Synopses & Reviews
Dayven has passed the test he wanted most desperately to fail -- he's been proven to have the powers of a wizard.
He had promised never to become one of the deceitful, disloyal sorcerers who believe in nothing and alter people's true destinies -- but now he has no choice. Thrown into an apprenticeship with a roguish wizard, Dayven discovers that loyalty and trust are never simple, and wizards are more deceptive than he could ever imagine.
The path that was once clear -- his friendships, his future, his destiny -- is now shadowed with dangerous twists and turns, and the world he knows must change forever.
"Bell visits many of the same themes as in her The Goblin Wood, but with few of the complexities of that novel. This fable takes place in the walled medieval city of Tharn, where the people mistrust the wizards and view magic as a necessary evil. Dayven has just turned 14 and, like all boys his age, is tested for magical abilities and discovers that he, like his grandmother, possesses the gift. Lord Enar recruits Dayven to join the ranks of the wizards in order to spy on them and to report their intentions; the Tharn are on the brink of war with the neighboring Cenzar, and Lord Enar fears the wizards may be sympathetic to the enemy. Early on, readers learn that Dayven's grandmother was sentenced to death for her betrayal of Tharn, planting a seed that things may not be as they seem. In a predictable turn, the author reveals that the Cenzar are a peaceful, agrarian people who were displaced from their home by the manifest destiny of the Tharn years before. Dayven and his wizard master, Reddick, visit the Cenzar, ostensibly to spy on their military preparations, and the hero learns of their true motive: the wizards are working to help the Cenzar in their peaceful purpose. Unfortunately, the characters here are not as well-rounded as the author's previous cast; the wizards are good-hearted busybodies, the Cenzar peace-loving farmers, and the Tharn come across as destructive bigots. Well-intentioned but thin fare. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“Right and wrong turn out to be more complicated than a wizards apprentice supposes in this ruminative fantasy.” Kirkus Reviews
“Politics and intrigue, honor and friendship, are [Hilari Bell]s real subjects.” Starred Review KLIATT
In her first middle-grade fantasy, the acclaimed author of "The Goblin Wood" reveals an adventure filled with destiny, magic, and the choices in between.
About the Author
Hilari Bell is a reference librarian in her hometown of Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her family. Her favorite books are fantasy,science fiction, and mystery -- all the ingredients for a great novel. She is the author of the Goblin Wood, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Songs of Power; Flame (The Book of Sorahb, Volume I); and a matter of profit, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Popular Paper back for Young Adults, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age.