The Novice (Summoner #1)

Author(s): Taran Matharu

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First in Taran Matharu's New York Times bestselling epic fantasy Summoner Trilogy, The Novice is an action-packed adventure of a young man gifted--or cursed--with an extraordinary and terrifying power...

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith's apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.

Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire's war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands. . . .

This paperback edition includes an interview with the author, a special sneak peek of the sequel, The Inquisition, and more.

The Summoner Trilogy
The Novice
The Inquisition
The Battlemage

Also in the Summoner series

The Outcast (Summoner: The Prequel)
The Summoner's Handbook
A Fine Welcome: Othello's Journey (A Summoner Short Story)


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Brilliant and colourful...This superb story, with strong characters and a narrative which both flows with its sweeping backdrop and draws brilliant details, now deserves all the success that will come its way - The School Librarian

Fantasy lovers will love the demonic detail - Sunday Express

An epic fantasy debut - The Best New Children's Books 2015

Influenced by Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings and video games, it appeals to fans of all of these - The Sunday Times

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781444923995
  • : Hachette Children's Group
  • : Hodder Children's Books
  • : January 2016
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 32mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Taran Matharu
  • : Paperback
  • : 217
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : Teen - Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
  • : 416