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"The ability to summon is passed down through the blood..." Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts. As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner’s Handbook reveals the story of James Baker -- "The ability to summon is passed down through the blood..." Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts. As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner’s Handbook reveals the story of James Baker -- the epic journal that inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities. Along with a complete demonology, a guide to the basics of summoning, and glorious artwork from the world of the Hominum Empire, this is the volume that fans of the acclaimed and bestselling series must own.


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"The ability to summon is passed down through the blood..." Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts. As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner’s Handbook reveals the story of James Baker -- "The ability to summon is passed down through the blood..." Summoner: One who is gifted with the ability to summon demonic creatures that are emotionally connected to their human counterparts. As brought to life in the bestselling Summoner series, the magic of summoning is also an art, with a story of its own. The Summoner’s Handbook reveals the story of James Baker -- the epic journal that inspired the series hero, Fletcher, to discover his own summoning abilities. Along with a complete demonology, a guide to the basics of summoning, and glorious artwork from the world of the Hominum Empire, this is the volume that fans of the acclaimed and bestselling series must own.

30 review for The Summoner's Handbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    This has a couple of different parts, so I'll talk about each one briefly. (lol I wrote briefly before I wrote the review. Oops) First, there is a short story told in diary format about a boy named James Baker who is whisked to Vocans Academy after he's discovered to have some (weak) summoning abilities. I liked James as the main character of this since he's different than Fletcher and Arcturus who have been the main characters of the trilogy and The Outcast respectively. Being so weak really af This has a couple of different parts, so I'll talk about each one briefly. (lol I wrote briefly before I wrote the review. Oops) First, there is a short story told in diary format about a boy named James Baker who is whisked to Vocans Academy after he's discovered to have some (weak) summoning abilities. I liked James as the main character of this since he's different than Fletcher and Arcturus who have been the main characters of the trilogy and The Outcast respectively. Being so weak really affects his experiences at the school, and I liked seeing him have to work much harder and study outside of class to accomplish the same things as the other students. He's also just very limited in what he can do magically. A true underdog. I liked that his story isn't a very happy one, and it shows how many people are used as fodder in this war against the orcs. I also liked that the days between journal entries were inconsistent because I felt like that made it more realistic. Every time I've attempted to journal, I've been so inconsistent and random about it. I DO NOT recommend reading this story before reading the books that are already out in the Summoner world because this has a lot of overlaps and can spoil the books. I was hoping that this would be an adventure of going around and learning about the different demons, but it wasn't really that. It's more of the same style of story that happens in the main series and the prequel. A young boy finds out he's a common summoner, goes to Vocans Academy, and spends some time serving in the war against the orcs, but I'll take anything I can get from this world. Now I need an actual origin book. A summoner only has magic if they're linked to a demon. Without one, they're as powerless as anyone else. Someone had to be the first to link to a demon, but how did they do it if they couldn't open a portal because they wouldn't be able to without the demon first. Which came first?! The chicken or the egg!? I want to know about the ether's civilization mentioned in the third book. Is one of the species of people actually from the ether and brought the ability over to the "real" world with them? Why doesn't anyone in this world care about that? After that there is a complete demonology of all the demons known in this world. I really loved the illustrations and the different stats given alongside them. It's really great to see what some of them look like after only having descriptions in the books. It's like a pokedex for the Summoner world! Some of this also has spoilers for the series, so just wait on this one till you finish the series! I still want a Zaratan! Lastly, if this gets made into a movie, I want to play Connor Cavendish. My name is Connor. I have a little brother as well. My mom likes to claim she settled for my dad (jokingly). I give great advice but get ignored. I am Connor Cavendish.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rian *fire and books*

