The Novice, by Taran Matharu

This is the first actual review that I’ve done in almost a month, and I’m going to try to start writing at least a paragraph or two on each book that I read, but for now, my thoughts on The Novice.

To be honest, I wasn’t actually that excited to read it in the first place. It seemed a lot like a bunch of other, mediocre books that I’ve read. The Novice is about a boy named Fletcher, an orphan who was working as a blacksmith’s apprentice, and discovers that he has the ability to summon demons.

He ends up going to a school where he learns to harness those powers and learns spells and magic. The students train all year for an ending battle of duels, where the winners will be chosen to become high ranking officers in the ongoing fight against the orcs on the elven front.

The part that I liked the best about this book, was actually the middle section. The first part started out, not really slow, but not really making a lot of sense, and not really fitting together well.

The middle part, however, was fast paced, intriguing, and really made the first part make way more sense.

The ending was disappointing. I knew that the Novice was part of a series called Summoner, but the way that it ended was a total cliff hanger. It was a hanging-by-one-hand-off-the-steep-side-of-Mount Everest hanger. It was really annoying that it ended like that!

I did read the sneak peek at the next book, but that didn’t actually start right where the last book had left off. Personally, I would have loved to have the second book in the trilogy the second I finished the Novice, but sadly, I didn’t have it with me.

So, in conclusion, I would recommend the Novice if you enjoy reading books with fantasy elements like spells, demons, orcs, elves, dwarves, and books involving a select few with a special power used to protect the rest.

What do you think? Have you read this book before? Do you like cliff hangers, or do you prefer when books end with the main conflicts resolved?

Chat with me in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “The Novice, by Taran Matharu

  1. Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

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