I'm looking for the title of a book my friend had me read in high school. This title has eluded me for several decades now.
The book is about a young apprentice to a wizard whose love interest(?) is kidnapped by an evil wizard. To rescue her, the main character travels over a mountain, where he uses a fire spell to stay warm. I remember a companion. He's terrible at magic and kind of blunders his way through the events.
I read it around 1994 or 1995, but it may have been from the 80s. I remember the apprentice, in the classic robes and dunce style wizard hat, Purple or blue maybe. I remember a Faerie or elf, maybe the girl. I swore up and down it was called Westward something.