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New version! #14
For fifteen years the Adventurer’s Guild of Eliria has been the home of Ed and Will, since the day Ed saved the boy's life and decided to foster him. The man who murdered Will's mother vanished into the night, leaving behind nothing but a strange mark upon the woman's body.
Despite being a commoner, a child born without a magic fire burning inside, Will dreams of training alongside the other gifted students. New students soon arrive, and Ed finally gives in to Will's pleas, allowing him to join them. But then a scholar sends a message to the Guild, claiming he has found clues about the mark.
Ed rides north in search of answers, only to discover a link between the mark and forbidden magic no one has dared perform in hundreds of years. But these findings attract unwanted attention. Ed is ambushed by assassins who demand to know how the Guild is involved. After a narrow escape, Ed suspects a powerful noble house of treason, an act that might destroy an already fragile peace. (Not sure about the fragile peace part) Before Will suffers the same fate as his mother, Ed must not only help him achieve his dream, but also uncover the secrets of his past - even if it means turning against the kingdom he swore to protect.
Told from the perspectives of Will and Ed, the TITLE is a YA high fantasy novel with series potential, complete at 99,000 words. It will appeal to fans of Theft of Swords and Six of Crows.