"solid young adult fantasy"
In the village of Amesley, seventeen year old Trevor Blake
has won a scholarship to the university, much to the
dismay of Mistress Hanley, who believes her daughter
should have won it. Trevor and his friend Les Simonton
visit Trevor's uncle and the neighbors catch them
practicing Magic. With a little skilled magic the
neighbors forget what they saw and Trevor is forced to
give up his scholarship otherwise Mistress Hanley will
reveal Trevor's powers.
Trevor's uncle sponsors Trevor and Les, who is thought to
have great magic, to the community in teeming metropolis
of Port-of-Lords. When they get off the train they meet
Carl who steals their money and letters. After they end
up in jail, Trevor sends a mental call for help and
Veronica answers the summons. While Les likes Veronica,
Trevor only wants to meet the man who will teach him to
become an Adept. However, he becomes entangled once again
with Carl and a power hungry sorcerer who tries to make
them his slaves. It will take a miracle to defeat the
evil Carl and his master Dr. Tenney.
Comparisons between Trevor and Harry Potter are inevitable
but the former is more youthful and cocky than Master
Potter is. It is Les, who will do anything to save his
friends, that is the real hero because the Adepts say he
has magical powers but he doesn't believe them. The
villains are stereotypical but it is a lot of fun to hope
they fail. E. Rose Sabin has targeted her work for young
adult fantasy fans but anyone who likes a good tale will
want to read A PERILOUS POWER.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 7, 2003