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Sanctuary (The Sorcerers' Scourge Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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When following the rules of a magical challenge between a witch and sorcerer once challenged the duel proceeds until one is incapacitated or yields. The winner can then claim all the magical powers of his adversary and the loser is magically bound to slavery. This slavery is particularly insidious as not only does the slave have to follow his masters orders, he wants very much to please his new master, so no trying to find loopholes in orders or backstabbing by your slaves. Weak members of a group can be protected by a champion who fights for them; but only if the champion is there. So the best defense when out in public is to keep a low profile and pretend not to be a witch.
Ian strives to survive and get strong enough to exact his revenge. Ethically it gets greyer as Ian is now often the challenger as he fights to gain more magical power so he can face his enemies. Ian is portrayed as a hero but morally ambiguous reconciling this with random challenges against sorcerers who are identified when they are just walking by, on vacation or shopping. But this is a long tradition between sorcerers and witches.
The plot twist in this case is that instead of a desperate female being sexually propositioned and put down as inferior, it is a male. This kind of makes it slightly less appalling, almost humorous (unless you think about morality of it) since the hero is adamantly against casual sex.
Nothing is explained about the forces behind enforcing the rules of the duel nor do the witches seem to gain a lot of help from their magical powers except some healing powers and the ever present threat of duel. The witches have various order of magical powers and your position in these orders is a function of your magical ability in a specific type of magic. The orders appear to be worldwide but aside form ranking and knowing each other they do not appear to try to exert control over their members life. The Sorcerers society is worldwide hierarchical and controls its members with lethal discipline.
While this book does not come to a decisive conclusion it is the second book in the series. Read the series in order to fully understand what is going on.
I am only 33% of the way through the story and I can already say it is one of the best stories I have ever read.
It's not great because it has car chases, explosions and epic batlles.
It's awesome because it portrays the last days and memories of a survivor of the D-Day landings passing on his story to a younger generation. It makes me remember the gravitas of my grandfather trying to share his wisdom before I was worthy of it.
You don't find this sort of thing in a urban fantasy book very often. Pretty dang good reading.
So I might try the next one but I really hope he grows and starts being a mage and not just a stocky emotional teenager (he should be 25) that luck's into wins.