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.
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.
Published: 5th May 2015
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Series or Stand-Alone: Book 1, Summoner Series
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
I will elaborate but basically I can summarise this book in one sentence. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!
What I loved the most was the world building and the great introduction to characters in this first book. For me, a great first book does both of those and really gets you sucked into the world and get invested in the characters, wanting them to win and do well. I was definitely both sucked in and invested in Fletcher. Although this story was very predictable, I did have a lot of questions that I NEED answering. I am dying to find out more about Fletcher and his past. I just know there is something the author is not telling me that I will no doubt find out in the next book(s).
There is a lot of conflict and action in this first book but the one thing that I did notice was that I didn't notice any love interest of any kind. No relationship drama, old best friend that might become more for Fletcher. I actually found this to be refreshing considering the majority of the books that I have read recently (and in the past) usually always feature some kind of romance. I actually liked the fact that there was none of this in the first book. Without that, I was left to really concentrate on the world and the characters in it. That's not to say that there will be romance in the series (I hope there will be) but I haven't got a sense of it yet. There is a suspicion of a possibility but that is all it is, a suspicion.
Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the comedic side of Fletcher's interaction with his demon. Normally, I would think of a demon as a pretty horrific character but Fletcher's demon was more like a pet and it was really funny to see the both of them get to know each other and interact with each other.
What a fantastic book that I would recommend to everyone! Even if this is not usually your style, give it a go you might just be surprised!
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