The Summoning (Sisters of Isis Series #1)

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Overview

Meri, Sudi, and Dalila are three girls who live in Washington, D.C., but have little else in common. Or so they think. When an ancient magic is revealed, so are their true identities as Sisters of Isis.

In Book One, Sudi is thrilled when she finds a mysterious invitation in her locker. Only one person could have invited her to dinner at Sky Terrace -- her not-so-secret crush, Scott. But when she shows up to meet him, things don't go as planned. Instead of Scott, she finds a ...

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Overview

Meri, Sudi, and Dalila are three girls who live in Washington, D.C., but have little else in common. Or so they think. When an ancient magic is revealed, so are their true identities as Sisters of Isis.

In Book One, Sudi is thrilled when she finds a mysterious invitation in her locker. Only one person could have invited her to dinner at Sky Terrace -- her not-so-secret crush, Scott. But when she shows up to meet him, things don't go as planned. Instead of Scott, she finds a strange guy named Abdel, with two girls she's never met before. Abdel claims Sudi and the other girls are the descendants of Egyptian pharoahs, powerful ancestors who have given them magical gifts and powers of transformation.

At first, Sudi refuses to buy any of it. But when evil forces begin to threaten her world, she has no choice but to believe.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Erin Kilby
Readers will find it difficult to bond with the underdeveloped characters of Sudi, a sexy, boy-crazed girl whose skepticism despite proof is overstated and exasperating; Dalila, who is being groomed to marry a rich prince yet has a shaven head; and Meri, the stereotypical political candidate's child who cannot catch a moment's peace because of her overbearing bodyguards. Lesser characters, such as Sudi's best friend, Sara, and ex-squeeze, Brian, appear at random but do little to move the plot forward. Even the girls' ability to morph-Sudi into Bennu-bird form and Delila into the goddess Ammut-seem contrived. And the threats are not in the least creepy-a reeking mummy is sent to attack Sudi, but he falls in love with her and his nose falls off when he steals a kiss. The writing is downright clichT and monotonous. In describing action, Ewing writes, "They linked arms and ran across the street." How many trios link arms? Anubis "snarls, threateningly." Can snarling be anything else? The writing can also be completely illogical, such as when Sudi tells her sister, Nicole, to go ahead and eat chicken, thereby "[becoming] a cannibal," even though only Sudi can morph into a bird. One hopes that Ewing's next installment in the Sisters of Isis series, Divine One (Hyperion, 2007) will be more . . . well, divine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641645310
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Ewing is a screenwriter who also counsels troubled teens. In addition to writing all of the Daughters of the Moon books, she is the author of the popular companion series Sons of the Dark. Ms. Ewing lives in Los Angeles, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    An okay book

    It was somewhat interesting, but at the same time it was disappointing compared to other books dealing with Egyptian mythology.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

    This is a good book.

    This book is all about magic.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

    We all remember the enchanting world that Lynne Ewing had brought us in THE DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON and then in SONS OF THE DARK. And now Ewing does it again with her new series, SISTERS OF ISIS. <BR/><BR/>Sudi never thought that one note could change her life; she just thought it would give her a chance at dating her longtime crush, Scott. But that note that fell out of her locker was not from Scott. Instead of Scott at the nice restaurant, he's replaced with Abdel and two other girls. Abdel was sent by the Hour Priest, a secret Egyptian society, to tell Sudi, along with Meri and Dalila, that they are all descendants of the Egyptian Pharaohs and have powers that only they can use to stop the Cult of Anubis. <BR/><BR/>Like any other teenager, none of the girls believe Abdel--just think Mia Thermopolis discovering she was a princess (SHUT UP!). As each girl tries to get away from Abdel, he makes sure that they each get a scroll, but of course they think nothing of it. Curiosity takes over, though, and before they know it, all three girls turn into unusual creatures: Sudi, a bird; Meri, a cat; and Dalila, a cobra. Their destiny has been set for them and if they still don't believe it, maybe the evil forces will help them figure it out. <BR/><BR/>THE SUMMONING is another great read from Lynne Ewing. The tales that Ewing brews up and the world that she creates in the SISTERS OF ISIS is even more imaginative and creative. Reading THE SUMMONING just reminds me of how Ewing can take the reader out of reality and into a fantasy that not only haunts but amazes them. THE SUMMONING is only the beginning and the next novel should be just as amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2008

    Loved this Book!!!