    Absolutely necessary if you want to understand what the demons look like when reading the Novice series. The short story was... meh? I was intrigued, and I read it, but who writes “dear journal” in their journal anymore? It also tied up more “loose ends” from the main storyline and served as an additional bridge to connect the three storylines (Fletcher, Arcturus, and James). I guess I’d just say this is nice if you *really* digged the world and want the pretty extras, but maybe wait till it’s 50 Absolutely necessary if you want to understand what the demons look like when reading the Novice series. The short story was... meh? I was intrigued, and I read it, but who writes “dear journal” in their journal anymore? It also tied up more “loose ends” from the main storyline and served as an additional bridge to connect the three storylines (Fletcher, Arcturus, and James). I guess I’d just say this is nice if you *really* digged the world and want the pretty extras, but maybe wait till it’s 50% off okay?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    4,5/5. Matharu does it again! Not this book isn't perfect, but it's a very good one. First, the demonology guide at the end of the book (which is almost half of it in fact) is just awesome, marvelously illustrated (like the novella as well) and really bring some of those demons alive with a visual representation that was often what I had in mind and some time a bit less. The novella was very good as well bringing a character we heard of but barely knew. He isn't really a great hero, being a bit 4,5/5. Matharu does it again! Not this book isn't perfect, but it's a very good one. First, the demonology guide at the end of the book (which is almost half of it in fact) is just awesome, marvelously illustrated (like the novella as well) and really bring some of those demons alive with a visual representation that was often what I had in mind and some time a bit less. The novella was very good as well bringing a character we heard of but barely knew. He isn't really a great hero, being a bit weak and all, and that bring a different dynamic to it all, which is really great. My only minus is that, having read all the books in the summoners so far, (except The Outcast) including the short stories only available in e-book, I just think I had enough of origin story/introduction to the world stories. This is a small part of the novella, but we go through all the coming into school, class, magic system and all, which are explain in almost half of his book, and even if it's great, is very easy to understand it all, so no need for repeating it over and over. Yes that give multiple choice of story and way to enter this universe and that is good, but for those who read it all, it became repetitive. I would still recommend it because the story is good and the demonology guide will please every fans of this series. Entirely worth it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emma L.

    *** Spoiler free review *** Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars). The summoner's handbook was one of my most anticipated books of 2018 but since it is a novella/companion book I wasn't really in such a hurry to buy and read it. But when I found it in one of my favorite bookstores in Amsterdam (ABC) in the sale section I knew I had to grab it. It's also exactly the edition I wanted which is a bonus too. Since I'm going to YALC in a few days and I'm going to see Taran again I knew I had to read this one before *** Spoiler free review *** Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars). The summoner's handbook was one of my most anticipated books of 2018 but since it is a novella/companion book I wasn't really in such a hurry to buy and read it. But when I found it in one of my favorite bookstores in Amsterdam (ABC) in the sale section I knew I had to grab it. It's also exactly the edition I wanted which is a bonus too. Since I'm going to YALC in a few days and I'm going to see Taran again I knew I had to read this one before I met him and I'm really glad I did. This was very fun to read and a very fast read. I also really liked how we got to know James Baker better. There was also such a plot twist which I truly didn't see coming (view spoiler)[The plot twist being that James Baker is a life. This truly had me like WHUUUT. The even bigger whut was that Sylvia knew that and had been tutored by him. I'm still shooketh about this. (hide spoiler)] Haha also Dame Fairhaven is so innocent😂😂 Thinking that Fletcher and Sylvia were soooo committed to their work that they looked out for orcs (which mainly have been defeated) all day long, while they in fact probably would be making out😂 Such an innocent soul. I also thought that the spell and demonology was a nice bonus too. I even found 3 new favorite demons which would hopefully have been mine if I was a summoner and had been a student at Vocans. The demons being: Will-O-The-Wisp (level 1 demon), Halcyon (level 7), & Enera (level 8). Let's hope for my dreams sake that I am a level 16 summoner. I really thought that this was a nice addition to the summoner's series. Not 100% completely necessary (although we get Baker's history) it is still a very fun addition. Besides it's definitely a recommendation for the die-hard fans of this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Avery (ThePagemaster)

    Had to buy this a few days ago! This was a very fun read that added just another, additional topping to the story: the first half being James Baker's Journal--the journal that started it all, with the second half being drawings of each demon and summon. A very fun book to flip through every now and again. (Ignatius is sooooo cute!) Had to buy this a few days ago! This was a very fun read that added just another, additional topping to the story: the first half being James Baker's Journal--the journal that started it all, with the second half being drawings of each demon and summon. A very fun book to flip through every now and again. (Ignatius is sooooo cute!)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Conrad Zero

