I first found The Novice on WattPad and knew I needed to read it. I was so glad I chose to buy both of the books in the series so far and excited to see where the series goes. Here's my review;
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.
As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.
The cover of this novel is stunning. I love the mystery around the character on the front, especially as his face is hidden by a hood. Then there is a symbol which is behind him blended effortlessly into the coloured background. The blurb definitely sets this up to be a fantastic story. I was most intrigued by the demons as the only other books I’ve read with demons in are the Artemis Fowl book and Mortal Instruments series.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, however the pacing did let me down a little. What promised a great book was let down by a few slow patches dotted around the novel. If you push those aside the book flows from beginning to end with ease and keeps your interest peaked at all times. I especially loved the scene where Fletcher first comes by Ignatius as it was a sort of stand up to your bullies moment.
The bond Fletcher formed with his friends at the Academy was almost instant, I liked how he chose the dwarf despite the rudeness of the nobles. Fantasy always keeps me in awe of how there can be so many races all combined together, and this book just goes to show you don’t need to come from a wealthy family in order to make something of yourself. This novel is not only a brilliant story it also has hidden themes that I think all ages can learn from. I would definitely recommend, I give it 4/5 stars and I am looking forward to getting to book two in my TBR (it’s far too long at the moment).