The Outcast (Summoner, #4) by Taran Matharu

The Outcast (Summoner, #4)

Enter an immersive world where the chosen few have the ability to summon demons...Arcturus is just an orphaned stable boy when he discovers he has the ability to summon demons from another world. He is sent to Vocans Academy where the lost arts of summoning, spell craft and demonology are taught to the noble children of the Empire. As the first commoner gifted with this ability, his discovery challenges the nobility and the powers that be and Arc...

Details The Outcast (Summoner, #4)

TitleThe Outcast (Summoner, #4)
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
PublisherHodder Children's Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews The Outcast (Summoner, #4)

  • Ricky
    After last year concluded the original Summoner trilogy, Taran Matharu announced a fourth book, The Outcast, a prequel. Wait, didn't we already have a prequel in Summoner: Origins? Well, yeah. But now we get that prequel expanded to full novel size, and while it feels a bit strange to go back in time when we know how the original trilogy ends, it also makes me want to reread the original trilogy from the start all over again. Which, in due course...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review! Video Review:, a young orphaned stable boy discovers he has the ability to summon demons. Being the fist commoner to be able to do so, he is sent to Vocans Academy, the school where nobles learn to summon their demons a...
  • Sara Saif
    But, what was the point of this book?On a scale of usefulness this book is a the-universe-will-go-on-fine-without-your-existence-thank-you-bye.That is the only problem worth any importance. Completely and utterly unnecessary this book. I loved the Summoner trilogy when I read it last year, it was fantastic. There was a novella about how Arctuturs came to Vocans called 'Origins' and while I didn't love it so much it was all fine and good.The Outca...
  • Isaiah
    I already know it's gonna be good! I'm so glad there's a part 4, still got part 2 to finish lol, I love every single one of his books 💯
  • Connor
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  • Shelley
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy*Rating* 4.0*Thoughts*The Outcast, by author Taran Matharu, is the fourth installment in The Summoner series. Unlike the first three installments in the series, The Outcast takes a step back in time where readers will meet 15-year old Arcturus, a key player in the first trilogy. Like the first three books, this story once again takes place in a land called the Hominum Empire where first born nobles a...
  • Stephanie Bain
    *i was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review!* It was so nice to see these characters that are loved and hated younger and the adventure/struggle they went through. Ive always loved arcturus but i love him even more now! Taran truly did it again!
  • Monica Haak
    4.5/5 sterren.AH deze serie is ZO leuk!!! yaaaaayrecensie binnenkort op myperfectbooklife
  • Neelam
    I loved this book! It was so great to see more of Arcturus and Sacharissa! It was great to be back in this world and see more of the things we hear about in the trilogy. You can read my full review on my blog. Spoiler free! https://thetsundokuchronicles.wordpre...
  • Janhavi Banhatti
    Great bookThis book was a great addition to the series and a must read for any fans of the original series
  • Heather
    Pretty goodThis book is good. Not as good as the summoner series, but still good. It gives a good view of how things came to be for the summoner series
  • Amanda Bartoszek
    Having read the first three Summoner books and Fletcher's story, I was really eager to see what the prequel would be like.I was absolutely delighted to see all the familiar faces (though some I was less than enthusiastic to see but expected nonetheless). In particular I was thrilled to get to meet Alice and Edmund and get to know them a little. I did not feel we got to know them as well as we could have. Obviously there was a plethora of characte...
  • Kari
    ***I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***I absolutely loved this world and was hooked from the very beginning. Arcturus and Sacharissa shocked the world when it came to light that he was a commoner able to summon a demon. Arcturus was shuffled off to Vocans to train with other summoners, which put him in a precarious position as he tried to figure out where he fit in with the other nobles, if he could even say he ...
  • Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
    *4.5 Stars*Review:Protagonist: Arcturus was just a common stable boy, with dreams of leaving and forging his own destiny, he could never have dreamed he was a Summoner, an elite group of fighters who can summon demon companions and work magic, a group believed to only be among the nobility of Hominum. As the first common Summoner in history, Arcturus finds a lot of disdain at Vocans Academy where he is sent to train his summoning skills, however,...
  • Rebecca (areadersrambles)
    4,5/5Dit boek is een prequel van de Summoner serie. Het gaat over de jonge Arcuturus die als eerste burgersummoner naar de Volcans Academie gaat om demonen op te roepen en bezweringen te leren. Maar het feit dat hij een burger is, valt natuurlijk niet in goede aarde bij iedereen. Vooral niet bij enkele edelen die ook op Volcans zitten. Arcturus moet zien te overleven binnen de muren van de academie, maar ook buiten de muren, wanneer er plots een ...
  • Heather Bridson
    I love this book! It was well written and caught my attention from page one. I loved the characters, the world and the adventures and hardships the characters faced. It was just a great story! I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and since it was an advanced readers copy I'm interested to see what if any changes are made from this version and the finished book. Anyway, just a fun to read story. Since it is book 4 I'm hoping to read the first three...
