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The Novice : The Return of Ravana - Taran Matharu

The Novice

The Return of Ravana

Paperback Published: 12th May 2015
ISBN: 9781444926644
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old

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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 ...

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. Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, 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.

For Tweens and teens not young 6-9 year olds


For 10 and up at least. There are battles and so on. My eleven year old son is reading it for the second time and looks forward to the second book.

Coffs Harbour NSW


Entertaining, high fantasy for teens


The Novice is the first book in The Summoner trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs. It was an entertaining, well-written paranormal fantasy adventure filled with magic summoners, elves, dwarves, demons and orcs. What I liked about it: Great world building. I loved the fascinating, supernatural world that the author created. The history, cultures and landscapes were rich, strongly developed and believable. I loved the different characters and their demons. They were well-rounded and likeable. I especially related to Fletcher, who was often in over his head and relied on his wits and bravado to get him out of sticky situations. The story touched on issues of prejudice and bullying which was evident between the nobles and commoners as well as between humans and dwarves/elves. I love the cover! What I didn't like: There was nothing new. It is very similar to other books that I have read: Lord of the Rings, Pokemon and Harry Potter. The Novice is a promising start to a new series. I would recommend this book for younger audiences and lovers of fantasy.

Brisbane, AU


The Novice

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ISBN: 9781444926644
ISBN-10: 1444926640
Series: The Return of Ravana
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 9 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 12th May 2015
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1