I'm looking for a book with a spellcasting girl who sets goals for herself, and when she can't do it, she increases her goal for the next day.

The goals were like, "Cast this spell 100 times" and if she failed, "Cast this spell 200 times, with my left hand" or something.

I think she was one of two apprentices to a magic teacher, and the other student just did her spells well enough to just be able to cast it.


I want to say it was a book by Tamora Pierce, but I don't remember any character that acts like that in her books.

Or at least I think it was a book... I have the idea of images in my head, but that might just be remembering my own visualizations...

It's English, and wasn't recently published. I think I read it in Canada in 2010?

It might be a fanfic, in which case I'd likely never find it again? But I do think it's a physical book...

What else have I read

  • Does not sound like a Tamora Pierce book, as far as I remember. – Adele C Feb 9 '17 at 21:10
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    This is... almost certainly not the work you're thinking of, but the behavior reminded me of a story, a manga, my brother was talking about, where a character (Rock Lee, and I think also his teacher, Maito Gai) would set all kinds of impossible goals for himself, and also set increasingly worse goals if he failed each task. But male, not female, and physical goals(do so many laps, and if I fail, do twice as many on my hands, or something like), not magical ones. Like I said, probably not the right one - it just seemed similar. – Megha Feb 10 '17 at 1:59
  • @Megha - Yeah. From Naruto. It does seem similar... ... I wonder if my book could actually be translated from Japanese? ... But, no, I'm quite sure it isn't a manga or Light Novel or something like that? – Malady Feb 10 '17 at 14:39
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    Have you read any Trudi Canavan? It makes me think of Magician's Apprentice. I don't recall that bit for sure, though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magician%27s_Apprentice – eshier Mar 31 '17 at 18:54
  • @eshier - Doesn't seem familiar. Never seen nor heard of her, so I don't think so. – Malady Mar 31 '17 at 21:47

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