The Inquisition took all the things I love about fantasy and gaming and put it into one book. I enjoyed the plot, the characters and the magic system.
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.
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The first part of the story takes part in court. Fletcher is on trial for crimes he did not commit and the whole thing is run like the Salem Witch Trials. It was really interesting and also a fantastic way to recap the first book. In the beginning there is a little lag but once the trial really gets rolling things start happening fast and I was sucked in.
We go from court on an adventure into Orc territory. I also like this kind of plot for fantasy novel. The characters are broken up into teams and although at first the mission seems dangerous but not so bad. Once they get further in and crap hits the fan with creatures they don’t expect and of course that lovely friend named betrayal. Everything gets a little crazy.
There is one point where they visit a lab and it reminded me of the potions you get in the Legend of Zelda. Which I have to say I’m down with anything that reminds me of a video game. So it is definitely not a bad thing. I wanted to tell them the yellow potion makes them invincible for 15 seconds.
We also get a lot more about Fletcher’s family and what really happened to him when he was a baby. Lots of blanks have been filled in as far as that respect. Fletcher has also changed quite a bit. This is a year after the first book and he has suffered consequences for his actions. That would change anyone.
I wouldn’t consider the book to be extensive on world building as far as places they go but instead it’s more extensive on the magic building. I would love to see pictures of all the different demons. Kind of the like the D&D big book of monsters. That way I could look them up and say ahh that’s what it looks like. The descriptions are good I’ve just never been good at picturing animals that are combinations of other animals. I loved the demons and the way that they summon them. How they work with their summoner like comrades.
I thought the plot was fast paced.I also think that if you weren’t a huge fan of the first book you should definitely give this one a try.
I like how The Inquisition has taken the battle between the races and used it to show prejudice. That people can go to any lengths at times for what they think is right. Even when it is wrong. It really dives into the political side.
I really enjoyed The Inquisition and I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next. It’s definitely a cliffhanger but one I can handle. That’s all I’m going to say.
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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