    Part Harry Potter, part Hunger Games, part LOTR, and part Magic The Gathering card game, The Summoner's Handbook is a YA novella padded with excerpts on elves, orcs, dwarves and a compendium of demons and spells at the back. The book is padded even further with an excerpt from another book in the series (Squick. Publishers: Please stop doing this.) The writing is clean and simple, written in journal-style. Small but nice illustrations throughout. The coming of age plot is clipped short with no r Part Harry Potter, part Hunger Games, part LOTR, and part Magic The Gathering card game, The Summoner's Handbook is a YA novella padded with excerpts on elves, orcs, dwarves and a compendium of demons and spells at the back. The book is padded even further with an excerpt from another book in the series (Squick. Publishers: Please stop doing this.) The writing is clean and simple, written in journal-style. Small but nice illustrations throughout. The coming of age plot is clipped short with no real resolution. This is not so much a 'story' as it is a character and world intro. Clean, YA world-building with no sex, no swearing and very little violence. Unfortunately, the world has already been built. Anyone vaguely familiar with Hogwarts and Rivendell will be bored. The only thing more boring than the world is the protag, who is king of Basic and not particularly memorable. All in all, a fair introduction to the writing, the world and the series, (and the eventual card game, I expect.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Bartoszek

    As a long-term fan of the series, I was so eager to see what this book would be like. I deliberately didn't read anything about it so it would all be a surprise. In fact I was so eager to read it that I over-ran my lunch at work and almost forgot to prep for a meeting. Although I got it yesterday I have already finished it. True it's not a long book and the formatting is very easy to read. There are different parts to it, and particularly when you get to the demonology you can get through it quit As a long-term fan of the series, I was so eager to see what this book would be like. I deliberately didn't read anything about it so it would all be a surprise. In fact I was so eager to read it that I over-ran my lunch at work and almost forgot to prep for a meeting. Although I got it yesterday I have already finished it. True it's not a long book and the formatting is very easy to read. There are different parts to it, and particularly when you get to the demonology you can get through it quite quickly. That being said, it was amazing to read. So, first off: James Baker's journal. I was delighted to actually read the journal. I didn't know what to make of James at first; at times I thought he was a bit arrogant and thought himself better than the other commoner summoners, and at other times you could just see his drive and determination to be the best he can in the situation he never expected to find himself in. It was a shame none of the other commoner summoners acknowledged him, and we never found out the reason why. I was pleased with the conclusion of the diary, and what we learnt about James in the end. The reports by Edmund Raleigh were absolutely delightful. Aside from a deeper insight into Edmund (which I had longed for), just reading about the different races was so interesting. Taran Matharu really put so much work into how his book's world works: the interaction and hostilities of the races, the landscapes, and even the ether had so much work. I still feel a flush of anger at the discrimination the elven and dwarvish races suffer at the hands of humans--and even the orcs really since Edmund's reports acknowledge there are peaceful settlements. It makes me wonder for the future of the world following the main series' conclusion--there was some resolution for the elves and dwarves, and I wonder (and hope as well) that perhaps some co-existence and peace can be found with the orcs too? The Demonology Codex - my word. It was so well-written and detailed. The artwork was fantastic. Though I am glad I remembered just as I started reading it that the Arach was a thing... I totally didn't gently flip through the pages to find it so I could be braced for it, especially since the artwork was so detailed! If I was a summoner and was gifted an Arach I would be terrified of my own demon! Even if you weren't interested in the codex as a whole, just having it as a reference when you're reading to help you picture the demons is good. Then the spells: another good addition. We only really saw the key symbols in the main series, so seeing all the others was great. You can see why they're hard to etch, and so many different variations too. Obviously James made another addition to the handbook with his notes on summoning too. When you've read the series you know it already, but if someone picked this up first before reading the series it'd be a great insight (plus it's interesting anyway). I think I covered it all. It was a great supplement to the series. I daresay there was one point I noticed potential for a sequel too, but I won't share that here. Definitely recommended if you love the books!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Evan

    Summoner's Handbook is a prequel to The Summoner, a fantasy novel written by Taran Matharu. The Summoner's Handbook is the diary of James Baker; a summoner at Vocans Academy. James, like all other commoners was given a mite as their first demon, but Jame's mite is rarer and more powerful species of mite, so he had an advantage over his peers from the start. The diary continues to narrate throughout Jame's experience at Vocans, as well as James fighting into the war against the orcs. Summoners Ha Summoner's Handbook is a prequel to The Summoner, a fantasy novel written by Taran Matharu. The Summoner's Handbook is the diary of James Baker; a summoner at Vocans Academy. James, like all other commoners was given a mite as their first demon, but Jame's mite is rarer and more powerful species of mite, so he had an advantage over his peers from the start. The diary continues to narrate throughout Jame's experience at Vocans, as well as James fighting into the war against the orcs. Summoners Handbook does exactly what a prequel should: explain how the inciding incident of the main story happened. In fact, this book is actually directly in the story, and is given to Fletcher, the main character in The Summoner. In fact, not only does The Summoner's Handbook explain how the inciding incident happened, it IS the inciting incident. I give this book a 10/10 for the exact reasons I gave The Summoner a 10/10. Great character arcs, great world building, engaging action scenes, and little pause between important events. However, Summoner's Handbook gets extra because it does its job as prequel right. If you've read The Summoner, I suggest you read this book before you continue to read the other books in the series, just so you don't get confused.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Max

