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#1 A. E. Costello

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Posted 18 August 2018 - 06:59 PM

I've gone through several iterations to find a good title for my current WIP, which will be my second novel. Right now is the one I've felt the closest towards a final say. I checked online, there's only a small novella series called Spirit Caller and I saw there's a band with a song name Caller of Spirits, so I'm basically in the clear to keep this as my title.

 

To you guys, is Caller of Spirits an interesting title? It's for a fantasy novel about a necromancer, one who is the direct descendant of the most powerful necromancer in the world and has the ability to control all types of the dead, and not just zombies for instance.

 

What does Caller of Spirits invoke when you read it? Would you be willing to pick up a book with this title? Is it too long? Too bland? Just any thoughts please let me know.

 

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 02:15 PM

Hey!

 

 

It's not a bad title at all, but suggests to me a more nature-oriented/shamanist fantasy rather than classic necromancy.  It's the word "spirit", of course, which can be broadly applied and will therefore ring differently for different folks.

 

The only other thing that comes to mind is whether it's evocative enough of your setting, theme, or protagonist.  It's accurate without being too on-the-nose (i.e., it's not "The Necromancer"), but I wonder if something more mysterious, otherworldly, threatening, etc. might be even more interesting.  I don't have any specific suggestions; just a thought.

 

 

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 08:24 PM

Yeah, I'm more or less in agreement with Monsmord. It feels a little more peaceful, when necromancer implies something edgier to me. Not as much a suggestion as an example (unless you want it to be a suggestion), but you can see the difference of something more like "Caller of the Dead". Caller of Spirits, I picture a cover that's got a person standing on a grassy hill against a partly cloudy sky, kinda serene. Caller of the Dead, it's a dark, shadowy cover. I'm assuming you want to aim more for the latter.

 

Oh, you've also got an "of" title, which I've turned against a bit as being overused for fantasy, but that might be a "me" issue more than a "you" issue.


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Posted 21 August 2018 - 01:38 PM

Thank you Monsmord and Inloft. I've considered both of your words, and decided against Caller of Spirits. Thank you again.


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Posted 23 September 2018 - 08:48 PM

How about 'Spirit Conjurer"?



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Posted 25 September 2018 - 10:04 AM

I kinda like that one, myself.

 

I attended the Paul Simon concert this past weekend, and as I re-read this thread a line from one of his songs came to mind: All of these spirit voices.

 

Perhaps: Calling the Spirit Voices might work.






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