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There was a magical war that happened in the past. Something to do with different sectors or something like that. Then the book focuses on a teenage boy that is currently at a magic school, which is protected from outsiders. There is this magic test that happens (which sees what magic abilities the students are capable of), but this boy does not have any magic. He has told his friend about this who so far has helped him in covering up that he is not magical. Then I remember the boy leaving the school to go to the market and meets a man. They end up going somewhere together.

This is only the beginning of the novel but I cannot remember any character names or anything after this.

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    Hi, welcome to the site! To avoid this question to be downwoted or removed as too generic, try to give it a punctual title and as much detail as you can. Do you remember the cover of the book, or roughly the year you think it was written? Check out how to ask a good story-id question – Manzotin Jan 20 at 14:14
  • Okay thank you for the advice. I do not remember the cover or the year the novel was written. But I know that this had to be published before 2016 since that was around the year I read it. – CAKEe Jan 20 at 14:20
  • This reminds me a little of Zelazny's Madwand -- but the war was in the previous novel, Changeling and Pol Detson most assuredly did have magic. – Zeiss Ikon Jan 20 at 15:08
  • @CAKEe could you please edit your question to add those details? – SQB Jan 20 at 15:44
  • If it was a girl, that would be Christopher Nuttall's The Zero Enigma series. – LSerni Jan 20 at 15:48
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I believe this is The Shadow of What was Lost by James Islington; book 1 of The Licanius Trilogy.

There was a magical war that happened in the past. Something to do with different sectors or something like that.

20 years before the events of the book, there was a war between the "Gifted" (magic users) and non-gifted. The Augurs (different magic users who ruled) were killed off and the Gifted were put under a treaty which greatly limited their use of the powers. Everyone with access to the power gains a "mark"; essentially a magical tattoo.

Then the book focuses on a teenage boy that is currently at a magic school, which is protected from outsiders.

The main character, Davian, lives in a "Tol" which is essentially a magic school. There are two remaining Tols; which may be the sectors you were thinking of.

There is this magic test that happens (which sees what magic abilities the students are capable of), but this boy does not have any magic.

There is a test coming up where Davian has to show proficiency with the Gift. If they fail, they are turned into "Shadows"; which removes access to the power and leaves black lines all over their skin. The shadows are treated even worse than the Gifted, who are already ostracized. Davian has been unable to use the gift properly ever since he got the mark.

He has told his friend about this who so far has helped him in covering up that he is not magical.

His friend Wirr (or Asha?) both know that he struggles to use the power, and so they try to comfort him. They also know about an ability that he has, but they don't share it with anyone. That is likely what you are thinking about covering up. Everyone in the Tol knows Davian will fail the test.

Then I remember the boy leaving the school to go to the market and meets a man. They end up going somewhere together.

Davian has to go into the town to buy stuff for the Tol. He is attacked by some people for being a "bleeder" (Gifted). He is only saved last minute by an elder from the other Tol (Ilseth Tenvar). Ilseth goes back to the Tol with Davian to make sure he is not attacked again.

Also, in the title you mention that he leaves the school. This happens after meeting Ilseth Tenvar, who tells him that he needs to leave the school and head north because (spoilers for a few chapters in)

he is actually an Augur, and needs to go check on the magic boundary in the north that keeps the evil forces away.

The final book in the trilogy was just recently released, and I highly recommend this series. It's one of my favourite series I've read.

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[A Spell for Chameleon] by Piers Anthony. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Spell_for_Chameleon)

Similar theme (but generally a bad misogynistic book): “The book starts with the main character, Bink in his home town. He must discover his magical talent before he comes of age, or be exiled to Mundania. While on his way to see the Good Magician Humfrey about whether he has a magic talent, Bink runs into three different women, Wynne, Dee, and Iris, as well as Chester and Cherie Centaur and Crombie The Soldier. He finds out from Good Magician Humfrey that he has Magician-caliber magic but that it can't be identified”

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