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Enter an immersive world where the chosen few have the ability to summon demons... Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. As the first commoner gifted with this ab Enter an immersive world where the chosen few have the ability to summon demons... Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. As the first commoner gifted with this ability, his discovery challenges the nobility and the powers that be and Arcturus soon makes enemies. With no one but his demon Sacharissa by his side, Arcturus must prove himself as a worthy Summoner... Set before the events of SUMMONER: The Novice this is the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling SUMMONER series.


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Enter an immersive world where the chosen few have the ability to summon demons... Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. As the first commoner gifted with this ab Enter an immersive world where the chosen few have the ability to summon demons... Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. As the first commoner gifted with this ability, his discovery challenges the nobility and the powers that be and Arcturus soon makes enemies. With no one but his demon Sacharissa by his side, Arcturus must prove himself as a worthy Summoner... Set before the events of SUMMONER: The Novice this is the perfect introduction to the New York Times bestselling SUMMONER series.

30 review for The Outcast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ricky

    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 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 story of Arcturus and his sweet Canid demon, Sacharissa. Here, we get more in-depth about how there can be common summoners when it's supposed to be limited to the noble classes. Here, we get more looks at the world of the orcs, reminding me a lot of World of Warcraft, especially. I'm pretty sure my buddy Koda hasn't read these books yet, but seeing how he's all about the fantasy and the WoW stuff - he got me playing for about a minute myself! - this is right up his alley. Though I think I'll start him out on the original trilogy like I did. And like I do for customers at work. Though I might have to hold off on that for a while after I sold the last copy of The Novice to this ten-year-old kid on Friday...but I digress. I'm not sure what else Matharu has in mind for this 'verse - hell, I'm pretty sure I saw him say his next planned project was a sci-fi book. But I'll happily pick up whatever he publishes next, and until then, I hereby again bid the Summoner 'verse ave atque vale.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 bas 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 basically expanded the plot of Origins by including the novella in it for the first 1/3 of it. And it was pointless. I didn't want to know more about his past! I already know what happens to him in the end and that is all that matters, doesn't it? And it was unexciting besides. It added nothing new to the world of Hominum or the world outside it. Consider this, the Grisha trilogy is prequel to Six of Crows, right? While the former is set in Ravka, the latter takes place in Ketterdam. Two countries in the same world, their own problems, politics, cultures and languages. You catch a reference here and there in the sequel about the 'events' but that is it. What that does is make for an incredible world-building and the concept of sequel and prequel is done justice. It's essentially two stones with one throw: you tell an original story AND expand the same world. The Outcast did NONE of that. I would have much preferred a story from let's say the elves' point of view or the dwarves, touching more on the first dwarven rebellion or the Ether and how that came to be or even Orcs! Hell, what I REALLY would have liked was to get a prequel that went as far back as the time of the old civilizations whose traces Fletcher found in caves in the trilogy. Things like the first time humans discovered the Ether or summoned a demon or when they discovered that there were other races besides them in the world. Or just about anything that defined this world more clearly. As far as I can tell, there is only Hominum, Orc jungles and Elf settlements. Like, what? That is it? So, yeah, wasn't feeling it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review! Video Review: https://youtu.be/QaAaKN-7t5Q 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, A Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review! Video Review: https://youtu.be/QaAaKN-7t5Q 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, Arcturus is seen as an outcast amongst his peers at school. With no one but his demon, Sacharissa at his side, Arcturus needs to prove that he is not a threat to his royal peers. I loved this addition to the Summoner universe! It was awesome to be able to see some of my favourite characters again as younger versions of themselves! I still love the idea of the demons and I loved exploring more of them in this story. I loved seeing Arcturus and Sacharissa's relationship grow! I would love to have a candid of my own, giant puppy?! YES PLEASE. I also really enjoyed how this book had no romance whatsoever, the main focus was on the rebellion and what was to come of the kingdom. Although, I will say I hoped that a few of the characters ended up together in the end (sadly, this did not happen). The only major complaint I have is that the ending felt a bit rushed to me, I wish that it was fleshed out a bit more, but nonetheless, I really enjoyed this! I definitely think that you could read this without having read The Summoner Trilogy and still understand everything that was happening and how the magic system works in the books to come. Highly recommend the entire series to those who love adventure and action!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Lara

