The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy #1)
"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 enr...more
"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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Pet Peeve: Canav...more
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...more
The Magicians' Guild starts simply enough - lowest caste tangles into skirmishes with the...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
Wrong. Well, that should be your answer, at least in this case. Somehow the slow beginning really pushed the lifestyle Cery and So...more
In the city of Imardin every year magicians drive the Thieves, beggars and the poor out of the city without any trouble, until one year a young woman called Sonea is able to break through their magical barrier. Now, the hunt is on, as the magicians to find her before she destroys the city and herself. Meanwhile, Sonea is trying to hide from them and the bounty on her head by taking refuge with the Thieves.
This, for me, was a plot driven book, my interest sustained by the story, the writing a means to an end rather than an end in itself.
It is a book of two halves with strong central characters, in the returning slum dwelling girl Sonea and the wise mage and teacher Rovthen.
There is a degree of world building as Canavan sets out her stall with a city state with an internal c...more
Sinceramente no esperaba mucho de este libro, pensé que sería un rejunte de chiches sobre magia y aventuras, pero sorprendió gratamente.
Sonea es una gran personaje principal, puede parecer débil e indecisa, pero tiene una gran valentía y un fuerte deseo de ayudar a los demás, de seguro crecerá mucho durante la saga.
El resto de los personajes son queribles, incluso los que no ha participado demasiado de la trama.
El libro se divide en dos partes, el comienzo con la búsqueda de Sonea,...more
This book came out clinging to the coat-tails of Harry Potter, though offers none of th...more
But let's keep it short.
The first 50-100 pages we full of action, strange and unusual things happened, a hunt started and the protagonist had to hide. It was thrilling.
Then, the hiding and searchin continued... I was okay with it, but it continued for half of the book what was a bit annoying after a while because more and more repetitions appeared and the author was just walking around the decisive part.
Then, it happened! Finally!
I thought it would get better. It d...more
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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...more