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Norman Saylor is unconvinced by his wife, Tansy, that her secret conjurings are consistent with their small-town college environment, and that his success to date, has not been entirely due to his endeavours. At first, as Norman had insisted, nothing seems to change, but as Tansy had hitherto believed the Saylors fall prey to supernatural powers. First of all, Norman's moral conduct is questioned by some of his colleagues in an attempt to discredit him, after which the family cat, Totem, is brutally killed. Even so Norman, the unbeliever, ignores the get-out-of-town advice. But Norman is forced to reconsider, and embarks on an accelerated sorcerer's apprenticeship.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   deposing an evil leader    -   unraveling a conspiracy Political power play    -   Yes War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   mental powers battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Water Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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