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Preview — The Outcast by Taran Matharu
The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy
When stable boy Arcturus accidentally summons a demon and becomes Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden.
Whisked away to Vocans Academy so he can be kept watch over, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies. But ...more
But for here, we get the origin ...more
But, what was the point of this book?
On a scale of usefulness this book is a the-universe-will-go-on-fine-without-your-existence-thank-you-bye.
That is the only problem worth any importance. Completely and utterly unnecessary this book. I loved the Summoner trilogy when I read it last year, it was fantastic. There was a novella about how Arctuturs came to Vocans called 'Origins' and while I didn't love it so much it was all fine and good.
The Outcast was a full-length novel about Arcturus that ...more
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!
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Arctucus, a young orphaned stable boy discovers he has the ability to summon demons. Being the fist commoner to be able to do so, he is sent to Vocans Academy, the school where nobles learn to summon their demons and cast spells. As the first non-royal summoner, ...more
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
The Outcast, by author Taran Matharu, is the fourth installment in The Summoner series. Unlike the first three installments in the series, The Outcast takes a step back in time where readers will meet 15-year old Arcturus, a key player in the first trilogy. Like the first three books, this story once again takes place in a land called the Hominum Empire where first born nobles are sent to Vocan's Academy to learn the art of ...more
It was so nice to see these characters that are loved and hated younger and the adventure/struggle they went through. Ive always loved arcturus but i love him even more now!
Taran truly did it again!
It was great to be back in this world and see more of the things we hear about in the trilogy.
You can read my full review on my blog. Spoiler free!
I enjoyed this although not quite as much as the Summoner series.
The world building was good although a bit light on in this one.
There weren't many locations though which probably makes sense.
The characters were good and it was really interesting to see the origin stories of some of the characters from the Summoner series. Elaine is really good and I loved reading more about her.
The plot is solid and there's plenty of Easter eggs which are great. There's a bit of a twist at the end which ...more
I was absolutely delighted to see all the familiar faces (though some I was less than enthusiastic to see but expected nonetheless). In particular I was thrilled to get to meet Alice and Edmund and get to know them a little. I did not feel we got to know them as well as we could have. Obviously there was a plethora of characters involved and a pressing storyline to get ...more
I absolutely loved this world and was hooked from the very beginning. Arcturus and Sacharissa shocked the world when it came to light that he was a commoner able to summon a demon. Arcturus was shuffled off to Vocans to train with other summoners, which put him in a precarious position as he tried to figure out where he fit in with the other nobles, if he could even say he fit in. Watching as the relationship between ...more
I read a novella?
Yes folks and its been a while too. Mostly because I don't often invest a lot time into series as most times I couldn't be bothered. But I really liked the world Matharu built. Admittedly, though I can't quite remember when we learned why the war with the Orcs began.
But this little story about Arcturus was quite unique. A completely different line of plot compared to the original series, and quite frankly I was along for the ride.
And I would pay to ...more
Protagonist: Arcturus was just a common stable boy, with dreams of leaving and forging his own destiny, he could never have dreamed he was a Summoner, an elite group of fighters who can summon demon companions and work magic, a group believed to only be among the nobility of Hominum. As the first common Summoner in history, Arcturus finds a lot of disdain at Vocans Academy where he is sent to train his summoning skills, however, there are a few friendly faces among the stuck-up ...more
Hmm...I feel like I've read this all before. I wonder where? OH! I know: "The Novice"--book 1 of the Summoner Series & also "The Battlemage" book 3
*deep sighs* This really felt like a rewrite but with the character names switched. :-(
I don't feel like anything new was added to the series that was needed. this felt so unnecessary.
But it felt like a lot of things were a little bit recycled from the original trilogy
When it is revealed that it ...more
The characters were all really well-developed. I really felt like I could have had a conversation with any of them, though I would have avoided talking with quite a few. I really ...more
The Outcast is an enjoyable prequel which is fast paced and a good addition to the Summoner series. However, there was no real jeopardy, even in tense situations, and it is annoying that practically all the adults from the main series featured in this book.
I like Arcturus as he is streetwise but also kind and courageous. I loved the growing friendship between Arcturus and Sacha, as they were very protective and ...more
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars. All the freaking 4 stars in the world).
Let me start with telling you how much I love this world, the characters and this serie. I have so much love for this book series. LOVE LOVE SO MUCH LOVEEEEE FOR THIS BOOK THIS SERIES. To be honest I don't know why I put of reading this book BECAUSE IT WAS SO SO GOOD. However I'm super sad that this paperback is like ...more
However, its not just his past as many familiar faces are side characters who are just as interesting, even if they are villainous.
Even if I knew the fate of certain characters, I was still getting anxious as they were thrown from situation to ...more
I love that the Author didnt use excessive profanity, and there didnt seem to be any romance or major focus on it. The demons in this book were really just Pokemons in that theyre used in fights and as companions. I found all the characters (except the bullies of course) likeable, my favorites have to be Elaine, Harold, Edmund, and of course Sacharian.
The plot was very entertaining ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I loved the character development and relationship development. I was severely angered with some characters and even more angered at them when I realized how much they dont change in the other books. Still, ...more
Taran began to write the SUMMONER series in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013 and sharing his work on Wattpad.com. The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over ...more