    The book is split into three parts. The first part is a journal written by the summoner James Baker, the second part is a demonology codex which is filled with pictures of different demons and facts about them and the last part is a list of spells complete with the symbols for the spells and some facts about them. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to get through and the pictures were nicely drawn. I really like fantasy books that are written like nonfiction and I love learning about differ The book is split into three parts. The first part is a journal written by the summoner James Baker, the second part is a demonology codex which is filled with pictures of different demons and facts about them and the last part is a list of spells complete with the symbols for the spells and some facts about them. I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to get through and the pictures were nicely drawn. I really like fantasy books that are written like nonfiction and I love learning about different magic systems and magical creatures so this book was perfect for me. I think James was a surprisingly good character considering the format and length of it. The demonology codex was also really interesting and the drawings were nice. It was a bit like the fantastic beasts book. The spell list was a lot like demonology codex except with spells. All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was short and easy to get through, can be read in a couple of hours. I also think it's a book you can go back to just to look at the demons or read about the spells. You can definitely read this without having read the Summoner series, I haven't read it but I'm planning to after reading this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd Mackenzie

    I ABSOLUTELY adore the Summoner series by the talented Taran. His first novel gripped me and have now read every single piece of his published work. If, like me, you really wanted to see what all of his wonderful imagined beasties looked like - then you are in luck as this hardback is filled with them! Aside from its gorgeous cover, the book is overflowing with the ins and outs of spell casting and demons. It also covers the journey of James Baker during his time at Vocans - and the battlefield - I ABSOLUTELY adore the Summoner series by the talented Taran. His first novel gripped me and have now read every single piece of his published work. If, like me, you really wanted to see what all of his wonderful imagined beasties looked like - then you are in luck as this hardback is filled with them! Aside from its gorgeous cover, the book is overflowing with the ins and outs of spell casting and demons. It also covers the journey of James Baker during his time at Vocans - and the battlefield - through detailed journal entries. I was not expecting the diary entry section at all and it was a welcome addition as it added some much-needed meat to the book. The artwork in the demon bestiary is gorgeous but, where it is used in the story section, it fails to bring Taran's words to life. There were also a few typos dotted throughout the book, but these are minuscule enough and is easily glanced over. This book reminded me a lot of the original Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them book as it too is a bestiary with a small tale about the protagonist. This one, however, has a meatier story with far more artwork of the beasts. If you're a fan of the Summoner series, or a newcomer, this is a definite must for your book collection.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Moon Cousin

    With a love of real-life animals and wildlife, ever since I first read Deltora Quest I've had a love of reading about the monsters and creatures in fantasy books, so this was undoubtedly a treat for me. Honestly I think I would have loved this book even more if it was nothing BUT a large collection of different demons and spells in the summoner world, but that's not to insult the other parts of this book. The story of James Baker and little tidbits about the other races living in Hominium were n With a love of real-life animals and wildlife, ever since I first read Deltora Quest I've had a love of reading about the monsters and creatures in fantasy books, so this was undoubtedly a treat for me. Honestly I think I would have loved this book even more if it was nothing BUT a large collection of different demons and spells in the summoner world, but that's not to insult the other parts of this book. The story of James Baker and little tidbits about the other races living in Hominium were nice, I just love the monster stuff so much I prefer the idea of those sections being replaced with more demon species info. Nonetheless it was a lovely little look into the fantasy world Taran Matharu has created and I just enjoyed the quick read a lot. Would definitely recommend if your a huge monster nerd like I am.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The Book Squirrel

    This is a "non-fiction" companion to the Summoner series. It's partly the journal of James Baker, which inspires Fletcher in the main series, partly a type of encyclopaedia about the demons and their powers, and partly a guide to the spells (how to draw them and what they do). It gives background on the other characters, and the summoner "world", including the orc war and the treaty with the dwarves. I would recommend this to read AFTER you've read the other 4 books (or at least after you've read This is a "non-fiction" companion to the Summoner series. It's partly the journal of James Baker, which inspires Fletcher in the main series, partly a type of encyclopaedia about the demons and their powers, and partly a guide to the spells (how to draw them and what they do). It gives background on the other characters, and the summoner "world", including the orc war and the treaty with the dwarves. I would recommend this to read AFTER you've read the other 4 books (or at least after you've read the 3 books in the main series). It's not essential to understand the story, but it does give additional information if you are the type of reader who likes knowing more about the world of a series (e.g. if you liked Pottermore Presents short stories as a companion to the HP world, you may like this as a companion to the Summoner world).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jared Healy