    Full review to come. MORE ARCTURUS? YES PLEASE! Am ready to see more of (view spoiler)[young Edmund and Alice Raleigh (hide spoiler)] , Fletcher's parents? Yup. Bring it on Matharu! I'm ready! May 2018 can't come any time sooner. Full review to come. MORE ARCTURUS? YES PLEASE! Am ready to see more of (view spoiler)[young Edmund and Alice Raleigh (hide spoiler)] , Fletcher's parents? Yup. Bring it on Matharu! I'm ready! May 2018 can't come any time sooner.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    I love this world created by Taran Matharu. When I got to know that The Battlemage was the last book in The Summoner trilogy, I was gutted. But The Outcast lifted my spirits for sure. This tells the story of Arcturus and Sacharissa. It starts out much the same as Fletcher's story but things change quickly. Even though I knew how these characters' stories end as adults, I still very much enjoyed this. I cried when Fletcher's parents show up and they are nice people and treat Arcturus nicely. It al I love this world created by Taran Matharu. When I got to know that The Battlemage was the last book in The Summoner trilogy, I was gutted. But The Outcast lifted my spirits for sure. This tells the story of Arcturus and Sacharissa. It starts out much the same as Fletcher's story but things change quickly. Even though I knew how these characters' stories end as adults, I still very much enjoyed this. I cried when Fletcher's parents show up and they are nice people and treat Arcturus nicely. It also has King Harold but in this he is Prince Harold and of course Charles and Rook. Arcturus is an orphan and he's had enough of the tortures of the orphaned life and he plans to escape by stealing someone's horse. That someone turns out to be a noble student Charles heading towards Vocans academy and Arcturus accidently summons a canid, Sacharissa. They instantly bond as with any other masters and their demons. Arcturus ends up at Vocans and finds out that he is not a commoner but he's the bastard son of Faversham. Edmund, Alice, Elaine and even Harold all treat him nicely but Arcturus doesn't trust them at first. But when Edmund invites him to a weekend away at his place things change as the riots start and they end up running for their lives along with Sergeant Caulder and Rotter. They get to the Orc's territory and save a baby Orc and of course save themselves. Is that the Orc from the prophecy? Hmm I wonder. They run from Orcs and end up at Vocans only to find that the rebels have taken over and the rebels plan on using them as bait for the nobles and in turn overthrowing King Alfric. Ulfr, one of the dwarves helps them. Prince Harold becomes King Harold and the riots stop as he promises them to change things around and the rebellion stays no more. It doesn't add anything to The Summoner Trilogy and even to this world for that matter. But I loved reading this book anyway as it gave an insight to Fletcher's parents and even Athena appears for a bit. Also, I had always wanted to know Arcturus's story. It still didn't explain Arcturus and Sacharissa's bond properly though. I mean how can he connect with her without scrying crystal. Can others do that as well or have they never tried? Also, I found Elaine to be so very annoying. Yes, she was couple years younger than them but still she was the reason they got into half the problems. But other than that I really loved this book and I will read anything set in this world. Also, I loved Alice's Vulpid, Edmund's Canid and Harold's Nandi. I'd really like to see a graphic novel for all the demons from this world. 4 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    My Video Review: https://youtu.be/BATmaC7t2RE My Video Review: https://youtu.be/BATmaC7t2RE

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* 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 sum *Source* Publisher *Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* 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 summoning demons. *Full Review @ Gizmos [email protected] http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/201...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bain

    *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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Neha Singh

    4.25 Stars! This was definitely a lot quicker read than the original trilogy, I flew through this one. So, 'The Outcast' follows Arcturus ( Fletcher's mentor) and this is his origin story. We see him evolving as the first commoner with the ability to summon and studying in Vocans. My favourite thing about this book was revisiting all the characters we knew or heard in the original trilogy. It was also kind of a sad experience for me, as we know the fate of most of these characters. As usual, engage 4.25 Stars! This was definitely a lot quicker read than the original trilogy, I flew through this one. So, 'The Outcast' follows Arcturus ( Fletcher's mentor) and this is his origin story. We see him evolving as the first commoner with the ability to summon and studying in Vocans. My favourite thing about this book was revisiting all the characters we knew or heard in the original trilogy. It was also kind of a sad experience for me, as we know the fate of most of these characters. As usual, engaged writing and awesome battle scenes. Would love to see more in this world in future from Taran!

