Sum­moner: The Novice

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated book club -

Over­fa­mil­iara­mus!

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

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