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The Novice

Summoner, Book 1
Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn
Series: Summoner, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fletcher is nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning.

The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of grueling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs.

Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power-hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family's interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum's rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside.

Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon, Ignatius, to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands....

©2016 Taran Matharu (P)2016 Hodder Children's Books

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Awesomely executed

The narration is flawless and the book has a very compelling storyline. It is one of the better audiobooks I have listened to. However I feel some characters are somewhat two dimensional...
Overall a must have book.

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Great Start!

A very good start to a promising series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and new and innovative magic systems! Great performance by the Narrator aswell!

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Weak

This isn't a book for a self-respecting fantasy fan.

The plot is very predictable and drags unmercifully.
Not to mention the fact that characters and motivations are so vague that it's hard to understand what the book is acually about. There are 60h multi plot books easier to digest than this.

The only thing that is remotely passable is the voices and performance although it is a bit monotonous.

Over all I would not recommend unless you are scraping the bottom of the fiction barrel.

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  • Rh
  • 07-27-16

cliché but entertaining

I have to start this review by staying that this book was entertaining enough and considering getting the next installment (finish it and you'll understand). BUT... this is not a great fantasy book. The characters are overly black and white, it is fairly predictable and the plot relies on a lot of coincidences and is driven by cliché characters. If this would bother you, don't bother; if it is less of an issue and you just want some light entertainment, give it a go! Maybe I am just being a little cynical!
The narrator had a nice and easy to listen to voice, but very annoyingly, there is a significant pause between each of the (fairly short) chapters! I kept thinking my headphones were cutting out - have given the narration 3 starts but feel bad, as this probably wasn't the narrator's fault.

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  • anthony
  • 05-30-16

Fantastic

This is a great start to what is going to be a fantastic series. There are parts of this book that remind me of Harry Potter, David A Wells and Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson if you like any of these then you are going to love this. The narrator isn't someone I have Hurd before but never the less does a good job. I have already got book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-17

Great story, but variable audio quality

Loved the story, and the narration was pretty great, but it was let down with the technical quality of the recording.
The volume was variable at times, with either too-quiet or uncomfortably loud sections, and, while it might not worry everyone, often you could hear wet mouth noises as the narrator spoke! I had to grit my teeth to bear it, but it often sounded like he was too close to the microphone, and needed to have more to drink while recording! Yuck!
While it didn't ruin the audiobook, it'll make me think twice about listening to it again in the future.

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  • 04-06-18

great but short

Great book, good carachters, but it seemed to be over in a blink an eye.

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  • JodyR
  • 01-03-18

Brilliant Audiobook

The actors voices are brilliant and the story flows really well. Thrilling, exciting and mysterious. Seriously recommend!

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  • Cris
  • 08-16-17

Pretty good

I wish they'd refrain from making it look too much like Harry Potter, bit other than that, the story has potential

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  • ATPase
  • 08-10-17

Page Turner!

I decided to buy this book based on a whim. It was a brilliant impulsive buy.

I was up till 4 a.m. just reading this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-17

Awesome

I loved it an excellent book and a great time killer



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  • Intecam
  • 06-20-16

BRILLIANT STORY!

Really good except for a few mispronounced words - a bit annoying but that might be the OCD. Otherwise a fantastic story.

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  • A. Byrne
  • 06-15-19

music very off putting

music that plays at start and end is loud and jarring

otherwise there are no issues

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  • michael
  • 01-04-17

Best new series

Every now and then you stumble across a great new series and this one it one of those Taran is a genius to come up with such a good new story that has never been done would recommend for fans of "the rangers apprentice" "adventures wanted"

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  • Apartment
  • 09-28-16

Fantastic series

I loved this book and possibly more so the sequel. I normally pace myself with audiobooks as I use them to keep going at work, but it was my toughest fight yet to put this series down. Great characters, fascinating and rich world. I eagerly await book 3!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-19

Love this

i always loved this book and love this audio book since i can walk to and from work while calmly listening to this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-19

awesome series

I'm 12yrs old and loved this series. Didnt want it to end, wish there were more books in series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-19

awsome

I love them I got all the books after the first finished . . .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-26-19

Awesome Book

Loved it. Found it hard to stop listening. Narrator had me captivated in the story.

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  • Briana Gunn
  • 11-29-18

Mr 7 really likes it

I like the characters and the creatures. The man's voice is nice and the story is interesting. I want to hear more each time we go in the car.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

An amazing experience

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had a great story with reparable a fun characters and the narrator did an amazing job and really wiped the fears that I had about audio books completely away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-04-18

So good

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  • Sean f.
  • 05-22-18

great

loved it, listened to it over and over again, would recommend it to anyone who has a great love of fantasy, magic and demons