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Literature / Witch Boy

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The Witch Boy trilogy is a young adult series by Russell Moon following seventeen-year-old Marcus, who has just discovered that he has magical abilities— which may or may not have killed his girlfriend. Together with his uninformed mother and his dog Chuck, Marcus has to adapt to his new powers and his new town quickly. Things take a turn for the worse when the local "Coven" take an unwanted interest in him and his absent father. . .

The three books in the trilogy are:

  • Witch Boy
  • Dark Prince
  • Blood War

Not to be confused with DC Comics's Klarion the Witch Boy and The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag.

Witch Boy provides examples of:

  • Body Horror: The rings worn by the Prince and the Kind "take root" in their bones. The longer they are worn, the more "rooted" they become. The only way to take them off is to cut off the finger. When one character gets his finger tron off, a foot's worth of bone roots and gore come out with the finger.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Upon meeting him for the first time, Marcus' dad hurls him around like a rag doll and throttles him, just to drill into his head how important it is he protects himself.
  • The Dreaded: The King.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Chuck.
  • Fantastic Racism: The reason the Coven takes an interest in Marcus and want to kill his father is because his dad had a child with a regular human woman, which they claim dirtied the bloodline.
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  • Familiar: Every witch apparently has one, and the strength/intelligence of the familiar indicated how powerful the witch is. Marcus' dad's is a giant wolf. Eartha's is an angry snake. Marcus has Chuck.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Why Marcus' dad claims he left.
  • No Name Given: We never learn the King's name.
  • Mage Species: Witches (male and female) consider themselves a different species, and they all are distantly related to the god Cernunnos save for their King, who is a direct descendant and has powerful Demi-God-like powers.
  • Parental Abandonment: Marcus' dad. He claims it was for the family's safety. The coven claims it was so Marcus would die instead of him.
  • Papa Wolf: Marcus' father, according to Eleanor.
    "You know those nature programs where they have the big, scary crocodile carrying its baby around in its mouth? That was him all over."
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  • Physical God: The coven treat the Prince and King as such. They may not be entirely incorrect to do so.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: The King.
  • Stop Worshipping Me
  • Teleportation: Witches have the ability to move things with t heir mind. The more skilled can move themselves anywhere they want, teleporting away from (or into) danger. Marcus gets really unsettled when other people teleport him around without his consent.
  • Training from Hell: How Marcus learns to control his powers in the third book.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Coven claims this of the King. The King claims this of the Coven. Marcus can't decide who's telling the truth.