The Novice by Taran Matharu is the first in a new young adult fantasy series staring magic, dwarves, elves, a white orc uniting the other orcs, and demons that magic users can collect and battle with! I can’t help but describe The Novice as a combination of Harry Potter (magic school), Pokemon (catch the critters!), and World of Warcraft (all the fantasy races!). The Novice started a little slow and reads pretty young for young adult, but is a light and fast fantasy if you are in the mood to have fun.
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Novice from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Novice by Taran Matharu (Summoner #1)
Published by Feiwel & Friends on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Length: 398 pages
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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.