The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu // Pokemon, Harry Potter & Middle Earth Hybrid!

3.55 stars

3.5 stars – I really liked it, super enjoyable, just maybe lacking a little bit. It’s still a good read.


When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.


Guys, I have kind of mixed feelings about this book!! On one hand I want to shriek from the roof top about how amazingly it’s like a hybrid of Middle Earth, Hogwarts and Pokémon but on the other hand I found it really hard to like the protagonist and the plot pacing felt really off. So what better way to express my thoughts then with lists!!!12596591_585223554963089_845365917_o

The Brilliant:

  • In case you missed it above… IT’S A HYBRID OF MIDDLE EARTH, HOGWARTS AND POKEMON!! If that doesn’t make you excited I don’t understand you. See, like Middle Earth we get a mix of characters who are human, orcs, Elf and Dwarf. Getting to read all these different characters, their discrimination towards one another and they’re personalities was really enjoyable. The Hogwarts vibe comes from the magical school (duh) they attend. It’s no where near as cool as Hogwarts (I doubt anything could ever be as cool as Hogwarts) but it was very entertaining to read them in magical classes! And lastly the Pokémon vibe comes right from the fact they like choose which demon they want to battle. It’s actually pretty cool to read like a high fantasy Pokémon story!
  • I LOVED Ignatius!!!!! Ignatius is Fletchers demon, who can probably be best described as a dragon-cat. He sleeps majority of the time around Fletchers neck and then rubs himself up against people he likes, while still being shooting flames out of his mouth and stinging people with his tail! SEE A DRAGON CAT!!!


The Not-So Brilliant:

  • I don’t want to be a negative but the protagonist, Fletcher, is pretty damn boring. He’s like to good (if that makes sense). Like everyone around him is having socially moral problems with race and discrimination and he’s there like ‘can’t we all just love each other’. He’s like not even a fantastic nice guy! In my eyes, if you’re going to have a totally nice guy as your protagonist you need to make him charismatic and charming and really entertaining to read from, but Fletcher just felt very meh. 
  • The pacing of this book felt very off, it felt like it dragged for ages at the first half and then the second half went like crazy fast only to end in a really rushed way.
  • As for the plot, it felt pretty cheesy, it wasn’t that bad, but at the same time the story as a whole felt really unoriginal (except the demons! Cause the demons were effing awesome!).

Overall, this book didn’t get me overall excited but it did have some really cool elements and I for sure will be continuing on with the series!

Add me on Goodreads to follow alone with the utter dribble that come out of my brain 🙂




About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

4 Responses

  1. AHAHAHAHA BRILLIANT COMBINATION ALERT! Eek…I hate boring main characters, even more than the infuriating ones! There’s nothing to feel passionate, feeling so frustrating neutral is the worst kind of emotion. But nevertheless, you are the reviewing and photo-ing QUEEN!

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