Summoner: The Novice
Release Date: 5 May
390 pages | Hardback/ ebook Author: Taran Matharu Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Harry Potter meets
Warhammer. You don’t need to know any more. Really – you don’t.
Well, if you insist. This is a YA novel of such monumental unoriginality it’s no surprise it turns out to be a self- published sensation snapped up by a risk- averse publisher.
A commoner lad who’s an embryonic “Summoner” is enrolled in a military academy. He rubs shoulders with dwarves, elves and – worst of all – posh people. And they all have familiars… sorry, daemons… sorry, demons. Sorry… what franchise are we in?
Having said all that, Taran Matharu has a cheerily pageturning style, and the book is fast- paced, action- packed and competently written. Pity it’s not more original. Dave Golder