    NOT worth 9.99: Short story, reference, no real characters This is a diary, and as such each “chapter” is a day. Some are very short. It is well written, but there are a few things I didn’t like. 1. There is a feeling of “reading” about events after they have already happened. You don’t feel in the action as much. 2. As this is a diary, you don’t typically record dialog word for word, which is consistent here. That means you have almost no dialog (maybe none). 3. There wasn’t anything new revealed a NOT worth 9.99: Short story, reference, no real characters This is a diary, and as such each “chapter” is a day. Some are very short. It is well written, but there are a few things I didn’t like. 1. There is a feeling of “reading” about events after they have already happened. You don’t feel in the action as much. 2. As this is a diary, you don’t typically record dialog word for word, which is consistent here. That means you have almost no dialog (maybe none). 3. There wasn’t anything new revealed about summoning or the world mechanics. It seems to be a step back in knowledge from the other books along with the step back in time. Might be worth a read if you didn’t have anything else to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Lee

    The Summoner's Handbook by Taran Matharu is a great addition to the Summoner Series. It provides details of each and every found demon and more. It also contains the journal of James Baker, whom was mention throughout the first three books. And was owned by our guy, Fletcher. Who then gave it to the librarian at Vocans. I sped through the entire handbook because it was that amazing. I don't know what it is about this book, but it was just so interesting to read. I mean well with all the amazing The Summoner's Handbook by Taran Matharu is a great addition to the Summoner Series. It provides details of each and every found demon and more. It also contains the journal of James Baker, whom was mention throughout the first three books. And was owned by our guy, Fletcher. Who then gave it to the librarian at Vocans. I sped through the entire handbook because it was that amazing. I don't know what it is about this book, but it was just so interesting to read. I mean well with all the amazing drawings, who wouldn't enjoy it. Overall, this book is a must if you enjoyed the rest of the books. It seems like a closure, but isn't at the same time. That is because there is always something new to discover.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zaide

    This was a fabulous companion to the Summoner books! With how much I loved the series though, I was so excited to read anything else set within that world so I snapped up a copy of this as soon as it came out! The first half is set in the format of James Baker’s journal, which Fletcher found at the start of The Novice and which was responsible for him acquiring Ignatious and discovering his summoner powers. It was great to find out more about James and about his own introduction into the world o This was a fabulous companion to the Summoner books! With how much I loved the series though, I was so excited to read anything else set within that world so I snapped up a copy of this as soon as it came out! The first half is set in the format of James Baker’s journal, which Fletcher found at the start of The Novice and which was responsible for him acquiring Ignatious and discovering his summoner powers. It was great to find out more about James and about his own introduction into the world of summoning. We see him struggle through Vocans as a commoner and get tricked by adults who seek to use him for their own advances. It also gave a wonderful glimpse at the history of the world and the early war against the Orcs. The second half of the book features a beautifully illustrated demonology showing all the known demons that can be summoned - including those native to the Orc’s side of the Aether. As well as a list of spells and further information on each of them. It was utterly fascinating and I spent hours pouring over all the clever little details that I hadn’t known until now. Honestly reading this just reminded me how much I adored the Summoner books and made me want to just dash right off and read them all again!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Silviano

    Before starting this, I was worried (but prepared) this would read like a text book. However, the journal entries at the beginning were quite interesting and part of me want an book that goes more in-depth into Baker’s life. The demon portion was awesome. Beautiful artwork to accompany each entry. The amount of demons surprised me, even though I have read the series already. Didn’t know what ones I’d want to have as my own...lying; Coatl & Felid. :P The spells were just as interesting. I feel like Before starting this, I was worried (but prepared) this would read like a text book. However, the journal entries at the beginning were quite interesting and part of me want an book that goes more in-depth into Baker’s life. The demon portion was awesome. Beautiful artwork to accompany each entry. The amount of demons surprised me, even though I have read the series already. Didn’t know what ones I’d want to have as my own...lying; Coatl & Felid. :P The spells were just as interesting. I feel like there needs to be a TV series already, given the abundance of source material. Fingers crossed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    We finally get to read the mysterious journal of James Baker! His story was intense and slightly heartbreaking, but has an incredible surprise at the end of his journey. This book also contains a complete glossary of all the known demons, which includes absolutely gorgeous illustrations of each one. We also get a look at many of the summoner’s spells, and the symbols used in etching them. This book is definitely a must read for fans of The Summoner Series, packed full of all the information you co We finally get to read the mysterious journal of James Baker! His story was intense and slightly heartbreaking, but has an incredible surprise at the end of his journey. This book also contains a complete glossary of all the known demons, which includes absolutely gorgeous illustrations of each one. We also get a look at many of the summoner’s spells, and the symbols used in etching them. This book is definitely a must read for fans of The Summoner Series, packed full of all the information you could want about this amazing world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    JustAButterfly

