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When I was a kid I read a book as described above. From what I recall one of the tasks was cutting through a thorn forest in order to build an unassailable castle. It turned out he was an orphan of a magical race/family. Can anyone assist with the title of the book please?

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    When were you a kid? Where was this? What language? Paperback or hardback? Was it in the kid's section, the adult section, teens? And do you remember who assigned him those tasks? – FuzzyBoots Sep 29 '16 at 17:39
  • Any extra details you can remember will flesh the search out. – Slacklord the Terrible Sep 29 '16 at 17:49
  • Are you getting mixed up with Harry Potter? – Valorum Sep 29 '16 at 17:50
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    Other than the orphan thing, what does that have to do with Harry Potter? – FuzzyBoots Sep 29 '16 at 18:31
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    @FuzzyBoots - Red hair, orphan, magic castle, set of difficult tasks, dangerous forest, magical family. Loads of these tropes match Harry Potter and the Triwizard Tournament. – Valorum Sep 29 '16 at 23:49

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