Priestess of the White (Age of the Five #1)
In a land on the brink of peace—watched jealously by a ruthless cult from across the sea and beset by hidden enemies—five extraordinary humans must serve as sword and shield of the Gods.
Auraya is one.
Her heroism saved a village from destruction; now Auraya has been named Priestess of the White. The limits of her unique talents must be tested in order to prove her wort...more
I found it to be completely boring, despite the interesting concepts and potential conflicts. This book just drug. Not much action to move it along. Gets bogged down in what seem to be side-stories (they may come together at the end, I'll never know). I liked this authors previous series, so...more
After reading The Black Magician trilogy I expected this one to be better... there was nothing wrong with the style of writing but I wanted something fresh, something new. And here? I'm getting a copy of Canavan's previous novel.
The motive of forbidden romance between Sonea and Akkarin is very similar to the one that Auraya and Leiard struggle with. Despite the fact that they are featureless (most of the characters in thi...more
I started the book about 5 or 6 Months before I finished it, but never got past the first fifty pages. I had liked the Black Magician Trilogy, but I thought I didn't like the theme too much in this book.
Yet, in the end, I think I totally prefer this series to the other!
There were many positive points in the series. It was more complex and the plot and the world seemed very well deverloped. It had more mature themes, which are definite...more
Set in a fantastical world where Gods have chosen representatives to do their bidding in the world, this novel mixes magic and religion. The leaders of Hania are the White – five powerful sorcerers who are guided by their Gods. Auraya is the youngest of the White and the novel begins with her joining the Priesthood and her commitment to devote her life to the will of the Gods.
It is the Gods’ will that all of Northern...more
This book has strong feminist themes, such as Emmerahl teaching girls to defend herself, or becoming a whore to survive, but with no shame. I didn't think this was overbearin...more
Edit: Finally finished it, and still completely unimpressed. And after I enjoyed her other trilogy so much, too!
I wish i could give this book four and half stars, becaus it really was amazng, but because it took so long for me to get into it i think thats why i can only give it four stars rather than five. I loved it, but the beginning is awful! No wonder the majority of people on here give up after the first few chapters, but it gets better i promise! I loved Tryss' character the most, and still dont really understand where Emerahl comes into all o...more
The story is told from the perspective of Auraya a priestess who is chosen to become on of the White, a priestess who is blesses with extraordinary powers from the gods. But trouble is brewing from the south and the White must rely on all their knowle...more
It was only once I got about three quarters of the way through that I was enjoying the book and could really relate to the main character(s) of Auraya and Tryss...more
Canavan's created her own fictional setti...more
Auraya is the newest White - one of the five humans who represent the Gods interests in the world. As she begins to learn the skills she'll need to succeed as one of the Immortals, both magical, emotional and diplomatical, she has to face the fact that her people will be...more
Secondary/Tertiary Characters: Most of the secondary viewpoint characters have some personality that make the story worth reading and some of the tertiary characters are good too. Character development is lacking for most characters though. Looking forward to more from the Hag.
Hints: There are many hints at history and future of the world -- enough potential to make continuing the series worth while.
The good first: This book had many good points. The characters were engaging, particularly the protagonist, Auraya, and Leiard. The author took (in my opinion) a new tack on the genre of high fantasy, blending human affairs with the imaginary. Lastly, it was very, very readable and had that "un-put-downable" quality that I have found lacking in other books of its kind.
And the not so good: There were a number of clichés played out in this book that I found irri...more
Overall I was slightly disappointed. There are a few reasons for this. I didn't expect to have to remember so many different names, lands, peoples etc. I didn't expect the world of the Age of the Five to be totally different to the Black Magician world. I felt that the jump from Auraya's first meeting with one of the White to her becoming a Priestess o...more
Auraya is so funny and strong, Leiard/Mirar so amusing in their mental arguments. Tryss is a babe, but it was always Mischief I loved the most. How amazing w...more
I didnt find the storyline that captivating, and I found there were many times during the book that the only reason I continued reading was the fact that the author was trudi canavan. I was wholly convinced the ending would provide some sort of redemption, whereby a dismissa...more
My only personal let down is that I feel there should have been more of a revelation at the end. There are definite hints throughout the book that there's a revelation to be made, however nothing came and...more
the war between gods resolves to this;
the circlian-those who belives & worshipped 5 gods.
the dreamweaver(sp)-those who believe in other choices in life rather than giving yourself in to the 5 gods.
the story started out with auraya whom became one of the white.
the white-leaders to the human chosen by the 5 gods as their representative on earth.
also a dreaweaver named leiard.
how can i p...more
What I didn't enjoy was how the conflict seemed to stagnate: character dialogue/navel-gazing seemed the same throughout the book. I also had a difficult time following the progression of time. We'd have a brief conversa...more
Trudi Canavan is a brillant storyteller and author. Priestess of the White is the first part of a trilogy that promises entertainment from page 1 right down to the acknowledgement. Fill with all the things you can expect from a fantasy friction.
This novel is well worth a read. I am currently working my way through trilogy.
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