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The Novice

Book 1, The Summoner Trilogy - Summoner: Book One

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He can summon demons. But can he win a war?
Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.
Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 23, 2015 – In this first installment of the Summoner trilogy (originally posted on Wattpad), a young man discovers he has the ability to summon and control demons. Fletcher, a blacksmith's apprentice, finds himself in possession of a book that allows him to conjure a rare Salamander demon. Shortly thereafter, he is forced to flee his village, but a lucky chain of events takes him to Vocans Academy, where he is to train as an imperial battlemage. Fletcher is tested to his limits, bullied by the noble students, and subjected to constant scrutiny by the teachers, but he also makes new allies among the less-privileged students, including representatives from the dwarves and elves. Matharu's fiction debut is a solid offering, albeit one that features an odd mishmash of cultural influences twin dwarven brothers are named Atilla and Othello, Fletcher's blacksmith mentor presents him with a khopesh, and law enforcement agents are called Pinkertons. The story itself is strong, but it suffers from uneven pacing and an abrupt ending. Ages 12 up.

Customer Reviews

Awesome book, great for teens and young adults

If you're into wizards and a bit of mystery then this book is great. Sure there are some problems, such as the lack of presence that you feel of some of the characters after the beginning introduction.

As for the high lights.
Fletcher is awesome. You actually feel like he is human, not some sort of half emotional, half fearless superhero. He has his faults and his fortes but they're balanced. The other characters that play active rolls are well described with reasonable background information. You also get a feel for how both the good and bad guys physically look. They are given what would be acceptable proportions for the setting.

The cons, but are they really?

I would have liked for more information on the teachers, but it since there is a prequel, they will probably be described in more detail there.

Some more people in power being described would have been a nice touch. Other than in the beginning you learn nothing more about Ignatius.

Overall it was awesome. 10/10 I will read the next book. I hope for a bit more romance in the second one but over keep it up Taran Matharu

Love it

I started and finished (to a certain extent) this book on wattpad, and the consistency of this story continues through publishing. Definitely a good read 10/10 would recommend.


I just could not stop reading... I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

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The Novice
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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 7-13
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Published: May 05, 2015
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Summoner Trilogy
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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