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Light Stealer by James BarclayDescription: Septern is the most accomplished Mage in all of the mage colleges of Balaia. He is also the one man who has succeeded in developing the "Holy Grail" spell - the spell of ultimate destruction. This spell being sought to prove that it is possible and hence nothing is beyond magic, and Septern's creation "The Dawnthief" is the proof of this fact. Series:
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Driven by his ego he decides to travel to a conference of the mage colleges to announce his discovery. This decision goes against the advice of one of his students, who warns him of the state of war about in Balaia and how the various sides of the conflict would want to secure this knowledge to aid their war effort.
His conviction is that the various parties would see this as proof of the infinite possibilities of magic, and as a gateway to unlocking further secrets. This belief bolstered by his desire to go down in history as the Dawnthief's inventor, a belief he uses this to block any thoughts that his student might be right.
But following his lecture and the reaction of the various parties he begins to see his error and races back to his home to attempt the defence of his secret and to save the lives of his students.