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School of Wizardry

School of Wizardry by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald

A short, straight-forward children's book.  The first of six.

Randal is training to be a knight in his uncle's household when the wizard Madoc arrives.  He performs magic, repulses Randal's notion of being a wizard, and leaves again.  So Randal runs off to follow him.

Madoc brings him through the countryside -- past nasty signs of raids -- to a school.  And what happens there involves a promise to never use a sword, a rich man's son, a singer of folksongs, a little fire elemental, illusions, and rather more.
Tags: fiction reviews: children's fantasy, fiction reviews: high fantasy

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