The Novice by Taran Matharu

3.5 liking the demons stars!

the novice

This was a really enjoyable book. I know you are probably thinking then why the low rating.  Well… I think it’s a great book for someone coming out of middle grade and into YA.  It was a bit to juvenile for me,  it has all of the great pieces to be a great series for say an 11 year old but it just didn’t hit the mark for me.

Onto all of the goodness from the series… Honestly my favorite part of this book was learning about all of the demons that a summoner could have.  First of all while some of these demons should probably be scary as heck I wanted to cuddle all of them.  I kept picturing Fletcher’s ignatus as toothless from How To Train Your Dragon.  Of course it was a way smaller version than the movie but that is exactly how I pictured his demon.  Then I just wanted to cuddle Othello’s demon.  I mean I know he’s made of rough stuff, possibly rocks but honestly I kept picturing the rock trolls from Frozen. A lot of people are saying these demons are like pokemon’s?  Each demon has it’s own special powers that make it reliable and worthy.

Fletcher is on the run after he summons a demon because his demon had attacked a “royal” young man.  I say this loosely because of course this guy that ignatus attacks is an ass.  Fletcher ends up at a school for summoners by chance when he is found by one of the teachers.   Fletcher is a very interesting character, he always seems to stand up for the little guy.  He will give anyone a chance to become his friend but don’t burn that bridge because once you do there is no going back.   He doesn’t see why people can’t be friends with elves or trolls or whomever they want.  Fletcher understands what it means to be the odd man out since he is an orphan. While he does get adopted by a really great man who teachers Fletcher more than I think he understands, he always feels left out in the town of Pelt.  Once he goes to the school he thinks everyone will be on the same page learning the same things.  However this school is more like fight to death to become number one.  I loved how Fletcher always thought outside of the box.

The side characters in this series are kind of awesome.  I liked seeing how the different class system worked.  Also how the commoners were supposed to be given really low level demons but they are all given different ones.  I loved how they were taught even the low level demons have really important values to each summoner.

I think this series has a great concept and will be well loved by a lot of people.  I just don’t think it’s the kind of series for me.

goodreads link here.

book blurb…

Hardcover, 355 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends (first published 2015)
ISBN 125006712X (ISBN13: 9781250067128)
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

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