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All her life, VALA has longed to leave the wealthy seaside tourist town of her birth, where interstellar celebrities and foreign royalty beg services from the mighty YERESUNSA ORDER of sorcerers. Unable to afford travel to foreign places, Vala sees an opportunity in MAGG, an alien merchant who promises to pay Vala for guidance to the office of a telepath.
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Magg requires the telepath to determine which of his employees has been embezzling from his company... but the telepath accuses an innocent accountant. As Magg's employees begin to vanish or die in freak accidents, Magg sends Vala a warning that she may be in danger from having been seen talking with him.

His warning comes too late. Together, Magg and Vala are capitulated into a high-stakes plot of mind control and memory erasure, masterminded by Illusionist AUDAVIAN, a powerful member of the Yeresunsa Order. The merchant and the teenage girl suffer through poisoning, betrayal, and brainwashing at the whims of their enemy, rescuing each other from fatal situations, until at last they uncover the simple motive behind the machinations, and reveal the corruption at the heart of the Yeresunsa Order.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal) Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Water A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   neutral aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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