The Battlemage

The Battlemage

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Fletcher and his classmates from Vocans Academy--including the elf Sylva and the dwarf Othello--travel through the ether, where they must pursue a mortally dangerous quest to rebuild their world and broker peace. As he leads a small army of soldiers, Fletcher will face his biggest challenge yet: his nemesis, the albino orc, Khan, who seeks to destroy everything Fletcher loves. -- book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250076328
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 22 cm.


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Aug 23, 2018

Fletcher continues his fight for survival in the third book of the Summoner Series. Filled with emotion, The Battlemage displays the victories and losses that Fletcher and his friends and family have to go through. This book picks up right where the last book leaves off, continuing Fletcher’s journey as he tries to protect Hominum. Matharu does a great job of making the reader fully engaged in the book most of the time and keeping it exciting, action-packed, and heart-wrenching at times. He layed out the book well and all the chapters were quite captivating. He also shows an important message through his writing of how racial differences should not control your feelings toward others by including elves, humans, and dwarves in the books. He carried this message throughout the whole series. This book is an appropriate read for teens. This was a very good way to end the Summoner Series, and I’m excited to read the newly released prequel by Taran Matharu called The Outcast. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
- @readingiscool of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 07, 2018

I read this book because I read the first two books, and also because I thought the story was good. I could tell from the get-go ("The Novice") that this was going to be Lord of the Rings plus Demonology plus social injustice, and I think that it is a pretty good way to teach children about what is right and what is wrong. I was less interested in the overall plot line ("Let's get out of this horrible situation, friends!") than I was in the social and political aspect of "well, what's gonna happen to the dwarves now?" I think the ending didn't satisfy my main interest, though, but I won't spoil anything.

CHARACTERS: The characters are, as always, lovable and interesting, but to me, my affection extends no further than, "man, I just want you all to make it through alive." They are used by the author in order to speak about the current racial tensions today and how all beings are created equal, that this whole racism thing is bad. That's what I really like about these books, because (while it's a little more obvious to the older audiences: ME) Matharu is telling us, "look at this fantasy world, where they too have racism, and now let's look at our good guys, who are not racist. It's easy, you just have to know people for who they are, and not by any defining characteristics."

PLOT: I thought things were going really well until the ending, which I didn't particularly like, because it left a few questions unanswered. Everything up to that point was going good, but towards the end I felt as if things moved a little too quickly and that the author tried to tie things up into a neat little bundle, but I still have a few questions... So. Yeah...

ACCURACY: As we know, this world is where mana meets gunpowder, so from my perspective things stay within their rules and nothing unexplained happens. (Although the whole series seems to be built off of other series: Lord of the Rings, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon).

RECOMMENDATION: Definitely meant for a younger audience, although adults and older teens should definitely indulge if they want to. I liked these books, so I didn't buy them, I just checked them out from the library. Something I read during car trips.

Sep 10, 2017

I loved this book and how full of action it was. Even during the slow scenes before the final battle, it did not feel dull. I always wanted to keep reading and seeing what would happen next. I definitely enjoyed this book and this it is a good good ending for the series. If the author chooses to do more, I would be delighted to read more about Fletcher and his friends but as it stands now, I am satisfied with this as the ending.


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