Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

Where do I begin? I first read a proof of this book back January 2015 and completely LOVED it. If Harry Potter had Pokemons in it then this would have been the end result. Surprisingly though it seems to work.the-novice Its unique world is built quite convincingly and we learn straight away that ‘the demons’ are not demons in the traditional sense but rather living creatures pulled from a different reality. I found that quite interesting and it made me want to learn more about the various types of demons. It also helps that I liked Fletcher a lot….and Othello. I loved Othello. I found myself rooting for both Fletcher and Othello at the end. This book has everything really. It has magical creatures you can control, magic, elves, dwarves, orcs (albeit indirectly only for now) and secondary characters that are developed really well. The book picked up pace halfway through and I couldn’t put it down until the end. It does end on a cliffhanger though so be warned! Especially since said cliffhanger makes me want to be able to pick up the second book right away!!! I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next!

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