The Novice by Taran Matharu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It ended on a cliffhanger! I need to get the second book…
This is the first book in the Summoner trilogy and last book from my quite big order back in May, and I have to say I am ashamed it has taken me this long to get to it, because it was so good! I really really liked it 😀
The story is not very original. When I started reading it I got some major Eragon vibes. You know, the boy living in a village in the outskirts of civilisation, dead parents and he find this magical creature that forces him to leave home behind. Sounds familiar?
It also felt a lot like The Demon King, a male protagonist with personality that does anything to survive. Then he realises he has powers and need to go to school. The school is very similar to the one in The Seven Realms series.
Despite the story not being very original, I loved it. It is fast, easy read, that you cant put down. You fall in love with some characters and hate others. I liked the magic system, that all the spells needed to be written on organic material, and the restrictions that pose. The story also deals with racism and friendship, which seems more and more important in today’s world.
Regarding the demons, they are more like animal companions. Sadly. I had hoped for necromancy and darkness, but no. Summoners are well regarded in the society.
This story was perfect for me at this moment. Filled with very common fantasy elements and an easy to follow story. Now I am recharged to continue with the not so fast and easy books.
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.