A Young Man Without Magic
by Lawrence Watt-Evans
Cover Artist: Scott Fischer
Review by Mel Jacob
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322791
Date: 10 November 2009 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Acclaimed and prolific author Lawrence Watt-Evans begins a new fantasy series with A Young Man Without Magic, a coming age fantasy or at least growth into political activism novel. He focuses on Anrel Marau, the son of sorcerers, but so frightened by his parents death he refuses to practice magic and deliberately fails his trial. Condemned as a commoner, his uncle, also a sorcerer, takes him into his household and pays for his education as a clerk. From official release/information:
From back of book: Anrel Murneau is a scholar, a young man with no magical ability, 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 Anrel's dear friend, Anrel discovers that even though 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.
(Source: Tor Books)