“The Novice” Book Review

Author: Taran Matharu

Publisher: Square Fish


“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.”
via Amazon

Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4

Trigger Warnings: Child abandonment and bullying


  • Cover is aesthetically pleasing
  • Characterization of characters is interesting
  • Protagonist has a strong sense of right and wrong
  • Ending was great


  • Back story of main protagonist is predictable
  • Only the first book of the series
  • Sometimes characters are introduced too fast hard to follow

In-Depth Review:

*Warning: May contain spoilers.

I’ll be honest when I choose a book the first thing I look for is aesthetic. If the cover draws me in then I’ll read the summary. Picking this book was easy. The cover was interesting and the summary was great. It checked off the two things I look for in a book.

I view exposition as the boring part of any story but it’s necessary to the plot. Since this is the first book in the series it makes since there’s a lot of exposition, it’s important in world building. But I’m not fond of it. The last few chapters make up for most of the exposition.

Within the first few chapters you automatically know the protagonist has a strong sense and what’s right and wrong. The protagonist understands what people deserve for their actions. You’ll see him stand up for the little guy on multiple occasions. He seems like a genuinely good person. It’s refreshing from other YA male protagonists.

There was no mention of romance, which was different for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Final Verdict: I’d recommend it.

Favorite Quotes:

“For a moment he pitied Tarquin and Isadora, with all the pressures that their noble blood brought with it. But only for a moment.”

You can find this book at Amazon.

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