Written by: Taran Marharu
Series: The Summoner Trilogy
Sequence in Series: 1
Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy | Action | Adventure
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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.
The Novice by Taran Matharu
The Novice is a scintillating, magical adventure.
As a baby orphaned, Fletcher, was taken in and raised by the town black smith.
Helping his guardian sell his wears at the fair, Fletcher comes face to face with a war veteran with a journal from a battlemage. Fletcher helps the man out of a sicky situation with the town's bully only to find himself running for his own life. But before the warrior leaves, he gives Fletcher the journal.
While reading the book, Fletcher accidentally summons a demon of his very own named Ignatius. Leading him to Hominum and ultimately Vocan Military Academy, the school for battlemages.
This world is filled with political and physical battles between the Elves, Dwarves and Humans; even though they battle admists themselves they are all at war this the orcs...with the machinations of humans being the most deadly threat, even among their own kinds.
I never expected that opening this book would have me on an all night marathon, but it did. I have to admit that it was a 4 star read for me until Ignatius appears then I was completely hooked. Keep in mind this story is written with the young or young at heart.
The social prejudices abound with the division of species and classes which only elicited more suspense and tension.
Matharu has woven an intricate world with marvelous fantasy favorites but adds the demon realm beyond the ether, which was icing on the cake for me.
I honestly can't wait for more.
I received this ARC copy of The Novice from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Feiwel & Friends in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication May 5, 2015.