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The Novice Audiobook

The Novice: Summoner, Book 1

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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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    Rh 27/07/2016
    Rh 27/07/2016
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    anthony 30/05/2016
    anthony 30/05/2016 Member Since 2016

    Very big audible fan.

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    "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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    john mcpoland 19/07/2016
    john mcpoland 19/07/2016
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    "pretty mediocre "

    the book starts off ok enough, but after a while the story loses its way and just becomes monotonous to listen to. The narration is poorly edited with a lot of line flubbs, poor pronunciation of words all over and dry delivery making it a chore to to listen to.

    dropped after 4 hours.

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    Intecam 20/06/2016
    Intecam 20/06/2016
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    "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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    minty-chan 25/04/2017
    minty-chan 25/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "once i got into the story it was seriously good"

    i am so in love with the dwarves. i love the scottish accent which Dominic gave them. Othello is so sweet~
    the abrupt cliff hanger was so mean tho. after all that effort he's gonna get charged as a criminal! 😢

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    Mrs.Effin 24/04/2017
    Mrs.Effin 24/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Magic story"

    I listened to this book and was able to listen to it THREE times in a row. I think it is a bit slow but well worth it. Loads of cliff hangers to entertain the kids and really funny in bits . Buy and read it . Well worth the money

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    charlotte 17/04/2017
    charlotte 17/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "easy listening with some new ideas and some old"

    A lot like many other story's but has a few new ideas . enjoyable and looking forward to the next one and more demons

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    Cherry 01/04/2017
    Cherry 01/04/2017
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    "awesome beginning for a new-to-me series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Novice to be better than the print version?

    My Thoughts:
    This book is a very slow start for me. I wanted to read this book because I like the premise. I also like the cover art, it entices me to read, however, once I start reading it I find myself needing breaks from it so I put it down and then pick it up again on a later date. Another contributing factor for this book being a slow start is reading about the bully. I just get so angry that I just have to have a break from it. If I was Fletcher, I would have shot Didric a long time ago... several times... However, once it got going it went relatively quick for me.

    This is the first Dominic Thorburn book I've ever listened to and I like the way he reads. I specially like his interpretation of the Orc incantation! However, I don't know why he would give the Dwarves a Scottish accent though...

    Ignatius quickly became my favouritest sidekick right from the start. He is the red Salamander with the arrowhead-tipped tail!

    I like the story telling quality of this book. Although the genre is very congested with "coming of age" epic fantasies which is what this book is, the author still managed to stand out from the crowd. Kudos to Taran Matharu!

    But here is the kicker, it ended with a huge cliffhanger which did not endear this series to me at all!

    Empirical Evaluation:
    Story telling quality = 4.5
    Character development = 4.5
    Story itself = 3.5
    Writing Style = 4
    Ending = 2
    World building = 4.5
    Cover art = 5
    Pace = 3
    Plot = 4
    Narration = 4

    Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


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    Shaun 07/03/2017
    Shaun 07/03/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "Gotta catch em all"
    What made the experience of listening to The Novice the most enjoyable?

    Great fun, and now shared by my two boys


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Novice?

    Fletcher getting his demon


    What does Dominic Thorburn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Great reader, made the characters real


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Fletchers friendships and loyalty


    Any additional comments?

    cant wait to read the next instalment, waiting for battle mage

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    Gebdis 22/02/2017
    Gebdis 22/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    Keeps you riveted from beginning to end. Can't wait to read/listen to the second book. :-)

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    07/02/17
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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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