrilling ride it's a story you should read and see for yourself.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on Oct. 06, 2011 :
Interesting idea and of course the time period makes it all the more intriguing since this is during the time of most witch trials. When Meredith is caught with the summoning book and ritual items she is, predictably, placed on trial and set to be burned at the stake. One final deal with Legion gains her freedom with a sweet boy who loves her.


I liked it, but had huge issues with the constant time shifts. The author would jump from the beginning of Meredith's time with the vicar to the time when she's trying to find her family with Legion's "help". I think if the story was told chronologically I would have enjoyed it more.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Abby Bookshelf Confessions on Aug. 10, 2011 :
i enjoyed this book.this is great really..since i am really fascinated with magic, spells and witchcraft..
along with other reviewers.. i at first had trouble with the flashing back in time.. it's not really indicated when it's past or present..but once i understand the tactics.. i began to read this with ease..
as for meredith.. i like her character.. but i would also like to recommend to the author to make another book showcasing meredith's life before "summoning" because honestly though she was an interesting character.. the readers would really like to know more of her..the time when she was born..and other aspects of her past..because in the book..it's not really well describe.. i also wish that her relationship with jonas has been more something..
but in all.. this is a great great book for witchcraft lovers.. (
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Sherri Waldvogel on Aug. 09, 2011 :
I found this book to be a quick read, great if you are looking for something that doesn't take a lot of thought. I enjoyed the way the narration went back and forth in time, I believe that helped to keep it interesting. My only complaint, if you would call it that, is that I felt there could have been much more to the story. However, since it is a YA book, perhaps the author was trying to keep it short and lite.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)

Review by: Thea Atkinson on Aug. 07, 2011 :
I must say I read this novel in a day. It grabbed my interest straight away and managed to keep it throughout. I believe the genre is YA, and the details were just enough for that audience.

I look forward to a similar novel sometime in the future from this author
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Meg Lamey on June 27, 2011 :
I find myself ambivalent about this book. The story was an interesting one, but I never really found myself engaged in the story, and I did learn to care about the characters towards the end.

I found the story very choppy as the action moved back in forth through her early years. I usually don't mind a story that moves around, but this one had very short sections on her young life, and then boom, back to 15 and then boom, back to earlier. I never really got to know the character, and I missed that.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)

Review by: vanessa eric on June 22, 2011 :
To start with, I was quite disappointed with the way the story is narrated. I expected something more detailed in terms of descriptions. Why? It’s because I want to read more and get lost in the story with the main character, Meredith. She wasn’t my favorite character; still I liked her naïve being that often made me sigh as I read on. Furthermore, I thought the first person point of view worked well in bringing her character to life in my mind's eye. However, to simply say that Summoning wasn’t well-written is forthrightly unfair. I liked the plot despite the narration being too simple and easy. The gripping horror was truly intriguing and I was quick to understand what the whole story is about. And the fact that the story is based on true event made me shudder even though I am already aware that such thing happened in the past – when laws were often biased and human rights were completely disregarded. Perhaps that’s why the author kept everything simple instead of adding some extra twists in the story, as ingenuity is utterly crucial. Summoning did bring out some messages in its story. The obvious one is love overpowers evil, even in trying times. I thought the mutual relationship between Meredith and Jonas was very moving. They held on to each other and Jonas’ loyalty to Meredith was unquestionable. At one point, I wanted to cry when Jonas was sentenced to death along with Meredith. The story also brought out the subject of corrupted minds of some important figures we often looked up to for guidance. Who would have thought that a priest would sell his soul and the soul of others to the devil in exchange for power? Yet, the issue still exists, among religious and political figures alike, in modern days, only in different circumstances.

As a final verdict, I really loved Summoning and enjoyed the disturbing ride it conveyed. I know readers out there would enjoy the book as much as I have. Therefore, this book is truly a recommended and must-read!
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)

Review by: Darcia Helle on June 13, 2011 :
I found this story well written and engaging. The characters drew me right in. I loved the plot, which gives an inside view of how easy it was to be marked as a heretic and a witch.

