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Publisher's Summary

The highly anticipated prequel to the New York Times best-selling Summoner trilogy.

Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he accidentally summons a demon. As Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful nobility would do anything to keep hidden.

He is immediately whisked away to Vocans Academy, where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. In no time Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies as noble teachers and students question his right to be there.

But before he can even attempt to make friends, his life is turned upside down once again, for the Empire is in turmoil. Rebellion is simmering among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over. Arcturus must choose a side...or watch the Empire crumble.

Set before the events of Summoner: The Novice, this is the perfect introduction to the Summoner series.

©2018 Taran Matharu (P)2018 Hodder Children's Books

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Great book

This was a really enjoyable book but I do kind of wish I had listened to it before the rest of the series which were really great. This book is a prequel and very much does lead into the other 3 books. It’s a great stand alone book but I think it would be even better if you listen to this before moving onto the Summoner books 1-3. Great narrator in all 4 of these books, I just wish there were more of them. 😊

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What a Series

What a great series, real unexpected twists, heart warming moments mixed in with thrilling nail biting moments, and the perfect voice to go a long. !

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loved it

loved it lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots 1 2 3

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Backstory of Arcturus

Grabbed next in series not realising it was a prequel centring around Arcturus, might have missed a good read if I did.

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  • 22-07-2019

Fantastic Characters, Super Story

I have now read/listened to all four books, on this occasion I read/listened to them in order. However, if you wanted to you could read the Prequel 1st, then books 1, 2 & 3. The correct order is The Novice, The Inquisitions, The Battlemage then the prequel, The Outcast. Although you can read the Outcast 1st, its written to be read last, the reason i think is that although it explains lots, there is also lots of twists, which you may not get if you read it 1st.

Now, the books, fantastic characters, super story line and great twists. I read/listened to all four books in four weeks. I found the story line to be a mix of Harry Potter, meets Lord of the Rings, meets Game of Thrones.

The writer has spent a lot of time, making sure that the story flows. This along with the twists and fantastic characters, makes them a must read.

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  • Kevin Rowe
  • 28-02-2020

Outstanding

Fast pace, exciting action, what a story to tell. I want more. Get writing please

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  • Carl
  • 18-01-2020

had nothing to do with the other books

performance by the narrator was very good as the last few books but I found it very difficult as it had no ties to the other book apart from demons if you gave the book a new series it would have been a lot better

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  • chizwhiz
  • 08-12-2018

Good

Not as good as the first three ,but good background story,narrator is brilliant,brings the book to life.

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  • mr
  • 13-09-2018

great prequel

if you enjoyed the first three books you'll love this prequel. well read and well written.

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  • 13-12-2020

Not as good as I'd hoped

I absolutely loved the three main books and was hopeful with the prologue but it just wasn't as good. started off well but just went flat.

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  • M
  • 27-05-2020

Disappointing rehash of the first book..

Nothing new, got it by mistake thinking it was a continuation of the 3rd book. I was wrong. Don't bother. Bit tedious.

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  • Anon
  • 17-06-2019

Very good need more books in this series

Best series of books I have read inc Harry Potter etc but need more books as the battlemarge was outstanding but still left many questions Un answered more please

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-08-2018

Rounds off the series very nicely

Builds deeper on the characters and also sets the tone for some of the villains in the future. Great addition and ties in nicely

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  • Joseph Wilkes
  • 05-06-2018

good book

Was a very very good book could not stop listening would recommend this series A****

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