Witchlanders is by Lena Coakley. True fantasy, not a romance, and with two male narrators. Ryder has grown up in the Witchlands governed by a coven of mostly female witches who live high in the mountains "throwing bones" to foretell the future. Falpian is the son of the king of Baen, the neighboring kingdom. When his village is attacked and his mother is killed Ryder sets out to kill the Baen assassin. He discovers that Falpian is not an assassin, and that the two of them can communicate via their minds and can create powerful magic through song. The two boys must uncover the secrets of the witches and stop another war; a war only they have the power to stop, if they can learn to trust each other. Boys will love this story, it's pure fantasy without the romance.
Ratings: 7th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence).