Welcome to my stop in THE INQUISITION by Taran Matharu hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today on my stop we have a Guest Post + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!!!
Published: May 10th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
More demons, epic battles, and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next installment in the Summoner Trilogy...
On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition who will decide his future - the process is gruelling, lead by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher's tragic origins.
But Fletcher has little time to dwell on these new revelations when the king announces a deadly challenge to the graduating students at Vocans. One that involves entering Orc territory to complete a risky mission. With loyal demons by their sides, commoners and nobles, dwarves and elves must overcome barriers of class and race and work together to triumph. The reward: a fortune in gold, the safety of an empire and PEACE.
With the entire empire watching, Fletcher has much to prove, but there are those out to get him and it soon becomes clear that there's a traitor in their midst, trying to thwart the mission and create unrest within the Empire.
With everything stacked against him, Fletcher must use everything in his power to fight his way to victory.
In the Summoner series, summoners must capture demons using portals between the demon world (the Ether) and their own. These demons become their familiars, and are also their owner’s source of mana (energy used for performing spells). Young summoners are trained at Vocans Academy, until they graduate as battlemages and become officers in the army, join the Celestial Corps (demon riding pilots) or join the Dragoons (demonic cavalry). Below are just a few of the demons that appear in The Inquisition, released on May 10th in North America.
Arach - Level 6 (Didric Cavell)
The Arach appears as an enormous spider, almost as large as a wild boar. Its eight dextrous legs are capable of skilful manipulation, allowing the demon to jump as high as ten feet and grasp its opponents by the face. The Arach has three powerful abilities. The first is the gossamer spell, shooting a luminescent web that puts one in mind of the silk of a glowworm - an adhesive that fades out of existence after a few hours. The second is the vicious sting that protrudes from its abdomen, the venom of which is capable of killing a grown man, if the impalement on the spike does not do the job first. Finally, rather like some breeds of tarantula, the Arach is capable of releasing the bristled hair from its back to float in the air, scourging their opponents’ skin and even blinding them. Only their summoners are immune to these bristles, as well as the Arach’s venom.
Caladrius - Level 7 (Atilla Thorsager)
Phoenix - Level 7
A large bird with red-orange plumage and long tail feathers like that of a peacock, the Phoenix is the rarest of the four elemental avian demons. High in mana and capable of breathing fire like a Salamander, these demons are said to inhabit the rims of active volcanoes in the ether.
Halcyon - Level 7
The Halcyon is thought to be the most common of the four elemental avians, with bright metallic feathers that make them shine brightly when they fly. With razor-sharp talons, high mana levels and the ability to fire lightning from their elongated tail feathers, their conspicuousness is their only disadvantage.
Polarion - Level 7
Polarions are believed to inhabit the clouds above the ether’s seas, using their ice ability to hunt any small demons foolish enough to leap out of the water. Rare sightings report the demon to be built much like a kingfisher, with blue-black plumage and a white belly. They are unusually high in mana and have the extremely rare ability to freeze their enemies, making them a fine addition to any summoner’s roster.
Alicorn - Level 8
A horse demon with swan-like wings and a single horn growing from the centre of its forehead. These equine demons are notoriously difficult to capture thanks to their speed both in the air and on land. The Alicorn herds migrate across Hominum’s part of the ether once each decade, and those that are slow enough to be captured tend to be the sick, injured or young.
Hippogriff - Level 8
The Hippogriff is a hybrid of eagle and horse. Though fast on the ground, it lacks the fierce claws of its more powerful and rarer cousin, the Griffin, relying on strikes from its beak and hooves. It is a popular choice of demon for members of the Celestial Corps, second only to the Peryton.
Nanaue - Level 9
This humanoid shark demon is a favourite among orc shamans thanks to its vicious jaws, sharp claws and impressive agility. With a posture more akin to a chimpanzee than a man, these demons are excellent climbers and are capable of jumping great distances. They come in the various breeds of their animal counterparts, with the great white, hammerhead and tiger shark being the most common.
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Taran was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.
Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013.
Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’.
Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months.
After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.
His SUMMONER trilogy is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan and Record in Brazil. Book 1 will be published by EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria and Alpress in the Czech Republic.
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