This fantasy tale of magical creatures and powerful summoners was one of the bestselling light novels of 2016 on both Books.com.tw and Kingstone.
Life of a Summoner takes place in a world where mankind coexists with magical beasts who are compelled to obey when called by a summoner into the human realm. The beasts are divided into grades according to their strength, and a summoner can only call on them if he or she has a corresponding level of magic and willpower. Norr, an insouciant fawn, is a grade B beast. He would be capable of battling with the most powerful of beasts if he chose to, but Norr, the guardian of the grasslands, keeps his true strength hidden.
One day, Norr finds himself summoned by a nervous-looking young summoner named Nyshi. Unlike most summoners, Nyshi has no interest in bullying the most powerful beasts, preferring the company of rabbits, earth spirits and trees. Instead of forcing Norr into battle, Nyshi invites him to share an afternoon tea. Yet the relationship between the two is threatened when an encounter with the crazed dragon clan compels Norr to reveal his true power. Upset by Nyshi’s decision to quit summoning him, Norr tries to win him over again, but ends up endangering himself in the process. Now Norr will have to find a way out of trouble – and, in doing so, perhaps find out the real reason why Nyshi seems so afraid of the highest-grade beasts.
This innovative debut from Cao Cao Ni was originally serialized on Cite Original’s online platform. After an overwhelmingly positive response from readers, Life of a Summoner was published in a series of six print installments over the last eighteen months.