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I'm looking for a trilogy of books that I was reading at school, back in the early- to mid-2000's. The school library had all three so I guess they might have been published a couple years before that.

The main bits I remember are, the book covers each had a different colour with a large symbol/rune.

I think there were magic books which the main character had to collect?

I can kind of remember some bits of the story:

  • I think the character had to go into some sort of labyrinth or series of rooms to retrieve something or talk to someone.

  • I remember him traveling by boat through the land.

  • There was some sort of 'magical site' and he had to cast a spell there, or protect something from his enemies. I remember that being a major event, possibly in book 1.

I never read the last book, I think someone borrowed it from the library and never returned it.

I live in England, and I read it in English.

The book covers were a solid background of colour, one was dark blue/purple. another was red and yellow I think. But I remember the blue one most. Maybe that was the first or second book?

I think there was a circle symbol and a triangle symbol, don't remember the third.

I think it was a medieval setting.

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    Gotta hate those who don't return books to the library. Anyway, welcome! That's already a good bunch of info but maybe you could take a look at this guide too see if that triggers any more memories you could edit into your question? Like, did you read that in English/other? Was it a translation? – Jenayah Aug 9 '18 at 18:43
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    @Himarm - Death is too good for them – Valorum Aug 9 '18 at 18:50
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    Do you remember the culture at all? Was it set in modern times, medieval, vikings, etc? Or some other sort of time-period/setting? – Sensoray Aug 9 '18 at 19:33
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    Could it be The Alchemyst? – Arcanist Lupus Aug 9 '18 at 19:34
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    I was thinking perhaps the Septimus Heap series? – Giuseppe Aug 9 '18 at 20:05
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This is a long shot, but this might refer to a library edition of the Earthsea trilogy by Ursula K. Leguin. The main character through the three books was Ged, also called Sparrowhawk; he was himself a wizard, and the first book (A Wizard of Earthsea) followed his beginning on the island of Gont, as a precocious child, followed by his education at the wizards' college on the island of Roke.

The second book, The Tombs of Atuan in fact involved retrieving an item from a labyrinth (one half of the Ring of Erreth-Akbe, an item of great power in maintaining peace in Earthsea); he was opposed by a cult of women who guarded the labyrinth.

The third book was The Farthest Shore in which Ged, now archmage, journeys with a young prince whose true name was Lebannen (I don't recall his use-name), speaks to dragons, and journeys in to the land of the dead to once again save all of Earthsea from disaster.

  • nope, its not those books. but thanks for your suggestion though :) – ross Aug 9 '18 at 19:05
  • Well, with magic, traveling by boat, and a labyrinth, it was worth checking. – Zeiss Ikon Aug 9 '18 at 19:06
  • its always worth checking, because you never know – ross Aug 9 '18 at 19:10
  • That series was my first thought as well, +1 – Organic Marble Aug 9 '18 at 20:43
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Not all the elements you quoted are in the one I'm going to suggest, but let's try.

The Wind on fire trilogy, by William Nicholson.

The first book, The Wind Singer, tells the story of the twin Hath, Kestrel and Bowman, and Mumpo, a friend, to retrieve to voice of the Wind Singer to destroy the Morah (the evil) that lies on their city, Aramanth. There may be a labyrinth (I'm not sure, I read it a long time ago), but there were boats on land.

The Wind Singer

The saga was published from 2000 to 2002, so it kinda fits the dates.

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