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The Magician's Apprentice (The Black Magician Trilogy 0.5)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  18,490 Ratings  ·  563 Reviews
Taking place hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, The Magician's Apprentice is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy.

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

Published February 23rd 2009 by Orbit (first published 2009)
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Long Answer: The author's website ( lists the 3rd book as "Successor’s Promise" with a published date of 2016. If you search goodreads for "Successor’s Promise" you get an "expected publication: June 15th 2017 by Orbit". It is important to note that the author's website does not appear to have been updated since May 2016.(less)
Jacob Miles You should read the first two books in the trilogy (Thief’s Magic & Angel of Storms). This book will most likely not be able to stand alone.
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Mar 12, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canavan fans
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
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Feb 25, 2009 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a worthy prequel to the Black Magician Trilogy. I enjoyed the story and the fact that it wasn't entirely predictable. I would definitely recommend it to any of Trudi Canavan's fans. The only thing I had an issue with was that the story jumped around between more characters than I thought necessary, making it a bit harder to relate to the main characters.
Jan 28, 2009 J.C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads, arc, fantasy
Good Intro to Fantasy; but not Groundbreaking.

I have not read any of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy (THE MAGICIAN'S GUILD, THE NOVICE, and THE HIGH LORD), although I have thought about it for a while. It is obvious that this edition to the world introduced in the original trilogy was written after and I can only guess at what is to be the beginning of the trilogy.

This is a wonderful book for people just getting into the fantasy genre. It has everything that is to be expected in a fantasy
Feb 16, 2014 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series, audiobook
The Magician's Apprentice is considered #0.5 in Trudi Canavan's The Black Magician Trilogy. It was written after, but serves as a set up for The Magicians' Guild, which I have not read. It mainly follows the story of Tessia, a young healer apprenticed to her father, who discovers her magical abilities when she deflects the advances of a Sachakan mage. She becomes apprenticed to Lord Dakon, joining his apprentice Jayan, who initially disdains the fact that a he must share his education with a wom ...more
Olete lugenud sarja "Musta võluri triloogia", autoriks austraallane Trudi Canavan?

Kui ei, siis ruttu lugema, sest see on täis põnevust ja maagiat. Selle aasta lugemise väljakutse nõuab ka ühe võlukunsti raamatu lugemist, nii et kui raamatukogus mulle sarja eellugu ette juhtus, teadsin kohe, et see minuga koju tuleb.

"The Magician's Apprentice" algab Kyralia põhjaosas piiri lähedal väikeses külakeses Mandryn, kus ravitsejaks pürgival Tessial võluvõimed avalduvad. Temast saab kohaliku maagi Lord D
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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The Magician’s Apprentice is about Tessia, the local healer’s daughter, who unknowingly uses magic after fending of the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage, she becomes an apprentice to the magician Lord Dakon alongside fellow apprentice Jayan. However she would soon learn that with her magical gifts comes with responsibilities and not all is peaceful as it seems between Sachakan and Kyralia.

This prequel, set a fe
Jul 18, 2012 Emilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've come across Trudi Canavan many times when looking for good fantasy reads, and I finally decided to give it a go. The first few pages of The Magician's Apprentice were quite exciting, I thought Tessia would be an interesting character. But further on I started to get doubts, the plot was a bit shallow and most of all, the characters were really flat. Having read awesome books like "A song of ice and fire" where there's plenty of characters and each of them has so much history and depth that ...more
May 27, 2014 Jane marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Well, I liked it, but I certainly didn't love it. The premise sounded very promising--I love fantasies about strong, young women discovering their magical powers and learning how to control them to fight against evil--and the writing was certainly quite acceptable. But, somehow, this one fell a little short for me.

For one thing, the pacing for the most part was very plodding and slow and the plot was rather dull in places. There was a lot of talk about fighting, but not
Feb 01, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, solidly characterised, nicely constructed. But dull.

Might be a good one for those who are new to Fantasy - a way in, as Brooks' Sword of Shannara , Eddings' Pawn of Prophecy or Ray Feist's Magician was for many. And for those who are fans of the Black Magician series, (of which this is a prequel), I can see this being a much desired book.

But for me the plot was just way, way too obvious, the characters a little too cookie-cut. I lost interest very quickly.

Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
The Magicians Apprentice is 0.5 in the The Black Magician Trilogy. The first instalment in the trilogy was published in 2001 and this book was published in 2009. Perhaps I should have started the series in publishing order rather than story order, but I spent most of the novel questioning why this was actually a novel. I found it really hard to justify this 0.5 instalment needing to be 600 pages long, especially when it was published several years after the actual series.

The novel uses split PO
Clare Cannon
Jun 30, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: young-adult, adults
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Apr 24, 2010 Dhuaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Retardation galore! The prequel to Black Magician Trilogy is riddled with boring, tedious narrative, moralizing talk for primary school kids and tons of ridiculously funny gaffes that would make people on literary constructive crit boards roll with laughter. It doesn't explain anything about the magic from the trilogy. This book's setting doesn't even match the trilogy and some of the situations plainly contradict the rules laid out in the other books. Overall it looks like a rehashed draft or a ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this didn't have the same magical introduction to a new world for me as The Magicians' Guild, I think someone starting with this book may get some of that same feeling, although the pace at which the larger universe is introduced lacks some of the details of the first book.

However, the plot is essentially the story the first book should have had. The main character, Tessia, essentially has the same personality and motivations as Sonea of the original trilogy, and the same issues with fa
Well, once I read the other reviews and figured out this was a prequel to a trilogy, the bizarre pacing made more sense. The narrative switches between several characters, something that rarely works for me--I always end up liking one character more than another and I can never get into a groove one way or the other. The same was true here. I really liked Lord Dakon and Tessia but I could have done without the others, especially the character that popped in about halfway through the book. Sachka ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
There is a new synopsis in Trudi Canavan's web and the publication date has been moved to 2017.

