Friday, May 13, 2016

#Friday Review - The Inquisition by Taran Matharu (Young Adult, Fantasy)

Series: Summoner # 2
Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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 grueling, 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.

The Inquisition is the second installment in author Taran Matharu's Summoner Trilogy. To set the scene, if you haven't read Novice, you really should in order to understand the world and characters that Taran has created. The Inquisition takes place TWO years after 16-year old Fletcher Wulf summoned his first demon Ignatius in Novice. In that time, he defeated all comers in an open tournament at Vocan Academy, and was to be granted the rank of Captain. 

But, a major cliffhanger ending slapped readers in the face, and left us groaning in agony. It has now been ONE year since Novice left off, and Fletcher and Ignatius find themselves being held captive in a Pelt prison deep underground. The charge is murder. There is also a group of people who want him dead, badly, and are willing to do whatever it takes to make Fletcher disappear. Fletcher's only hope lies in the man who gave Fletcher an opening to prove himself at Vocan; Captain Arcturus. 

Things are much darker than before for the people of Pelt. But, the one thing that remains the same is that a group calling themselves the Triumvirate wants to control everything. But, Fletcher and the Dwarves are standing in the way. Don't get too comfortable while reading this story. Taran loves to do the fake out. Just when you think things are looking up for Fletcher, something even more disgusting happens to bring you down to earth. There is also a major revelation that happens during this difficult time so, please, don't skip over it!

Thankfully, Fletcher still has friends like Othello, Sylva, Arcturus, Sir Caulder, and Captain Lovell. The best part of this book, outside of the time that Fletcher is fighting for his life in court, is the last 100 pages. This where Fletcher and his friends will have to face off against the Orc's and their allies. When it is decided to send a group of Sixteen first and second year summoners deep into Orc territory in order to destroy gremlin eggs, and rescue someone long thought dead, it will be up to Fletcher and others to do their jobs without being left behind. 

But, who can Fletcher trust outside of his own team? Will this be another ending that leaves readers stunned thanks to an even more diabolical betrayal? You'll have to jump in and find out! One of the things that impresses me most about Fletcher, is that he's a genuinely a good person at heart, and in the way he acts towards others. Yes, he blunders, and makes mistakes. That's OK as long as he moves on past them, and learns how to grow up. This book really kicks up things a notch, so, here's hoping the sequel is even better!


  1. I haven't started this series yet, so I tried to stay away from any spoilers in the review :) definitely sounds like something i'd enjoy reading though!

    Ella @Naga Sanctuary

  2. I'm excited to see that this one kicks it up a notch! I enjoyed The Summoner but I was hoping for more darkness and higher stakes this time around...especially considering that cruel ending XD GREAT review^^ x