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Spellsmith & Carver: Magicians' Rivalry by H. L. Burke
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I love Burke's stories and this was the first book of hers I bought in paperback straight off! Couldn't wait to see what plans she had for a magician-centered story and I was certainly not disappointed.
Auric and Jericho butt heads right from the get-go. Jericho was actually my favorite of the two for most of the story, simply because Auric's general better-than-you attitude makes me want to slap him a few times. Auric did grow on me as the story progressed, though, and I loved watching the boys' rivalry develop into something closer to friendship as the story progresses and they face many challenges (view spoiler) together.
My favorite human character, for the record, is Rill, because she's awesome. My favorite character is Jaspyr--wish I had a magical, mechanical fox!
I really loved the magic system, too--I've seen written spells done before but in this case, it's kind of like coding; you have the opening symbol and closing symbol and other symbols in-between that define the spell. Definitely the kind of magic I would want to wield if it were possible.
The ending wraps the story up nicely, but leaves things open for a sequel--which I look forward to reading!
Magic, Young Adult
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