The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran MatharuThe Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu

The Novice: Summoner: Book One

byTaran Matharu

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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In this New York Times-bestselling novel full of action and adventure, a blacksmith's apprentice 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. . . .

The Novice by Taran Matharu is book one in the Summoner trilogy, a stunning epic fantasy that started on Wattpad, and garnered over six million views on the site. The paperback edition contains an interview with the author, a special sneak peek of the sequel, The Inquisition, and more.

The Inquisition, book two in the series, was also a New York Times bestseller.


"The appealing characters, fast-paced plot, focus on racial politics, and interesting demon varieties (demonology addendum included) make this an enjoyable read." -School Library Journal

"Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick." - Kirkus Reviews

"This plot-focused fantasy adventure will be a satisfying read for a wide age range of readers, especially fans of role-playing games and Christopher Paolini." -VOYA

Taran Matharu wrote his first book when he was nine years old. At twenty-two, he began posting The Novice on Wattpad (the online writing website) and reached over three million reads in less than six months. The Novice is the first of three books in the Summoner series, and Taran Matharu's fiction debut. Taran lives in London.
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Title:The Novice: Summoner: Book OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.3 × 5.48 × 1.06 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250080053

ISBN - 13:9781250080059

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tons of Fun I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this series, but I have to admit that it grew on me the more I read it. The world is interesting and the characters are engaging, and I really liked how this was similar to a mashup of Harry Potter in the Lord of the Rings universe. There were lots of diverse characters and unique demons inspired by classic mythology, and it was very interesting to see how racism (or specisim to be honest) played a humongous factor in the development of the characters and the course of the story. Fletcher is a great guy and I liked how he was eager to stand up for his friends, and how he didn't judge anyone and was willing to learn. Not saying he was perfect and that we found out everything about him, but he's a great protagonist. I also absolutely adore Seraph (hoping to see more of him!) and Arcturus. This is definitely the start of what I think will be a fun, engaging series, and I can't wait to see where it goes from here.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fantasy Read Loved how this story incorporated so many different aspects of fantasy! From magic to demons to elves, dwarves and orcs... it all meshed so well. It always kept wanting more and never once did I expect the story to take the turns it did. Such a good read!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The story was great it kept me interested from the first page to the last. Great read!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book is really great. I read a lot of YA and this book was able to capture my imagination and keep me entertained so much so that I read the whole thing in 2 days and read the second book in about 3 days. If you like sci-fi adventures this is a series you won't want to pass up!
Date published: 2016-07-25

Editorial Reviews

A New York Times Bestseller"The appealing characters, fast-paced plot, focus on racial politics, and interesting demon varieties (demonology addendum included) make this an enjoyable read." -School Library Journal "Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick." - Kirkus Reviews"This plot-focused fantasy adventure will be a satisfying read for a wide age range of readers, especially fans of role-playing games and Christopher Paolini." -VOYA"Taran Matharu . . . racked up more than a million reads for his first novel, 'Summoner,' in only four months." -NBCnews.com