Learn more about CCRLS
Reading recommendations from Novelist
Online learning resources
Cover image for The novice
Format:
Title:
The novice
Oregon 'Battle of the Books':
2019-2020 ; 6th-8th division.
ISBN:
9781250067128

9781250080059
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan, 2015.
Physical Description:
355 pages ; 22 cm
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 1.
Summary:
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.
Reading Level:
Young Adult.

890 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts! 5.7.

Accelerated Reader 6.5.
Holds:

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Status
Searching...
JF MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
JF MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
JF MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN SCI FIC MATHARU Summoner #1
Searching...
Searching...
YA Matharu, T. Novice (OBOB)
Searching...
Searching...
FICTION - MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
FICTION - MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN MATHARU, T. SUMMONER BOOK 1
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
YA FIC MATHARU 2015 V.01
Searching...
Searching...
YA MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN MATHARU
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
YA Summoner v.1
Searching...
Searching...
YA MATHARU v.1
Searching...
Searching...
YA MATHARU v.1
Searching...
Searching...
YA MATHARU v.1
Searching...
Searching...
TEEN Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
YA Matharu, T.
Searching...
Searching...
Matharu
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

He can summon demons. But can he win a war?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. . . .


Author Notes

Taran Matharu began posting The Novice on Wattpad (the online writing website) and reached over three million reads in less than six months. The Novice is the first of three books in the Summoner series, and Taran Matharu's fiction debut. Taran's second book in The Summoner Trilogy, The Inquisition, made the New York Times Best Seller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Fletcher, 15, an orphan raised by a blacksmith in the Hominum Empire's northern village of Pelt discovers he has the ability to summon demonic creatures in this exciting fantasy trilogy opener. After Fletcher and Ignatius, his ferretlike demon, attack the local bully, Fletcher is forced to flee his village. Through a chance encounter with a mage, Fletcher finds himself attending an academy for battle mages. Trained mages are needed in Hominum's ongoing war with the orcs and in the armed truce against the elves. At the Academy, Fletcher, a commoner, endures scorn from the more skilled second-year students of noble birth, especially a pair of snobbish twin siblings, who are particularly cruel to Sylva, the elf chieftain's daughter, and the dwarf Othello. Dwarves are despised and treated as second-class citizens by many humans in Hominum. Their studies culminate in a year-end tournament that determines their student rankings and the opportunity for a senior military position. Fletcher and his small group of allies also become involved in a plot that threatens all of Hominum. This debut's similarities to J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" books, Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" (Knopf), and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" (Scholastic) (the novel even has a nasty professor with a prejudice against commoners and other races) are unmistakable, but readers won't mind. Fletcher's a sympathetic character whose impulsive behavior leads him to make understandable mistakes. VERDICT The appealing characters, fast-paced plot, focus on racial politics, and interesting demon varieties (demonology addendum included) make this an enjoyable read.-Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this first installment of the Summoner trilogy (originally posted on Wattpad), a young man discovers he has the ability to summon and control demons. Fletcher, a blacksmith's apprentice, finds himself in possession of a book that allows him to conjure a rare Salamander demon. Shortly thereafter, he is forced to flee his village, but a lucky chain of events takes him to Vocans Academy, where he is to train as an imperial battlemage. Fletcher is tested to his limits, bullied by the noble students, and subjected to constant scrutiny by the teachers, but he also makes new allies among the less-privileged students, including representatives from the dwarves and elves. Matharu's fiction debut is a solid offering, albeit one that features an odd mishmash of cultural influences-twin dwarven brothers are named Atilla and Othello, Fletcher's blacksmith mentor presents him with a khopesh, and law enforcement agents are called Pinkertons. The story itself is strong, but it suffers from uneven pacing and an abrupt ending. Ages 12-up. Agent: Sasha Raskin, Agency Group. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Fletcher, a blacksmith's apprentice, learns that he has the ability to summon demons. He travels to Vocans Academy to train as a battlemage, but he and his new dwarf and elf friends encounter class and racial prejudice from the noble children. The plot creeps forward steadily, but the derivative, wooden characters and bland prose prevent significant reader investment. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A young orphan makes friends (and enemies) at a magic school in this solid series opener.Fifteen-year-old Fletcher assists blacksmith Berdon, haggles with the town guards, and dodges bullies daily. The Hominum Empire is at war with elves in the north and orcs in the south, but Fletcher can do little to help...until he releases a demon bound to an orc scroll and proves himself a summoner. Fleeing a criminal sentence, Fletcher lands in cultural center Corcillum and, after another fortuitous intervention, arrives at Vocans Academy. Previously closed to females, commoners, and members of other species, Vocans now grudgingly accepts all adepts, to Fletcher's delight and the noble students' horror. In between rescuing friends from mobs and entangling himself in the dwarves' rebellion, Fletcher attends class and trains his adorable but deadly Salamander demon. Plot, dialogue, and characters recall other school-set fantasies, but Fletcher is appealing precisely because of his Everyman qualities: he is not the smartest or the strongest, but he is a loyal friend and a fierce fighter against injustice. The detailed setting is a hodgepodge of arrows and ammunition, medieval and industrial, but the few anomalies do not impede the action. Debut author Matharu tackles class inequalities and racism (in the form of speciesism), mixes humor with violence, and plays with fantasy conventions, with varying success. Fantasy readers should enjoy this entertaining, comfortably familiar-feeling adventure featuring an earnest soldier-schoolboy and his demonic sidekick. (Fantasy. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.