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.
Fletcher lives in a strange kind of fantasy world where orcs, elves, dwarfs and demons exist. Humans have different relationships with these creatures ranging from hostile to sort of friendly, to outright enemies. Summoners have the ability to summon demons to fight the evil orcs. Fletcher finds himself training with other trainees at a special academy which reminded me of an uber competitive version of Hogwarts.
I really liked Fletcher because he wasn't willing to accept the class and race system for what it was. He challenges the accepted norm and looks out for everybody. He is impatient but isn't mean or nasty, and most importantly, he's extremely loyal.
I appreciated that The Novice was all about action and the trainees learning their craft, rather than some big love triangle. The secondary characters work well (although I did get a little confused with a couple of their names being similar at times). I had my suspicions about the ending (don't worry NO SPOILERS here) and although I did turn about to be right about one big event, it didn't in any way lessen my enjoyment of the book and I cannot wait to see what happens next after that cliffy!