The Battlemage by Taran Matharu

The Battlemage

We rejoin Fletcher and his friends in the ether, where they must undertake a mortally dangerous quest, all the while avoiding capture by enemies and facing foes more terrifying than anything they have yet encountered.But this is nothing compared to what truly lies ahead for Fletcher, as his nemesis, albino orc Khan, is on a mission to destroy Hominum and everything and eve...

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Number of Pages:352 pages

The Battlemage Reviews

  • Ricky

    According to that (new) cover, it's welcome to Mars, I guess...with Fletcher looking very, very dangerous. And of course, Ignatius in the background, having evolved...sorry,

    from a cute little Salamander to a bigger, be-winged, and now, more Toothless-like than ever, Drake.

    So at last we come to the end of the

    series...or is it? Not with this level of high action, and highly relevant social commentary as the previous books' allegory for the rampant prejudices of today's wor

    According to that (new) cover, it's welcome to Mars, I guess...with Fletcher looking very, very dangerous. And of course, Ignatius in the background, having evolved...sorry,

    from a cute little Salamander to a bigger, be-winged, and now, more Toothless-like than ever, Drake.

    So at last we come to the end of the

    series...or is it? Not with this level of high action, and highly relevant social commentary as the previous books' allegory for the rampant prejudices of today's world continues to develop, and deep emotional investment because we the readers need Fletcher and Ignatius and all their comrades-in-arms to survive these trials, gorrammit!

    Naturally, some of them don't.

    But the ride there is loaded with all that action, right up to the very end. I'm not kidding - Taran Matharu gives this series a

    ,

    ,

    -level final battle that takes a lot of lives, and a lot of energy, and propels the reader nonstop.

    This one's going in with

    ,

    , and

    in serious contention for this year's Pinecone Awards for sure. And thank God we're not done with this story world yet - even though the ending to this book, not unlike

    or

    , leaves room to expect further adventures, Matharu's next book,

    , will be a much-needed prequel centering on a younger Arcturus.

    Can't wait to read that one!

    And until then, to the original

    , now's the time to say

    , and also

  • Bri Stroud

    I don't want to wait this long!

  • Grace

    I don't want to wait this long, I'm desperate for the next book.... And please tell me that fletcher falls in love with Sylva cause I ship them. I ship them A LOT. So yeah. This is just a suggestion that I would like to see in the book.

  • Glen Kline

    4.25 stars. Once again, Taran Matharu delivers another action-filled and engrossing novel of Fletcher and his demon, Ignatius. As the plot contains many surprising twists and turns; more than the average rollercoaster, this third book in the Summoner series had me turning page after page with excited anticipation. With more character development and even more battles to endure, Fletcher and his fellow protagonists must overcome seemingly insurmountable foes, battles and adversities from every qu

    4.25 stars. Once again, Taran Matharu delivers another action-filled and engrossing novel of Fletcher and his demon, Ignatius. As the plot contains many surprising twists and turns; more than the average rollercoaster, this third book in the Summoner series had me turning page after page with excited anticipation. With more character development and even more battles to endure, Fletcher and his fellow protagonists must overcome seemingly insurmountable foes, battles and adversities from every quarter of the kingdom. Along the way, Fletcher matures and becomes a true Lord and leader, time and again rallying his new kingdom to band together against the numerous enemies facing them at nearly every turn. The plot was concise, the protagonists believable and the action non-stop.

    I truly believe that Mr. Matharu has an excellent future in the literary world of fantasy fiction, and the fourth book in the series, The Outcast, is due out in 2018. I eagerly await this upcoming work, and am confident that the author will not disappoint this reader.

    My hat is off to you, Mr. Matharu, for another excellent and captivating read.

  • Ben Alderson

    Well... how do I start.

    Firstly, this series is for fans of the following. Harry Potter ( I know thats cringe because everyone says that but just bear with me. ) Pokemon... yes you read that.. Pokemon. Warcraft and Skyrim.

    Its set in a fantasy world with a cast of amazing, diverse characters. The premise is that some people can summon demons, making them summoners and they go to a school to learn what that means. I wont say anything else because I want you to not be spoiled .. so READ THIS SERIES.

    Well... how do I start.

    Firstly, this series is for fans of the following. Harry Potter ( I know thats cringe because everyone says that but just bear with me. ) Pokemon... yes you read that.. Pokemon. Warcraft and Skyrim.

    Its set in a fantasy world with a cast of amazing, diverse characters. The premise is that some people can summon demons, making them summoners and they go to a school to learn what that means. I wont say anything else because I want you to not be spoiled .. so READ THIS SERIES.

    This is the best finale to a fantasy trilogy i have read in a while.. considering i just devoured the full book in one sitting today, I think that proves I love it.

    OK,.... Taran.. this next bit is for you..

    I am so incredibly happy that I went into your publishers offices that spring day two years ago. I remember when was briefly told in passing about this new, amazing fantasy story that is coming out that following May and that it was something they knew i would love. Then I remember when I nearly was able to take a copy home, but then was promised one would be sent to my home the following day.

