I am looking for a novel in which there are several factions of different mages such as the 'red faction' that has to do with fire and truth.

The main story is about a boy who joins the fighting mage's faction / house. In this house everything is trying to kill you. you have to sleep lightly at night or the shadows attack you, you can't sit too long in the healing pool before little monsters try to kill, if you want to eat you have to fight a man-thing made of leather to prove that you are improving.

The boy's mentor is also a crazy guy who has dolls that help him and talk to him.

  • Did the word "faction" actually appear in the novel?
    – Valorum
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 17:17
  • Are you sure you're not referring to the video game Red Faction? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Faction
    – user1197
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 18:30
  • @barrycarter: ... what in his question would match other than "red faction"?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 20:07
  • @FuzzyBoots Well, it sounds like a video game, and redfaction.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Faction_Wiki seems to be about a world where everything tries to kill you.
    – user1197
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 20:16
  • @barrycarter: :) Ah, well Red Faction is a science-fiction story about an uprising of miners against a consortium on Mars. You can see where it's pretty different.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 20:19

2 Answers 2


Sorry this is a bit late, but if you are still looking, you are looking for The Traveler's Gate Trilogy by Will Wight. I particularly remember the crazy mentor who talks to dolls and the healing bath which will kill you if you stay in too long. The fighting house the main character joins is the House of Blades, which is also the title of the first novel in the trilogy.

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    This is 100% the right book series and correct answer as far as what the OP posted about the book
    – Himarm
    Commented Jul 6, 2016 at 18:47

I'm going to make a wild guess. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan which features a man who was deposited at the gates of the Sixth Order and is taught to be a deadly warrior and defender of the faith. The descriptions I've seen indicate that the training is grueling and often deadly. However, his magic isn't learned until later, and is actually anathema to the religious order he trained with. Also, his mentor does not seem to be involved with dolls in any way.

Like I said, wild shot in the dark.

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