  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    Summoner: The Outcast is a prequel to Matharu’s Summoner series. It follows Arcturus, a commoner working as a stablehand at a tavern. One night Arcturus decides to investigate a rude noble boy’s pack, planning to rob him and flee for better living conditions. Finding a roll of leather with odd writing on it, Arcturus reads the seeming gibberish aloud. And summons a wolf demon. He then promptly gets knocked out by the noble who had been return...
  • Liesl
    Half the fun of a prequel is seeing the events which affected the main series, and The Outcast more than delivers on that front. One particular character appearance was particularly shocking, not how I expected to see the big bad from the main Summoner books, but there were plenty other fun cameos. I especially loved getting to see more of Fletcher's parents and noticing aspects he has in common with them, not to mention how it makes their ultima...
  • Kitty Maschan
    I’ve been curious about this series for a while, so when the chance came up to read an arc of the prequel novel for this tour I had to take it. I tried not to have expectations going in because I hadn’t heard much about the series. I don’t recall any specific TW/CWs needed so let’s just jump right into the review, shall we?The characters were all really well-developed. I really felt like I could have had a conversation with any of them, t...
  • Emma L.
    *** This review will be filled with spoilers for all the four books and there will be so much gushing going on ***Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars. All the freaking 4 stars in the world).Let me start with telling you how much I love this world, the characters and this serie. I have so much love for this book series. LOVE LOVE SO MUCH LOVEEEEE FOR THIS BOOK THIS SERIES. To be honest I don't know why I put of reading this book BECAUSE IT WAS SO ...
  • Jessica
    Absolutely brilliant.I loved this book so much! It was amazing seeing Arcturus’ story and how it leads to the events of The Novice. His relationship with Sacharissa is beautiful and has been one of my favorite things about this entire series. I loved meeting Edmund and Alice. Seeing them together and how great they were both warmed my heart and broke it. Young Elaine is just as amazing as older Elaine, and there’s no way they would have survi...
  • Laura Newsholme
    This has been a very fun series so far and this prequel is a nice addition to the world. It tells the story of Arcturus as he finds himself with the ability to summon and is thrust into the world of the nobles. The plot hits a lot of the same beats as The Novice in the first half, which means that people new to the series can read this one first without being lost. Similarly, Matharu introduces plenty of new material in the second half, which sat...
  • Carlos
    Be prepared for a lot of magic elements and creatures (which are not my favorite things to read about). If you like Harry Potter and Lord of The Rings you are probably going to enjoy this one as well. I really enjoyed the different atmospheres and feelings throughout this journey, like the continuous vibe of SOMETHING IS GOING ON AND WE MUST COME UP WITH A PLAN. Just please don't ask me to praise all these extense action scenes fighting against o...
  • Silviano
    This book is an adventure from start to finish. Taran Matharu wastes no time into throwing Arcturus into the deep end and it’s quite riveting. Like all the others before this, The Outcast is quite a fun ride of a book while exploring Arcturus’ past.However, it’s not just his past as many familiar “faces” are side characters who are just as interesting, even if they are villainous.Even if I knew the fate of certain characters, I was stil...
  • Davianna
    I’ve never heard of this series before and after reading this prequel I just have to know what happened afterwards!I love that the Author didn’t use excessive profanity, and there didn’t seem to be any romance or major focus on it. The “demons” in this book were really just Pokemons in that they’re used in fights and as companions. I found all the characters (except the bullies of course) likeable, my favorites have to be Elaine, Haro...
  • Carl Siggins
    Really enjoyed this from start to finish, love the series and hope it’s not the last instalment.
  • Britt Kramer
    Honestly, Taran Matharu’s writing never ceases to make me happy. This book gave me so many Arcturus feels and I want more in this world and more in Vocans and more with these characters. I just want more. More of everything and more of this authors writing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I loved the character development and relationship development. I was severely angered with some characters and even more angered at them when I realized h...
  • Vidalark
    Having won an early copy I was given a chance to read this wonderful book.This was a great view into the past a whole generation before Fletcher was born. While it is a prequel and can be read before the rest of the series I suggest reading the rest of the series first to better understand the school and demonology as we go through that a bit quickly but you can still catch on easily. It helps to explain events that happen in the rest of the seri...
  • Grace
    At first I thought this prequel was going to rather ho-hum. It seemed similar to The Novice and I kind of knew what happened. But then the story turned and an adventure that wasn’t expected takes place. There are also some connections to future events and a few odds and ends fall into place. Matharu’s writing is great fun as usual.