Take everything I say below with a grain of salt, it's been roughly 5 years (2013-2016?) since I read the series, so I've probably got some of the details wrong.

I don't know how old the book series is, nor any of the covers' appearances or anything about the title, and I don't think I finished the whole series either. The setting is in some fantasy world, so not based on the real world, past or present. The main character is a boy who becomes newly apprenticed to some kind of wizard or magician. The magician is supposed to be a bad guy, but for some reason which I can't remember, the boy was forced to become his apprentice. At some point, maybe after his apprenticeship is over, the boy and his master get into a fight, and the boy, who's some kind of magical prodigy, is able to predict what spells his opponent is going to try by looking at the colors of the magical aura around his opponent. Then, he's able to counter those spells appropriately with his own. I think at some point, the boy performs some type of healing magic, which surprises his friends because they weren't aware he got so powerful. The magical auras in this world around different people are different colors depending on what spells are being/are about to be performed. The more powerful one is in magical terms, the more adept one is at seeing colors around other people and countering their spells.

The boy's name may have started with a "C".

From my search results and comments/answers below, I am fairly sure it is none of the following books/book series:

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • Lightbringer
  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • Hunterxhunter
  • Runelords
  • The Wheel of Time
  • The Demon Cycle
  • The Seventh Tower
  • Bartimaeus Trilogy
  • Mistborn
  • Myth Adventures
  • Changeling & Madwand duology
  • The Dragon Nimbus
  • Magician/Magician Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist
  • Two others that I'm pretty sure it isn't, despite both featuring young wizards who are learning to see magical energies in the air around them: The "Myth Adventures" series, begun by Robert L. Asprin (and later Jody Lynn Nye co-wrote some sequels, and then I believe wrote more on her own after Asprin died), and the two-book duology Changeling and Madwand by Roger Zelazny. (That one was annoying -- some big loose ends at the end of the second one which he never bothered to address by writing a third book to wrap things up.)
    – Lorendiac
    Jan 19 at 23:40
  • @Lorendiac thanks, I've updated my list to include those.
    – Ovrborred
    Jan 20 at 2:29
  • I was going to mention "Changeling and Madwand by Roger Zelazny." also. I know he can see aura's but dont know if he can use it to predict spells. Its been 30+ years since I read them.
    – NJohnny
    Mar 28 at 6:01

This is a long shot, but could it be the Dragon Nimbus novels by Irene Radford.

If so the apprentice's name is Jaylor and his master's name is Baamin, though I don't remember Baamin being wicked. Jaylor does have the ability to see auras, and he does do an unexpected healing, though it is on a wolf not a human. The wolf has a dislocated shoulder and he uses his magic to reset it.

  • Unfortunately, it isn't that book series either, but I'll add it to the list above.
    – Ovrborred
    Jan 20 at 19:50

I think I was looking for the same book which I read when a teen. Is it The Magician's Apprentice by Raymond E Fiest? The hero’s name is Pug.

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    Really need to include more info as to why your answer is the correct answer, by supplying details as to why your answer fits. (such as details, that match portions of the OP description, or showing a cover that matches the cover described, or quoting parts of the text that match statements the OP might have mentioned. etc.)
    – NJohnny
    Mar 28 at 6:05
  • @Jamohn that's not it either, but thank you anyway.
    – Ovrborred
    Mar 29 at 14:06

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