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A Guilda dos Mágicos (The Black Magician Trilogy #1)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  43,242 ratings  ·  1,580 reviews
Todos os anos os mágicos de Imardin reúnem-se para purgar as suas ruas da cidade. Mestres de disciplina e da magia, sabem que ninguém se pode opor à sua vontade. Porém, o seu escudo protector não é tão impenetrável quanto acreditam. Quando uma multidão de pessoas é expulsa da cidade, Sonea, uma jovem rapariga, enraivecida com a autoridade dos mágicos e do tratamento que im ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published September 2009 by Bertrand Editora (first published 2001)
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Anna It's hard to say... There are no "inappropriate" themes, if that's what you're asking, so I guess it's ok for anyone above the age of 12 or 13.…moreIt's hard to say... There are no "inappropriate" themes, if that's what you're asking, so I guess it's ok for anyone above the age of 12 or 13. However, it's not typical YA - there are 5 POVs in the series (4 in book one) and only two of the POV characters are teenagers, other 3 are adults. I think the series can be enjoyed by the readers of both YA and adult fantasy :)(less)
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"It's hollow, it goes on forever. My god... It's full of tropes!"

I mean, seriously. I'm not saying this book was complete Harry Potter rip off, but come on. It's got an orphan with mysterious powers, jealous bad guys who are disproportionately threatened by a child, a kindly old man, a wizard school with color coordinating robes and folks who don't take kindly to muggles, err, poor people. And yet there was no stew, no tunics, and no prophecy. I'm sure there will be a prophecy later. After all,
I was going to put this up on my "currently reading" shelf, but it didn't take me long enough to finish it. Or, perhaps, I read more than I check this website.

Either way, this book I just finished half an hour ago is a cute little start to what seems to be a simple and inoffensive fantasy trilogy set in a stock-and-trade fantasy setting with basic characters and a plot you would expect. THAT being said, it was interesting enough to make me go look for the second and third books. Or, rather, I WI
Ranting Dragon
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The redundant beginning

Sonea is a dwell that lives in the slums. Everyone in the slums hates the Magicians that live safely, luxuriously and arrogantly up in their Magician’s Guild. Only those of the Houses can become Magicians, and those in the slums are regarded as rats of the city, without any magical potential.

Until Sonea and her gang start throwing rocks to the heads of the Magicians that have gathered for the annual Purge (the Purge bei
This book was divided into two parts and felt like two different stories to me. Part one would be 'The chase' and part two would be 'The actual story'. Thus I will review both parts seperately.

Part One: 2 stars

Sonea lives in the slums. She and her family have been put out of their homes by the magicians, and now they're back on the streets. This 'event' happens every year and is called the Purge. An angry mob gathers around the magicians, who are protected by a magical shield. No matter how many
A protagonist that is super special, and a world apparently divided into slums and powerful rich magic people? I like my fantasy in shades of grey, not black and white, and I'm sick of protagonists that are born more special than other people, rather than character development and hard work making them more special, so I guess I should have known this one wouldn't thrill me. But I was looking for a kickass female magician protagonist, and I thought maybe this would give it to me.

Pet Peeve: Canav
This was a very enjoyable read with an interesting story and some very likeable characters. I particularly enjoyed the chapters about magic and entering other people's minds. Loved the descriptions likening minds to rooms in houses. It was all very interesting and made a change from the usual magic books where everyone is throwing magical stuff around and killing each other. The ending was very obviously the lead up to the next book and I have no problem being led. In fact I am looking forward t ...more
Telling the story of Sonea a girl trying to live in a world of division where the magicians rule. Not only is she a girl but she is a commoner who could never be part of such a precious world. Well, things change and in an instant Sonea life changes through no fault of her own but all by accident.. The adventure begins when she discovers that she too possess the same precious power, that is ten times the strength of an ordinary magician.. Not only does this shock her but it also shocks the magic ...more
David Sven
Jun 07, 2014 David Sven marked it as started-but-didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
Here's me being ruthless. It's my new year's resolution.

I'm giving this away at 16%. I'm not going to rate it because I haven't given it enough of a chance - but the style of writing reminds me of the first Harry Potter book ie written for young children, but without the same charm. The audio narration by Richard Aspel wasn't terrible, but very average - maybe it was what he had to work with?

