A Young Man Without Magic

A Young Man Without Magic

Book - 2009
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Lawrence Watt-Evans, author of the acclaimed Legends of Ethshar and Worlds of Shadows novels invites readers to embark on a rollicking journey in a brand-new fantasy series.

Anrel Murau is a scholar, a young man with no magical ability even though he is the son of two powerful sorcerers. Anrel's lack of talent bars him from the ruling classes, but he is content to be a simple clerk.

Upon returning to his childhood home after years of study in the capital, Anrel finds his friends and family held under the thumb of the corrupt local lord. When this lord murders a dear friend, Anrel finds that although he's not a sorcerer, he is not without other means to demand justice.

If he can survive life on the run, that is.


Carrying only his sword, a few coins, and his wit, Anrel must leave behind everything he has ever known, trust himself to unexpected allies, and outmaneuver leagues of enemies who will stop at nothing to keep his dangerous ideas from ever being heard. Magic and intrigue collide in a swashbuckling tale of daring escapes, beautiful witches, and one quiet young man's rise to hero--or traitor. Nothing will ever be simple for Anrel again, as his personal quest may provide more peril for those he holds dear.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765322791
076532279X
Characteristics: 348 p.: map ; 25 cm.

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crunchywords Jun 28, 2013

:( One of the worst books I've read. The blurb is very misleading and hints at exciting plot points that are exaggerated out of proportions (and some that don't even happen). The ending is very anticlimactic and leaves nothing resolved.

The supporting characters are very one dimensional and don't get much development. The universe is also insufficiently fleshed out.

The only good thing is that the protagonist shows modest, realistic development; but this is so lacking that I can't recommend this book for any merits. I'm very disappointed because the writing style wasn't bad.

*Great book to recommend to a friend you want to frustrate.

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