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I am having a very hard time tracking down a book series.

  1. It's about a young man who finds out he's a wizard and slowly gets trained up as one.
  2. I think he specialised in water magic
  3. In either the first or second book he has to defeat a fire Mage who is causing a great drought
  4. There at least two books in the series and in the second one he meets a female Mage with similar powers to his own.
  5. I have a very vague recollection that some of the household objects in his house could talk - could be wrong about that.
  6. The first book was published around early 90s at least that's when I borrowed it.
  7. The book was probably aimed at young adults
  8. Definitely not a high fantasy novel, magic system was quite basic and a lot of it had to do with weather related stuff, i.e. floods and droughts.
  9. I think in that world mages were very uncommon so his appearance was unexpected.

It's entirely possible that one or more of my memories are conflated with other series!

  • Do you remember anything else? – user58 Jan 3 '17 at 16:29
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    definitely not a high fantasy novel, magic system was quite basic and a lot of it had to do with weather related stuff I.e floods and droughts. I think in that world mages were very uncommon so his appearance was unexpected. – SteveMagin Jan 3 '17 at 16:43
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    Uhhh... brain appears to think it knows this but is just tossing up wacky theories... I've got Kelvin of Rud series and The Innocent Mage, even though I know it's not the latter and can't actually remember the former. – Radhil Jan 3 '17 at 17:38
  • I remember Kelvin... Dragon's Gold, Chimaera's Copper, whatever third book was... – FuzzyBoots Jan 3 '17 at 18:09
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    @FuzzyBoots - I started looking it up just to clear my head and Copper is actually book 3 out of 5. It does have some evil magic emperor cliché but otherwise didn't seem to match. Talking housewares just makes me think Piers, I guess. – Radhil Jan 3 '17 at 18:46
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You might be considering the Mancer series by Don Callander. It starts with Pyromancer with a sequel of Aquamancer.

Cover for Aquamancer

  • Dmoonfire, thank you as well! Much appreciated. – SteveMagin Jan 8 '17 at 11:56
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This is the Mancer Series by Don Callander. The 1st book, Pyromancer, was published in 1992. The main character is a young man named Douglas Brightblade, who becomes apprenticed to a Master Pyromancer. The home they live in has pieces of have furniture/kitchen tools/utensils that are semi-animate. Much like Beauty and the Beast. The main Antagonist is actually an Aeromancer, who is slowly freezing the world.

The 2nd book, Aquamancer, is where he meets a young lady who becomes apprenticed to a Master Aquamancer.

The spark of magic in this world was rare and a dying art, the young man and woman were the first apprentices their Masters had in a long time.

The series was aimed at Young Adults. Read these when I was in high school.

  • Can you possibly add some excerpts from the books? To make it easier for the OP to identify this as the correct answer. What you have is pretty good though. – Gallifreyan Jan 3 '17 at 18:11
  • Yes! That's exactly the series well done and thank you. I've been looking for years and you solved it on such scant information in less than a day. Thanks so very much. Sorry for the late reply too, I had a few personal matters which kept me offline. – SteveMagin Jan 8 '17 at 11:55
  • No, problem! Thanks for the question. Your question is the first one I could answer with at least 90% certainty that I was correct. =) – kelzak Jan 9 '17 at 17:14

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