Review: The Outcast by Taran Matharu

July 22, 2018     laurathebibliophile     Uncategorized

Review: The Outcast by Taran MatharuThe Outcast by Taran Matharu, Ralph Lister
Published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio on July 17, 2018

The thrilling prequel to the New York Times best-selling Summoner series!

When stable boy Arcturus accidentally summons a demon and becomes Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden.

Whisked away to Vocans Academy so he can be kept watch over, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies. But he has little time to settle in before his life is turned upside down once again, for Hominum Empire is in turmoil.

Rebellious intent simmers among the masses, and it will not be long before it boils over. Arcturus must choose a side...or watch an empire crumble.

I got this book from none other than Erin this spring, back when we went to RocTBF, and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I knew I would like the series as son as I attended Matharu’s panel, because all the influences listed were things I love— things like the battle of Helm’s Deep and mythical creatures as pets and Harry Potter. The book definitely lived up to my expectations, and I was so invested in the story made characters. Every time I had to take a break, it was like I was holding my breath waiting get to see if Arcturus or Elaine or the others would be okay.
I appreciated all of the references— from the names of characters and pets to creatures from obscure mythologies which don’t get much use. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! I know it will all be different, since this was the prequel, but I’m excited to find all of the characters, probably grown up by then, and see the consequences of everyone’s actions in this book.
The Outcast really has something for everyone, I firmly believe, and I have already recommended it to a few people (and lent it to one insisting they read it). I hope this serves as an adequate recommendation to you.
From my bookshelf to yours,

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