Tevan loves having a talent for magic. He never took the oath, yet he can do things the magicians around him can't even dream of.
As a vassal, that's a great thing. As a newly-chosen landowner heir . . . well . . . it might pose a slight problem, since he just learned that magic is forbidden for landowners.
But never mind! He probably won't get caught. And they're not serious about that death penalty anyway, are they?
This is the story of the rising Keeper before Raneh.
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And therein lies the dilemma
‘The life you choose is more important than your talents, I told myself. But somehow, I had a horrible feeling of foreboding.“
Tevan, the vassal of Nuvor and betrothed to Ainlin, is about to move up in the world. From a lowly farmer’s son, he becomes Nuvor’s heir by adoption, and, by studying The Book of Oaths, learns by questioning that things may not be quite as they seem. And therein lies the rub.
For as long as anyone can remember you gave up something to get status- it was a given and literally weighed heavily on a landowner, a magistrate or the Ruler. Tevan And Ainlin begin to question and in doing so change understanding..
This is yet another book in Sorensen’s “Rulership” series, but can be read as a stand alone. It’s a Young Adult read that will stir conversations into dealing with things differently. Is it safe just because we’ve always done it one way over another? And what is the outcome in bargaining? Highly readable and recommended. 4/5