Author: Debra Doyle
Main Characters: Randal, Lys, Madoc, Pullen, Balpesh, Nick, Laerg and Crannach.
Description of one of the main characters: Nick is a wizard apperntice. His full name is Nicolas. He has been an apprentice for almost 8 years now. This is the longest unbroken apprenticeship in the history of the Schola (their way saying school).
Whom I like and Why: I like Lys because she is very good at singing and playing on the lute. She is also very kind and nice to others.
Whom I dislike and why: I dislike Laerg as he is wicked. He uses his intelligence in a wrong way. He is the one who has taken the shortest time in the Schola history to complete the apprenticeship. He just took two years.
Setting/Theme of the Story: Randal strongly wants to be a wizard. He runs away from home and follows Madoc, a master wizard. Madoc thinks that this boy cannot make himself a wizard and sends him away. But after much pleading, Randal is taken to the Schola by Madoc. There, Randal is tested and then accepted by the Tegents of the Schola - Pullen, Laerg, Balpesh, Madoc and Crannach. He puts all his efforts but they go in vain. He somehow passes his 1st testing of apprenticeship. Master Laerg suddenly offers to help Randal in his progress. Randal improves suddenly and within two days he could even do summoning charms which are considered to be most difficult. But Randal feels uneasy. He starts getting strange dreams after he accepts help from Laerg. One day Laerg reveals that he is going to kill everybody and also destroy the Schola. He also says that he is going to kill Randal first. Randal draws his knight sword, which he hasn't used for 3 years and kills Laerg. He is praised for his bravery and he becomes a journeyman (the next level in Schola).
Part I enjoyed the most: I enjoyed the part where Randal extinguishes all the lamps with his own willpower.