Possibly, if I gave this more of a chance, this would grow on me as I like coming of age, process of disc
Xime García

*Da vuelta el libro para leer la sinopsis*


No me encontré con nada de eso.
Me decepcioné. No demasiado, porque no le había puesto tantas fichas, pero no me gustó. Fue aburridísimo, ABURRIDÍSIMO!!!


Sonea es una plebeya que vive entre ladrones y que odia a los magos del gremio porque parece ser que son como la policía abusiva del reino. Oh, casualidad, un día, de la na
Man merkt richtig, dass er der Anfang von es großem war und es war richtig genial. :)
This was better than I was expecting it to be. I like my fantasy a little darker than the standard and this had some components that fit nicely into that category. A world in which powerful, greedy magicians rule the world and keep society firmly under their thumb. The setting is fairly stock fantasy and the main character's unrelenting stubborness began to really annoy me. Both of these issues kept me from rating it higher than 3 stars but I still liked it enough to read the next book in the se ...more
Canavan became so popular that she unavoidably made me interested - she is getting lumped together with big names in industry, such as Rowling, Paolini and even Meyer. Out of these only Rowling is worth something, being the one to cause this avalanche. I was really curious whether Canavan was as bad as other fantasy-related authors loved by the public and finally got to read her books, courtesy of a friend.

The Magicians' Guild starts simply enough - lowest caste tangles into skirmishes with the
Kylie Coulter
I love Trudi Canavan's ability to create imagined worlds with strong characters. Sonea is an ordinary slum girl, poor, yet honest. She has questionable ties that she left long ago in order to pursue a life her aunt and uncle would approve of. When the magicians of the guild come to purge the city of slum scum, Sonea finds herself amongst her old friendships. In the spirit of the rebellion from the city folk Sonea throws a stone at a group of magicians who have a magic shield up. Using her anger, ...more
As a first novel it's not bad and, while it's enjoyable enough, that fact shows throughout.

The story lacks any real depth, character development is minimal, the plot is extremely predictable and the dialogue very stilted. I get the impression that Ms. Canavan has done a bit of Dungeons and Dragons playing as it comes close to such an adventure - all surface, single-layer action and no deep storyline. There is a little hint of a darker story in there but we don't get to see much of it here - perh
Elizabeth Fitzgerald
This book started off on the wrong foot for me, with a contradiction in the first paragraph (is the wind howling because of what it sees or is it silent because of what it sees?). The next few chapters did little to improve my opinion. The characters were stereotyped and the description clumsy. There were info dumps about how the world worked. There were words changed simply to make the world feel different—for example, ale became bol and there were substituted words for tea, coffee and trouble. ...more
I didn't hate it, but I couldn't finish it. The multiple POVs worked against it, taking away all sense of mystery and suspense. You just sit waiting for the characters to work their misunderstandings out, knowing that eventually they will; it's just a question of how long it'll take. And boy, does it take a long time. Eventually I just decided it wasn't worth the wait.

The characters were all very simple and uninteresting to me. They're good or they're bad, they're male or they're female, but ve
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Ein junges Mädchen aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen, das den überheblichen Magiern mal zeigt wo's langgeht? Jawoll! Allein die Grundidee der Geschichte hat mich schon begeistert.
Sonea ist ein sehr sympathischer Charakter. Durch ihre Verbindungen zu den Dieben und ihre Vergangenheit in einer Straßenbande verliert sie auch diesen Ich-bin-die-Unschuld-vom-Lande-Charakter, der so vielen Fantasy-Hauptcharakteren anlastet. Sie ist stark und meist auch selbstbewusst. Aber sie hat auch ihre schwac
N Islam
Sep 03, 2013 N Islam rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5 year olds who've finished reading peter and jane
Reading through this felt like trudging through mud. The writing was horrible, it was so dry and lifeless that I had to push myself really hard to reach even a quarter of the book. The characters are cardboard cutouts, having some traits borrowed from other more successful novels.

And don't get me started on the dialogue. It was nightmarish. The magic in this book has no construct to it, its just random people reading thoughts and throwing balls of fire. No joke.

