Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell

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Magic is a con game.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster.  There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace.  But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.

The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.

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Bound by Benedict Jacka

The Blurb On The Back:

Alex Verus can see the future.  But he never thought he’d see this day.

Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he’s agreed to work for his old master once more.

Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again.  And this time, Richard won’t let go so easily. 

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

The Blurb On The Back:

Who runs the world? SQUIRRELS!

Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green just moved from sunny California to the small town of Shady Oaks.  She must start at a new school, make new friends and continue to hide her fluffy tail.  Yep, Doreen has the powers of … a squirrel!

As Squirrel Girl, Doreen rescues cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean and dissuades vandalism.  All is well until a real-life Super Villain declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy.  Is Doreen ready to become a fully fledged Super Hero?  Or will she go … NUTS?

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