The Ages of the Battle Mages

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Re: The Ages of the Battle Mages

Post by Sarah G » 20 Dec 2017, 02:00

I have to say I found it quite interesting. these hcaracters were forced to grow p quickly so although we look a their age as a number and compare it to our society that is not the case. They are going through traumatic experiences and I would expect more of a psychological effect on them though.
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Dec 2017, 15:44

I think it's okay in this instance. This is a different world from our own, and I don't think we can hold them to the same standards. It wasn't that long ago here that girls would get married at the age of 13...
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Post by psychopathycathy » 25 Dec 2017, 01:02

I do think 13 is very young, but at the same time the idea of training children at a very young age reappears in a lot of books and movies. On a broader level though, I do think that in a way this shows how their society raises these children and forces them to grow up, which I like.

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Post by kandscreeley » 25 Dec 2017, 10:51

It does seem to vary by society. Who are we to say what is right and wrong as far as age in a different society?
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Post by Miriam Molina » 01 Jan 2018, 02:58

I have no issue with making kids take responsibility. But I think the author could have held off on the violence. Decapitating victims and raising their heads on stakes may be just too much.

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Post by BookHausJ » 06 Jan 2018, 00:41

If this is real, for me Teenage children should not be trained for this kind of battle. Teenage should be learning more, reading books, learning to cook. Learning to communicate well. In fact if there is something that idea should be thought for Teenagers it must be Learning how to set up their own business. Though I watch some of the episode of Harry Potter but I don't buy this kind situation for our Teenager. Let's teach them how to do Trading or Business. The war is in "Trade War."

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Post by Kat Berg » 06 Jan 2018, 12:18

As others have said, many books do this kind of thing, and their characters seldom seem to have to deal with the emotional fallout from death and killing, even when they are the ones doing it. And teens seems to accept that as normal. I remember the first time one of my kids was explaining the Hunger Games to me. The death and killing were not a big deal, even though many of the participants were very young, but it made me feel physically ill.

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Post by Roggyrus » 07 Jan 2018, 09:49

I hate to imply that we tend to be pedophiles when choosing our heroes. The psychology behind this is the desirability of young heroes doing only half of what an adult could do, whereas an adult doing twice as much would not yet appear as impressive.

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Post by Mouricia25 » 13 Jan 2018, 12:58

I genuinely think these people had some customs that needed reform and this was one of them. I believe these kids needed a little more development before they had to worry about dying. I am very happy Brimstone was the first in years to attempt that dual, and I am even happier he survived.

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