14 May, 2016

#BookReview :: The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Demons

More demons, epic battles, and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next installment 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 gruelling, lead 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.

I discovered this series a bit late and just in time for the release of the second book in the series. As a result I read both the books within a span of a month. With the plot fresh in my mind, it was a lot more fun to continue with the series.

The Inquisition takes off by Fletcher facing the consequences of what happened in The Novice. The trial reveals a lot about Fletcher’s past and he soon finds himself taking up another challenge of getting into Orc territory for a very deadly mission. Their strategy doesn’t have any room for error, yet it is clear that someone on the mission is a traitor. Who can Fletcher trust? And will he be able to flush out the traitor without compromising with the original mission? The biggest question is if he will get out alive?

The author has managed to take the plot of the series to a new level with this installment. He has really upped his game in this one because I didn’t see the twist in the trial coming. I mean we all expect the protagonist to make it, but I really didn’t see the ‘how’ of this one coming. What follows the trial was even more interesting as it gave the characters a whole new dimension to them as they went about getting into the Orc territory. Fletcher’s growth arc isn’t as great as the first book but he is at a place where the reader feels like they know him. The few new characters introduced in this book add to both the plot and to how the old characters continue to shape up.

The language and narration style of the story remains consistent and it gave a familiar feeling when I picked up the book. The only complaint that I have with this book is that the first half of the book was a bit slow. About halfway through it picks up pace and keeps you gripped till the last line. And Gawd! That cliffhanger… The author better come up with the next book soon. This was a good follow through to the series. 

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Taran 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 trilogy 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 and Record in Brazil. Book 1 will be published by EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria and Alpress in the Czech Republic.


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