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- Book 1 of 3 in Black Magician Trilogy
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- File Size : 597 KB
- Publication Date : October 13, 2009
- Print Length : 384 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint Edition (October 13, 2009)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000MAH7B8
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,410 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cons: No real plot twists, first half of the book feels like it could've been condensed into a few chapters with no real loss to the story.
Overall: I liked it. I'm a veteran epic fantasy and historical fiction reader, so not sure I'm the target audience. It's an excellent place to start if you're getting into the genre.
UPDATE: I just finished the trilogy, and I could not have been more wrong about my expectations after this first book. I assumed I was in for a standard, predictable "epic" fantasy series, with plot points stretched out and stock characters abounding. What I got was a thrilling, no-punches-pulled truly epic adventure. In hindsight, I now understand why Caravan built up the first half of this book like she did. A must read for any fantasy fan!
The series follows Sonea, a slum-living girl of Imardin, who violently discovers latent magic within her. While the first book focuses on her escaping the magicians who seek to control her and tame her now reckless magic shows a slightly innocent Sonea, she develops throughout the course of the series into a strong, resolute, able and compassionate woman. I love it when women in novels don’t turn into classic female archetypes. Sonea is definitely an original. If I ever had a daughter, I would want her to read this book (and also the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce) so she could see what a truly strong woman is.
Canavan is also a master of threading multiple plots in a single novel. Each book in the trilogy has multiple storylines and each of the storylines are still interesting, a feat in and of itself. It shows that not only is Canavan limitlessly imaginative, but she is also crazy talented. I can only hope to make so many storylines flow together so smoothly and beautifully. Though the last book is dogged down by a love-plotline that came from way out in left field, I still appreciate the story in it’s entirety. The first book is a novel version of cat and mouse, the second is more of an adult version of Harry Potter, and the third is a book-long climax that wont let you go for a second.
I totally recommend this book to anyone with a love of both magic and realism. Canavan is truly a hero among authors for her world building, and her books manage to rekindle the nostalgia in me for the days of Harry Potter and schools where you can go learn magic. I would trade my Anthropology of Religion class for Transfiguration any day.
Through hard work she and her aunt & uncle have finally moved up
from the fringes of society to a, if not secure, passable working
class existence in the first fringe suburb outside the city walls.
Caught up in the annual purge of the shanty towns, Sonea falls in again
with the sketchy youth gang of her past and suddenly attracts very unwanted
attention when she throws a stone which injures one of the Magicians enforcing
the purge -- something that should have been impossible.
On the run, and with what she feels is a price on her head, Sonea faces
the growing realization that she has magic (no other stone got through the
Magicians' defenses..) and that it will change her life.
The book is written in the third person, and we get several other points of
view than Sonea's. In particular, one is a kindly old Magician, and we learn,
before Sonea does, that the Magicians are not really a bad lot. They are
certainly oblivious as to the travails of the common folk, and some are
arrogant, but the Guild is certainly not an evil institution, and there
are reasons for the things they do: Sometimes obsolete ones, but reasons.
We also learn that if Sonea does not get training for her growing magic,
she will be a very real danger to herself and the city.
Can the Guild find Sonea before something awful happens? Will she believe
them, and what will having a commoner in the Guild mean for the future?
And what is the mystery of the Black Magician?
I reviewed Melanie Cellier's "Spoken Mage" YA series a while ago,
and someone commented that it sounded a lot like Trudi Canavan's
"Black Magician Trilogy", possibly to the point of being a rip-off.
After reading the first Canavan book, I can see the similarities,
but I wouldn't go that far. I also think Cellier's books were
better. And in the end, I didn't find any of the questions I posed
above to be compelling. The book is smoothly written, but it didn't
really grab me, and I don't plan to continue on to the rest of the
Top reviews from other countries
I'm glad I did.
It was amazing.
A heavy fantasy novel with a female lead character- especially a teenage girl- is hard to find. One fantastically written that is not some twlight knock off is great to see and nearly impossible to find.
The character has a spine, she makes decisions based off her emotions and logic of what she knows. She's written as a human being. The side characters are great, in fact all the characters are great to read about. Their motives and personalities are there.
The theme of class and politics in a heavy fantasy base is nothing new, but I like how she has used it in terms of magic and what the world's perception of magic is. The world is given enough time to be described allowing us to see it, it's great seeing the different sides and the way we see each part through different eyes depending on what character we are focusing on.
Overall I just loved it.
I don't want to give anything away as you need to read it.
This is an interesting enough story set in yet another fantasy world of magic and guilds. Sonea is a girl from the slums around a city where population purges are carried out by the hated magicians guild. When she throws a rock at the invisible shield that hides the magicians, everyone is shocked when her rock penetrates the barrier and strikes a magician in the head.
So she reveals herself as an untrained magician outside the guild and the hunt is on to find her.
This book was not especially novel, but it was well executed, and the sequel was set up nicely whilst bringing some closure in the first book. A good enjoyable read.