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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

  11. 5 out of 5

    Neelam

    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! https://thetsundokuchronicles.wordpre... 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! https://thetsundokuchronicles.wordpre...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    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 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 I really loved as well. Overall an interesting addition to the Summoner series. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vampress Bathory

    I loved it soooo much!!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janhavi Banhatti

    Great book This book was a great addition to the series and a must read for any fans of the original series

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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

  16. 5 out of 5

    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 throug 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 through so we got to know them as much as we needed to and saw the basis of Arcturus's friendship with them, as well as Harold and the others. I truly did not expect anything that happened in the storyline, and just how much Arcturus and the others had a role in the events that would take place in Fletcher's life later on. You can see all the ways in which things could have been different - for better and worse --if they had chosen otherwise. Once I saw where the plot was leading, I was braced for the anger I knew would come. Even so, reading it made me so irritated and I can fully appreciate some characters' positions in Fletcher's books and the struggles they've had to fight for so long.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diabolica

    Ahhhhh!! Did I just? What? 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 ri Ahhhhh!! Did I just? What? 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 ride this rollercoaster again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Flye

    *4.5 Stars* Review: 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 *4.5 Stars* Review: 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 nobles. With tensions mounting between the common folk and the nobility, Arcturus may just get caught in the middle. Of course, I love Arcturus from the main series and seeing this adventure from when he was young is a lot of fun. Honestly, Arcturus felt very much like Fletcher in terms of his personality, I mean he's a brave, moral, and kind person, just like Fletcher, though their adventures are very different. World Building: Going into this book I wasn't sure what to expect, I've never read the previous Arcturus story, entitled Origins, though from my research I'd say the first sixteen or so chapters of this book ARE Origins, with the rest being an expansion on that story and really the main plot of this book. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised to not only see familiar characters from the series, just younger and less experienced, but we also get to see characters that are only mentioned in the main trilogy. I loved seeing the familiar characters and loved getting to know the ones I only knew by name. Still, there were a few characters I wasn't so happy to see, characters who believe if you aren't a human noble that somehow you're beneath them. While this book focused more on the class divide in Hominum from the King's heavy taxes, there is still obviously a racial divide between humans and dwarves as well, even worse so than the main trilogy. If I had one complaint about this book, it would be that there was a tad too much fan service, characters involved in the story who felt sort of crammed into the story or put in the story, just for that feeling readers sometimes get when they recognize a name or a place from the series they know and love. In the end, it was really only one bit of fan service that really bothered me, something that truly felt as if it added nothing to the overall story and felt like it served no purpose other than to be recognized. Predictability: Even though this is a trilogy, and I know the fate of all of the main characters, not to mention the state of the kingdom at the start of the main trilogy, so I wasn't expecting to be surprised very often in this book and in all honesty that was true. That isn't to say I was never surprised, I mean this story does have a few fantastic twists that really kept me on the edge of my seat. There wasn't anything too mind-blowing if you've read the main series, but the story is still exciting nonetheless. Ending: For some reason, I was expecting a larger final climax that we got, but honestly once it came it felt like everything fit perfectly. I mean, I couldn't see this adventure ending any other way and while we didn't get a pulse-pounding one on one action scene, the ending still has some action and again, how everything is resolved, for better or worse, makes sense, again especially if you've already read the main trilogy. The final chapter feels like an epilogue of sorts and it's a great one, you can see where things are going, but nothing it too defined, it perfectly ties up this story in a way that only really leaves open things resolved in the main trilogy. Rating: This prequel was (nearly) everything I hoped for and more, while I could have done with a tad less fan service, particularly in one area, I still loved this book so much and hope that the author won't leave this world forever, it's just too rich to leave alone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bridson

    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 thi 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 this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    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!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dreximgirl

    I really enjoyed this prequel book. I love Arcturus and Sacharissa and seeing their backstory was fab. It has made me want to reread the trilogy now tho lol A solid fun and fast paced read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    J Aislynn d'Merricksson

    Summoner: The Outcast is a prequel to Matharu’s Summoner series. It follows Arcturus, a commoner working as a stablehand at a tavern. One night Arcturus decides to investigate a rude noble boy’s 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 Summoner: The Outcast is a prequel to Matharu’s Summoner series. It follows Arcturus, a commoner working as a stablehand at a tavern. One night Arcturus decides to investigate a rude noble boy’s 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 was actually Arcturus who summoned the demon, something supposedly impossible for a commoner, he is whisked away to Vocans, the seat of Summoner training. Here, Arcturus learns the truth of his heritage, and here he begins to make friends and gain confidence. And here is where he nearly dies, as elements unhappy with a commoner among the Summoner ranks decide to effect their own change. That's not all, either. The countryside is brewing with discontent over the King’s greed, and rebellion is in the air. When a trip to one of his noble friend’s country estates for a brief vacation ends with the group split, and trapped in the jungles the neighboring orc tribes call home, Arcturus and his friends must do every they can to reach Vocans again, and hope it's still standing once they arrive. Can they manage to thwart the rebellion before it's too late? Confession time- I have all the Summoner books and haven't read them yet. They've been patiently waiting their turn on my massive TBR mountain. So, I decided to start with the prequel, and I loved it! This definitely has a feel similar to Stroud's Bartimaeus books, or Pullman's His Dark Materials series. Demons here are more like the daemons of Pullman, though initially summoned and bound in a fashion akin to Stroud's works. The demons are animal-like and clearly intelligent. Summoners can 'infuse’ their demons, taking the demon essence within their own body. I really liked Arcturus as a main character. He has a good moral compass, and a good head on his shoulders. You can definitely see him grow and evolve from start to finish. Elaine, the youngest noble at Vocans, was too cute with her tiny Mite demon. I think my favourite characters were the soldiers they end up with, though. First Caulder, and Rotheram, and later Percival. These were people Arcturus understood better than the nobles, and I felt they had well-drawn personalities. Themes of classism and racism make the backbone of the story, with several of the nobles irate over the inclusion of Arcturus at Vocans. They see it as defiling something only the nobility can do, though after the explainer we get towards how the summoner’s gift is passed along, it seems like someone else would have long ago suspected people like Arcturus exist. The race elements are literal, with humans looking down on dwarves. This is only increased when Ulfr thinks Harold used and betrayed him. There's a lesson of how difficult change actually is. Even though Harold thought he'd won, and resolved things well, he learns it's all been a sham. I'd love to see more of this story, with these characters. And I definitely hope to read the other Summoner books soon!! ***Many thanks to Netgalley and MacMillan/Feiwel & Friends for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Maschan

    I’ve 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 hadn’t heard much about the series. I don’t recall any specific TW/CWs needed so let’s 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 rea I’ve 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 hadn’t heard much about the series. I don’t recall any specific TW/CWs needed so let’s 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 enjoyed reading from Arcturus’s point of view of the whole thing. It made a few of the plot twists harder to spot coming. I also really like Sacha and she is the best demon companion ever. However, she also has her moments where I need her to just sit still and not endanger Arcturus. The. World. Building. Is. Gorgeous. From the very first sentence, I was able to drop myself into the world Taran Matharu has created. There are still a couple questions I have about it, but I kinda feel like they’ll likely be answered by the other novels? I feel like this is a common thing that happens when a prequel is written after the series, but I’m so here for this world that I’m willing to overlook the holes and judge after I’ve read the other three books. The story itself flows really well. It doesn’t ever sit still or grow stagnant even a little, but goes back and forth nicely between “I wonder what happens next” and “I can’t put this down!” I also like how Arcturus’s perspective changes the story from what it would have been if it was just the nobles involved in the adventure. His perspective as someone who was raised as a commoner really shifted the story for the better. If this novel is an example of what I should expect from Taran Matharu’s writing, I definitely need to read more of his books! Thankfully, there’s a trilogy all set up and ready for me to pick up. 😉 I really enjoyed this one and I hope I’ll be able to dig into the rest of the series soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)

    Thanks to Netgalley and Hachette Children’s 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 c Thanks to Netgalley and Hachette Children’s 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 caring of each other. I enjoyed this book and being back the world of the Summoner. I would recommend The Outcast to fans of the main books in the series. This and my other reviews can be found at Amethyst Bookwyrm

