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When each reaches the age of sixteen, they are sent letters letting them know if they have been admitted to college or were scheduled to have their magic Dampered. Finn was accepted but his best friend Prisha Mathurs, from a new-magic family but a much better magician than Finn, was not. Rocio was also denied entrance into the college.
There is a third option for those not admitted to the college. Students can sign up for the Mages' Exam which is a secret and brutally hard test but survivors become Champions and keep their magic. Prisha and Rocio see the Mages' Exam as their only chance to keep their magic and declare for it. Finn wants to prove himself and support his best friend so he declares for the Exam too.
Most of this story takes place during the Mages' Exam when all of those who choose to take it are tested in a variety of cruel and dangerous ways. Finn, Prisha, Rocio and a few other students band together to help each other. The more Finn sees the more he comes to realize that the whole system has some serious flaws. He sees that Rocio, who is the best magician Finn knows, has almost no chance of success simply because she isn't from an established family.
Rocio is determined to succeed both to prove herself and to find out what happened when her brother Javi chose for the Mages' Exam and died in the process of it. She is determined not to let the examiners chance her morals and values. Rocio and Finn also fall in love during the course of their trials as each sees and appreciates the other's strengths as the tests pit student against student and friend against friend.
I thought the world building was interesting positing a magical community alongside the human community that outs itself and positions itself to help the human community. Of course, that is just one of the reasons they came out. Another one was to be able to openly battle with the other magical communities in other countries. It is easy to see that the magical elite are self-serving and borderline corrupt and want to hold on to their powers and limit the number of magic users even though Finn is slow to see it and reluctant to believe it. I liked what Finn and Rocio learn about the nature of magic itself during their Exam.
This is the first book in a new series and I am very curious about what will happen next for Finn and Rocio.
I really enjoyed Finn a lot. He is most definitely your atypical hero in a story, and even though he has a lot of what most would consider flaws and weaknesses, they make him very strong in many ways. He sees beyond the different classes that his society seems so intent on erecting walls between, and sees people for who they are and not for what side of the street they grew up at. He will literally stop at nothing to do what is right and for the people he cares for!
Rocio is another great character. She has been put through the ringers and even though she is incredibly gifted and strong in her skill, she was slighted because of her family history in magic. This has tainted her views on life, rightfully so.
This is not my first book by this author and will most definitely not be my last. This author knows how to write and I can only recommend her books but more specifically this one!
Voluntary review of Advance Reader Copy. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher.
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