Jennifer faces the triple challenges of being a seventeen-year-old girl, a genius, and a mage who lives in a world that knows nothing of magic. The Mage Council requires mages to blend in with the conventional world, which, for Jennifer, means keeping a low profile at school. She couldn’t attend college at age fifteen, because she would stick out. This angers Jennifer, because a genius in a regular school always sticks out. Jennifer’s magic abilities remain a secret, but her boredom with school does not. She reads college textbooks and classic literature during classes. Master Lewis’ evening magic lessons also bore her—she knew all the spells four years ago, and surpassed her master in magic abilities two years ago.
Boredom and blending in problems become insignificant after the brutal torture and murder of Jennifer’s best friend Sarah by a group of sociopathic mages who call themselves Bad Souls. They are led by Maddock Cruptor, a fifty-four-year old master who became psychotic. Jennifer fights her grief and helps found a cadre of mages to hunt down and capture Bad Souls. The cadre’s initial successes are undone when Sergei, Jennifer’s boyfriend, dies in an ambush. Jennifer’s attempt to shut out severe grief results in catatonia The souls of Sarah and Sergei wake Jennifer a month after Sergei’s death. They tell Jennifer to continue the fight. She regains her physical strength, improves her magical powers, and learns tactical planning. Future hunts are successful—most Bad Souls are imprisoned, and Cruptor is killed. But, three cadre members pay a price—Cruptor cursed them earlier. His death prevents them from finding a cure. The curse gives Jennifer realistic nightmares with excruciating pain. Jennifer learns of a cure nine months later, but the cure will hurt more than a nightmare.
Jennifer uncovers a different and more flexible mental pathway for activating magic. She wants to study this magic and teach others. Jennifer soon becomes the most powerful mage in the UK, and possibly the world. Jennifer meets another mage doing similar magic—an eleven-year-old girl. Lahni taught herself more magic in three months than most apprentice mages learn in two years. Lahni becomes Jennifer’s apprentice, and their Master–Apprentice relationship rapidly deviates from the norm—they come to love each other as friends and honorary sisters. They invent more magic in a few months than all of magery invented in a millennium. Jennifer gains the ability to track, disable, and capture criminal mages with minimal risk to herself. Her strong belief that good people should neutralize bad people results in her being overloaded with self-imposed duties. She pushes herself too hard, acts rashly out of anger, and imperils her life.
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