The Novice

The Novice

Paperback - 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

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2016
ISBN: 9781250080059
1250080053

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AL_JILLK Jan 14, 2018

"Young Fletcher has no idea what adventures, and destiny, are in store for him! Exciting plot with wonderful characterization, friendship, loyalty, acceptance and strength."

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

This tale is simply too derivative. It bleeds fantasy tropes (hunter orphaned protag, bully guards, finds mysterious pet in the woods gifted to him by an equally-mysterious old man in a tavern). But I can appreciate a good fantasy trope. It was when we got to the school and we were properly hit by the cluster of references that it got to be too much. Not every idea is going to be original, but the way you spin it makes the difference, and this played every reference straight as Colorado's borderlines. Eragon, Harry Potter, Pokemon (POKEMON, seriously!), Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials...but all played perfectly, perfectly, perfectly straight. Diamond-tipped rulers couldn't have gotten that any stiffer. The characters are nothing more than parodies. The world building, which had seemed so promising early on, is tossed away or muscled into the plot in bad exposition. All in all, it's bland and bleary.

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jkkahan
Dec 06, 2017

Young Fletcher has no idea what adventures, and destiny, are in store for him! Exciting plot with wonderful characterization, friendship, loyalty, acceptance and strength.

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blue_dog_8346
Dec 01, 2017

Pretty good book. Makes me want to read the second one, but overall, for me, it could have even MORE and it would have been even better. Putting that aside, it's a great book! An imaginitive plot line and likeable characters! Definitely worth reading

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burgundy_goat_17
Nov 19, 2017

Was a little to much like Eragon (Inheritance cycle) for me, it even started out similar. But over all It wasn't a bad book, Well written, just not to my liking

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honestcabe
Nov 05, 2017

This book is great for Harry Potter fans I love the cliffhanger at the end πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΏπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜»

bookcat51 Jul 27, 2017

A real pageturner YA fantasy adventure. The first in the trilogy, I would highly recommend to teens who enjoy Harry Potter, Fellowship of the Rings, Terry Brook's Shanarra series, Ranger's Apprentice series, etc.

GCPL_Teen Jul 26, 2017

The first book in a trilogy, "The Novice" is an awesome example of high fantasy. Elves, dwarves, humans, and orcs all play a role in a world where humans rule supreme, but are caught in a war with the orcs. Those who receive Summoning Scrolls have the power to summon a demon to fight at their side. These demons differ in appearance and power, ranging mostly from all kinds of interesting mythical beings. War, battles, romance, and loss... this trilogy made me cry, it shocked me, it made me cheer, and it made me angry. Its hard to not recommend a book that makes you feel so many things.

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lke70
May 22, 2017

It was one of the best book about spell crafts I have ever read. once you read this book, you can't put it down!XD

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khmohamed
Dec 16, 2016

My favorite book i'm even out of words, don't know what to SAY!

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