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Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
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Sep 01, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 12 to 17, 2011

Ryder and Falpian are from enemy lands and live across the border from each other. Ryder is the son of Mabis, a former witch, and follows the rule of the coven of the Witchlanders. Falpian, a Baen, lives alone in the mountains where he is left to grieve for his brother and soulmate. Falpian begins to develop a magic in which he can contact Ryder through dreams...and stop an enemy's heart at will.

Though Mabis has long called the coven's magic fake, she begins to make prophecies about an assassin. Ryder strikes out to take revenge against the unknown assassin and instead meets Falpian, the boy in his dreams.

The boys must learn to work together to face a common enemy.

This is a wonderful story told in two male points of view. The characters are wonderfully developed, flaws and all. I especially liked Mabis, a mother who loved her children, yet struggled with an addiction.

Witchlanders is full of traditions, secrets, enemies, and undiscovered magic. Beautifully written. I could see the potential for a series with so many interesting characters.

Thanks for the arc, Atheneum.

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