I’m so pleased to welcome debut author and Wattpad superstar Taran Matharu! His book The Novice, first in The Summoner series has been personally sold to me by Taran as Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings, meets Pokemon. Plus, it’s got an incredible cover. I have a feeling this book will go on to be extremely successful, even more than the millions of Wattpad reads!
With author Taran Matharu
What is the first book you ever read/remember reading?
The first book I remember reading was Mossflower, by Brian Jacques. It was a particularly thick book for me at the time, which is why it sticks out in my mind. I remember this epic front cover which had a ship with a fish skull figurehead. I devoured it in two days and spent the rest of the week hunting for more of his books in the school library and the various book shelves of the classrooms around our school.
What is the first book your wrote (can be published or unpublished)?
The first book I wrote was started when I was nine and continued writing until I was around eleven. It was about the fight against an evil witch called Widower, who wanted to take over the land. The heroes were a family called the Wizswords, lead by the wizard Nilrem and his grandsons, Narat and Revilo.
The most interesting part of that book was Nilrem’s allies, the ant people, who stood at about an inch high and had an entire civilisation of their own, riding bees, grasshoppers and beetles and building their own tiny roads and houses on his lawn. I still think there is something to that, I love that idea.
It’s funny, my mother is still adores the book and thinks it’s publishable! Every now and again she pesters me about putting it online or showing it to someone. She will always be my biggest fan.
What is the first book you recommend to anyone you meet?
The first book I ever recommend is rather unusual, I only do it to lovers of science fiction and post apocalyptic writing, otherwise I might think of something different.
It’s a book called “The Descent” by Jeff Long, which is sadly out of print. It’s a very interesting concept, about the discovery of a deep network of tunnels and caverns, hundreds of miles below the earth. There is a species of people living down there, distantly related to our own, who have been kidnapping and enslaving our people for millennia. It is a story of war, discovery, politics and religious zealotry, following a group of intrepid explorers as they try and map out the terrain below.
I thoroughly recommend it for the concept alone, but the writing is excellent and the characters are very strong.
About The Summoner
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.
As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.
About Taran Matharu
Taran Matharu was born in London in 1990 to a Brazilian mother and Indian father. His love of stories developed into a desire to create his own at a very early age, writing his first book at nine-years-old. At the age of 22, after graduating with a first class degree in Business Administration, Matharu began to write Summoner; the success of this novel on Wattpad convinced Matharu to launch his professional writing career. He is currently working on the second book in the Summoner series.
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