天才召唤师 (Genius Summoner) – by 若雪三千 (Ruò Xuě Sānqiān)

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(note:  there are several books with “genius summoner” in the title. Never realized it was a thing….)

Summary:

Number 17 was stuck in a lab for the majority of her life due to her high infinity to spiritual powers. The day the experimenters finally completed what they spent years to do on her, was the day they all died. In the outburst of the repressed anger for the years stuck as a lab rat, she massacred all of those in the room. The guards were notified, and rushed to the scene to try to stop her, taking her father as hostage. 17’s father didn’t want to be a cumbrance and told her he wasn’t afraid of dying so she should do what she wanted to do. And so she did, she killed the man holding her father. There was a blast of gunfire as number 17 kept chanting that all of them must die. Using the last bit of her power, she did just that and then passed away.

Maybe it was the heavens reimbursing her, number 17 was reborn into the body of the 3rd daughter of the once powerful Yun Family. They, at one time, had their glory days because of a  summoner — a class that could make powerful magical beasts obey their commands. However, all things must end, as once the summoner died and generations of no new ones appearing, the Yun Family was kicked out of the capital back to their hometown. As they slowly used up their wealth generation after generation, other families of that town started picking their fight with them. One of these caused the death of the 3rd daughter, Yun Feng, thus giving number 17 the chance to be reborn into her body. After a test, the reborn Yun Feng found out that she was a summoner. This time, she will use this power to protect her family and punish all those that try to destroy her happiness.

 


 

Mini-Review:

My last review was about a book I loved, so I thought it was more than fitting to have my second one be about a book that frustrated me to death. I’m not kidding, I couldn’t finish it. Even though I didn’t complete the book, I read more than half (it’s a pretty long book), which meant there was something about it that was interesting. It did grabbed my attention for awhile, before I realized how bad it was and struggled to where I finally stopped. The thing that kept me going for so long was the world number 17 or Yun Feng lived in and the story.

Let me first get something straight, I am by no means saying that Genius Summoner has a great story or a descriptively written world. What I am saying is that the fantasy world Ruo Xue Sanqian created was interesting, which not only kept me reading as well made me ten times more irritated. I can only imagine how much better the story would have been in another author’s hands. Another thing I want to note, in case any of you get the wrong idea that the author wrote a unique universe — it has been done before. It just so happened that I like those types of fantasy and Ruo Xue Sangian made one that fitted my tastebuds. The story also had mysterious organizations, clans, and creatures that made me want to know what was going on.

However, no matter how much I want to know what was going on, or how much the world fitted my taste, it didn’t erase the biggest problem of the book — the main character, Yun Feng, and the author’s attempt to make her amazing. It’s not the first time I came upon this type of character, the Jerk Mary Sue or the Warrior Sue, however, this one really makes the others seem like reasonably, mild characters (or the other’s lost my interest a lot faster, so I gave up on those books after 2-10 chapters). I know I shouldn’t have expected more from a Mary Sue character, but I liked the world and the story, so the fact that I couldn’t have a realistic character was disappointing.

Overall, my feelings about Genius Summoner is regret — regret of spending all those hours reading half of it. I really should have stopped the moment I realized it was just another one of those self-insert fantasies; and sadly enough these types of stories that contain Mary Sues are very popular, so they saturate the market in China. I might hate this book, but it won an award according to this article and that very thought makes me cringe.

 

Rating:

Characters: 2/5

MC

I always find that characters means a lot to me for me to enjoy a book. When I’m not reading critically acclaimed literature to analyze and write a lengthy report on, I’m looking for characters I can get behind, or at least understand even if I frown at their thoughts and actions. As I mentioned above, the main character Yun Feng……siiiiiiigh.

This character is a typical Mary Sue, where everyone loves, and those who hates her, well they die. Yep, the world apparently can’t have those that go against her. When her enemies aren’t outright(ly hilarious) terrible people, I find myself rooting for them. I’ve read somewhere that the best way to fix this type of Mary Sue is by writing the other characters hating her and then have her learn from it. Never happens. Yun Feng never learns from her mistake because she has “main character armor” so her questionable actions somehow works out (I’ll explain more in the rant). Whatever she does is “right.”

There is nothing wrong with writing wish fulfillments and there is nothing wrong with enjoying wish fulfillments. You can even praise and love them too. I have a few that I thought were executed and written well, Genius Summoner  with its Yun Feng, just isn’t one of them.

Male Lead

I’m quite perceptible to second lead syndrome, so the male lead is not always my favorite.  However, usually I just like the second lead better (or feel really bad for them), which does not mean I hate or get shivers from the male lead. I won’t say who it is, to not spoil anything, but with what I’m about to say, it’s probably really obvious who it is.

There were so many other guys I liked considerably better than the male lead. In fact, out of all the pursuers, this guy was not only not my least favorite, but the one I hated. I found the villain more charming than him! This guy gave me shivers with the way he talked and called Yun Feng. I suppose my least favorite male lead of all time meeting my least favorite female lead of all time is a perfect match made from Hell.

Story: 3/5

Though the story was what kept me begrudgingly going, it was also what made me stop. I will explain it more in the rant, but lets just say it does something with female rape. Rating it 3 for that might be a bit too high, but the fact the story really was what kept me going over half the book, made me choose 3/5.

Writing: 2/5

Must I say more?

Personal Enjoyment: 1/5 (a few parts were fun)

Overall: 8/20    ||    Read: Couldn’t finish

e-book: Ugh || Audiobook: One Reader

I really don’t care if you continue to my spoiled-filled rant. In fact, please do, and DON’T READ THIS MESS. It’s too frustrating.


