More Demons, Epic Battles And Fights To The Death Introducing The Unmissable Next Instalment In The Summoner Trilogy On Trial For A Crime He Did Not Commit, Fletcher Must Face The Inquisition, Who Will Decide His Future The Process Is Grueling, Led By Those Who Will Do Anything To See Him Suffer And Haunted By Ghosts From The Past With Clues To Fletcher S Tragic Origins But Fletcher Has Little Time To Dwell On These New Revelations When The King Announces A Deadly Challenge To The Graduating Students At Vocans One That Involves Entering Orc Territory To Complete A Risky Mission With Loyal Demons By Their Sides, Commoners And Nobles, Dwarves And Elves Must Overcome Barriers Of Class And Race And Work Together To Triumph The Reward A Fortune In Gold, The Safety Of An Empire And Peace With The Entire Empire Watching, Fletcher Has Much To Prove, But There Are Those Out To Get Him, And It Soon Becomes Clear That There S A Traitor In Their Midst, Trying To Thwart The Mission And Create Unrest Within The Empire With Everything Stacked Against Him, Fletcher Must Use Everything In His Power To Fight His Way To Victory

3 thoughts on “The Inquisition: Summoner, Book 2

  1. Vic James Vic James says:

    Having loved the beginning of Fletcher s journey in THE NOVICE, I couldn t wait for this second installment And as someone finishing off their own Book 2 of a trilogy, I was keen to see how Matharu both expanded and deepened his world a boy, was there a lot to appreciate.My favourite aspect of THE INQUISITION was the marvellous secondary world introduced from Hominem, the human world, we are plunged deep into the orc jungles It drips with atmosphere espeially in the culminating scenes Matharu has plainly researched Aztecs culture to paint the orc realm, and the result is so spot on you wonder why you ve not seen it done that way before It s one example of the way these books take familiar tropes and elements, but shake them up so creatively that what you re reading feels fresh and original.So the world widens but the relationships also deepen A winning cast of secondary characters is introduced like Cress the female dwarf warrior Imagine the love child of Brienne of Tarth and Tyrion Lannister No, really do A personal favourite is Verity Faversham, who is not quite what readers of Book 1 may be expecting, given her family background.Matharu really excels at the bonds between Flether and his demon, Ignatius, and in this book Fletcher acquires two non human helpers To say would be so giveaway, much spoilers, wow And then at the end loyalty, treachery, and a shocking revelation In all, the perfect cocktail to leave you wanting Shame it s another year till the final SUMMONER installment

  2. BobH BobH says:

    O wonder How many goodly creatures are there here How beauteous mankind is O brave new world that has such people in t Shakespeare The Tempest V 1 182 4 The Inquisition is the sequel to The Novice , Book 1 of The Summoner series The cliff hanger at the end of Book 1 left Fletcher, after a successful year at Vocans, the school for Demonology, i suddenly confronted by his past flight life which started his adventures Book 2 starts one year later, when Fletcher has been largely rotting in prison while the world marched on Indeed, no longer is punishment restricted by the security of a school s Rule Book now anything can happen in an adult world containing lifelong enemies.Perhaps, there are two problems with this book, each demanding an immediate in command of language and appreciation of a wider world and its challenges.Firstly, in the nature of the plot changes Suddenly the subject matter is but a pawn in a political and social system in which, to quote Shakespeare again one may smile, and smile, and be a villain Hamlet 1 5 128 Riches appear to decide what anyone expects and gets in life Would that explain the scarcely credible rapid rise in social status of Fletcher however, this transfiguration is essential to move the story on and beyond the restraints of Book 1 So, for the reader it s a jump perhaps and, with war being, confrontation with the nastier side of life.Secondly, the circumference of the book expands from backwater Pelt and education at Vocans to that of a vastly extended variety of creatures and lifestyles In Hominum different kinds of creatures e.g.213 4 manage to exist together albeit with hostility but not as just jibes stemming from ignorance as in Book 1 Differing settings jungle and pyramid interior to name but two and a complex combination of demons and spells challenge the reader s imagination Contrast the outburst of Miranda quoted as a title above and what sometimes the reader encounters Must that produce a negative result Not necessarily problem solving may lead to failure the reader abandoning The Summoner or add to the richness that awaits any reader in the diversity of world literature.Even so, the highly readable style continues and is punctuated by cliff hangers Pages 9 so the reader, comfortably settled into a story line A B C D E suddenly finds that it s really A B C A2 B2 D and so on Tolkien uses that technique in The Lord of the Rings Book 3 but the individual storylines are so long that it s like reading two books Thriller writers e.g Jeffery Deaver will switch storylines after about a dozen pages and often BEFORE the cliff hanger appears Matharu s concentrated plot line helps a reader already facing an overload of detail Here the author doesn t rise fall to the technique of teasing the reader by introducing MISLEADING plot lines or does he do that regarding the traitor trying to murder Fletcher Inevitably, there are similarities with other works of Fantasy so is the Inquisition like the Magisterium in His Dark Materials Not quite The Magisterium protects the world from any knowledge of other worlds which would undermine essential belief Strangely, the Medieval Inquisition persecuted heresy as undermining the SOCIAL order as well as religious belief but the Inquisition here convicts Fletcher of TREASON, an offence against the POLITICAL government Is the rivalry among the nobles present here heading for the wars making up A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin better known as Game of Thrones Perhaps that change is prevented by the continuous struggles against the external threat to civilisation The inhabitants of Tolkien s Middle Earth are physically separated than the Dwarves, Elves and Humans in this book The Orcs appear beyond the Pale and only the goblins, like Tolkien s Uruk hai are an unnatural form of life see the above quotation Note similar doesn t mean same.One of the major successes of the book is the physical description of demons or just strange species Here s one example The creature looked a lot like a mountain hare, were it not for its slightly extended snout, shorter ears and long, coltish legs It reminded Fletcher of what a hare might look like if it had the skeleton of an antelope and the hind legs of a desert kangaroo 285 6 Perhaps that s realistic than most of the descriptions in the Demonology section forming an appendix.The pace of the adventure inevitably increases Fletcher is warned that, If you thought spell craft was difficult before, just wait till you have to do it in a dog fight 219 The book s latter half is focused on what resembles some of the suicide operation beloved by fans of war films e.g The Guns of Navarone 1961 , Too Late the Hero 1970 The Eagle has Landed 1975 Just like them success against overwhelming odds is exaggerated, luck coincidence is important and the enemy appear as somewhat stupid Perhaps that criticism is unfair because this merely follows the whole nature of the genre.However, the pace is slowed by occasional detail these hieroglyphs are in an essentially different language Whichever civilisation built this place, they died out long ago That would explain the difference in size and architecture of the ziggurats that surround the pyramid No wonder it s so important to the orcs, I bet they think this place was built by their ancestor gods 333 That prefaces a lengthy description of ritual sacrifice 334 336 but doesn t explain the proximity of ziggurats found in modern Iraq and a pyramid found in Egypt and Mexico , perhaps such a distortion can be explained as of gilding the gingerbread.To conclude The Inquisition continues the high standard of its predecessor but, owing to the above criticisms, I award it only 4 stars.