"Five years have passed since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years, in which the boy Rielle rescued, Qall, has safely grown up among the Travellers. Five years, in which Tyen has made a new home for himself, hidden from those who call him a traitor and the Spy.

Five years of chaos in the world, barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers. Worlds are at war, some overrun by insectoids changed into
Apr 01, 2015 Seo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No parece que le falte medio libro como a los de la primera trilogía de Kyralia, pero la narración sigue sin ser demasiado buena.
La historia es curiosa aunque predecible una vez conoces a los personajes y las descripciones son demasiado escuetas. A veces tienes la sensación de haberte perdido una parte completa y en realidad solo te has saltado una línea.
Por mucha batalla y guerra que haya en una historia, si no sabes narrarla, siempre le faltará sustancia al libro. Leeré la última parte de la
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Ok i LOVED this book!!

Im pretty sure i was hooked as i just couldnt put it down. I thought the character development of the main character and her story was put forward well and in a well spaced easy to understand manner. The story itself did go slow at times but overall, was a decent storyline.

I look forward to reading more from this author :)

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Jul 26, 2012 Jakub rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As the tooltip for one star says - I did not like it. It would not get 1 in 10 because it was not that bad but it was 2-3 times too long. The amount of needless dialogue, fragments and sentences was overwhelming. There was even one POV character that could have easily been thrown away and it would improve the flow of reading. It the book was pruned to 200-300 pages it would be a nice and easy read. With over 700 it was a dull pain.
Lisa Emme
This was good, but nothing special. I was able to put it down for days on and and really only finished it just to get it off my plate. I guess that isn't much of a glowing review. I gave it 3 stars rather than the 2 it maybe sounds like because it was a well written story with interesting characters, it just wasn't doing it for me right now.
Nov 02, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Jan 01, 2012 Bissfan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bissfan by: Saskia
„Magie“ ist die Vorgeschichte zur Trilogie „Die Gilde der schwarzen Magier“. Es geht um Tessia, ein sogenanntes Naturtalent, bei der sich Magie selber gebildet hat. Während sie ihre Ausbildung bei Lord Dakon antritt, durchstreifen Sachakaner das Land und hinterlassen Verwüstung. Es kommt zu einem Krieg und sämtliche kyralischen Magier sind dazu aufgerufen, sich der Bedrohung zu stellen. Die Invasion verlangt vieles, doch wird den Magiern klar, dass es vom Vorteil sein kann, Wissen zu teilen und ...more
Patricia Ulrich
Feb 04, 2017 Patricia Ulrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hat mir gut gefallen, aber gefühlt war es etwas schlechter als die beiden Triologien über Sonea. Man hatte schon 100 Seiten vor dem Ende das Gefühl, dass die Geschichte eigentlich zu Ende erzählt ist, aber es wurden dann eben noch Lücken in der Gesamtgeschichte gefüllt. Man muss zwar die Soneatriologien nicht gelesen haben, um das Prequel zu verstehen, aber ich glaube, wenn man das nicht getan hat versteht man nicht, was das etwas langatmige Ende soll.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Set in the same world, but back in time, as Canavan's first trilogy, the Black Magician Trilogy, this is in a way back-story, and in a way, not. I thought it was a standalone novel about what happened between Kyralia and Sachaka, two neighbouring countries, and more importantly, about how "black magic" - or higher magic as it used to be called - came to be banned and the knowledge of it repressed. Well, it is a standalone Fantasy novel, it is about the war between Kyralia and Sachaka, which is l ...more
Válka se Sachakou se odehrála sto let před událostmi ze série: Trilogie o černém mágovi. Nikdo ještě vůbec nevěděl, že jakási Sonea bude. V tehdejší době měli mnohem více práce než přemýšlet nad svými dětmi. Řešili něco nečekaného a nemilého. Válku s jejich sousedy: Sachakou. Zrada na čaroděje čeká i v jejich vlastních kruzích.

Kniha je něco jako kronika událostí, které se staly před vznikem Společenství mágů tak, jak jej známe dnes. Představa, že by byla v těchto kruzích žena je odporná. Magie j
I realized that from the beginning of my reading challenge you may think that I read mostly non-fiction. You may be surprised but my favorite genre of books is different. I love science-fiction and good fantasy. In fact I agree with the people who say that good fantasy is a good literature but good science-fiction is the best possible fiction genre you can read. This time I am going to write about a good fantasy book by Trudi Canavan entitled The Magician's Apprentice so don't expect eulogies - ...more
Mar 10, 2009 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Somehow this ended up in my notes section instead. Oops.

I know I can't completely judge this book when I haven't finished it (I read about five chapters). In addition to that, I realize that this isn't the plot of the book... But I really don't want to read a fantasy book based on the premise that there are two main countries next to one another, one is similar to Europe in the Middle Ages with magic added and the other similar to India with magic added, where the white people are slave-free whi
Dec 30, 2010 fenrir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Carino, ma mi aspettavo di meglio.
L'ho iniziato a leggere perchè sto leggendo ora la trilogia della Canavan e mi sta piacendo molto, questo libro secondo me non è all'altezza degli altri. La protagonista è un pò un peso morto per tutta la storia, sa curare e va bene ma non combatte mai attivamente e la sua unica dote sembra quella di essere l'unica donna in un gruppo di soli uomini. La trama va molto a rilento, tanto che per le prime 300 pagine ci si chiede com'è che non si è ancora vista una b
Dils AB
Aug 26, 2012 Dils AB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya
Summary from Goodreads: In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.

The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities
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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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The Black Magician Trilogy (3 books)
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