The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice by Taran MatharuThe Novice by Taran Matharu
Series: Summoner #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends, MacMillian on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 368

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.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this does not influence my review.

DNF at 10%.

Okay, I really hate DNFing books, I really do. But after spending 4 days attempting to read and just wasting my time, I had to DNF. I love character driven books. If I can’t connect to a character, I can’t enjoy a book.

Maybe I’m just being picky, but The Novice just really wasn’t a Shelly book. As far as I’ve read, the only thing I know about the main character is that he’s picked on and the world he lives in is under some war with Orcs (which frankly, just reminds me of Lord of the Rings). All I understood is that he’s an underdog, and even with that tidbit- I can predict what will happen next.

The writing wasn’t bad but I just didn’t feel overly engaged. 3rd person point-of-view can work really well, but when it’s used to just describe the bullies and introduce the Experienced Old Person Who Sets the Character On His Journey, I just can’t get into it.

I still would suggest for fantasy lovers to give it a chance, it’s just definitely not a book for me.

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Shelly Z is a reader, writer and blogger. She works for Adventures in YA Publishing, a 101 best site for writers selected by Writer’s Digest, and is a blogger at Read.Sleep.Repeat. She rants as much as she reads. You can find her on twitter at @shellysrambles.

5 thoughts on “The Novice by Taran Matharu

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Uh oh. I’m definitely scared now. I have this book for review as well, and yours is not only the second review I’ve seen, but also the second bad one… I have to admit, I’m a bit terrified of picking it up!

    Sometimes, you just have to DNF. I don’t like doing it either, but in some cases you just have no other choice.
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  2. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work out for you Shelly. It sounds like it could go either way for me, so I’ll probably wait to see more reviews for it before completely discounting it!
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  3. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    I’m scared! I have this to review and I’ve seen mostly meh things so far. I had such high hopes. I’ve lowered them so hopefully I’ll like it? I’ll be seeing very soon. So sad it didn’t work for you 🙁
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  4. Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat

    Honestly, you didn’t miss much. I was severely underwhelmed by this story, and the MC sucked! There are plenty of other books out there, hopefully your next read will be better 🙂
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    1. Shelly

      That’s what people have been saying, thanks! 🙂


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