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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Taran Matharu (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I could start two to this series

this is the prequel to an amazing series that has been long awaited it has some drawbacks that it's heavy fight on story whereas the other part of the series was in reverse so if you like a lot of fighting this is a book for you and hopefully we can find out what's going on with the other characters now that the story has been fully set up

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I should have read reviews before buying.

If you're a fan of the series you may start this book and begin to wonder why so many reviews seem to shit on it. It starts off fairly strong, giving back story to some vague events referenced throughout the first book. I would argue that it gets even stronger over the first few hours. But then reaches a point that quickly devolves into ret-conning and cramming in every other character from the series that happened to be alive during the time period. Intertwined so closely are the lives of these characters that it seems like the entire world must be made up of only a few dozen people, since every major event sees the same names pop up so constantly that if another sequel were written they would most certainly have reached a deific status.
(Holy Run-on Sentence Batman!!)

The beginning and end are on par with the rest of the books. However, they core of the story is written almost like fan-fiction. Probably not worth a credit.

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meh

Meh. Very confusing. It's been awhile since I listened to the other books and having different mcs. I didn't get as invested in to the MC as must as the first 3 books.

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Eh.... We've done this before.

I feel like this is just a book to justify relationships and canonically clarify some worldbuilding that was previously left unclear. The story is fine, but we've done this all before.

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No what I expected

Overall it was a good book but I was expecting something else when I bought it. It is not a continuation of the previous set but a new story.

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great background to the other books!

I was supper thrilled, to get more story from this world. the narrator did a great job as usual, and Matharu killed it with the plot. my only gripe is that there wasn't more to enjoy.

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Love the series, cant wait for more.

I do hope they continue with the story after Battlemage. This time hopefully they can explore the Ether more.

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ugh

Hmm...I feel like I've read this all before. I wonder where? OH! I know: "The Novice"--book 1 of the Summoner Series & also "The Battlemage" book 3
*deep sighs* This really felt like a rewrite but with the character names switched. :-(

I don't feel like anything new was added to the series that was needed. this felt so unnecessary.
But it felt like a lot of things were a little bit recycled from the original trilogy

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must read the summoner series to truly understand.

good story. must read the summoner series to truly understand. is one of my top series.

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wow!!!!

I don't think I've ever been more impressed by a prequel before! The way Taran brought everything back but was still able to do it in a shocking way really pleased me!!!

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