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This long and rambling book introduces Johan, a Powerless born into an aristocratic magical family. He has spent his shamed life hidden from society for his physical protection as well as his family's social protection. Abandoned by his narcissistic mother, ignored by his severe autocratic father, tormented by his cruel magical siblings, teenaged Johan suddenly displays immense magical powers, and now everyone is out to either kill him or use him for their own purposes. Elaine, the Bookworm librarian takes him under her wing.
This overly long, watery, and rambling story full of tedious author talk and explanations of the characters' thinking could have been enjoyably shortened just by eliminating the repetitious parts. Johan discovers that he can now exact revenge on all those who ever tortured or disdained him, and you see him leaning fondly towards the dark. Elaine is the only light-side influence he has. In the end they go off to hide and train in opposition to the Grand Council's recommendations. If Johan will return to bring balance to the world of Mundanes and Magicals or if he will upset the Force by turning evil waits to be seen in the next volume.
Johan's magic is totally different from everyone else's and they can't figure out how to teach him to control it. There is no discussion of the possible connection between the appearance of Johan's magic and the correlating situation, and then Johan's motivations when he attempts to use it. This was the only deep, important message, and it was completely undealt-with. The only discussion of the nature of his power takes place when he starts to hurt people. All the other magical people hurt Mundanes and nobody cares.
The narration takes some getting used to. Ms. Naqvi's high voice and overly-precise pronunciation, combined with numerous incorrect sentence intonation, make listening a chore.
Logic problems. Plot driven decisions, with expounded explanations. I have this feeling that the editor read the book, found the decision problems, and instead of cleaning them properly, the author took the approach of creating long winded justifications.
On the plus side, its still has some draw with the plot...but it is dwindling fast. I am not sure if I will get the third in the series..depends on how desperate I am.
I would say that if you really enjoyed the first book, this still has some fun. If you were wishy-washy on the first and thought the second would pull you in further...no.