Ranvan: Magic Nation (Stella) Paperback – 1 Apr 1997
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Rhan, 18 going on 19, has found his weapon. He is about to start his adult life at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. With a video camera in his hand, Rhan can defeat evil and speak truth to power. But, as one of his professors tells him, a camera is also power. People believe what they see. Rhan therefore has a responsibility to tell the truth, for he can shape peoples' views of reality. That's truly a superpower, and, at key points, Rhan has to decide what he'll do with it.
This is one of the two best novels I've read on what it actually feels like to be starting out in college, making adult decisions for the first time in your life (the other is "Tam Lin" by Pamela Dean). As is true throughout the series, the characters are wonderfully real. We experience Rhan's first semester with him, understand his thinking when he makes bad decisions, and cheer him on when he decides to face the consequences and keep fighting. In addition to being a story about a young knight defeating the bad guys, this is a story of a young man healing from loss and finding home and family. The ending is very touching.
The RanVan series won't appeal to everyone, but all older teens and adults with any taste at all for urban fantasy should read these books. Highly, highly recommended