Title: The Novice
Author: Taran Matharu
** spoiler alert ** At first i wasn’t too sure about this book – it is a little middle earth meets hogwarts – and i felt that some of the elements were too similar what with elves, dwarves and orcs…. But as the book progressed it hooked me in. It is well paced and thoughtfully constructed. I like Arcticus but would prefer he was a more central character – i didn’t like that he was left out of the tournament day. I love the different demons. I was surprised that Fletcher wasn’t a higher level straight off though considering he summoned one on his own instead of being gifted one… That was a little disappointing. I like the spyglass and tattoo ideas – definitely intriguing. Of course the Didric dilemma had to resurface, and it left off in a place that has me itching to rush off and find book 2 so i can find out what happens. Definitely an enjoyable fantasy read that keeps the reader entertained.
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.