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Juvenile, cliche and stupid.
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018
Imagine you discover a young teenager who, in the fight between Light and Darkness, will determine the world's fate. So, what do you do as a wizard of the Light? If you wouldn't accuse the kid of cowardliness, dereliction of duty, and the attempted assassination of the Crown Princess, lie to him, turn him into a servant drudge, and make him false promises, if you wouldn't announce that he is wanted dead or alive when he flees your accusations, if it occurs to you that that doing that would be completely insane, then you will share my contempt for this story's arc. It may possibly be enjoyed by 10-15 year olds, especially those willing to swallow the convoluted and completely implausible explanation of why the (insane) decisions are what they are. "Well", the wizard says, "This kid will sooner or later learn I've continued to lie to him, and while I don't know when, I will assume that it will be after he turns 16 because, well because otherwise I wouldn't try lying to him. If that makes sense to you, this book might be for you.