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The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy

(Summoner #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,168 ratings  ·  211 reviews
The thrilling prequel to the New York Times-bestselling Summoner series!

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Feiwel Friends
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After last year concluded the original Summoner trilogy, Taran Matharu announced a fourth book, The Outcast, a prequel. Wait, didn't we already have a prequel in Summoner: Origins? Well, yeah. But now we get that prequel expanded to full novel size, and while it feels a bit strange to go back in time when we know how the original trilogy ends, it also makes me want to reread the original trilogy from the start all over again. Which, in due course, I shall soon do.

But for here, we get the origin
Sara Saif

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
Jay G
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
Katherine Lara
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review to come.

Am ready to see more of (view spoiler), Fletcher's parents?
Bring it on Matharu! I'm ready! May 2018 can't come any time sooner.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


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
Stephanie Bain
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*i was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review!*

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!
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was so great to see more of Arcturus and Sacharissa!
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!

Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

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
Vampress Bathory
I loved it soooo much!!!!
Janhavi Banhatti
Great book

This book was a great addition to the series and a must read for any fans of the original series
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good

This book is good. Not as good as the summoner series, but still good. It gives a good view of how things came to be for the summoner series
Amanda Bartoszek
Having read the first three Summoner books and Fletcher's story, I was really eager to see what the prequel would be like.

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
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-winner
***I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

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
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
Ahhhhh!! Did I just?


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
Zachary Flye
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 Stars*


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
Jay DeMoir
2.5 stars

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
Heather Bridson
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I love this book! It was well written and caught my attention from page one. I loved the characters, the world and the adventures and hardships the characters faced. It was just a great story! I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and since it was an advanced readers copy I'm interested to see what if any changes are made from this version and the finished book. Anyway, just a fun to read story. Since it is book 4 I'm hoping to read the first three, but you don't need to in order to understand ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I absolutely loved getting to see Arcturus and company when they first started at Vocans! It was great to see everything come together and to watch as they set up the world we came to know and love in the original trilogy. So much love for this story and this world!
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Summoner: The Outcast is a prequel to Matharus Summoner series. It follows Arcturus, a commoner working as a stablehand at a tavern. One night Arcturus decides to investigate a rude noble boys pack, planning to rob him and flee for better living conditions. Finding a roll of leather with odd writing on it, Arcturus reads the seeming gibberish aloud. And summons a wolf demon. He then promptly gets knocked out by the noble who had been returning to collect something.
When it is revealed that it
Kitty Maschan
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ive been curious about this series for a while, so when the chance came up to read an arc of the prequel novel for this tour I had to take it. I tried not to have expectations going in because I hadnt heard much about the series. I dont recall any specific TW/CWs needed so lets just jump right into the review, shall we?

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
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Hachette Childrens Group for giving me this book to review.

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
Emma L.
*** This review will be filled with spoilers for all the four books and there will be so much gushing going on ***

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
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Laura Newsholme
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has been a very fun series so far and this prequel is a nice addition to the world. It tells the story of Arcturus as he finds himself with the ability to summon and is thrust into the world of the nobles. The plot hits a lot of the same beats as The Novice in the first half, which means that people new to the series can read this one first without being lost. Similarly, Matharu introduces plenty of new material in the second half, which satisfies those of us who are already familiar with ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an adventure from start to finish. Taran Matharu wastes no time into throwing Arcturus into the deep end and its quite riveting. Like all the others before this, The Outcast is quite a fun ride of a book while exploring Arcturus past.

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
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared for a lot of magic elements and creatures (which are not my favorite things to read about). If you like Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings you are probably going to enjoy this one as well. I really enjoyed the different atmospheres and feelings throughout this journey, like the continuous vibe of SOMETHING IS GOING ON AND WE MUST COME UP WITH A PLAN. Just please don't ask me to praise all these extense action scenes fighting against orcs, because that's just not for me. (Even though ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ive never heard of this series before and after reading this prequel I just have to know what happened afterwards!

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
Carl Siggins
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this from start to finish, love the series and hope its not the last instalment. ...more
Britt Kunkle
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, Taran Matharus writing never ceases to make me happy. This book gave me so many Arcturus feels and I want more in this world and more in Vocans and more with these characters. I just want more. More of everything and more of this authors writing.

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,
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Taran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies in English. He was born in London in 1990.

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 The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over

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Summoner (4 books)
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