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Thief's Magic (Millennium's Rule) Hardcover – May 20, 2014

3.9 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Millennium's Rule Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Delightful... a vivid and enjoyable experience."―SFX Magazine on Thief's Magic

"The darling of the fantasy fiction scene returns with a magical new trilogy to delight loyal readers and newcomers alike....Canavan cleverly keeps you guessing...definitely an inviting introduction to the series."―SciFi Now on Thief's Magic

"Rielle's story entrances... leaving readers eager for the next two volumes."―Publisher's Weekly on Thief's Magic

"Will hook readers immediately and they won't be able to put this thrill-ride of a book down."―RT Book Reviews on Thief's Magic

"This captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy."―Marie Claire (Australia) onThe Magicians' Guild

"Her [Canavan's] magical world is brilliantly conceived."―RT Book Reviews on The Magician's Apprentice

About the Author

Trudi Canavan published her first story in 1999 and it received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story. Her debut series, The Black Magician Trilogy, made her an international success and her last five novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. Trudi Canavan lives with her partner in Melbourne, Australia, and spends her time writing, painting and weaving.

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Product Details

  • Series: Millennium's Rule (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 20, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316209279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316209274
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think when it comes to fantasy that the name Trudi Canavan is one that most people would recognise. She has consistently brought life to worlds and characters that leap off the page and capture readers imagination. This the first book in her new Milleniums Rule series looks set to please both old and new readers alike. This series delivers all the fantasy aspects that we have come to expect from her with the added touch of magic, romance and even angels! Step into the world ( or worlds!) of Ms Canavans imagination and be transported far away from the boring humdrum existence we live in and into her unique story.
The tale begins with Tyen who is a young man studying to be both an archaeologist and a sorcerer. He lives in a world where magic exists and is used to power machinery but unfortunately magic is running out! He finds a sentient book that has been made from a young woman called Vella. Vella has secrets though and protecting her puts Tyen in danger and he starts a journey that will take him far away from everything and everyone he knows.
This book is a story within a story though as simultaneously we learn of a young woman called Rielle who lives in a land controlled by priests who work for Angels. Using magic is the prerogative of the Angels but there are those who would risk their lives and steal magic. Rielle is one of the few who can see the stain that using magic leaves and that means it's possible that she too could learn to wield it but doing so would mean she would be cast out and punished. Events take a turn that Rielle hadn't expected and soon her life is thrown into chaos .
Wow! Two stories about very different people and each one feels completely different.
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***This review contains spoilers***

I’m not sure what is going on with Trudi Canavan, she has written some really good series in the past, I really enjoyed the Age of Five series and the Black Magician series, but her newer series, this one and the Traitor Spy series, are not very good. The latest of her writing is this book and to me it is her worst book so far (The Magician’s Apprentice is not too far behind this one). I had really high expectations for this book, I assumed her last trilogy wasn’t that good because she was writing in the same world as the Black Magician trilogy and it was a minor story that got fleshed out more than it should have. I hoped with this series being in a new world, and with the really cool cover art, that this book would go back to the quality of writing she had in her older series, but I was quite disappointed. I purchased this book in hardcover because I thought it was going to be good, but I know I won’t be doing that for the rest of the series (if I both reading it)

This book is written in two POVs, Tyen is a male student in a school for teaching magic while Rielle is a female in a male dominated society where only a select few are allowed to use magic. I found that even with the flaws in the Tyen’s story it was the much better story and I was always disappointed when the story switched over to Rielle. The writing in Rielle’s story was better writing to me but I found her entire story to be such a waste of time.

In Tyen’s storyline the school that he is going to does not seem like much of a school, the story never shows any of the teaching that goes on, it only shows the students and one professor on an expedition where they are robbing graves to increase the wealth of the school.
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This book tells the story of two young people who live in very different magical worlds. Tyen is a student of magical archaeology; he studies at a University that funds explorations by discovering (or, depending on your perspective, robbing) magical sites around the world. He discovers a magical book that contains the consciousness of a woman who lived more than 1000 years ago, and his story is primarily about his attempts to keep her safe while fleeing from forces that might misuse her or simply lock her away.

Rielle, meanwhile, is a young and relatively privileged woman living in a constrained religious society. Her tale is one of forbidden love, dealing with restricting social mores and mysterious religious taboos.

While the world-building in this novel is careful, I have to admit that I found the book dull and disconnected. The two main stories barely interact, even by the end of this 560-page book, and it is unclear whether the two central characters even inhabit the same world at any point in the story. Further, the stories held little interest for me. Tyen's story begins with the incredibly interesting idea of the conscious book, but afterwards devolves into hundreds of pages of the same basic idea: he is being pursued by certain individuals, he barely escapes them and arrives at a new area of the world, and they quickly pick up his scent again. Rinse and repeat, and you have almost his entire half of the book. Meanwhile, Rielle's story is a little more interesting and varied, but it does not intersect with Tyen's in terms of either theme or plot, and her story is slow to pick up momentum. To be fair, however, the climax of her story at the end of the book is extremely intriguing and original.

Finally, the ending is completely unsatisfying.
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