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The Gift

Patrick O'Leary

Tor Books

A story within a story, The Gift is a story of innocence betrayed and magic rejected. Tim is robbed of his childhood, and Simon is tormented by hearing made too acute. Both are victims of The User of the Night, once a boy like them, now pathetically twisted by his own ambition and by Tomen, a malevolent creature of magic. Together Simon and Tim must rid their land of the magic that has been misused by Tomen and The User.

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Chapter One
 
The AlchemisT Held His Hand over the candle, speaking the old words quickly, determined to finish the spell before the pain grew unbearable and his hand would wrench away of its own accord.
He stood over the body of a huge black rook. It had not been easy to catch. Its beak had gouged his hand repeatedly as he drowned it: the hand he was now burning.
He could smell his smoking flesh, but he could not stop. He had come too far to stop. To gain this one glorious spell he had taken many chances, ransacked many book houses, and stolen more magic books than he could r
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  • Patrick O’Leary lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
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    Booklist Editors' Choice, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, World Fantasy Award - Finalist
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