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The Novice: Book 1 (Summoner) Audiobook

The Novice: Book 1 (Summoner)

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Publisher's Summary

Fletcher is 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 grueling 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....

©2016 Taran Matharu (P)2016 Hodder Children's Books

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    Apartment 28/09/2016
    Apartment 28/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic series"

    I loved this book and possibly more so the sequel. I normally pace myself with audiobooks as I use them to keep going at work, but it was my toughest fight yet to put this series down. Great characters, fascinating and rich world. I eagerly await book 3!

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  • anthony
    30/05/16
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a great start to what is going to be a fantastic series. There are parts of this book that remind me of Harry Potter, David A Wells and Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson if you like any of these then you are going to love this. The narrator isn't someone I have Hurd before but never the less does a good job. I have already got book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rh
    27/07/16
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    "cliché but entertaining"

    I have to start this review by staying that this book was entertaining enough and considering getting the next installment (finish it and you'll understand). BUT... this is not a great fantasy book. The characters are overly black and white, it is fairly predictable and the plot relies on a lot of coincidences and is driven by cliché characters. If this would bother you, don't bother; if it is less of an issue and you just want some light entertainment, give it a go! Maybe I am just being a little cynical!
    The narrator had a nice and easy to listen to voice, but very annoyingly, there is a significant pause between each of the (fairly short) chapters! I kept thinking my headphones were cutting out - have given the narration 3 starts but feel bad, as this probably wasn't the narrator's fault.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • john mcpoland
    19/07/16
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    "pretty mediocre "

    the book starts off ok enough, but after a while the story loses its way and just becomes monotonous to listen to. The narration is poorly edited with a lot of line flubbs, poor pronunciation of words all over and dry delivery making it a chore to to listen to.

    dropped after 4 hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Intecam
    20/06/16
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    "BRILLIANT STORY!"

    Really good except for a few mispronounced words - a bit annoying but that might be the OCD. Otherwise a fantastic story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    25/11/16
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    "a good story poorly read."

    An enjoyable book with a good cast of characters,but the narration is poor,could do better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stuart gunn
    4/11/16
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    "good wee book"

    great wee time waster of a book, easy to follow and a decent story. recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss kemi araoye
    3/11/16
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    "Enjoying this very much"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and it is not too highly priced


    What other book might you compare Summoner: The Novice to, and why?

    I can't compare to other books as this stands out quite well in its on right


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The young novice meeting his demon for the first time


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Intriguing


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to purchasing book 2

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  • sam ward
    17/10/16
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    "Different"

    Couldn't stop listening, one of those books where you need to know what happens next. Excellent listen

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  • justin
    10/10/16
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    "not a great deal of excitement."

    Felt like i could have put it down anytime without missing it. I hope its just laying the bedrock for the next book.

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  • mike
    grays, United Kingdom
    1/10/16
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    "Harry Potter + Pokemon + World of Warcraft"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is a combining of Harry Potter, Pokemon & World of Warcraft. The result is a well written fun story that is very obvious in all aspects and will certainly entertain younger readers.

    The book is obviously aimed at the adolescent market. The plot points and emotions conveyed are extremely obvious and superficial. The main character at one point shoots a mugger in the face with a bow and arrow killing him. Although this was his first kill he never mentions or thinks about it again. The only time it's mentioned again is when he brags to someone who observed it about how cool he keeps under pressure. Apparently becoming a murderer is something he is totally fine with and just puts out his mind entirely.

    If you are looking for any sort of complex emotions or realism then don't get this book. If you are looking for a fun fantasy story that reads more like a computer games story arc then you will enjoy this.

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