{ARC Review} The Novice by Taran Matharu

Posted April 20, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

{ARC Review} The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice

by Taran Matharu
Series: Summoner #1
Pages: 398
Published on May 5th 2015
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Inquisition

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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

Oi oi oi, what’s up with that ending Mister Cool Name? That’s no fair, leaving me hanging like that! Geesh, when I saw this book with the awesome cover by the author with the very cool sounding name, I knew I was going to love it. But seriously, that’s just mean, ending things like that.

I don’t want to give too much away when it comes to plot, reading the blurb should be enough for you. What I will do is give you an idea of what to expect. When I hit the 70% mark, I knew what this book felt like. And it wasn’t until just now that I saw that a friend of mine actually felt the same way. The Novice feels like Harry Potter with Pokémon in Middle Earth. It has the orphan discovering new powers, going to a school where he can learn to control them and he has this demon companion. All the while there are raging wars and even hints of rebellions among the different races. Also, bonus points for no romance!

Yeah, so that’s that. Sounds quite familiar and you’d expect it to be predictable as hell and quite unoriginal, but it really isn’t. While all my comparisons just now are quite spot on if I do say so myself, it still feels new. Fletcher, our main character, is very much an orphan, but he didn’t come from a bad home. He had a decent father figure that I very much liked even though he’s only really in the book in the first few chapters. He’s not the chosen one or this incredible prodigy. Though he does have a lot of potential. Fletcher is just a very good guy. He’s really kind and treats everyone as equals. He can be pretty stubborn and in this book he learns you can’t always win with physical strength so he comes up with clever ideas to make up for any shortcomings he might have. I really liked that. I loved Fletcher, I really do and I can’t help but root for him.

Next to Fletcher there are a variety of side characters that are all unique. I really liked the dwarves for sure and all of Fletcher’s friends really. I liked some of his teachers too. Not Rook, he’s awful. So are the nobles. See, this academy used to be solely for the nobles, but recently they let commoners that have potential as summoners in too and the nobles don’t like that. They’re very much what the purebloods like the Malfoys are in Harry Potter. Bunch of rich bastards that think they’re better than everyone else. I was not a fan of them, at all. Oh, I also loved the idea of the demons! They were kind of like Pokémon, which is awesome. I want my own Ignatius. He kind of reminded me of Toothless, who is not a Pokémon, but whatever. He’s awesome.

The Novice was a very fun, quite original story with a familiar feel to it. If you’re a fan of Young adult fantasy stories, I highly recommend this one. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next and again, WHAT’S WITH THAT END MATHARU? You keep me up until 3am reading this and end it like this? No fair. No fair at all.


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10 responses to “{ARC Review} The Novice by Taran Matharu

  1. Cali W.

    Great review! this book sounds like a fun read and I love the cover. It’s cool that he can summon demons. 😉

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