    Two days later, a package arrived. In that package was more then just a book. It was the gateway to a friendship that i cherish close to my heart.

    I remember us connecting over the fact that i was the first person to leave a review for The Novice online. I remember meeting up for the first time for pizza and a chat. Now, after endless meals out, drinks and laughs I am so glad I can call you my friend.

    The future is so bright for you Taran, I look forward to clapping for your success as we watch you grow and conquer.

    You are brilliant Taran. Thank you for bringing this series into the world and encouraging so many young readers to pick books up. Be proud!

  • Meisa

    This series is greatly unappreciated. Long gone the young boy from the pelt and instead stood a strong warrior. The character development through this series was outstanding. This series was original and was absolutely amazing. The politics was actually interesting rather than boring and the magic/demons system has a refreshing twist. Honestly this series just blew my mind and was about so much more than a young boy who was found to be special and went to a school. Highly recommended.

  • Hailee (haibooklovers)

    Fletcher is maybe one of the best characters I've read...he's just generally a

    guy. The kind everybody wants in their corner. He shines in this book. The relationships he has with various characters are a joy to read. And since this is one of those fate-of-the-world finales, there's some heartbreak too. But that in itself is a kind of victory for authors, yea? They've made us care about these fictional characters.

    I still can't quite figure out if I'd classify thi

    Fletcher is maybe one of the best characters I've read...he's just generally a

    guy. The kind everybody wants in their corner. He shines in this book. The relationships he has with various characters are a joy to read. And since this is one of those fate-of-the-world finales, there's some heartbreak too. But that in itself is a kind of victory for authors, yea? They've made us care about these fictional characters.

    I still can't quite figure out if I'd classify this as YA or middle grade. I mean, I'd lean toward YA...but it just

    more like a middle grade. Because that makes total sense.

  • Choko

    OK, I had no patience to wait for my buddy readers, so as soon as I finished book two in the trilogy, I dived in this one... Wow!!! I think my label of middle-aged woman came off and was replaced by my inner teenage boy, with big letters on my forehead:):):) This world has really won me over, while having me root for the Disney/Pokemon like cute-as-hell demons!!! In this book there was even one that was like a benevolent giant tortuous, whom our heroes were very lucky to encounter in

    OK, I had no patience to wait for my buddy readers, so as soon as I finished book two in the trilogy, I dived in this one... Wow!!! I think my label of middle-aged woman came off and was replaced by my inner teenage boy, with big letters on my forehead:):):) This world has really won me over, while having me root for the Disney/Pokemon like cute-as-hell demons!!! In this book there was even one that was like a benevolent giant tortuous, whom our heroes were very lucky to encounter in the place they ran to as a last resolve in the previous volume. My inner teenager was dreaming about being there, being one of them, one of the courageous young demon-summoners, cuddled-up with my own demon, some kind of feline, of course, and punishing the bad guys with conviction, power and magic!!! Alas, my middle-aged woman was the one that had to go to work after the last page and go pay some bills...

    The very high for me rating comes mostly from the emotions of adrenaline this book engendered, as well as the affirmation of good old "Good vs Evil" plot. Honestly, if I start thinking critically, maybe I would be inclined towards something closer to 3.85*, but I don't want to "adult" right now, so I am going with the higher:):):) However, if I get nit-picky about it, I have to mention that the plot was somewhat on the simple side, the characters a bit one-dimensional, the pace was OK, but a bit rushed at the end, when we could have really used some more information and things that happened off page could have been explored more. The writing itself was better in this third book than any of the previous and you can see the growth the author has achieved in his short published life:). His strength is in telling the story in a manner which provokes emotion without being angsty or overly dramatic, and this will have me coming back for more of his works in the future for sure.

    This is the theme song of Fletcher and the gang, which was running on a loop in my head while reading. The Elf, the Dwarf, the Human, and their Demons constantly encountered new obstacles, never having time to celebrate even for a moment when they would get out of one difficult situation, because they would fall even deeper into another... It was infuriating how many times everyone would have benefited of helping one another, since the threat of War and Invasion from the Orcs and Goblins was eminent, and how every time personal petty rivalries and spitefulness made things horrible for all involved and weakened their position to protect the land. I liked the young King, but I also did not respect him, for he obviously had convictions, but no guts to stand up for them. As people say, when there is a will, there is a way, and I thought that he always chose the way for someone else to bail him out. However, the Dwarfs, The Elves and even the Gremlins found a way to see the bigger picture and not get bogged down in racism and hatred. Thank goodness for good friends! And that cover!!! How can anyone resist the gorgeous art of the covers on all the books in the series!!!

    So, I loved the book, with all of its imperfections and its simplicity of a message. I would recommend it to all young readers, there is no inappropriate sexual content, some violence because it is a war... However, it is made up for in the purity of purpose the characters, and specifically Fletcher, represent. I also think that some adults, who have an adventurous heart and like lighter Fantasy reads would love this series, feeling as a throw-back to times when we all rooted for the honorable, chivalrous hero with a good heart!!! If I had kids, this series would be a must read for them and all of their hypothetical friends:):):)

    Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come!!!


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