I am looking for a book about a boy that was on a farm and looks into a magic mirror. Later the boy becomes a scribe and eventually joins a wizard college.

He used magic in a sewer to hone his skills then at the end of the three books he becomes the main wizard.


This sounds like The White Order one of the Saga of Recluse novels by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

This novel starts the story arc of Cerryl, a young orphan who has the powers of Chaos inside him.

The story follows him working as a mill boy, then an apprentice scrivener in Fairhaven until he is ordered to go to the White Tower, to learn to be a white mage.

The screening occurs early on when he finds a sliver of a mirror and scries a young girl (Leyladin). He meets her in person later in the story.

One of the tasks of the student mages is to learn how to wield chaos effectively by cleaning the sewers of Fairhaven.

The sequel is Colours of Chaos and details Cerryl's rise to High Wizard of the White Order, and his struggles to reform the guild.

  • i have been looking for years! thank you soooo much! – David Genzel Apr 18 at 12:44
  • Out of curiosity, did you know that one from memory, or search? – FuzzyBoots Apr 18 at 13:35
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    @fuzzyboots I knew the answer from memory. The White characters like Lorn and Cerryl from the series are very memorable to me – Alith Apr 18 at 19:14
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    Glad to help you out, you can click the accept arrow to mark my answer as the correct one. This helps others on the site with similar questions – Alith Apr 18 at 21:55

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