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 hu *** 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 huuuuuge and my other three books are smaller. Probably one of the very very few complaints I have and that has like nothing to do with the book. This book is about a character called Arcturus and you probably know him if you have read the novice or the previous published books. So this was basically the story about him when he was a kid, how he became a summoner, went to vocans and got bullied by some rich noble spoiled brats. That's basically the very short summary of the beginning of this book. You might be like woaw this sounds like one of his short stories he has published before. That's because it is. The first part of this book is the novella origins but then revisited. I personally didn't know that because I haven't read the short stories yet (which I totally need to do) so I totally didn't mind that. For me everything was all new and I loved learning about it. I personally don't care if part of that novella was this book because I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF READING THIS BOOK. The beginning was a bit slow. I was really enjoying myself but not crazy action scenes were happening. It was a slow build up but oh man it build up to something great. I will talk about that in a few paragraphs later on. The characters were great. Arcturus was the usual bae. I didn't expect anything else and I was glad he was such a cinnamon roll back then. Well a feisty cinnamon roll. I loved that we got to see the big and deep connection Arcturus and Sacharissa (his demon). That demon may never have said a word but I do fucking love her. She is such a hilarious little (well not little) demon. Loved their friendship and connection. And BABY Elaine was soo cute. Young her was just soo cute and I loved seeing how her relationship (it's now still friendship) with Arcturus started out. LIKE YAS GIVE ME ALL THOSE DETAILS. Let me tell you I shipped the hell out of these two and whahaha good to know that my ship is indeed together now. I also loveeeed all the little hints to the novice, the inquisition and battlemage. I loved that we got to see Fletcher's parents when they were at his age. Like those parents were the bomb. Edmund was a real cinnamon roll and nice person. I also really liked and ejoyed Alice character. Gotta say they weren't as good as fetus Arcturus and Elaine. They were the best. ALSO THE FUCK WHY DID THEY LET THE ALBINO ORC LIVE? I was like KILL THAT BABY. Someone on the internet said: "Well.. Arcturus was warned by rotter about helping an orc give birth, he did, and look where that nearly landed everyone, practically on the verge of complete obliteration... Does it ever strike you how stupid people can be? I think this was one of those times." BECAUSE AMEN PERSON I LITERALLY AGREE WITH YOU! Like that baby albino almost destroyed your world SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER. WHY ALICE WHY ARCTURUS AND THE REST? You should have listened to Rotter xD I literally said out loud KILL THAT BABY and I believe I gave my parents a real heart attack xD Okay maybe it deserved the chance to live and have the oppertunity to not turn out to be the worst orc ever but it did turn out that way. This was such a little cool reference which gave me all the emotions. Also Rook was in it and I'm so glad he wasn't much in it because damn that boy was annoying as both a boy and an adult man. Also fucking Zacharias. YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT HIM FOR DEAD. I was soooo said how we found out how Zacharias and co. knew the secret passage of the Raleigh's like dude Edmund just fucking saved your life by showing YOU that passage, then few years later you go on backstabbing them. Like not okay dude not okay. In the originial trilogy that betrayal didn't have a big impact on me but after reading this book I'm destroyed. That betrayal actually destroyed me. I also liked that we got to know more about the way Harold became king. I wasn't really sure about his motives back then. I always felt he still was a bit shady, but now I get it. Poor kiddo he was and I liked that we saw the revolution. TO THE REVOLUTION. Like that uprising was sooo cool to read about and that probably has to be my favorite part about these books. So I really liked that we got to know more of that. But the thing that destroyed me the most was FUCKING LADY CAVENDISH. SERIOUSLY TARAN SERIOUSLY? She was soooo amazing and everything and nice. Legit rolemodel. And the way she said can't wait to be a mum to this little fellow (or something like that) STAB IN THE HEART MILLION STABS IN THE HEART. Cuzz like woman you'll die before you really get the oppertunity to be a mother. This was so not okay. I really liked her so that makes the whole plottwist (SPOILER WARING FOR INQUISITION OR BATTLEMAGE) that they didn't rescue lady Cavendish but Alice Raleigh. Like stab in the heart. And EVEN MORE SAD THAT HER KIDDO, RUFUS, DIED TOO. #Emmaisanemotionalmessnow. I do feel that you should read the novice, inquisition and battlemage before the outcast. I think you should read them in this order isn't just because of publication dates but I also feel that the novice is the easiest way to get into this world and it totally made me appreciate some things more. I will however start with this book when I'm gonna reread these books (hopefully next year). I NEEEEEEEEEEEED MORE. ALL THE FOUR FREAKING STARS IN THE WORLD ARE THESE BOOKS WORTH. And like bonus points that the author is super nice and such a cinnamon roll. I can't say anything anymore. Just that I want more by the author or more books in this world. THANK THE NOT ALBINO ORC BUT THE CUTE DEMON SACHARISSA FOR THE FACT THAT WE'RE GETTING A SUMMONER HANDBOOK. WHOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO. Now I can try to be summoner too (let's hope I'll get a Canid too because they are such cuties). And at least I get something related to the summoner world with beautiful pictures. And I'll take any summoner related things.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely brilliant. I loved this book so much! It was amazing seeing Arcturus’ story and how it leads to the events of The Novice. His relationship with Sacharissa is beautiful and has been one of my favorite things about this entire series. I loved meeting Edmund and Alice. Seeing them together and how great they were both warmed my heart and broke it. Young Elaine is just as amazing as older Elaine, and there’s no way they would have survived without her and Valens. *SPOILERS BELOW* But the big Absolutely brilliant. I loved this book so much! It was amazing seeing Arcturus’ story and how it leads to the events of The Novice. His relationship with Sacharissa is beautiful and has been one of my favorite things about this entire series. I loved meeting Edmund and Alice. Seeing them together and how great they were both warmed my heart and broke it. Young Elaine is just as amazing as older Elaine, and there’s no way they would have survived without her and Valens. *SPOILERS BELOW* But the biggest surprise for me was freaking Alice delivered freaking Khan when they found his mother in the orc jungles! Fletcher’s mother bringing the orc who would cause them all grief and sorrow into the world just freaking blew my mind! After returning him to the orc shaman, Arcturus says something like, he didn’t care what the shaman did with it. At least it wasn’t their responsibility anymore. And I just remember laughing and thing, “oh just you wait!” This book completely blew me away and now I’m off to reread the rest of the books because I am so in love with this world!!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    ***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 Arctu ***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 Arcturus and Sacharissa blossomed was truly wonderful and probably my favorite aspect of the whole book. The later half of the book focused on the rebellion taking roots, and the roles the young nobles and Arcturus played in diffusing the situation. Certain characters rose to occasion to help quell the rebellion, while others selfishly focused on their own wellbeing. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to any readers that love the fantasy and action genre

