Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 1)

By Trudi Canavan

"We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician."

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

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The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 1) by Trudi Canavan

| Genre: Fantasy
| Content: Coming-of-Age, Magic
| ISBN-10: 006057528X
| ISBN-13: 9780060575281
| Publisher: Harper Voyager (January 27, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
| Cover Artist: Matt Stawicki
| Source: Personal copy
| Read an Excerpt
| Rating: 5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥
Sonea and her friend Cery are slum dwells. Considered by all to be the lowest of the low, so much so that the King routinely purges the city of these undesirables every winter, driving them out using members of the Magicians' Guild to back up the soldiers.

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But this year something goes horribly wrong. Sonea throws a rock at the mages, an act of defiance everybody realizes is futile, but somehow her rock gets through the magical barrier! In the confusion a young boy is killed, mistakenly taken for the one who threw the rock, and Sonea runs for fear of her life.

Compared to some of the fantasy I have read, this tale was quick and easy. The characters had clear cut motives with the sole exception of the High Lord, who is a complete enigma. It had a bit of a Harry Potter feel to it with definite divisions between the classes and obvious prejudices towards anyone not born into the upper class. Sonya must fight against both her own lack of self confidence and her certainty that she will never be accepted by the people who are now her peers. Even worse, she faces becoming a pariah to the common folks she grew up with.  It is alot for a young girl to deal with but her progression from slum girl to mage student is handled with finesse and grace.

This is a good read, and it is fairly fast paced. Nothing is as it appears to be, which in my mind makes for a good story. I love both cheering for the underdog and turning pages in anticipation of what happens next. This tale caters to both pleasures quite nicely. I will warn you though, there is definite cliffhanger ending so I do recommend getting all 3 for back to back enjoyment.

Now on to book two to discover where this story is going!

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Series Summary Review ~ Book Two ~ Book Three

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Mulluane is a 56-year-old proud grandmother of 4, who is passionate about her pets, blogging, traditional fantasy, and tinkering with webdesign. She is obssesively photo shy but she uses an avatar that accurately represents her dreams. ♥ You can also find her on:

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