Hey, bookworms! I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Outcast by Taran Matharu, the prequel to his best selling Summoner Series! Keep reading for my full review and a giveaway! But first, let’s see what this book is about.
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.
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.
Overall, I rate The Outcast 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself. A few places you can order your copy from are:
- Amazon US
- Barnes and Noble
- Book Depository
- any of the lovely links on Goodreads
- your local bookstore or local library
- the giveaway at the end of this post!
About the Author
Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.
Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.
Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’.
Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months.
After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.
His SUMMONER series is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan, Record in Brazil, EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria, Alpress in the Czech Republic, Ithaki in Turkey and Unieboek in the Netherlands.
So, I’ve seen some good giveaways on blog tours, but WOW this one is great! This giveaway is for US and Canada residing bookworms only. Sorry, international bookworms! One lucky winner will receive one set of the entire The Summoner series by Taran Matharu!
Good luck! Want more chances to win and more awesome The Outcast related posts? Follow the tour! You can find the whole tour schedule here.
That’s it for this one, bookworms. Thank you so much to Taran Matharu for writing such a wonderfully addicting novel and allowing me the chance to read it before it’s officially published. Another thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to participate in this lovely tour.