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*Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage* by Alma Alexander- young adult book review  
Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage
by Alma Alexander
Ages 12+ 416 pages HarperTeen March 2008 Paperback    

Galathea Georgiana, also known as Thea, is famous from the moment of her creation. She is a double seventh, a rarity of tremendous potential in the magical community, and her birth is awaited with great expectancy. No one knows what she will be able to do, but all know she will have to be something spectacular. The Alphiri are just as eager for her birth, though the humans were unsure why they are so interested in Thea. The Faele want to come and put blessings upon her, but those are not always as great as they seem. But it is Thea’s father who has the highest expectations for her.

Years pass, and Thea shows a complete inability to perform any magic, and all hopes and expectations concerning her are dashed. She's virtually friendless at the magical school she attends, her parent’s disappointment is a source of pain and aggression for her, and the looming fear that she will be sent away grows.

When Thea returns home from school with another complete failure at her magical work, all her worst nightmares become a reality. She is being sent away alone to an unknown place to either succeed at learning magic or she will be sent to Wandless Academy with all the other “unmentionable” children from the magical community.

After travelling a great distance, Thea becomes the student of Cheveyo, a master from another time and place. His knowledge and skills far exceed those of the modern-day mages and will hopefully help Thea find and cultivate her own. The lessons he teaches are long and take many months, but over their time together, Thea begins to show her talents for weaving the light, a skill most mages never acquire.

Thea gradually comes into herself, but only a visit to Grandma Spider allows her to understand the situation fully and the reasons for her problems. Grandma Spider shows her the worlds, and Thea begins to understand the lengths to which her powers can and cannot go.

The fears resting upon her shoulders are no lighter when she returns home, and Thea resigns herself to leaving for Wandless Academy as soon as possible. The disappointment in her father’s eyes is too much, and she has other concerns that are more pressing.

Wandless Academy proves to be more than Thea ever expected. Being a double seventh is no longer a huge deal, and the lack of pressure elicits some very positive results. But danger lurks in the world outside the Academy. As teachers begin to go missing, Thea knows it is finally her time to shine and do battle. Her success is imperative for the world, and she needs all the help she can get in choosing and preparing the battleground. Thea is ready to fulfill her destiny; hopefully she will not be over her head.
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