The Inquisition, by Taran Matharu | Book Review #301

Book Review

25689056A year has passed since the Tournament.

Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt’s dungeons, but now they must face a trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher’s downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher’s origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction…or die trying.

The start of The Inquisition had me totally misled. I thought that the beginning was happy, and then all of sudden we realize where Fletcher is, and why he’s there. Soon though a lot of the confusion was cleared, which I am grateful for since it’s been a while since I read The Summoner.

There is so much that happens within The Inquisition. The first 80-ish pages had me feeling like I had read two books. Needless to say, I was drawn into the depths of The Inquisition very quickly. There was really no stopping me once I read beyond the first page. A lot has happened since the last book, The Summoner. We don’t even know what has happened since Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in the dungeons. We do find out what happens though. When Fletcher discovers what has happened over the last year, we find out as well. I didn’t realize until now that I like finding out what has happened along with Fletcher.

One thing that I’m happy about is that there isn’t an incredibly detailed recollection of what happened in The Summoner.
unnamed-35Something that is still the same about Fletcher is that he’s still very much one for self-sacrifice. And he’s still mercilessly prosecuted by the nobles. Fletcher’s apprehensive about what he needs to do, and what he needs to do is make difficult decisions.

We’re still seeing the racism and degrading acts towards Elves and Dwarves in The Inquisition. I’m glad to know that Fletcher still stands up for his friends and that there are others in high places that feel the same way since many of the population (especially in positions of power) are still very racist towards the Elven and Dwarf communities.

Old truths are revealed and people in their stubborn ways aren’t believing the tall tale. And in order to even believe that this tall-tale is true, they required a very hefty price to achieve.

Further, into the book, Fletcher and his people are deep within the enemy territory. Multiple times there are moments where Fletcher’s life is on the line. Luckily he lives.

The Inquisition was a great book. It was very action packed, seemingly so right from the beginning. Throughout the book, we have several moments where you don’t trust anyone because we don’t know who exactly the antagonist in this book was. However, there are several. Behind the scenes though, there is an antagonist that we don’t know about until it’s almost too late.

With that said, there is an unexpected help. With that said though, I kind of expected it, with Fletcher’s history and all.

The trust that Fletcher and his friends have while fighting in battle is great. They all have this trust in each other, and I think that that’s a very important matter in The Inquisition. I also think that this will be a point factor in the third book, The Battlemage.

I did not expect that ending, holy crap. The ending makes me incredibly excited about the next book The Battlemage!

I gave The Inquisition, 5 of 5 stars on GoodReads.

Have you read The Inquisition
If so, what’d you think of it? I’d love to know your thoughts.

Happy Reading!

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