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The Novice: Summoner, Book 1

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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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    michael Western Australia 04/01/2017
    michael Western Australia 04/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Best new series"

    Every now and then you stumble across a great new series and this one it one of those Taran is a genius to come up with such a good new story that has never been done would recommend for fans of "the rangers apprentice" "adventures wanted"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn 16/09/2017
    Glenn 16/09/2017
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    "One of the best yet!"

    The story line is amazing and keeps you engaged with great plots and characters. I can believe I finished it so fast.

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    Cazaril 10/08/2017
    Cazaril 10/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable"

    Pace, plot and characters were thoroughly enjoyable. Magic system is well thought out and original ,

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    Amazon Customer 26/07/2017
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    "Setting The scene for the future"

    Well narrated, would have liked a bit more colour in the narrator's voice. Liked the story line. Looking forward to the future books.

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    Nihal Albuquerque 27/06/2017
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    "excellent"

    great book, well presented. if you liked eragon this book is for you. definitely a great story.

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    Tara Australia 02/06/2017
    Tara Australia 02/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    great read, loved the story and the narrator was exceptional, excellent use of different voices for different characters.

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    Lee Redwood. Gorin aus 07/05/2017
    Lee Redwood. Gorin aus 07/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "good for repeat listen."

    The people seem real. the bullies are not straw men (jerks). magic is explained well.

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    mai 18/03/2017
    mai 18/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great book with excellent narrator"

    An exciting combination of Harry Potter,Pokemon and Lord of the Rings. Dominic Thordburn was perfect..

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    7/02/17
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    "Great Start!"

    A very good start to a promising series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and new and innovative magic systems! Great performance by the Narrator aswell!

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Intecam
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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
  • john mcpoland
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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 3 people found this review helpful
  • JodyR
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    "Brilliant Audiobook"

    The actors voices are brilliant and the story flows really well. Thrilling, exciting and mysterious. Seriously recommend!

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  • ParBoiled
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    "Highly entertaining"

    Even though the concept for this book has been done before, (spells in schools) the story is far from recycled and is entertaining. The narration is done well and is engaging.

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  • Cris
    16/08/17
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    "Pretty good"

    I wish they'd refrain from making it look too much like Harry Potter, bit other than that, the story has potential

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  • Unnas A.
    10/08/17
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    "Page Turner!"

    I decided to buy this book based on a whim. It was a brilliant impulsive buy.

    I was up till 4 a.m. just reading this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    14/06/17
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    "Great story, but variable audio quality"

    Loved the story, and the narration was pretty great, but it was let down with the technical quality of the recording.
    The volume was variable at times, with either too-quiet or uncomfortably loud sections, and, while it might not worry everyone, often you could hear wet mouth noises as the narrator spoke! I had to grit my teeth to bear it, but it often sounded like he was too close to the microphone, and needed to have more to drink while recording! Yuck!
    While it didn't ruin the audiobook, it'll make me think twice about listening to it again in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
    5/05/17
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    "Awesome "

    I loved it an excellent book and a great time killer



    Epic epic epic epic

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