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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller!

A Publishers Weekly best seller!

A year has passed since the Tournament. Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt's dungeons, but now they must face trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher's downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher's origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction...or die trying in this sequel to The Novice by Taran Matharu.

©2016 Taran Matharu Ltd (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Thought it was better than the first book.

The story starts with basically Law & Order: Fantasy Realms which was turned into a useful plot thread which weaves itself throughout the novel pretty well. Story still moves very fast but once I checked a map of this world understood why everything was moving so quick. Had at least one twist I didn't expect, so, well done. Still mostly just easy listening fantasy Pokémon. Oh, but there are some hormones this time.

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AMAZING!!

This is one of the best series I have ever listened to! I encourage everyone to listen through the entire series, you will not regret it!

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  • JG
  • New York
  • 11-03-18

Want to like, but.....

I really want to like this series more — the main character, the magic system, and the overall world setup are interesting, but too many elements of the story just fail. The plot is blundered through without subtlety, and the villains so 2-dimensionally evil that they border on self-parody. While the setup is appealing, it is a bit too clear that the author leans on other stories a bit too transparently at times (Meso-American orcs, a demonological taxonomy that begins to sound like Pokémon, characters who give their demons out of place names from mythologies like Athena, Apophos, and Ra, etc). So close to a great series...

Of note, the excellent narrator helps the story along tremendously. It’s just not enough to lift this series from it’s self-inflicted mess.

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Great book

Amazing story, I would highly recommend this book to anyone. The summoner series is fantastic story

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  • Jennifer
  • COTTONWOOD, CA, United States
  • 10-22-18

Doesn’t get better

How to bore an audience. Step one start an adventure book with a long tedious trial. Step two after the first trial start another tedious trial. Step three... I can’t remember step three cuz the first two steps put me into auto read mode for the rest of the book.

After my first review and initial qualms with the first book I really was hoping the Author would find a stride but sadly the mistakes from the first book are compounded in the second. I’m still going to get the third book just to complete the set but it feels more like eating Grandma’s traditional dish we all hate just to make her happy rather than diving into biscuits and gravy.

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Another great entry in the series

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, having loved the first, and have read the third as well. Its definitely more of a Young Adult type book, but it has charm that makes it worth it. Very interesting new concepts not often seen in fantasy, with a focus on "Familiars".

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Awesome story

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I totally get lost in this world of demons and magic.

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Great Action Packed Story!

Loved it! Action packed full of sacrifice, comaderie and humility. Great portrayal of what it means to care for the greater good.

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Grand Story!

Always love listening to The Summoner! Its wide story and plot is comparable to other major story like the lord of the rings and harry potter! You must listen and enjoy this series!

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  • J
  • 06-06-18

Sucks you in!

The series just keeps getting better and better, still manages a slow start but it builds momentum .