This is killing me. When I was young I remember reading this book:

  • female heroine
  • young adult fantasy fiction
  • need to draw? runes in the air or tattoo them to do certain spells
  • opening scene young girl doing magic in a garden, runes/magic above her level and I believe her fire ball spell gets away from her and floats around.
  • possibly a male character has a hidden island later in the book.

I know its vague, I apologize but my sister and I cannot remember any more than that and after 20 years, the book is lost in our childhood home somewhere.

  • My first thought regarding this was Wen Spencer's Tinker series, but that was published too late (2003) to be the book you're looking for, and I think only matches the first 3 of three of your points. – Jules Aug 11 '16 at 23:27

Death Gate! God! Ive been trying to figure it out for ages! And now suddenly it came to me. Probably too late for you though?

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    Can you add any more information? such as a link or details about the story? – Edlothiad Jan 27 '17 at 18:18
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    Are you referring to the Death Gate Cycle? Because that does not feature a female heroine. – Jack B Nimble Jan 27 '17 at 18:20
  • Or are you referring to the game of the same name? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Gate – Valorum Feb 26 '17 at 19:10

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