REVIEW: The Inquisition (The Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

Title: The Inquisition (The Summoner #2)
Author: Taran Matharu
Publication Date: May 5th 2016
Publisher: Hodder Children's
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 2 on 3 in the Summoner Series
I Got A Copy Through: Hachette India (THANK YOU!)
Buy Links: Amazon US || Amazon IN || Amazon UK 
Blurb Description: 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.
Let’s recap where I stood with The Novice (Book One) in the series – ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD. This series has:
a)      NO LOVE TRIANGLES
b)      No Official Chosen One, BUT TEAMS!
c)       The fight against RACISM and DISCRIMINATION in a fantasy novel
d)      AWESOME CHARACTERS AND DEMONS AND MAGIC
e)      BASICALLY EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED. EVER.

I read The Inquisition in two major sittings. On one stint, I read 170 pages without looking except to go “HOLY CRAP. What a plot twist,” and then looking down and throwing myself in the claws of possible (okay, definite) heartbreak again.

The second was a little more broken, entirely during my classes today while my graphics professor droned on, and I was so into the world of Corcillium and The Mission AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED DURING AFOREMENTIONED CLASSES.

So, with that terrible ending, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE UNTIL MAY 2017? In fact, I’m so wound up, I don’t even know what to say in this review, but here we are anyway…

What I Loved About The Inquisition:

1.       THE LOYALTY: THIS WAS PHENOMENAL. PHENOMENAL, I tell you. The friendships forged in book one, both with the demons and humans alike, had this unbreakable bond tied around them, and it was PHENOMENAL (God, Aditi, use your brains and think of more words.) I ADORED Othello and Sylva and Ignatius and Athena and Fletcher and Solomon and Sariel. I also adored Arcturus, and Lovett and Uhred and Lysander and EVERYBODY (and demon) ELSE. Wonderfully loyal characters.

2.       ARCTURUS: We didn’t see much of him in book one, except in the beginning and the end, and even in book two, we didn’t ACTUALLY see his person in book two, but in the scenes he was a part of, I FELL TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH HIM. He’s smart, powerful, has a dark past and SMART AS FUCK!

(SIDE NOTE: If you’ve read this series, there’s A FREE Arcturus Origin Kindle Book, and you should totally read it!)

3.       THE COVER: Despite being a seventy-seven-books-so-far-this-year-BookDragon, my ability at imagining things described even extremely well in books is kind of sad. Despite being ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, this cover so aptly describes Fletcher, Ignatius and all of his weapons, IT WAS SO COOL! And informative. And cool. #AGreatLinguistInTheMaking

4.       RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN YA FANTASY: THIS WAS DONE SO BLOODY WELL. I loved how races we thought had no thoughts (THE ENEMY FOR FUCKS SAKE) was also explained to us – SO WELL, in fact that I not simultaneously hate them and sympathise because none of this is their fault (???) This book left me with such strong, complicated, confused feels I DON’T EVEN.

What I didn’t love as much as the rest in The Inquisition:

1.       THE SUDDEN INFLUX OF CHARACTERS: There was this point in the middle where we were being introduced to a bunch of new demons and characters and well, I was only slightly lost. There was also SO MANY demonic descriptions flying around, and so many demon species names everywhere, that I was scratching my head for a while (still am, to be honest) and I would LEGIT LOVE A DEMON HANDBOOK!

2.       THE LACK OF ADRENALINE AT THE ENDING: For the first time EVER, a book was more past paced at the beginning than at the ending, and that sort of brought the ending down more me. I guess with that EXPLOSIVE first half of the book, I was just expecting more with the second.

As I said again, THAT ENDING KILLED ME. Someone please invent the time machine because bext May will be the death of me, and I need it to come sooner!

4 stars! 

Again, WHICH WAS THE LAST FANTASY NOVEL YOU FELL SO BADLY IN LOVE WITH? What are the plot lines you REALLY DON'T LIKE in fantasies? 

Tell me my lovelies! I ADORE hearing from all of you! 

Also, I'd love to know what review formats you like reading in. Do you like "likes" and "dislikes" or just a rant and then points for and points against a summary? Let me know!

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