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I have only read the one book. I believe it was called The Apprentice or something similar.

It is a very popular series with a lot of books.

The one I read was about a young man who left his home to study with a famous magician. He lived in what I think was an old castle or something with a large tower.

A few things more details I remember: He had to clean out the library, the place was haunted (he would see people or scenes from another time and they rode on falcons and fought orcs.)

The magician was friends with a king. The orc scene I'm recalling was when they were flying on the back of the falcon, or some large bird im remembering as a falcon, over a marsh type land one of the birds was shot down in some way orcs started coming out of what I'm trying to remember think was a woodsy area and the apprentice had just learned some magic was using to keep them away and another large orc who could actually do magic came out and the magician showed up just in time to save the apprentice.

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    At the end of the book, did the Head Wizard tell him that he's fired? – Valorum Jan 22 at 19:21
  • Lol. Maybe one of these; isfdb.org/cgi-bin/… – Valorum Jan 22 at 19:21
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    Lol sounds like something he would have said to him but I never got to the end I'm trying to remember the book so I can finish it – Katie Jan 22 at 19:22
  • When did you read this book? – Arcanist Lupus Jan 22 at 21:48
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Possibly this is Magician: Apprentice, the first book in the (extensive) Riftwar saga. This is a long and well known series of books. The boy does indeed leave his home to learn magic at the hands of an older wizard. There are orcs and ghosts but I can't recall anyone riding on a falcon.

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  • If this the correct answer, Katie, you can accept it by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons. – FuzzyBoots Jan 22 at 19:29
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    Nope. Definitely not. Having read this book, it nowhere near matches the OP's description. The magician isn't "famous", and there's no library cleaning, falcon riding, or orc fighting. Sorry, but -1. – Rand al'Thor Jan 22 at 19:33
  • @Randal'Thor - I seem to recall that orcs come out of the rift. Also Pug is taught by the Magician Kulgan who seems pretty well known – Valorum Jan 22 at 19:36
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    Kulgan is the magician of the local castle. He's not "famous" in any larger sense than that, at least until later due to his association with Milamber. And Tsurani aren't orcs (!) - the closest you've got to orcs in this series are the moredhel or dark elves. – Rand al'Thor Jan 22 at 19:39
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    The magician was friends with a king. The orc scene I'm recalling was when they were flying on the back of the falcon, or some large bird im remembering as a falcon, over a marsh type land one of the birds was shot down in some way orcs started coming out of what I'm trying to remember think was a woodsy area and the apprentice had just learned some magic was using to keep them away and another large orc who could actually do magic came out and the magician showed up just in time to save the apprentice. – Katie Jan 23 at 3:35

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