  3. Zaide Cullen Zaide Cullen says:

    Ahhh This was such a brilliant sequel to The Novice Honestly, this is one of the best book series I ve read in a long time I absolutely adored the first book and was a little apprehensive going into this one as often the second book in a trilogy fails to maintain the same magic and momentum as the first I needn t have worried The Inquisition didn t suffer from middle book syndrome at all, in fact I enjoyed it than the Novice.The story picks up a year from the ending of the first book, with Fletcher imprisoned and accused of the attempted murder of Didric The book wastes no time in throwing us into the trial and introducing us to of the nobility of the Summoner world, including the King himself who I loved just for being a bit of a rebel There s no time to stop and dwell on the result of the trial or the big revelations that take place during it, as our hero is reunited with his friends and sent on a dangerous mission right into Orc territory.The Orc jungle that they go to was like a feast for the imagination Taran s engaging writing style describes this fantastic new location in such lush detail that I got sucked in immediately I felt like I was there right alongside Fletcher, Othello and Sylva It was fascinating to learn about their enemies, their motives, and to meet of the many demons that exist in their world.Some familiar enemies return in this book, good old Didric is back, along with the charming twins Isadora and Tarquin There is still animosity between the nobles and Fletcher s group but it was great to see them put this aside somewhat in favour of the task at hand There were far important things to be worrying about than petty rivalry and the fact that even the nobles could rise above this to a certain extent, just shows the maturity of the characters and the writing.We get to meet some new people this time around too, a female dwarf called Cress was easily my favourite I loved her so much She s snarky and gutsy, my perfect woman And familiar faces returned, we got to see of Lovett and Arcturus, my two favourite teachers 3The plot was fast paced from the onset and the latter half so gripping that I struggled to put it down Though I read it over a few days, in reality it was like four separate reading sessions where I devoured a big chunk of story in each one because I couldn t put it down after just a few chapters Outside of the main mission that they re on, there were lots of small discoveries and a betrayal plot woven in and I was so disappointed by who the betrayer was I liked this person How could they do this to Fletcher Boo.It ends on another cliffhanger seriously, this author loves his cliffhangers but luckily I already have book three lined up and ready to go You might want to consider having it handy too because you re going to want to plunge straight into it after you finish this one This is easily one of my most recommended fantasy series, it has elements that remind me of so many great series There are vibes from Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and Lord of the Rings Don t get me wrong, the story is completely unique and I m not saying it was influenced by these other books, but I get the same wonder and excitement from it that I did reading them It s a fantastic series and if you haven t already, I urge you to try it you ll love it