    3.5 stars. Nice art (although there are an awful lot of strange errors on the insectoid demons--the wasp demon, for example, has really awkward-looking back legs), interesting novella. Pretty short, and I didn't really care about the magic stuff. Not enough to convince me to read any of the newer books in the series, but still fun. 3.5 stars. Nice art (although there are an awful lot of strange errors on the insectoid demons--the wasp demon, for example, has really awkward-looking back legs), interesting novella. Pretty short, and I didn't really care about the magic stuff. Not enough to convince me to read any of the newer books in the series, but still fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I liked this journal way of writing the handbook. The entries are well written and descriptive of the world of summoning - simple to understand for people who went here first instead of reading the first book. The demon's designs and classifications are very interesting and will be helpful when I start on the prequel shortly XD I liked this journal way of writing the handbook. The entries are well written and descriptive of the world of summoning - simple to understand for people who went here first instead of reading the first book. The demon's designs and classifications are very interesting and will be helpful when I start on the prequel shortly XD

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Urbanek

    Interesting read. I was happy to finally be able to read James Baker's journal that inspired Fletcher. Happy to return to the world of Summoner and thrilled to learn a bit more of what occurred to some of the characters. Interesting read. I was happy to finally be able to read James Baker's journal that inspired Fletcher. Happy to return to the world of Summoner and thrilled to learn a bit more of what occurred to some of the characters.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Rodriguez

    This is a companion story to: Outcast. "Written" (narrated) by James Baker. Matharu gives a soldier's perspective. After the conclusion, there is a Demonology Codex illustrated by Nicholas Delert and David North This is a companion story to: Outcast. "Written" (narrated) by James Baker. Matharu gives a soldier's perspective. After the conclusion, there is a Demonology Codex illustrated by Nicholas Delert and David North

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Howe

    I really enjoyed this little sneak peek into what Fletcher was reading to study up on being a Battlemage himself! I felt honored to have the same information he did and it was fun to imagine the spells that I would’ve mastered and the demons that I would’ve wanted really badly.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Hmm Rather short. And a hefty portion of this is references and encyclopedic information. I guess it was the lack of passion or resolution that bothered me. It just felt.. disjointed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Interesting to read this after reading the first book. I'm not sure it adds as much to Fletcher's story as I was hoping. I was surprised at how many of the demons listed in the index matched or were super-similar to the Fantastic Beasts from Harry Potter. Interesting to read this after reading the first book. I'm not sure it adds as much to Fletcher's story as I was hoping. I was surprised at how many of the demons listed in the index matched or were super-similar to the Fantastic Beasts from Harry Potter.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

    I think it’s useful for the information for the summons and the spells but they call the summons demons! The story mainly is a journal of a young summoner named James Baker This hand book made me want to read the series

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (Weasleyreader)

    3.75/5 stars. A really nice companion to the series. The demonology was nice to see what some of the demons actually look like since we’ve only had descriptions of them. I also quite enjoyed James Baker’s story and kinda wish we got to know more about him. Solid addition to this summoner world.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Corbin Wolfman Simon

    I loved this book. Very insightful to the world and system that Mr. Mathuru has built. Even including some information that wasnt previously mentioned.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Good The first part of this book rather breaks my heart. It just goes to show that treating someone badly can affect a good person in such a way that they can become bad.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    A fantastic accompanying novel to the series, I loved being able to dive into James' diary and read of his time at Vocans! I also adore the illustrations of the demons! A fantastic accompanying novel to the series, I loved being able to dive into James' diary and read of his time at Vocans! I also adore the illustrations of the demons!

  30. 4 out of 5

    The Bookish Austin

    Definitely was an appreciable, and informative, addition to the series.

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