The protagonist is a scared little
Kevin Xu
I would have loved the book a lot more, but the ending felt like a cligghanger that was to set up for the next book in the series as setting the stage. Because of that, the book was very predictable, but well written, making me wanting to read the rest of the trilogy.
Yzabel Ginsberg
I wasn't too thrilled at the first part, but the second part kind of makes up for it, and it seems like there could be interesting developments in the two other books.
The first half of this book is a game of hide and seek, which eventually got very tiresome. It didn't serve any purpose that I could tell. The author could easily have scrapped at least a hundred pages, because all she did was repeating herself.

However, once I got past those 200-something pages it actually turned out to be a nice book. I enjoyed it from there on and it has some fine moments, but I wouldn't put another book aside for it.
 ᴍɪᴄs * the bitch is back*

Pensé que me iba a gustar pero fue muy aburrido, la trama no iba a ningún lado y no avanzaba más. Además no conecté con ningún personaje aunque admito que me da curiosidad la relación de *inserte nombre de la protagonista* (FUCK, ni lo recuerdo) y Lord Akkarin (algo así o parecido se llamaba el tipo) quizá me lea el tercer libro solo por eso.
Christine (weereader)
This book was a very easy and enjoyable read and I will definitely be continuing this series!
I enjoyed each different POV in this book and thought they all really added to the story. I liked each character and although we learn a lot more about them as the book progresses, there are still mysteries about their pasts that I am intrigued to learn more about in future books.
It was great to read about a society with magic that has a university to teach students. (Completely different from Harry Pott
Terminado de leer 08/02/2014

¿Una narrativa pobre y un ritmo soporífero muy a lo ZOMBIE-devora-sesos-que-te-comen-demasiado-rápido-para-la-lentitud-con-la-que-te-persiguen ?


O ese me dije el finde en que me tragué los tres ( innecesarios ) libros que toma contar la historia del Gremio de Magos y su variopinto (¡Já!) grupillo de personajes. ¿La razón? Sonea .

O al menos la Sonea-Patea-Culos (ejem, lanza rocas, en realidad) que te vende la sinopsis del libro y sus (muy) primeras, primerísimas p
The first half of this book was admittedly not a good read. The last half, however, was astounding. The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars from me is because of the beginning. There, now I've discouraged most of you into starting this... because who wants to suffer through a book just to get to a good part? We want the book to be good from the beginning, right?

Wrong. Well, that should be your answer, at least in this case. Somehow the slow beginning really pushed the lifestyle Cery and So
I really can't understand the popularity of this book. It was almost bad for me. The main problem was the lack of character development, especially the heroine's. They were all paper-cuts, without depth or emotions. The heroine was a silly girl, wanting to escape the Magician's Guild, although she has great power, because "the magicians are bad". And the first half of the book details her attemps to escape them and theirs to capture her. They get close, she escapes, they get closer, she escapes ...more
I didn't really need to read this, as it turns out.

I'd already read the second volume, and there was basically nothing in this that wasn't described adequately there. I was surprised at how much of the book passed before the magicians found Sonea and took her to the school. Pretty slow, really, with more background than necessary. I liked Sonea and Cery and Rothen as characters but was kind of bored. The High Lord, who is central to the plot of book two, hardly appears in this.
Jul 14, 2015 Isabella marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-hold
Visto oggi in libreria a soli 9 euro.... mi ha praticamente gridato di acquistarlo.... POTEVO DIRE DI NO?
*Accarezza il romanzo con fare amorevole*
3.5 stars. The Magicians' Guild doesn't quite get 4 stars from me because all of the running around and hiding the main character Sonea does drags on for too long. I think if we had gotten past this part a lot sooner and more would have happened I would have liked it enough to give it 4 stars.

I wasn't real crazy about Sonea for a while, but she grew on me. I liked both Rothen and Dannyl a lot and I hope the next book gives more character development for both of those characters. Cery was ok, bu
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Trudi Canavan was born in Kew, Melbourne and grew up in Ferntree Gully, a suburb at the foothills of the Dandenongs.

In 1999 she won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story with “Whispers of the Mist Children”. In the same year she was granted a writers residency at Varuna Writers’ Centre in Katoomba, New South Wales.

In November 2001, The Magicians’ Guild was first published in Australia. T
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Other Books in the Series

The Black Magician Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Novice (Black Magician, #2)
  • The High Lord (Black Magician, #3)

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