I'm looking for a fantasy novel, pre-2000. It's young adult fantasy.

  • Magical abilities involved talents similar to psychic abilities.
  • One character could hide the group, preventing others from seeing them.
  • One character could start fires.
  • They were on some sort of quest and had to go into the enemy territory.

Argh! It's so frustrating. I can't remember much about the book, but would recognise it instantly.

It's not Xanth and not Julian May. It's sort of a Stephen King's Firestarter meets Andre Norton type novel.

  • In this story was the 'fire starter' character taking the other to a wizards college of sorts? And teach the other how to light a candle with his mind?
    – BadMike01
    Aug 10, 2013 at 22:34
  • Nope, it was not that one. No college, no candles.
    – user16582
    Aug 11, 2013 at 16:22

2 Answers 2


Got it. Douglas Hill: Blade of the Poisoner.

  • in retrospect: my memory was damn fine got all the major characters right too!
    – user16582
    Aug 30, 2013 at 19:03

This sounds like something from Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar Universe, most likely the end of the Arrows trilogy. It could also be from the Mage Storms trilogy as well.

  • checked it out, nope not that either.
    – user16582
    Aug 23, 2013 at 20:50

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