Origins by Taran Matharu

July 24, 2017     erinthebooknut     Book review

Origins by Taran MatharuOrigins (Summoner, #0.5) by Taran Matharu
on January 1st 1970

The prequel to the explosive new fantasy trilogy, Summoner. Set in a time before The Novice, this prequel is the perfect introduction to the world of the Summoner.

Arcturus is just an orphaned stableboy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Military Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spellcraft 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. At the Academy Arcturus quickly makes enemies. With no one but his demon Sacharissa by his side, Arcturus must prove himself as a worthy Summoner...

4.5 Nuts

ARCTURUS!!!!! ARCTURUSARCTURUSARCTURUSARCTURUS! I uh…like Arcturus a lot. Before Outcast, the full length Arcturus novel coming next year, there was Origins. Origins is a Novice prequel featuring my beloved favorite character. So of course I read it.

His story is exactly what I wanted it to be. So basically a little bit sad, a little bit funny, and all of the awesome. It tells exactly why Arcturus becomes a mentor to our MC, his upbringing making him as much of an outcast as he was.

Mostly it just makes me even more excited for Outcast. If a short little novella like this can make me so happy I know a full length novel will have me squealing. There are so many more stories in Arcturus’ life to tell and I want them all.

I also kind of hope we get some more novellas. A Sylvia story would be nice. Maybe one for Atilla. I can think of several other characters who would benefit from their story being told in short form. Or long form.

So basically what I’m saying is MORE SUMMONER, YES!

Which character in YA do you wish would get their own novella/novel? Share in the comments.

From my shelf to yours,


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