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laura Newsholme

    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 t 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 the world. The narrative moves along at a good pace and includes plenty of action. There are some areas that really flesh out the world and we see events happening here that will bear great weight in the original trilogy. Again, as in previous instalments, some of the characters are a bit one-dimensional and have questionable motivations, but all in all, I think this is a great addition to the series. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Silviano

    This book is an adventure from start to finish. Taran Matharu wastes no time into throwing Arcturus into the deep end and it’s quite riveting. Like all the others before this, The Outcast is quite a fun ride of a book while exploring Arcturus’ past. However, it’s 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 situ This book is an adventure from start to finish. Taran Matharu wastes no time into throwing Arcturus into the deep end and it’s quite riveting. Like all the others before this, The Outcast is quite a fun ride of a book while exploring Arcturus’ past. However, it’s 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 situation. It makes me want to reread the series, again. I, also, like the political relevance since it handles certain social issues that we face into today’s society. Fun, breathtaking and intense! Matharu keeps the magic going strong in this prequel!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Davianna

    I’ve never heard of this series before and after reading this prequel I just have to know what happened afterwards! I love that the Author didn’t use excessive profanity, and there didn’t seem to be any romance or major focus on it. The “demons” in this book were really just Pokemons in that they’re 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 entertai I’ve never heard of this series before and after reading this prequel I just have to know what happened afterwards! I love that the Author didn’t use excessive profanity, and there didn’t seem to be any romance or major focus on it. The “demons” in this book were really just Pokemons in that they’re 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 and chock full of mysteries. This book was well written and fast paced. I couldn’t bring myself to put it down and I loved the fight scenes. I’ll definitely have to check out the rest of the series! FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

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