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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First in Taran Matharu's New York Times bestselling epic fantasy Summoner Trilogy, The Novice is an action-packed adventure of a young man gifted-or cursed-with an extraordinary and terrifying power.

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. . . .

This paperback edition includes an interview with the author, a special sneak peek of the sequel, The Inquisition, and more.

The Summoner Trilogy
The Novice
The Inquisition
The Battlemage

Also in the Summoner series

The Outcast (Summoner: The Prequel)
The Summoner's Handbook
A Fine Welcome: Othello's Journey (A Summoner Short Story)

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 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!! Big awesome surprise!! I went there with no expectation at all, and discover a series that I'll read really fast, #2 and #3 are on their way right now. This is considered a pre-teens books, like between 10-14 years old, but I think that there is a lot of adult fantasy fan that would enjoy it! It takes the best elements of Lord of the Rings, and many fantasy as well (dwarf, elves, humans and orcs) mixed it with what make me thing of Harry Potter (a witchcraft school) and then put some demon/magic creatures friends (kind of Pokemon likes mostly but cooler!) and you have a tremendous result. It could have gone horribly wrong mixing stuff like that, but the author did it in a really good way, everything falls into place perfectly, the characters are very likeables, there is action, magic, friendship and of course a big wars that'll change the world. A very epic book and series (I hope), that the fantasy fan should really go all in and have a look. Highly recommended!!!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairly good It’s like Harry Potter except for orc killers. There are also snobs in the class just like HP. They think because they come from nobility, they are better. I liked the book and will see where the series go.
Date published: 2018-02-18
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 3 out of 5 by from pretty good I read it very fast it was really good but I thought the tournament was really rushed compared to the beginning. I thought the tournament wouldn't happen until the middle maybe end of the second book. I mean there were a time skip of a few months and we didn't get to see what Fletcher learned. besides that, I loved the book.
Date published: 2016-08-23
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
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good I loved the beginning where we see how Fletcher lives and how he came to be. It gave me a sense of where he was coming from and what point in his life we’re about to take part in. The writing is excellently detailed especially when Taran describes a setting and scene. It felt like I was dropped into that world. Even though this is a young adult novel, I thought the setting and the experiences were more targeted towards a middle grade audience. He talks more like a twelve year old child than a teenager. Tons of similarities to the Lord of the Rings, Golden Compass, Ender’s Game, and Pokemon, The Novice isn’t bringing anything new to the fantasy genre. I was hoping for a whole new world world filled with new creatures and races, but it felt too similar to other books I have read. Orcs, dwarves, elves, humans? Sound familiar? Also the Demon companionship was too similar to the Daemons in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. The writing is good, but it’s also weakened by the modern dialogue and the lack of a central story. I kept trying to wonder what the plot was..Was it Fletcher trying to prove himself to his adoptive father? Was it him beating the school bullies? Was it winning the tournaments? I liked it, but I had trouble getting into it and promptly stopped reading to pick up another book in the meantime. It doesn’t have that stickiness quality that other fantasy books bring. When you’re wanting to know what happens next and you definitely don’t want to stop reading but you have to because it’s so late into the night. This didn’t have it. I couldn’t remember how many times I stopped reading it so I extended my reading duration by a week when I can usually finish a book within two days or so. Maybe it had something to do with the tiny tiny font size? What is the setting supposed to be? They have guns, but are also living in a renaissance like world? I didn’t understand it. Was it a modern setting or was it something earlier? There were too many holes and not enough story to fill it in. Overall, I think this is a good start, but I needed something to keep me glued to the pages and the biggest thing that was lacking was a major story-line. Hopefully things will be answered in the next book if I’m still interested in it, I might still pick it up.
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! This book too god! i read part of this book on Wattpad and fell in love with it instantly. Taran Matharu is a Novice, but his writing does not make him seem like one. Shirororororororo.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG! This book to god! i read part of this book on watt pad and it was amazing. this book is 100 percent worth it. Taran Matharu is a new author, but you cant tell from the way he writes. i have yet to complete this book once i get it from Indigo. Shirorororororro.
Date published: 2015-05-06

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