Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill atΒ Breaking the Spine. The weekly event is meant to showcase eagerly anticipated upcoming releases…and to spread the word! This week I’m excited about:

The NoviceThe Novice by Taran Matharu (Summoner #1)

Genre: F, YA

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Anticipated Publication Date: May 5, 2015

When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

Check out that cover! Taran Matharu’s debut novel THE NOVICE looks vaguely Garth Nix-y, and y’all better believe I love his books. This sounds so tropey and fun! Nothing too groundbreaking here, but I’m prepared to be pleasantly surprised. As much as the fantasy elements sound great, I also like the sound of class issues between a blacksmith’s apprentice and the nobility. And if I’m not mistaken his demon familiar is perched on his shoulder…too cute.

Apparently The Novice started off as a project on Wattpad, which for those of you who may not know is a website for original stories by unpublished authors and fanfiction. I’ve never read anything that started on Wattpad, so here’s hoping that The Novice delivers!




    • Tammy Sparks

    • 8 years ago

    I had to look really closely to see the little guy on his shoulder – how cute is that! I love this cover, and I’m adding this to my list right now, thanks!

    1. So cute!!! I’m a sucker for familiars and the like. The great cover gives me hope that it’ll be awesome!

    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    • 8 years ago

    I missed the demon! πŸ™‚ Tis does sound like it could be really good. I am c

    1. It’s easy to miss, I was just scrutinizing very closely haha πŸ˜‰ Fingers crossed it will be good and not a flop!

  1. I definitely think I’ll be reading this one!

    1. Yaaay! I saw the UK version up on Netgalley so fingers crossed that the North American one comes up soon. πŸ™‚

  2. Ooh, it looks like I’d actually added this to my wishlist last year. I usually go through upcoming releases and I have to say, very few YA books capture my attention enough for me to actually do that! πŸ˜› It does sound so good though!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. We’re in agreement on that one! It’s all UF, all the time around here. πŸ˜‰ But this sounds very promising and I love the cover art so I’m down for it! I’m easy like that, haha.

    • Jan

    • 8 years ago

    Great cover! I’m adding this to my list of books, Danya.

    1. Yay! Happy to spread the news about a debut author.

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