The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu Review

Sunday, August 21st 2016

“Fight dirty, and go for the face. Gentlemen’s rules are for gentlemen.

I bought  The Novice, when I was online shopping, of course it was buried deep within my TBR pile, which I am not attempting to conquer it. I’m really excited that I read this book when I did, since I was able to readThe Novice and The Inquisition without pause. The Summoner series by Taran Matharu is an amazing author. I R-E-A-L-L-Y enjoy the way he creates his character along with the intricate world they live with. Usually I hate the main character of a fantasy novel, for example I don’t like Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series, I actually was about to stop reading if it weren’t for Luna Lovegood. This is not the case when it comes to The Novice  I am in love with Fletcher, and trust me you are going to love him too.

Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Goodreads Blurb
“ When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.”

Our tale brings with Fletcher, a young man whose standing in the cold, quite literally. Fletcher is a kind hearted good nature young man whom seems to always find himself in a world wind of trouble. Or a more accurate way to say it is, a world wind of trouble always seems to find Fletcher. Fletcher was abandoned newborn by his mysterious parents by the front gates of his current home. Adopted by a local blacksmith, Fletcher calls the warmth of his adopted father’s forge home, until a solider came into town selling a book. You already know this book is amazing because the exciting journey doesn’t truly start until worry solider comes into town attempt to sell a few trinkets from the front lines of war, along with a mysterious summoners book. Literally the story begins with the mysterious of a book. Taran Matharu is amazing when it comes ti character development, along with creating a massive adventure for readers to take part in.

What  don’t I love about this book!
I love Fletcher! Seriously, I love Fletcher! There are times when the main characters take paths I just want to knock my head against a wall trying to understand their decisions but Fletcher is not that type of character. Fletcher is smart, witty, kind hearted, adventures, and most of all intelligent. Through a series of events that I won’t spoil for you, our brave young Fletch finds himself running way from home against his will and off to find safety. While Fletcher is pursuing a safe place to stay safe, he thus finds himself attuning the Academy, the Adept Military Academy, training those to become summoners to find in Hominum’s war against to Orcs.

I love the demons that they use! I know how they go to school to teach what they know about the Ether. I love how the system of the Demon’s and their mana are used in the novel. I love how this book reminds me so much of  An Ember in the Ashes by Saba Tahir! The military academy with it’s own battling system of commoners vs. nobles vs. teachers vs. the ministry. There is so much plot reveals I was not expect that just seem to keep happening every single moment of the  page. When ever I thought the characters or their situation was becoming predictable, the author just completely rested the game right before my eyes. It’s just a truly fun adventures novel to read!

Many people are comparing Taran Matharu school to Hogwarts, this I have an extremely problem with because not ever magical boarding school needs to be associated with Hogwarts. I am really annoyed when Harry Potter fan’s compare every magical, fantasy, novel with a leading male character to the adventures of Harry Potter. At some point in time we need to see Harry Potter as one item and the creation of other author’s creative environments as another. I don’t want anyone thinking that this book is going to replace their love for Harry Potter. I just feel that this book is wonderful within it’s own merits and should not be judged or compared to anyone else writing.

The Novice is a great read, it has Elves, Humans, and Dwarves, demons, along with murderous twins, and LOTS OF BATTLES. The plots in this novel are amazing, and the characters will steal you’re heart within the first moments of meeting them. I truly hope you enjoy this book! It’s a great read. I feel that those who enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s Calamity, would enjoy this novel VERY UCH! The Novice is a young adult book but it can sometimes feel  like Fletcher is a younger than his 16 years, I feel that the author did this to illustrated how little Fletcher new outside of his own settlement of Pelt. I know from recently reading the second book of the series  The Inquisition that Fletcher has matured faster than I would expected. The journey that Taran Matharu has his readers on will make you want re-read  The Novice and  The Inquisition until the third and final book is available!
Happy Reading Y’all!

About Taran Matharu

Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.

Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.

Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’.

Thanks to and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months.

After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

His SUMMONER trilogy is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan and Record in Brazil. Book 1 will be published by EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria and Alpress in the Czech Republic

1 Response to: The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu Review

  1. On Sunday, August 21st 2016 Taran Matharu said:

    So glad you enjoyed my work :-). Thanks for the review!

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