Enter an immersive fantasy world where one boy's ability to summon demons will change the fate of an empire ... Book 1 in the epic SUMMONER trilogy from Wattpad sensation Taran Matharu.
Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.
The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs. Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family's interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum's rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.
Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands ...
Bonus Material: Find out more about Demons in a detailed Demonology - exclusive to this paperback edition.
'Friendship, loyalty, magic and political intrigue beckon ...' The Bookseller
About the Author
Taran was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own, writing his first book at nine years old. Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013. At twenty-two, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013.
Its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over three million reads in less than six months. After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.
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I am a huge bookworm but lately can't find any good books. This book bought me back to high hopes. I enjoyed this book and would recommend this to all book lovers.
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I finished this book in 5 days and it was worth pacing myself, I be getting the sequel very soon.
This is a must for any die hard fans of Harry Potter as they will love the entire world, from the unique magic system to the great friendships and excellent world building.
Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. - KirkusDestined to become a bestseller - SFX MagazineFantasy lovers will love the demonic detail - Sunday ExpressThis book doesn't just survive the hype; it deserves it. - The BookbagAppealing characters, fast-paced plot, focus on racial politics, and interesting demon varieties make this an enjoyable read. - School Libraries JournalWith a Harry Potter sized hole in the market, The Novice might just ... fill it. - ScifiNow
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th January 2016
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1