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review 2017-09-08 11:06
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

A nonstop action and adventure fantasy story which drew me in quickly and held my attention all through. I thought the world was well thought out and the systems in place were easily relatable. Some characters were a bit predictable but not so much that they were unbearable.  Over all, a good one for fans of sword fights, spells and the underdog coming out on top.

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review 2017-03-25 03:10
Novice
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 
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. . . ., When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he must travel to the Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueng 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 will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but 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. Summoner is the first in a trilogy featuring Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This wasn't a perfect read, but it was fun.

 

Most people put this in the young adult catagory. I feel most middle graders would handle this well.

 

To me it is obvious that this author was greatly infuenced by a lit of other popular novels of this genre, but that does not by any means make this any less of great read. I think this is great blend of everything previous done right, but with an original flare all its own. I found the way the demons worked to be especially interesting.

 

I love that this started on watt pad and really turned Inot something great that got the recognition it deserved.  

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text 2017-03-21 00:52
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 368 pages.
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

Why the heck did it take me so long to read this? I really am enjoying this. Big thanks to Bookstooge for the idea on how to plan readinget! If not for that post I a, not sure I would ever have read this.

 

On the side note. I counted how many books I have purchased through Amazon, Google Play, I books, Feedbooks, and other sites that I have not read... too large. Over 150. I don't even want to think about how much money it is that I spent on those books that I will never eventually read... shit, I thought about it. I will post my list soon, in sections. I am organizing my list into series right now. 

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text 2017-03-20 23:26
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 368 pages.
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

I am really enjoying this.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-12 23:17
Cannot Wait To Read The Series
The Novice: Summoner: Book One (The Summoner Trilogy) - Taran Matharu

So this is my first review and although I’ve read a lot of books in this category that I would like to review I will start with one that I just finished today and that is The Novice: The Summoner Trilogy Book 1 by Taran Matharu. This book was set perfectly for me because it had all the aspects of a mythical kingdom of old that I desire in a book: the constant of war between humans and another prominent species (in this case the orcs), the mystery and wonder of summoners and spell crafting to common people such as Fletcher and the interaction of various prominent species, with Orcs, Elves, Dwarves and Humans being historically very popular choices. Matharu also does a great job inserting a wide variety of interesting monsters and mythical creatures, demons he calls them, and making them minor characters as individuals that still play a large part in the story.

The one element of the setting that surprised me was the fact that humans have such a huge advantage over all the other species. They defeated the Orcs thousands of years before the story takes place and are clearly superior in fighting force and intelligence, so they have been destroying Orc lands to expand their own; Elves were once their allies but now they are engaged in a political war that the humans clearly own and the advantage of the humans in obvious in the fact that the one major elvish figure in the story is their first Summoner in centuries; and last the Dwarves who, were once the first peoples to inhabit Corcillum and now control the most powerful weapon wielded by the common man, guns, yet they live beneath the heal of the humans and are highly discriminated against and forced to live in disgrace because of decades old transgressions.

 

The story is based around a young orphan named Fletcher who grows up in the small northern town of Pelt. He is a young resourceful boy raised by the blacksmith that found him as a baby and raised him as his own son. Yet, he has no aspirations for himself beside what he can achieve at his station of blacksmiths apprentice and is downtrodden by the immoral characters of Pelt with little resistance, only the hope of subtle retribution.

Fletchers whole story is changed however when a seasoned soldier comes to Pelt to sell his spoils from the Orc Front and gifts Fletcher with the book of a fallen summoner from the front lines. Fletcher covets the book but quickly finds out it has even more meaning than he could have imagined when he summons a demon, discovering he himself is a summoner and at the same time banishing himself from Pelt and branding himself a fugitive.

He travels to the Adept Military Academy in the heart of Hominum Empire with his new demon Ignatius and is enrolled to become a summoner trainee, to enter into the army as soon as he proves himself. There he discovers his soon to be closest friends in the form of a wiser than his years and trustworthy Dwarf named Othello and an Elf named Sylva who starts out as an untrustworthy diplomat for the scheming elves but quickly turns into the smart and driven capstone for this interspecies trio. Together they will break the bond of species and rise through the ranks as summoners to all be hailed as the highest of their class and prove themselves to be far greater contenders than anyone would have though for a fugitive and two ‘inferior species’.

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