I have to admit that I am not normally a fan of books that move back and forth in time. This one does that. Meredith is fifteen while the story takes place, though we go back and meet her at each year of her life from seven on to present. Debi Faulkner handles this well and, though I initially wished the story had taken a linear route, I quickly saw her reasoning for this approach and thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

Review by: Cassie on May 31, 2011 :
Based on an old Irish witch story, Summoning tells the tale of young Meredith. Sold into seven years’ servitude by her parents to pay only a year of their rent, Meredith learns there is more to her master than meets the eye. One night she spies the Vicar making a deal with the devil himself—his soul as well as Meredith’s in exchange for vast wealth. Over the years as his servant, Meredith learns this dark craft and begins her own correspondence with the demon in hopes of finding her vanished family once again. When Meredith is accused of witchcraft and condemned to death, she must somehow save herself and those she loves before it is too late.

I was the lucky winner of Summoning in a Library Thing giveaway.

I am sure that I read the book description before entering the giveaway, but I actually began reading this book not really certain exactly what it was about. This was another one that I went into with tentative expectations but found myself extremely impressed.

Debi Faulkner writes absolutely beautifully. I have since learned that she is a poet, and that is obvious in the gorgeous prose of this novel. She is a complete pro with imagery. Without effort, I found myself right there with Meredith in the dank, cold cellar, dark, menacing mansion, and beautiful, rich orchard. At first, I was a little thrown off by the jumps from the past to the present, but in the end it really worked out wonderfully. I found practically no grammatical or mechanical errors as well which is always refreshing.

The characters are all strong and captivating. Meredith is an impeccable protagonist, emphasized even more by the darkness and intrigue of the Vicar. All the supporting characters, even Legion, were well-developed and added just the right touch to the overall story. Meredith’s entire life is shaped by these characters and the influence they each have over her.

This haunting story immediately grabbed my attention and kept me involved for hours. I didn’t want to leave Meredith’s world. This was a perfect read for a lazy Sunday afternoon!

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(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: P Kristine Hurd on May 31, 2011 : (no rating)
The Summoning by Debi Faulkner . . . I actually enjoyed this book, I didn't even mind the jumping back and forth from current to the past. I thought the characters were good and the story line was good.
My only problem was when the story ended . . . At first I thought it was a book outline and was very excited and could not wait to read the 'real book'. But that was the book . . . I was left wanting more . . . more from the characters and more story line. Perhaps I was just expecting more than there was. For a story story I liked it, but I am not much of a short story person, and that is probably my problem. I could see so many ways that this story could be BIGGER! ~laughs~
All in all, the Summoning was a good read, Thank you
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Rigby4 on May 30, 2011 : (no rating)
The Summoning by Debi Faulkner. Main character is Meredith who was separated from her family and indebted to an evil man to pay her family's rent. I enjoyed the story but the timeline was hard to follow as the author told the story from a different perspective.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Debbie Figueroa on May 30, 2011 : (no rating)
Even though it started off alittle bit slow in the first chapter, it started to pick up and became real interesting. Story about a very young girl that was enslaved to the vicor for 7 yrs to cover her parents rent debt that was owed. It was alittle confusing how it would jump ever chapter from her early years to her teen years living in two different places. Story was about how the vicor sold his and her sold to Legion, how she search for her family for years and in the end how she had to prove herself of being accused of being a witch. I really enjoyed the book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Amber Carroll on May 27, 2011 :
A girl, Meredeth, is sent to serve a vicar for 7 years as a trade for 1 year of her parents rent, shares the story of the evil she sees while there. The book jumps back and forth telling stories from her days with the vicar and her days at the place she served after leaving the vicar's castle. Meredith witnesses some truly evil things and the shape her life in a very dramatic way.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Luck on May 26, 2011 :
I enjoyed the Summoning by Debi Faulkner. Meredith is a young girl indebted to a man full of righteous evil but seeking a way to be reunited with her family. For many years she quielty accepts the abuse of the Vicar, a man who has sold his own soul and hers as well to a demon known as Legion. It is only after being accused of witchcraft that she is able to find away to defer the second half of the Vicar's bargain with Legion.

Although I enjoyed the story I feel that it could have been better executed by going through the story year after year rather than jumping back and forth from childhood to the young adult years. I found that a little jarring at times and became a little confused as to what part of life I was getting into even after reading it at the beginning of each chapter.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

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