    This book was sooo good, I couldn't put it down :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    cliche and steroetypical

    I found this book very disappointing and lacking substance compared to Ewings other books. There was so much sex talk and such bad characters i couldn't stand it. THEIR TOO YOUNG TO BE THINKING ABOUT THIS STUFF! It took away form so much of this story. I love ancient Egypt thats why i wanted to read this but now i know i will not finish this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    ¿Sisters of Isis: The summoning ¿ is a great book by Lynne Ewing. I really liked it for all the action. Sudi, Meri, and Dalila are three out of the ordinary girls in Washington D.C. who learn that they are the descendants of real old time Egyptian royalty. Sudi, a local party girl is already dealing with boys and doesn¿t need this pressure. Meri, an unpopular girl who is the daughter of a presidential candidate, is overwhelmed by all the news. Dalila, a girl who was trained to be a royal queen by her uncle, is finding herself in the wrong royal picture. The plot of this story is complicated. Sudi is confused as she goes through a series of unwanted horror filled events, but eventually catches on. First, she was locked in a museum. Then, she was attacked by the Egyptian funerary god, Anubis. The masterminds behind all this are known throughout Washington D.C. as the ¿Cult of Anubis¿. Their plans of revenge on the royal descendants are eventually foiled, for now. Sudi even saves her crush Scott. Modern day Washington D.C. will never be the same in this attention grabbing story. I loved this entertaining fiction tale and could connect easily to it. This book tells a whole bunch about Egypt¿s gods and even rituals. Plus we were learning about Egypt in social studies. This is how I could connect. Right now I¿m reading the 2nd part of the trilogy, it rocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Simple yet Fun

    I loved the book. It was interesting and added something new to read. It isn't as strong as the daughters of the moon series, or the sons of the dark series but it keeps things flowing from the seris lynne ewing has discontinued or hasn't updated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    An amazing story

    I got this book from the store and thought okay its about egypt and magic and stuff but it was so much more. I started reading this I could not put it down. It is so great because it is about modern girls but has a magical Egyptian twist. I recomed this book for girls age 10-15

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Loved It!

    I loved this book despite what other reviewers have said. I finished these books within hours because they are addicting. Lynne Ewing adds depth and clarity to the books. Not many have ventured into a fiction about ancient Egyptian magic. I also loved how Sudi, Meri, and Dalila turn into different beasts, and that they face hardships and trials while trying to. I am sometimes turned away from certain fantasy books because they make it too easy for the character, and it shouldn't be that easy, because no one is perfect. I say if you love myths and Egypt, this book is good for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    Just attractive marketing.

    This book was just like another dumb teenage targeting book that is very low in substance and shallow. It was quite disappointing compared to the other two series by Ewing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

    same as before

    from what i been told its like daughters of the moon with different senario i hate that she just seem to write off the daughter books now she just moving on i what if she do the same thing im not interested in the Isis books at all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2007

    One of my all time favorites

    Very good, addicting book, i could not put it down! This book was an exciting and thrilling book, I think Lynne Ewing did an outstanding, and wonderful job on this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    Good book

    This was a really good book and i had love reading it. When i start reading this book it was hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2007

    why stop

    I really enjoyed Sons of the Dark and Daughters of the Moon .... i really wish she would finish sons of the dark. lynne if your reading this please come out with a fifth sons of the dark book i was really disappointed how the fourth book 'Night Sun' just leaves you in the dark about maddie and the fact the book has no real ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    hmm,

    this book was good, but it was nothing compared to the Daughters of the moon series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Looking forward to book #2

    The Summoning is the first book in Lynne Ewing's new series Sisters of Isis. It's not released yet as alot of you guys know but I managed to score a free copy from Harper Collins. Unlike the Daughters of the Moon series the new series takes place in modern day Washington D.C. and it revolves around a girl name Sudi who had just broken up with her boyfriend Brian(who is a real jerk by the way) One day after school she finds a mysterious invitation hidden in her locker hoping its from her crush Scott but instead it's something that will change her life and her destiny forever. She meets a guy name Abdel who tells her that she and two other girls are Descendents of the Egyptian pharoahs/gods who must protect the world from the evil Cult of Anubis who intends to bring chaos back to destroy it. I can't really say if this is the best book I read from the author so far but i'm definitely looking foward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2007

    it was sooo good that i finished in one day

    this was an amazing story that caught my attention from the very beginning. i'm really not good at finding books i like (i'm picky), but this was amazing. it didn't have the borning first chapter that explains everything before you read the story. it goes stright into suspence but never confuses you. i could of read it in a couple of hours (like 3 or so) but i was working. *sigh* can't wait til the second one comes out. YOU MUST READ!!! (sorry review so long)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    FYI

    Just so you all know, there is a bind up. I'm guessing that it's going to bring the Sons Of The Dark series and the Daughters Of The Moon series to a definate close.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2007

    A New Idea

    After getting low sales of her Sons of the Dark series (it will not be continuing, as far as I know) and struggling to get Daughters of the Moon 13 published, Lynne Ewing is now trying something new in her Sisters of Isis series, about three girls with Egyptian powers. Wikipedia has short descriptions of both of the first books. I can't wait!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007

    Will be good

    I cant wait for this to come out!! But I hope it has to do with either THE DAUGHTERS OF THE MOON or the SONS OF THE DARK. Anybody out there heard about this?

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