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| 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
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| Rating: 5 Stars
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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Fantasy Book Review of The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 1) by Trudi Canavan - Reviewed by Mulluane - on June 03 2008 - Rating: of 5 Stars