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Ending:

Happy

I didn’t finish the book, but I did skip to the end after forcing my way through over half of the book. What I got from the last chapter indicated a happy ending. She got rid of the final boss and plans to be with her lover/fiancé(husband?). It also seems like she severed the rest of her summoning contracts too, though when or why she did that, I don’t know.

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Spoiler-filled Rant:

Show, Don’t Tell

Someone needs to tell the author this. Sometimes the characters are right when they describe Yun Feng as, for example:

Genius. Well, I suppose she had talent in magic, but if it was the question of her intelligence level, then no. In the world she lived in, strength means everything, so it makes sense that she would answer all of her problems with her fists. However, just because it makes sense, does not mean she should, especially for every single problem, no matter how big or small they were. The reason why is the consequences, something she never thinks about. Sure, Yun Feng claims that she doesn’t care about it, and will fight her way through, but some consequences should had made her stop and think first. Here is an example, she was battling an enemy stronger than she was, so what does Yun Feng do? She used her most powerful technique at that time — a technique that she knows will destroy a huge chunk of the area around her. You know what was below her? HER FREAKING FAMILY AND FRIENDS! If it wasn’t for the last minute help of her lover, Yun Feng would have lost all those she was fighting to protect. And no, it was not like she knew he would put up a last minute barrier, because the last time she checked, he was fighting another enemy.

Okay, so maybe she was in the heat of the moment, then lets look how she deals with her enemies. In the earlier arc, she made enemies with the princess of her country, and her father was even thinking of getting rid of the Yun Family once Yun Feng was no longer useful, or if she refuses to stand by their side. While they were just interested in killing her, her father, and brother, Yun Feng went to destroy not only them, but the entire family, subordinates, and servants. She killed a whole bunch of innocent people, that had absolutely nothing to do with her.

This was not the first time she did this. When Yun Feng went to the city with the magic school, she met a crossdressing girl who almost killed a friend of hers. And I’m going to say this, that girl didn’t deserve any pity. She was a joke, because she was created to be epitome of evil. So, when Yun Feng burned her to death and then killed the rest of her family who were all bad eggs, I didn’t feel she was doing anything wrong.

At first, I was exasperated about it, but when I thought about Yun Feng’s past as a lab rat, and how one of the first things she did was kill everyone who locked her up, then I understood and accepted it. HOWEVER, Yun Feng never grows up (at least she hadn’t changed where I stopped). This kind of personality makes it really hard for people to like, so this gets to one of the biggest faults writers and directors makes. Show, don’t tell.

Ruo Xue Sangian was not willing to let her beloved character suffer any consequences and thus grow from her mistakes, so in order to make sense for so many people to like Yun Feng, she has other characters compliment the female lead. Disrespectful to the elders and those of higher position than her? No problem, lets have other characters say that she’s polite or that they deserved her unrespectful attitude. Arrogant and a show off? No, no, no, it’s not her fault, someone else was being even more of a show off, so Yun Feng was forced. Massacred a whole bunch of people, some who were innocent? Meh, it’s a world of the physically strong, and besides, it was there fault. Refuses to back down, even if it would be better for everyone else? Never, you should never let anyone step on your pride.

I might not hate this book so much, if other characters gave realistic reactions to Yun Feng’s outrageous actions. It would be even better if Yun Feng suffered for it to, and then grew from it. But, that’s not the case, unfortunately.

 

First Impressions = 99.9% true

I never met a character who takes the “first impressions are the most important” to this level. If the first impression is bad, then this character is bound to die by Yun Feng or someone else’s hands. If the first impression is good, than Yun Feng would go to the extreme to protect them.

An example would be when a female summoner from a powerful family went after one of Yun Feng’s magical beast. The girl didn’t know the beast already had a contractor and she understandably didn’t believe Yun Feng when confronted about it. After all, Yun Feng’s magical beasts were all unique and powerful, so the “he’s already mine” seemed like a mere excuse. What happened to her in the end? The usual, she gets killed.

The reason why it isn’t 100% true is because there was one time (to the point I read up to at least) where this one character that was once beaten up by Yun Feng and left a bad impression actually became her friend.

 

Blood = Virtue?

Bloodlines. Bloodlines. Bloodlines. BLOODLINES.

I swear this becomes one of the most important things in this novel’s world. You belong to my family? Good, because there is no way my family would give birth to bad eggs. Apparently inheriting blood also means inheriting family virtues.

The Yun Family were well known to be noble, and guess what? They were. They all were. There was a moment when I thought a bad egg would finally appear, until, nope, just mislead.

Remember that family I mentioned who had that cross-dressing villain girl? She was not the black sheep of the group.

 

Female Rape? Meh.

……………why.

Why was it that all but the victim did not think it was a big deal. One of Yun Feng’s best male friend was raped, and her first reaction wasn’t to comfort him or go on an angry rant about the perpetrator, but was to tell him to go save her, because she was pregnant with his child. His humiliation or feelings didn’t matter. If he didn’t save her, then he would be a douchebag in Yun Feng’s books.

It didn’t matter that the girl wanted to get pregnant with his child, so she forced herself on him, or that she knew very well what would happen if she were to give birth to a human child (yeah, she’s not human).

It didn’t matter that what she did made him no longer completely human (was not sure why, but he wasn’t entirely human anymore afterwards).

It didn’t matter that it tormented him, that he felt unclean and unfit to stay by Yun Feng’s side and secretly love her from afar.

He had to be responsible, despite being the victim. I have a feeling that if the genders were swapped, Yun Feng’s reaction would be different.

This was the final straw for me. I gave up after this.

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