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- Publication Date: December 7, 2017
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- Language: English
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This book is a prequel to The Keeper and the Rulership and The Weeds Within the Rulership.
Sixteen-year-old Tevan can’t wait to acquire enough status to marry his childhood sweetheart, Ainlin. So, although he is a little uncomfortable at the prospect of leaving his own family, he jumps at the chance to become the heir of the family’s landowner. This causes an immediate increase in his status. In the Rulership, status apparently fulfills the function of currency.
Tevan also has a natural talent for magic. He can perform magic even though he hasn’t taken the oath for magic. If he took the oath for magic, he would have to renounce his status.
While learning how to fulfill his responsibilities as a landowner, Tevan learns that is illegal for a landowner to use magic. Later on, after the landowner has died and Tevan has married Ainlin, he checks into the oath for buying land and finds that renouncing magic is part of it. This puts his mind at ease, since once he renounces magic, he won’t have it anymore, and won’t be tempted to use it.
However, it is when he attempts to take the oath for buying land that things begin to go horribly wrong – just as he gets to the point where he is to renounce magic. The magistrate’s magicians attempt to take him into custody. Tevan tries to get away, but one of the magicians insists that anything Tevan can do, he can do better. And he is winning the magic battle until Tevan does the really bad thing, the thing he agreed all along was wrong and deserving of the death penalty. He manipulate’s the other magician’s thoughts. This time when they catch him, he and Ainlin are sent to the capital to be judged by the ruler.
The Magic or the Rulership by Emily Martha Sorensen is a prequel novel in her Systems in the Rulership series. The book is an epic fantasy style story with an interesting world built around 'systems' the people can take oaths to learn or access like an ability. The book is written in first-person and is from main character Tevan's point-of-view.
Emily Martha Sorensen's style of storytelling grabs your attention and pulls you right in. This book is well-written and has interesting and well-developed characters. The world-building is thoughtful, and creates a fantasy world you'll want to know more about. The story itself is standalone, but it is part of a larger series which tales place in the same world. I have not read any of the previous novels and had no problem understanding or getting into the story. I really enjoyed reading this one and look forward to more stories based in this world.
“The Magic or the Rulership” is set years before “The Keeper and the Rulership” take place. This optional prequel tells the story of the Keeper before Raneh, and how he discovered his place in the kingdom. It is highly encouraged to read this after reading “The Keeper and the Rulership” before reading “The Magic or the Rulership” to understand the End in the Beginning universe and its unique workings of magic and social castes.
The Magic and the Rulership is a fast-paced novelette about Tevan, the keeper before Raneh. He was originally a child of a vassal family, but was then offered to become the landowners heir of the land he was working on because the landowner, Nuvor, wanted the status to stay on the land but could not pass it on to any of his children. Tevan’s journey to land ownership is a bumpy ride with obstacles and love along the way, and is a fun short story about another keeper besides Raneh.
Personally, I highly enjoyed the novelette, and learned more about the universe that we were introduced to in “The Keeper and the Rulership”. Learning about Tevan and why he was not the keeper and why Raneh became the Keeper only a few years after was very intriguing and allowed for me to learn more about how the universe works in the End in the Beginning series. It was another great story by Ms. Sorensen and hope to read more in the future.
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
Magic or the Rulership is part of The End in the Beginning series (book 4), but is set in the past from the first three books and can be read as a standalone.
I voluntarily received and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
Final Rating: 5 Stars