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

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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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Mar 15, 2009 Jeffrey rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Canavan fans
Shelves: read-in-2009, fantasy
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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
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.
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
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.

Wendy Browne
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
Clare Cannon
Feb 09, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: young-adult, adults
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I thought this was an excellent book. It was a bit on the long side, but all in all very good. For me, it read more like the third book in the Black Magician Trilogy. Despite its length, it moved along pretty quickly. Fans of the trilogy will quickly recognize many things from the first books. This is a prequel and a lot of the rules are different. But it was certainly interesting to come to understand how the Guild got to where it was in the beginning of the trilogy.

A few people have commented
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
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
♥ ℒily - The Novel Nerd
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 :)

You can also find my reviews here: (tho they are alot more colourful)
Blodeuedd Finland
So this is a prequel to the Black Magician books, but you can read it before you can read it afterwards.

But yes it does remind me a bit of The Black Magician books. Character wise and story wise. It took the same path, but eh, I could still read it.

It's about Tessia who finds out she is a magician. She gets to learn magic and then the adventure really starts. Bad magicians on the move. War, death, loss.

One thing I did not like was that suddenly after half the book (and this is a big book!) anot
Dils AB
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
Thank you Mrs. Canavan, for this - I really enjoyed it!

Hmm... five stars, why?
I fought about the rating some time, I didn't know wether to give it four or five stars, but than I compared it to her other novels, the black magicians trilogy and the ambassadors mission and I thought - okay, its not as good as the b.m.t. but far better than the a.m.

I really liked the story and because I read the ambassadors mission first, many unanswered questions were solved.
It was very interesting to see how the t
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
This book is a prequel to The Traitor Spy trilogy, giving the history behind these books, and was actually a much better and exciting read. I really enjoyed learning all the back stories to the guild, healing through magic and the Traitors, and liked the fact that this was done with a suprising lack of irritating characters. Even the romances were played out well and subtle, without the usual nothing happening them a sudden realisation that Canavan tends to employ. I felt a love was indeed bloom ...more
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
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
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
This book is a perfect prequel for The Black Magician Trilogy.
The rich setting and background story of Kyrilia, Sachaka and the Ichani is really enlightening for those who read the trilogy.
And for those who don't? It's probably give you quite a bore.

I think the best part of Trudi Canavan is that she always find a way to build a likable 'reluctant heroine'.
The story evolves around Tessia, a simple daughter of a healer, who found herself has a natural power of magic.
If you read The Magician's
The book was quite an easy read, I suppose.
I did find the The Dark Magician Trilogy quite alright, and loved the Age Of The Five trilogy, so I hoped that this book would be very good. However, I think, I was a little disappointed.

Character building had never been a strength of Trudi Canavan, but the main Characters - Tessia, Lord Dakon, Jayan - seemed all strangely, and negatively, familiar. Tessia seemed too much like Sonea, and Lord Dakon like Lord Rothen, although it's long ago since I've r
Steph Su
Normally I think that I could never tire of epically long epic fantasies, because it has to take a special author to write a 500+ page story. However, I really had to drudge myself through THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE, and very quickly began to skim things until around the halfway point, when I decided that I wasn't getting anything as a reader or writer out of the act of reading this book, because it is almost painfully unoriginal and underwritten. THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE reads like the bare bon ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Bissfan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bissfan by: wurzeltroll
„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
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
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
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
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
I picked up this book because I read the Black Magician trilogy a few years back and found it entertaining though not exceptional. The Magician's Apprentice was similar. Entertaining but without many other redeeming qualities -- a guilty pleasure, really. I have some more specific comments about the book but I found it hard to write them without being a spoiler for this book, or, more often, without being a spoiler for the original Black Magician trilogy. So let me put the more detailed review u ...more
I've been a fan of Trudi Canavan's work ever since I stumbled upon one of her books (Priestess of the White ), and have thus kept a keen eye out for new things to read.

The Magician's Apprentice I discovered in a local bookstore and read it in my on native language, as opposed to the rest of her books. The Danish publishing company has split the book into 3, making it appear as trilogy, but with no other changes.

Having bought the books I read through them in a day, completely caught up in the in
Jakub Nowak
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.
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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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