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The First Key by Prudence MacLeod
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May 05, 12

Read in April, 2012

Wonderful sf short story that fans of Star Wars will enjoy!

Branah is a young warrior mage apprentice who thinks he knows it all - until he's sent off with a new master, the enigmatic Jen-jen. Recognized as one of his society's most powerful mages with controversial methods and philosophies, Jen-jen disappeared many years before, and appeared at the former mage-leader's death to whisk Branah away. They wind up on a backward planet with a controlling, misogynistic culture, and when Jen-jen unwittingly breaks one of their highest laws, all hell breaks loose, and Branah must pick up the pieces while figuring out where he fits in as both a mage and a warrior. Jen-jen and Branah are delightful characters, and even in a short story, it was fun to watch their master-pupil relationship develop as Branah discovers that not only doesn't he know it all, he in fact knows very little. The world is a technologically-advanced one with space travel and also magic, much like the Jedi in Star Wars, and this story will definitely appeal to readers who enjoy that world. I'm glad to see this appears to be the first of a new series, because I'm looking forward to more!
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