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#1 Jan 17 2007 at 5:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I read a book from the school library back in highschool or junior high, can't remember, had to be about 8-10 years ago. I cannot remember the name of the book, and when I last checked (before graduating highschool around 4 years ago) the book was no longer in the library.

I was wondering if maybe any of you could help based on a, very poor, description of the book from my 8+ year old memories, and some descriptions are going to be very, very generic to fantasy series, I know. This has been bugging me for a long time:



My Very Poor Memories wrote:
The book is about a man, who lives in a world where everyone can use at least some form Magic, and those who cannot are shunned and banished. But he is born without being able to. His mother (or, another female guardian) teaches him slight of hand as a child, enough so that he can trick people into thinking he can do magic.

During the course of the book, the man falls in love with a higher, noble woman, and gets an old, father figure, who is a powerful wizard. The old man knows his secret, and the woman does not until later. He hides his secret well throughout the book with help from his friends.

One specific scene takes place in a tower, where all the nobles are gathering. The tower is nothing more than a large open room, with a winding staircase against the outside wall. Of course, since all the people can use magic, and they are nobility, they do not climb the stairway. They mearly float to the top with their magic.

The Man, the woman, and the older wizard, come up with a good disguise to allow them to walk to the top without seeming suspicious. The only people that use the staircase are old "monks", who do it for ritual purposes. The old wizard disguises himself as one of these "monks" and the man and woman "escort" him up the stairway. This sucessfully hides the man's secret from all the other nobles.

In the end, the man's secret is found out. He is sentenced to be banished. There is a portion of the world that is covered in "Mist". The man is to be turned into stone, and be forever stationed as a statue faced out into the Mist. To add inslut to injury, the old man who was like a father to him, is forced to be the wizard who casts the stone spell upon the man.

The wizard, who does not wish to do it, saves the man by instead casting the spell upon the executioners holding him. The man and woman then walk into the mist.




That's where the book ends. With the old wizard saving the man from his unjust punishment, and the man and woman walking into the mist. I could have sworn there were more books in the series, but since my library only carried one at the time, I never got to the others.

If anyone has any idea about what book or series this may be or be part of, please help me. This has been a mystery for me, for a long time.
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#2 Jan 17 2007 at 6:46 PM Rating: Good
Someone hurry up and tell him what book this is 'cause I would really like to read it!
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#3 Jan 17 2007 at 7:53 PM Rating: Decent
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It really bugs me because google searches yeild absolutely nothing to hint me towards the name of the book or series.

Unfortunatley the only terms I can think of to search, are very common throughout the genre.
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#4 Jan 17 2007 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent
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Well, I looked around and asked around elsewhere too. I just found my Answer.

It's the Darksword trilogy, by Weis and Hickman.

Ofcourse, some of my memories had been mixed up and forgotten in the years. I forgot the most important part of the trilogy. The Darksword, a blade that absorbs magic... perfect weapon for a magicless outcast trying to survive in a world filled with magic.
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#5 Jan 20 2007 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
Glad you found your book! :) Now I'm off to half.com to see if I can find it ^.~
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#6 Jan 21 2007 at 12:38 AM Rating: Good
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me too :D
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#7 Jan 22 2007 at 6:07 PM Rating: Good
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I have the trilogy. It stays pretty true to the time period until the last book. Then **** gets really weird and sci-fi. Which is extremely surprising coming from Weis and Hickman.
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